We get it – your baseball bag is stuffed full of BBQ or Dill Pickle sunflower seeds, spare baseballs you stole from the bullpen (don’t lie), a no-longer-legal-BESR bat for cage laser shows, and a mitt that needs a serious relacing and reconditioning job (we recommend lanolin).
But there’s a list of equipment you absolutely should carry around if you’re a pitcher who cares about arm health.
The Bare Minimum
Here’s the list of stuff you should keep in the bag at the bare minimum – not including your essentials, like cleats. You should never be caught dead without:
- A set of resistance bands – essential for pre/post arm care, warmup, and cooldown
- Small foam roller – gotta have it for self-myofascial release, mobility drills, and using as a pillow during double-headers you aren’t pitching
Probably Should Have
And here’s some stuff you should have, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have it:
- TAP Weighted Ball (2 lbs, Green) – great for reverse tosses, shoulder warm-ups, IR/ER tosses, and post-throwing cooldown work
- Oates’ Shoulder Tube – large and unwieldy, but the perfect rhythmic stabilization tool
- SKLZ Reaction Ball – awesome suggestion from Mike Reinold, great for reaching the lats, posterior shoulder, and teres major (read Mike’s article on that)
Our guys use wrist weights all the time:
But they’re kind of a pain to carry around, especially since they’re 10 lbs. each. If you want to carry them around for blood flow and warm-up purposes, awesome, but you can usually skip them on game day.