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Indoor batting cage a hit this time of year

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 5:45 pm

The sun may be rising and setting just a tad earlier these days, but the temps are as a high as ever. By now, you may be looking for a few fresh ideas to keep you active and indoors while we wait for the heatwave to finally break for fall.

Batting cages are one of my favorite ways to move my butt all year round. Truth be told (and I know you are shocked), I am leagues away from playing professional ball. That is why I am thankful there are cages that cater to beginners as well as seasoned players.

Unfortunately, outdoor centers are not an option in the heat, and so I thank the baseball gods for indoor cages to get my hitting fix.

MVP Zone indoor batting cages in southeast Chandler is favored by professional players training in Arizona, college players and local ball clubs alike. Unlike many batting cage facilities that offer only baseball or softball, MVP offers both. MVP Zone’s flexible layout is designed to offer four different speeds per cage for either baseball or softball, and higher or lower pitches based on the individual batter’s needs.

A helpful crew of seasoned players are on hand to help you gear up with a variety of equipment to suit your level and needs.

Want to get serious with your sport? Professional instructors include World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks player Junior Spivey and Scott Steinmann, recent catcher and current coach for the Seattle Mariners.

Consider indoor batting cages the next time you need to battle summertime boredom and blues. It is an excellent way to stay cool while you work up a sweat and have fun with friends, the family, or even on a daytime date.

If you go

What: MVP Zone

When: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: 2460 E. Germann Road, Suite 12, Chandler

Cost: Pricing at MVP Zone varies, and batting cages are available for private rental as well as groups and parties.

Information: (480) 857-6000 or MVPZoneAZ.com

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