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10
25
2013

The Role of Intent in Increasing Pitching Velocity

The intent to throw hard – the phrase was coined by Paul Nyman. Simple on its face, it is routinely rejected by pitching coaches everywhere from the outright dismissal (“just throw strikes”) to the subtle sabotage (“block with a firm front side”). Intending to throw the...

10
17
2013

On Velocity Being the Most Important Thing in Pitching

I am fortunate enough to have a handful of acquaintances who work in professional baseball that I can freely discuss things without fear of dismissal. One friend of mine is a minor league pitching coach, who got in a discussion with me about velocity and command. The conversation went like this: Him...

02
19
2013

Does Throwing Harder Mean Throwing Wilder?

A common sentiment amongst pitching coaches, dads, and your regular everyday baseball fan is that if you try to throw harder, you will be more wild. I’ve written plenty on this topic about it being a load of crap, because the human body learns to throw a ball effectively and more efficiently...

12
30
2012

Andrew Cashner's Pitching Mechanics (Quick Post)

While I was going through my huge library of pitching clips (over 3 GB at this point), I found one of my favorite examples that shows how complicated the 95 MPH delivery can be. Enter Andrew Cashner, a man who can throw 100 MPH: Note where the video is slowed down. It’s not rotation, it’...

01
16
2012

How to Use the Glove Side in Pitching

There have been millions of words (literally) written about the glove side as it pertains to pitching mechanics. I’m not going to add much to that, as I think a simple video and an animated image can say a lot more about how you can use the front side effectively in rotational sports. Rotation...

09
13
2011

Stuff to Read: 9/12/2011 (Steve Delabar Story, Jason Vargas THT Post)

Looking for a velocity-adding weighted baseball program?   Steve Delabar’s journey to the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners is a feel-good story anyone could love, right? Maybe not. Think about it: Why didn’t organized baseball have a velocity development plan for Steve to get him...