Playing Pepper

Have you ever played pepper? If not, you missed out. Pepper is, or was, a common pre-game exercise where one player hits sharp, short grounders to a group of fielders who are standing approximately twenty feet away. The fielders throw the ball to the batter who uses a short, light swing to hit the ball on the ground back towards the fielders. The fielders field the ground balls and continue tossing the ball to the batter. To get the hitter out, he would swing and miss or if the ball is caught by the fielder, the batter’s turn ends. This exercise helps keep the fielders and batter alert, develop quickness and good hand-eye coordination.

The reason it became known as “pepper” was that the batter was “peppering” his teammates with the baseball, “sprinkling” the ball to them. This stems from the pepper used at dinner time – the user sprinkling the black stuff onto their dish.

Few major leaguers play pepper today. As recent as the mid-1970s, it was a common site in ballparks before batting practice. A famous sign at old Tiger Stadium in Detroit, MI, warned “No Pepper Allowed” behind the plate and near the dugouts- because the team wanted to protect their own players and spectators prior to games. As of 2012, most stadiums ban pepper because they do not want the excessive wear and tear on the grass in one area.

MLB Network’s Bill Ripken, Harold Reynolds and Joe Girardi demonstrate the game as Dan Pleasac chimes in with his commentary of the game.

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2020 Winter Training Guide

This guide is a quick summary to those who are looking at our 2020 Winter Training schedule. Use the side menu or the links across the top of the website to locate more detail on our programming. The programming will begin Monday January 6, 2020. Some of the programs vary in length due to holidays or school Pro-D Days. Only the holiday is recognized for the day for no instruction.



DayStart DateTimeLocationClinicNumber of WeeksAgesCost
MondayJanuary 6, 20206:00pm to 7:30pmKerrisdale Elementary School - VancouverPitching Clinic98 to 10 years old$345.00+Taxes
MondayJanuary 6, 20207:30pm to 9:00pmKerrisdale Elementary School - VancouverPitching Clinic911 to 13 years old$345.00+Taxes
TuesdayJanuary 7, 20206:00pm to 7:30pmKerrisdale Elementary School - VancouverHitting Clnic108 to 10 years old$380.00+Taxes
TuesdayJanuary 7, 20207:30pm to 9:00pmKerrisdale Elementary School - VancouverHitting Clinic1011 to 13 years old$380.00+Taxes
WednesdayJanuary 8, 20205:00pm to 6:30pmEagle Harbour Primary - West VancouverPitching Clinic108 to 10 years old$380.00+Taxes
WednesdayJanuary 8, 20206:30pm to 8:00pmEagle Harbour Primary - West VancouverPitching Clinic1011 to 14 years old$380.00+Taxes
Thursday January 9, 20205:00pm to 6:30pmEagle Harbour Primary - West VancouverPitching Clinic1011 to 14 years old$380.00+Taxes
ThursdayJanuary 9, 20206:30pm to 8:00pmEagle Harbour Primary - West VancouverFielding Clinic1011 to 14 years old$380.00+Taxes
FridayJanuary 10, 20206:00pm to 7:30pmKerrisdale Elementary School - VancouverHitting Clinic108 to 10 years old$380.00+Taxes
FridayJanuary 10, 20207:30pm to 9:00pmKerrisdale Elementary School - VancouverHitting Clinic1011 to 13 years old$380.00+Taxes
SaturdayJanuary 11, 20202:30pm to 4:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverPitching Clinic108 to 10 years old$380.00+Taxes
SaturdayJanuary 11, 20202:30pm to 4:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverPitching Clinic1011 to 14 years old$380.00+Taxes
SaturdayJanuary 11, 20204:00pm to 5:30pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverHitting Clinic108 to 10 years old$380.00+Taxes
SaturdayJanuary 11, 20205:30pm to 7:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverHitting Clinic1011 to 12 years old$380.00+Taxes
SaturdayJanuary 11, 20207:00pm to 8:30pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverHitting Clinic1012 to 13 years old$380.00+Taxes
SaturdayJanuary 11, 20208:30pm to 10:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverNight Hacks1014 years old and older$380.00+Taxes
SundayJanuary 12, 20202:00pm to 3:30pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverPitch, Hit & Field Clinic108 to 10 years old$380.00+Taxes
SundayJanuary 12, 20203:30pm to 5:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverHitting Clinic1011 to 13 years old$380.00+Taxes
SundayJanuary 12, 20205:00pm to 7:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverWinter Ball108 to 10 years old$429.00 + Taxes
SundayJanuary 12, 20207:00pm to 9:00pmLions Gate Christian Academy - North VancouverWinter Ball1011 to 14 years old$429.00 + Taxes


Quick link to registration for the above programs. If you need more information on the programming, please use the drop down menu for detailed programming information.

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Twitter, Facebook and Last Raps Baseball

Last Raps Baseball uses Twitter to help educate our participants as well as communicate with our customers. Concerned about weather conditions for an outdoor camp? Need to look at homework questions for participants? Follow us on Twitter for real time information. Don’t have a Twitter account? It’s okay. You can still visit our Twitter page by using Google and searching for Last Raps Baseball. Good luck and happy Tweets!!

Last Raps Baseball is connected on Facebook. For special events and notices, be sure to bookmark our page for short notice bulletins or other useful information.


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