Should Pitchers Distance Run? Yes and No…

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When I was coming up as a young pitcher, it was pretty well accepted that pitchers should run long distance. So in college and in the minors we ran poles, poles and more poles… For those unfamiliar with this, running poles usually consists of slow or moderate running out on the warning track, foul pole to foul pole (pretty tedious stuff).

And on one hand, it seemed to make sense. As a pitcher, you want to be strong for ...

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Pitching Science: Why Apes Make Bad Pitchers

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Have you ever heard it said that throwing a baseball isn’t a natural motion?

I had one coach who used to say, “If it was natural, we’d all go around walking like this,” waving his arms around high over head. Well I came across a NY Times article the other day that suggests maybe it’s not so unnatural after all.

Scientists Unlock Mystery in Evolution of Pitchers

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Pitching Mechanics: Taking a look at hand break

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Today I want to talk about one specific aspect of the pitching motion that I think gets more attention than it deserves. In general, I think it’s easy for well-meaning coaches and parents to fall into the trap of over-analyzing and obsessing over every last piece in the pitching delivery… Intentions are usually good, but when you overload kids with too many restraints it can backfire.

So here’s the scenario… I get this kind of question a lot, and ...

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