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PITCHING MECHANICS MADE SIMPLE

Over the last few years there has been a lot of emphasis on proper mechanics for a pitcher. Every clinic that I have attended has at least one of the coaches going over the proper mechanics of the throw. There have been several books written on mechanics and there are ...

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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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TRYING HARD Vs. PLAYING

In 1996 our team was going through a period when they were not playing well. The effort was certainly there but the players were getting frustrated because we were struggling to beat teams we knew we should beat. I finally remembered an article written by Pat Harrison who at that ...

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HOLDING RUNNERS ON

Holding runners on base and letting them advance only by a hit or sacrifice can be a great advantage to the pitcher and his team. Many times by holding a runner on first base and keeping a double play in order a pitcher can get himself out of a tight ...

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PITCHING STRATEGY PART FIVE: KEEPING RECORDS – THE PITCHER’S NOTEBOOK

In my many years of teaching and coaching baseball, mainly pitchers, I have been asked by young players and dads, ‘ What should a player or pitcher do to get his arm in shape for the season or to begin throwing off the mound?’. While at the University of Michigan ...

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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, MENTAL PREPARATION

The mental aspect of pitching may be the most important discipline that a pitcher can go through to assure success. Many pitchers have a good enough arm to pitch in High School, College or the Big Leagues but not all are successful. There is a relationship between repetitive practice, confidence, ...

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PITCHING STRATEGY PART FIVE: KEEPING RECORDS – THE PITCHER’S NOTEBOOK

If you are a coach who calls the pitches for your pitchers or you feel you don’t play an opponent enough times to warrant encouraging your pitchers to keep a notebook on the hitters, then this article is for you.   Major League teams spend thousands of dollars a year for computer ...

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PITCHING STRATEGY PART FOUR: THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL IN TODAY’S GAME – PITCHING FRONT TO BACK

In order to understand the significance of pitching back to front in today’s game, it is important to first understand the evolution of hitting and what is being stressed today. To me, the biggest factor in changing hitting technique has been the advent of the aluminum bat.   When the aluminum bat ...

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PITCHING STRATEGY PART THREE: DEVELOPING YOUR SUCCESS ENGINE – COMPLIMENTARY AND ANTAGONISTIC PITCHES

The cornerstone to successful pitching strategy is the ‘Will to Win’. Every time a pitcher thinks about pitching, picks up a ball to throw, or walks out between the lines, he must have an attitude of preparing to win and of doing all he can to win. Next comes the ...

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