July 1, 2011
Your post ought to be an open letter to the baseball pitching community at large. Being totally honest I used to teach that static crap that was part and parcel taught in the Pro's by every coach I met. I had to quit, I knew it wasn't helping 99% of the young pitchers I was working with.
You and Brent have already taught me through this forum alone how to better communicate with my pitchers and what little nuances of pitching mechanics that you look for in coaching pitchers.
In a perfect world this is what a forum would be. A place to learn, share experiences and give & get advice.
It was coaches like you that gave me a chance to ever pitch in the first place.
Thanks for your input and insight. We are all better for it.
Yes Coach, tell us about what these coaches have told you about the other positions. It may not be related to pitching, but it's something good to know as I know you get the important info on these other positions. I'm sure it would be great to read ;D
Joe Morgan says he never had an iota about playing second base until he arrived at the major league level,That tells me that the non teaching capabilities of coaches goes way back into the amateur levels, I view many games of all levels, I coach in our college summer and high school fall ball leagues and these players are very short on learning their individual skills.
Joe said that his first experiences at second base he was run over, knocked into the outfield and got pretty well beat up until he along with some help learned how to defend himself against all runners, he said that they even rolled and threw stuff at him in the baseline while making double play pivots, These kids nowadays have no idea of how to play a good hard game of baseball and it is not all their fault, we went into base w/ spikes high with the intent of getting the foot in the way of the ball,
I intentionally got my spikes tangled in a base mans shirt many times, we learned to get down on double plays or get zeroed, we learned to throw from down under to get the runner down, we learned where to stand and how to make a runner change his pace and route to get around our base without interfering with the runner, do that nowadays and you get an interference call no matter what, we were taught how to get an interference call when a baseman did that to us.
Some managers are control freaks, I played minor league ball with a pitcher who ended up as pitching coach with Houston in the late 60's early 70's when they gave the managers job to Leo Durocher, Jim told me Leo would not let his pitching coaches help the pitchers until he told them to do so.
Darrell, coach Robo,
Your comments hit the nail right on the head, I have a 7 page letter from Steve Ellis, Steve really tells it like it is in organized ball, Steve said that he got fired from four minor league managing jobs simply because he was/is a teacher and he could not just stand around and watch his players make the same old mistakes over and over, my sentiments exactly.
I could go on and on but, Nuff said
Great baseballin to all.
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