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Learn to Throw the Thumb Splitter [ARTICLE]

by ABCA's Coaching Digest on

The original splitter made famous by Bruce Sutter has since been utilized by many pitchers on every level. Unfortunately, it has also attributed to many elbow injuries along the way. Perfecting the pitch and avoiding injury has been a double-edged...... Continue

Pitch Selection [ARTICLE]

by Human Kinetics on

It's difficult to underestimate the importance of pitch selection as it relates to winning games. Whether coaches choose to make these decisions or leave them to the pitcher and catcher, these basic principles should guide the pitch-selection process... Continue

Pitchers: Pre-Game Routine [ARTICLE]

by Baseball by the Yard on

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]

by Human Kinetics on

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]

by Baseball by the Yard on

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]

by STACK on

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]

by Baseball by the Yard on

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]

by Baseball by the Yard on

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]

by Human Kinetics on

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