Part 1: What Do the Fundamentals of Hitting a Baseball Have to Do with Your Facility Operations?

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With spring comes America’s favorite pastime: baseball. For many people, there’s nothing better than sitting in your favorite ballpark, watching your favorite team on a sunny day with a hot dog in one hand and an ice cold drink in the other. In honor of this tradition, we’re exploring how baseball and facility operations are related at a fundamental level.


Hitting a baseball
Being a good hitter starts with balance. A hitter should be comfortable and relaxed in his stance and maintain balance throughout the swing. When a hitter begins the swing, he should “throw” the bat through the baseball, keeping the hands inside. The finish should be balanced and strong with the back side completely rotated into a firm front side towards the pitcher, the head down, and the hands high.
The hardest part about hitting is timing. A hitter should always time his swing for a pitcher’s best fastball, meaning that, once he gets into his load, there is literally no more than a split second before the swing begins moving towards and through the baseball.


Performing facility operations
Performing routine preventative maintenance in a building is no different than being a good, fundamental hitter in baseball. A building’s mechanical systems need to be balanced and serviced on a regular basis in order to function at its optimum level of performance. By taking care of your facility’s equipment and keeping it in tune, building managers are able to maintain operational excellence, drive energy efficiency, and extend the useful life of the equipment.

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Final takeaways

So what do the fundamentals of hitting a baseball have to do with your facility operations? Quite a bit!

A good hitter:

  • Maintains balance
  • Times the pitcher up
  • Drives the back side into a firm front side while keeping his head down

Similarly, a building operator must:

  • Maintain balance in his equipment and systems
  • Time regular and routine maintenance at specific intervals
  • Drive and demand energy efficiency through awareness and diligence


By sticking to these fundamentals, the hitter and the facility operates at their optimum levels, giving the team or organization a great opportunity to win!


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Mike “Trap” Trapani works in the Energy Services group at McKenney's and is responsible for developing business and projects with both new and existing customers. Trap acts as the customer's advocate by leveraging his financial background and consulting with building owners and operators about the financial benefits of implementing energy conservation measures and whether or not they make financial sense. Trap is a Georgia Tech graduate and a former All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-baseman for the Yellow Jackets.

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