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Keep it Simple Stupid: How to Hit and Pitch without Overthinking

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“Baseball is 50% from the neck up”   - Ted Williams

How to Hit and Pitch without Overthinking

  • Remember Baseball is a Game and not a Life or Death Situation: Have Fun
  • Relax, Focus, and Keep the game Simple: Don’t do too much
Essentially pitching and hitting can be explained as a process that can be executed in a series of steps. 
 
Hitting can be explained as simple as Load, Stride, Swing or Load, Dance step, Squash the bug, or even Ready, Set, Swing…
and 
 
Pitching can be explained as Come Set, Lift leg, stride towards home and throw… just as long as it crosses home plate it can be called a pitch and or a strike. 
 
There are many other explanations for how to over analyze both pitching and hitting but most simply put..if you achieve the goal of either hitting the ball or pitching a pitch then your already half way to your goal. Relax step back from over thinking and remember that baseball is a kid’s game and meant to be played for enjoyment. At most the only detrimental thing that can happen upon failure is a little time passes and you get another chance at SWEET! GREAT! Redemption! The coolest thing about pitching and hitting is you get up to 3, 4 or 5 opportunities a game to succeed and even if not successful then you still can come out at a .500 average with success in the next game. Competition and challenging yourself shouldn’t be anything more than setting goals to better yourself and improve from where you were the day before. If you over analyze too much your thoughts can often become dense and get you down. Try to do one thing at a time and keep it simple when your opportunities to come up at bat or pitch and remember that as long as your trying your best, your doing what you can. And even if for some reason your not at your best you have teammates there to pick you up, play defense for you, or drive you in if you happen to get a walk. 

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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