What You'll Get
Choose from Three Options
- $10 for one 30-minute indoor batting-cage session ($20 value)
- $20 for two 30-minute indoor batting-cage sessions ($40 value)
- $15 for one 60-minute indoor batting-cage session ($35 value)
Lscreens and machine balls provided.
Pitching Machines: Hurlers That Never Fatigue
Batting cages feature automatic pitching machines, which emulate real pitches by throwing balls at various speeds. Check out Groupon’s guide to learn how they work.
There are many variations of pitching machines, but the most popular mechanism is the one that incorporates one, two, or three rubber wheels. As the ball feeds into the machine, the wheels grip the ball at different speeds, simulating the way a pitcher’s fingers affect the ball’s spin to make it curve or slide. A hydraulic barrel propels the ball forward with reliable accuracy, allowing the batter to practice countless reps of different pitches and speeds. Different settings can even allow for some defensive drills such as ground balls, pop-ups, and line drives. Among these benefits, pitching machines also eliminate fatigue for pitchers or coaches in practice and allow hitters to practice alone in a batting cage.
Today’s pitching machines are safe, efficient, and versatile, but the first such device was more like a medieval cannon. In 1897, an eccentric mathematics professor named Charles Hinton loaded up an odd-looking device with ample amounts of gunpowder, armed himself with a few baseballs, and fired away at Princeton University’s baseball players. The machine wasn’t very accurate—several players were injured—but the design wasn’t completely flawed, as it was still able to “throw” balls at various speeds and even manage a curveball with the help of two steel fingers placed on the muzzle.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. New clients only. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid for use of the signature cage. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. Not applicable for teams. Not valid for those who have a previous reservation. May be repurchased every 60 days. Not valid for large groups. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.