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How to Use Offspeed Pitches to Hinder Timing: Mound Success

How to Use Offspeed Pitches to Hinder Timing

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  • Pitching is a Mental Chess Match of Energy Hitter vs. Pitcher
  • What Change Up is Best
Many pitches can be used to follow a good fastball and can essentially be labeled as change ups. Splitfinger fastballs, palm balls, circle change and forkballs are common offspeed pitches that can deter and offset the balance of a hitter who is predicting a high velocity fastball. The best change up is the one that a hitter isn’t suspecting. Throw change ups following fastballs and never throw a predicatable change up. 
  • Good fastballs, Make Better Change Ups
Whether you start most hitters off with a fastball or curveball, a good change up is one that the hitter doesn’t know is coming. If the majority of your strike pitches are fastballs or curveballs, a change up could be a good alternative to getting a much needed strikeout. Even if you follow a hard slider or curve with a change up, a fastball should always be an option for coming to save the day. The consistent offspeed or movement of pitches is a great recipe for a strikeout with a good high or low fastball. 
  • Change Ups: Not for Strikes

changeup grip

Since a pitcher has more than one chance at strikeing out a hitter often times a good strategy is to throw change ups for balls right after a consistent number of fastballs for strikes. Using pitches such as a circle change which can dive down and inside to a hitter at a slower velocity can often cause hitters to strike out more often. 
Some of the greatest pitchers have made their careers based on having great change ups. Trevor Hoffman the All Times Save leader made his bread and butter pitch a flutterball which he used when he no longer had a commanding fastball. Johan Santana threw a No Hitter with the New York Mets and was infamous for his famous change up and keeping hitters off balance with his left handed pitching and commanding control of his change up. Nolan Ryan no doubt one of the greatest pitchers in history also used the circle change to compliment his curveball and fastball and there is no doubt that the change up helped him in his quest as the alltime strikeout leader and pitcher of 7 no hitters. 
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Baseball: How to Finally Win. Every Athletes Guide to Winning

kirk gibson

How to Finally WIN!!!

  • Winning is just that. Scoring one more run than the other team. It shouldn’t be that difficult.
  • Create positive habits where success is more likely
  • Practice doing what winners do
  • Keep a positive mindset to always get better
  • Never settle after a win
  • Set individual game goals
More so winning isn’t everything, but it is something. Winning athletic competitions is in our spirit as humans. The strive to succeed is ingrained in all of us, so I felt a guide to winning could be a good start for someone that hasn’t achieved success lately. I like to look at winning as a reward for all the practice and preparation done with the goal of becoming a better baseball player. The above strategies are key assets to making winning more of a likelihood than a challenge. Write these down on a note pad and put them in your baseball bag and remind yourself often that winning is just a result of preparation, practice and hard work. Only those who do the work to win and practice the right way will be the most successful at their position and most valuable player to their team. If you aren’t a winner as a team, you can almost certainly know that you tried your best and have succeeded personally even if as a team it was a losing effort. One last reminder is that as you progress to different teams, some may win and some may lose but to win more often you as an athlete must improve and meet and exceed personal goals. By excelling in personal accomplishments you’ll be attracting yourself to winners and other team’s will look to recruit you to join them and their winning team.
 joe torre
“When we lost I couldn’t sleep at night.  When we win I can’t sleep at night.  But when you win, you wake up feeling better”    -Joe Torre  (Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees Manager 1977 – 1984, 1990 to Present)

How to “Do” Baseball in Simple Steps

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  • Sign up for a Little League, Sports Association, or School Sports Team
  • Find out when Tryouts for Leagues that are in your area are to be scheduled
  • Post on social networks and send text messages to friends that you are interested in baseball
  • Get with a friend who is already playing and ask them to show you how to play baseball
  • Watch Baseball to Get an Idea of the Rules and Format of the Game
  • Hire a Baseball Coach /Personal Trainer to teach you the Proper Mechanics of Throwing/Hitting
  • Pick a position You would like to Play Defensively
  • Practice, Practice, Practice so when you eventually play in a game you can be prepared
  • Baseball is a Sport, so when “Doing” Baseball Have Fun and Keep it Simple

Baseball isn’t a complex game. Essentially baseball can be seen as a form of tag with the bases as safe zones. Ironically when your on a base when you are tagged by a player with a ball, the umpire is most likely to call you “SAFE”. So essentially baseball is a fun safe game than can be played at all ages and over time and progression improve drastically at different levels. The first step is to get involved in a league and find information on sign ups or tryouts. After that usually the league sends out information and practices and games are usually laid out. From here you can decide to seek professional help in the former of a personal trainer, otherwise known as a personal baseball instructor that offers private lessons. This coach will provide more emphasis on your individual game getting started as opposed to becoming lost in the team game. The point of team practices is execution on the field during game day, however when you take the position of pitcher or are hitting, essentially your in control of the game and working individually to help out the team. Overall remember baseball is fun and should be enjoyed. The more you practice, the more you will become perfect.


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Pitching 101: Curve balls hurt your arm and this is why!

Byung-Hyun Kim

Throwing side arm as you can see in the picture above causes excess stress on the arm. The reason not to throw sidearm is to avoid arm pain and forced inflammation of the tendons by them rubbing on the elbow ligament joint. As you can see Byung-Hyun Kim has an inverted W which is the first sign that the pitcher must over compensate to release the ball out in front of his body once his arm catches up to his body after hip rotation, further putting stress on the elbow if the front hip and shoulder is not aligned toward the catcher. If for instance the pitcher has a closed front hip or has his lead foot pointed inside to a right handed hitter he must also throw across his body to reach a target on the outside of the plate. Byung-Hyun Kim didn’t last long after his implosion giving up world series home runs in back to back games against the Yankees before having arm issues and further being released.

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”.

athletic stance

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.


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.