The automated batting cage—like the mechanical bull—offers the fast-paced thrills of its parent sport without the requirement of wearing tight pants and gauche high socks. Swing in fashion with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one continuous hour of batting-cage use at the Sluggers batting range on Juan Tabo Boulevard Northeast (a $30 value).
Sluggers helps hitters hone their hacks in automated outdoor batting cages. After a batter steps up to the plate, the stall's mechanical pitcher will hurl spheres at the batter's chosen speed while holding up secret robo signals to the mechanical catcher. For one hour, hitters can enhance their stances, straighten their swings, and beef up personal stats over the course of 600 pitches in one of the facility's six cages. The cages accommodate practitioners of all billy-club-based sports with both baseballs and softballs, and all stalls are well lit until closing in case clients want to put in a late-night line-drive session.
For more than 30 years, Sluggers has given countless children and adults an arena in which to practice the universal pastime of hitting a ball with a stick. After fastening a complimentary helmet and selecting a bat, players step into outdoor cages where they can hone their skills on pitches of various speeds. Players can purchase gear onsite or borrow a bat from the center's stash of rental equipment, negating the need to whittle down a bat from one of their bedposts.