Off-Season Training for Pitchers: Part I

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This is one of my favorite times of year here in the northeast. Leaves are changing color, there’s a cool bite in the air, and major league playoffs are in full gear. If you’re a young pitcher, your summer league is a distant memory, and while a lot of kids play fall baseball, that too is coming to a close. And after that last pitch is thrown and you put the spikes away for the winter, you’ve officially entered into ...

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More Pitching Drills I Don’t Like: The Towel Drill

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I almost included the towel drill in my list of least favorite pitching drills, but decided this one needed it’s own separate article. The most common version of the towel drill involves performing your motion with a towel in your throwing hand with the intention of hitting a target that somebody holds out in front of your landing foot. The idea is in order to consistently hit the target, you need to demonstrate good ...

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The Pitcher’s Stride: Does a Short Stride Hurt Velocity?

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It’s pretty well accepted that a long stride helps you maximize power in your delivery, resulting in greater velocity. That’s partly why I’m a big believer in the importance creating momentum early in your leg lift (see my article on early momentum). Too many kids are taught that getting to a “balance point” is the most important part of their pitching delivery. This kills momentum, effectively holding them back and making it tougher to move down the mound ...

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