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UNCOOPERATIVE UMPIRES

Typically, when a pitcher is getting ready for the season, or when he is throwing on the side, he works on his power pitches. As he works on those pitches, he usually works on keeping them down and on the corners. Every pitcher has an idea as to which pitches ...

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PITCHING – DEVELOPING GOOD CONSISTENT LOCATION: PART 1

Consistent Location: Its Importance   I can’t stress enough to pitchers the importance of location. It is the one key element that they can adjust during a game. Since so much of pitching is mental, it is imperative to always give a pitcher a way through any tough situation. For instance if ...

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PITCHING STRATEGY PART ONE: THE CORNERSTONE – THE WILL TO WIN

What’s the purpose here, anyway? I ask this question to every pitcher before I begin working with him. I am always surprised by the variety of answers I get. Examples of responses are: throw strikes, strike everyone out, don’t walk anyone, throw hard, make the team, get outs, ...

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PITCHING STRATEGY PART TWO: THE FOUNDATION – THE HEDGEHOG CONCEPT

A couple of years ago I read a book by Jim Collins titled Good To Great. In his excellent book, Mr. Collins showed the findings of his research team that contrasted companies that went from good to great and stayed there over a fifteen year period with good companies that ...

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