Learn to Play Baseball the "Ripken Way" Bill Ripken and Cal Ripken, Jr.. have developed a method of baseball instruction based on their combined 33 years of major league experience and the teachings of their father, Cal Ripken, Sr. The Ripken Way is based on the following principles: Keep It Simple Observe first then teach. Break mechanics down into checkpoints for teaching and corrections. Make It Fun a variety of pitching drills keeps it interesting. Create games and contests to keep drills exciting. Explain Why Four-seam grip allows for better accuracy. Pitchers can't adjust if they don't understand terminology. Celebrate the Individual Look at the results first. Don't make too many changes if the pitcher is successful. This unique series of instructional programs explores how to play baseball the "Ripken Way". Actual footage of professional baseball players is used to illustrate each lesson. Understanding and applying the "Ripken Way" can help youth baseball players improve all aspects of their game.