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  • Ball pitches every 7 seconds
  • Height of this baseball pitching machine is adjustable
  • A flashing red indicator light shows when the ball pitches
  • Comes with 6 plastic baseballs

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Various Retailers [amazon.com] - Franklin Sports MLB Playball Pitching Machine

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My neighbor has this. Note that everything, including the balls, are plastic. The ball starts slowing down about 5 feet from the machine and pitches at an arc. Also there has to be NO wind for it to pitch accurately. Fun toy, but not for any kids for batting practice unless the only thing you're working on is practicing on keeping your child's eye on the ball. Also after several uses last year, it's not pitching as far as it did, even with fresh batteries inside. Still works, just the balls land about 3 feet shorter than it did last year. If your child is playing baseball, pay more for one of the budget spring loaded ones that pitch real baseballs at real pitching speeds. You can find used ones at local sporting goods stores (check with the local company the uniforms were ordered from) for about $100 - $120, or on Marketplace and Craigslist after the baseball season ends.

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My neighbor has this. Note that everything, including the balls, are plastic. The ball starts slowing down about 5 feet from the machine and pitches at an arc. Also there has to be NO wind for it to pitch accurately. Fun toy, but not for any kids for batting practice unless the only thing you're working on is practicing on keeping your child's eye on the ball. Also after several uses last year, it's not pitching as far as it did, even with fresh batteries inside. Still works, just the balls land about 3 feet shorter than it did last year. If your child is playing baseball, pay more for one of the budget spring loaded ones that pitch real baseballs at real pitching speeds. You can find used ones at local sporting goods stores (check with the local company the uniforms were ordered from) for about $100 - $120, or on Marketplace and Craigslist after the baseball season ends.
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We used to have one of those too. It's exactly as desynergy described. We got one off Craigslist for very cheap to see if it'd help or be fun but instead it got our kids frustrated at it quickly. We ended up selling it back for the same amount 3 weeks later.

It's weak resulting in low power pitches and the balls are so light that they don't travel far. We tried replacing them with a bit heavier pickleballs which are the same size as baseballs. It was better but it lacked power to pitch them far enough and being heavier they fell down much faster. Out of 10 balls, maybe a couple are pitched where you stand and you have a decent shot at practicing a swing.Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.
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Its perfect for age 3-6 to teach them how to catch balls, not fast enough to hurt them
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Reviews aren't horrible.. I'm giving it a try for my 4y/o.
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Can't speak for longevity yet but for a budget toy, I've been impressed with this thing. Good pace for spitting out balls, it doesn't constantly run, thereby stretching battery life out, and adjustable height on pitching to vary distance. My 15yr has enjoyed working on reaction time with closer positioning and my younger boys are getting some work on hand/eye. Small investment for decent return so far
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This thing can be frustrating. Make sure you only use the provided balls. Other wiffle balls will not work. The balls have to be set in the cage one at a time, gingerly, so that they barely touch. If not it double pulls and shoots two at a time. No real consistency with the pitches. Batteries run low pretty quick. It will still pitch, but you have to readjust the thing every 6 balls. Overall at $45 not worth it. For this price, it might be worth to dicker around with.

Wiffle balls fly ALL Over the place. No consistency. Need balls without holes…..
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The problem with this thing is the age kid it's intended for doesn't have the attention span to use for more than a few minutes if they are by themselves. If they are with a friend(s), they are going to pitch and bat with each other so everybody is involved -- it's no fun for one to watch a machine throw the pitches to the other.
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We used to have one of those too. It's exactly as desynergy described. We got one off Craigslist for very cheap to see if it'd help or be fun but instead it got our kids frustrated at it quickly. We ended up selling it back for the same amount 3 weeks later.

It's weak resulting in low power pitches and the balls are so light that they don't travel far. We tried replacing them with a bit heavier pickleballs which are the same size as baseballs. It was better but it lacked power to pitch them far enough and being heavier they fell down much faster. Out of 10 balls, maybe a couple are pitched where you stand and you have a decent shot at practicing a swing.Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.
Stuff like this is e-waste before it even gets packed on a container ship. I can't imagine driving somewhere to meet a stranger and pay money for a used one. Impressive that one of them sold twice that way!
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I bought two. Combined the two spirals to create one and wired it for ac. Immediately get rid of the balls that came with it and get whiffle balls. Thing has made it through 8 years of baseball between two kids.
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I bought two. Combined the two spirals to create one and wired it for ac. Immediately get rid of the balls that came with it and get whiffle balls. Thing has made it through 8 years of baseball between two kids.
Curious - how or what parts would we purchase to wire for AC?
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This thing can be frustrating. Make sure you only use the provided balls. Other wiffle balls will not work. The balls have to be set in the cage one at a time, gingerly, so that they barely touch. If not it double pulls and shoots two at a time. No real consistency with the pitches. Batteries run low pretty quick. It will still pitch, but you have to readjust the thing every 6 balls. Overall at $45 not worth it. For this price, it might be worth to dicker around with.

Wiffle balls fly ALL Over the place. No consistency. Need balls without holes…..
Your comment makes me wonder if Wiffle balls will be a good idea to practice reacting to NOT knowing where the ball is headed? Say for example goalie practice or reaction time?
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Your comment makes me wonder if Wiffle balls will be a good idea to practice reacting to NOT knowing where the ball is headed? Say for example goalie practice or reaction time?
These come out slow. You would have to be right on the machine for that to work.
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