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Pitchers: Pre-Game Routine [ARTICLE]

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Going into his fifth start of this 2011 season, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez had a 1st inning ERA of 29.25. Prior to his latest start, the announcers talked quite a bit about what causes pitchers to have so much difficulty in the first...... Continue

Pitcher and Catcher: Working Together [ARTICLE]

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A certain beautiful type of rhythm happens when a pitcher and catcher work in harmony together. I have found that this rhythm occurs more often when the pitcher and catcher are allowed to call the game—with limited interference from the coach.... Continue

Purpose Pitch vs. Waste Pitch [ARTICLE]

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A pitch is thrown way outside and high. A player from the bench yells "Good waste pitch!" But was it? I believe there is quite a...... Continue

How to Throw Strikes Consistently [ARTICLE]

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If you're a pitcher, you must master throwing strikes. You have to be able to throw a strike in any count, to any batter, with runners on base, and with the game on the line. Throwing strikes will not only help you win games, it will reduce...... Continue

Do You Practice Your Purpose Pitches? [ARTICLE]

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Ever notice how many young pitchers have no idea how to throw at pitchout? If you want to see something funny (or sad depending on your perspective), have your pitchers do a drill where every pitch is a pitchout to the catcher. Then...... Continue

Change your sights for more strikes [ARTICLE]

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There aren't many things worse than being on the mound throwing ball after ball and having no idea how to fix yourself. Contrary to what a lot of catches think, yelling "Throw strikes!" isn't helping. Do you really think he is trying to throw...... Continue

Pitching - The Sinker [ARTICLE]

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The sinking fastball is becoming one of the more prevalent pitches in the game. The function of the sinker is generally to run or tail and sink toward the arm side of the pitcher. Like the cutter, the sinking fastball will promote weaker...... Continue

Eliminate the Middle Man [ARTICLE]


Our program for years has always taught our left handed pitchers to read the runner. With a runner on first base our left handers decision to pitch or throw to first base is determined by what the runner does. Four things can occur when the lefty...... Continue

How to watch pitchers warm up [ARTICLE]

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When I first would tell a player to watch him warmup I would often ask the player what he saw after about 10-20 pitches. Usually the answers were like "he’s right handed and throws ok." After teaching my players what to look for, the answers were...... Continue

A Pitcher's Guide to Preventing Stolen Bases [ARTICLE]

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If you are a pitcher, it's time to learn how to stop aggressive base runners in their tracks. Let's take a look at three key variables you need to master to prevent stolen bases.... Continue