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Effective Pitching Philosophy-Simple Pitcher’s Approach

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I believe pitching is the end result of preparation and hard work in the off season.  I feel off season conditioning and a good long toss program should enable pitchers to keep balance and good mechanics from the first pitch to their very last.  Pitching on the mound should be a mental game of perception in which the hitter perceives the pitcher as a passive strike thrower, when in reality the prepared pitcher is an aggressive power pitcher with a game plan and goals of how to approach and get every hitter out before that hitter steps into the box. I believe with a good game plan pitchers should maintain mental toughness regardless of the “stuff” they have that particular day and be able to take each outing and particular pitch as a learning experience and “live in the moment” as if every pitch were their last. Conditioning and agility and core strength of a pitcher I feel is essential to getting up on the mound and being successful as it will enable the athlete to know he is capable of at any moment throwing the pitch directly in the location desired not to the hitter but through the catcher with the proper stride length and body balance/velocity desired and with the best mechanics to protect the arm as possible. Through mirror drills, bullpens, and long toss the pitcher should be able to know their own body and be able to make adjustments on the mound to throw at minimum 2 strikes to every 3rd baseball delivered.Pitching on a mound in a game situation is nothing more of a mental game of getting ahead with a first strike on hitters, and further becomes a chess match of keeping the hitters off balance and throwing the most optimal pitches to get either strikeouts or ground ball outs. Depending on the pitcher I feel any given day there should be more groundouts than flyouts and with a good defense/infield a starting pitcher should have no problem throwing 6-7 innings. The goal of the getting the  first strike on hitters is to never be predictable from one pitch to the next, yet remaining confident when the count is not in one’s favor. Pitching on the other hand can be as simple as throwing a baseball through a tire for target practice. Whats your take? Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment or reply.questionmark

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Balancing a Pitcher-Before the Throw!!!

Most pitchers reach opposite and equal at some point in their delivery. If they didn’t they would either throw it into the sky or throw into the ground. So wouldn’t you agree that the most simple approach to pitching begins with a balanced start on the mound, a balanced simple leg kick and keeping everything top center on the mound ready to explode inertia to the hitter. So the phase of pitching I’m describing today is basically the standing on the mound in a “athletic position”.

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This position is one in which the knees are perhaps slightly bent but the pitcher could essentially stand there all day and someone could not walk over and simply push him off the mound as if he were standing straight up with no stability. From here the most simple thing a pitcher can do to maintain balance and simplicity is either “side step stride” toward the hitter and begin towards the power “T” or lift the lead leg straight up to the pitcher’s highest balanced point.

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At this point things starts happening and we will go into that another day…Today’s message, simple leads to directional. You can’t go wrong by standing athletic on the mound and lifting your lead leg up centrally. God made us with only our body therefore there is no extra torque that can be generated by swinging your leg back, looking to the sky (Fernando Venezuela style) or any other of the various strategies. Pitching is repetition and to throw the highest amount of likely “strikes” one must keep it simple and leave the room for error to a minimum.

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