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Brent,

 

I had always heard that screwballs caused a lot of injuries compared to curves, sliders, and cutters and that pitchers should stay away from the screwball. Marshall and other researchers seem to indicate that a pronated pitch (screwball) is less damaging that a supinated pitch (curves, sliders, and cutters). In fact, it is recommended that a pitcher should pronate all of his pitches. Marshall was the master of the screwball and had a long and successful mlb career. So it would appear that the screwball would be a good pitch for players to throw. Would you agree with this? what was your experience and that of others?

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Good Stuff!!!

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The NY Times called me about the articles I wrote above in reference to Dr. Marshall about 6 months ago. The guy interviewing me was asking me question after question about the research in the articles and he was all excited until he asked me who I was. I told him I was a retired pro pitcher and USA strength coach. He didn’t seem too impressed. I love politics!

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October 9, 2012 – 10:37 pm
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 Brent Pourciau USAW Certified said

The NY Times called me about the articles I wrote above in reference to Dr. Marshall about 6 months ago. The guy interviewing me was asking me question after question about the research in the articles and he was all excited until he asked me who I was. I told him I was a retired pro pitcher and USA strength coach. He didn’t seem too impressed. I love politics!

 

That sux. Have you ever consider inviting him on the site for a webinar or perhaps doing an interview with him? I think it would be great for both of you to get your ideas out to an interested audience. Also, did they ever publish the NY Times article on the good doctor?

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Cricket Bowling!!!! I was trying to figure out where the hell I saw the influence for his mechanics. And then I re-read your post. Cricket Bowling!!! Thats it. He would need to put some type of crow hop into the lower body mechanics to make it more functional and powerful. Not sure how that could be done and be a legal pitch………… 

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I wouldn’t mind an interview with him but it would totally end in a heated debate.

I never got word of the article that the NY Times was putting together. It may be out there somewhere.

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http://www.infosports.com/base…..h/3184.htm

apparently this is what happens when an elite prospect tries this approach:

 

“Although Dr. Marshall lists every lecture title he has every given in his website, there is not one name of any player that has ever utilized his pitching metholdology to enjoy any success. My exposure to Dr. Marshall’s teaching is purely anticdotal. I had a pitcher play for me in the fall of his SR. year. He was 6’4″ 235 RHP who could touch 90 and a prospect. Unfortunately, he was very academically challenged (590 SAT) and was ineligible in the spring of his SR. year. He played one year of JUCO before deciding that he would never pass college and headed off the Dr. Marshall’s school of pitching. I saw him the next summer pitching in a college league. He had the most bizarre pitching delivery I have ever seen. He could no longer break 78. He was shelled. He never made it past the second inning. His ERA must have been 30.00. Half way through the season, he was only playing 1B. His career as a pitcher was over! The front and back of his shoulder felt great. His stride knee was fine! Only his NECK HURT FROM THE WHIPLASH HE HAD SUFFERED FROM TRYING TO WATCH THE SHOTS THAT WERE ROCKETED OFF HIM!”

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