The Long Toss Debate (Part I)

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The long toss debate has been getting more attention lately, and it seems like things might be coming to a head. You’ve got some guys that swear by it, claiming it helps build arm strength and increase velocity. Others flat out reject it, claiming it puts too much stress on the arm and leads to bad mechanical habits. Even the Wall Street Journal weighed in with an article earlier this year about the new crop of young pitchers ...

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What Pushing a Car Can Teach You about Pitching Velocity

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When I was a kid learning to pitch, conventional wisdom taught that getting to a good balance point was the most important part of the pitching motion. I used to practice it daily, lifting my leg and holding it at the top, over and over again, sometimes until my legs started to shake… What a waste! It’s simply not what successful, hard throwing big league pitchers do. Creating momentum by getting your center of gravity moving towards home plate ...

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The Importance of Good Glove-Arm Action

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Today I want to discuss an area of pitching mechanics that’s often misunderstood, and that’s the importance of good glove-arm action. I think it’s safe to say, any pitching coach who has a clue about mechanics knows it’s important to stay closed and not fly open with your front side. My college pitching coach used to love telling one of my teammates that he was “swinging like a rusty gate!” Despite the wide agreement on this topic, there’s been a ...

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