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December 6, 2011 - 11:23 pm
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Let's see how sharp everyone is on the balk rule.

"Balk or no Balk" during the stretch position.

A pitcher following his stretch must (a) hold the ball in both hands in front of his body and (b) come to a complete stop.

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What is considered a stop?

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False and yes

 

Any movement completely stopped for a any period of time. 

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There are basic ways to get batters out beings certain pitches work very well when either thrown ahead or behind one another when a given pitcher has decent control of his pitches, then there are the bad pitches batters swing at to work with, when batters do things to get themselves out I teach my pitchers and catchers to take advantage and help them to get themselves out as much as possible. basically a good high-n-tight pitch is death on left handed batters, major leaguer or not, especially after a good swing and a miss at a good diving knee low straight change up. I am not a great admirer of, on this pitch count throw this pitch etc. no regular pattern pitching. these kids need two very constructive bull pens per week and to only pitch one game per week.

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Yea, well I have I tip for catchers, but I think it will be something pitchers may want to know. Catchers must be a master of negative thinking. Do you know why a pitcher and a catcher is called a battery? Because, a pitcher has the go-go positive thinking and a catcher has negative thinking, where he assumes everything fails, when you put the "plus" and "minus" together you get a battery. So no matter how good a pitcher, he will never live up to the catchers requirements. I'm guessing you're wondering how this relates, I'm saying that when someone is insulting you or putting you down, what do you do? You get mad at them right? So what's mad+positive? Aggressive. This is a huge trait that I think both pitcher and catcher should have. This is what makes a good "battery" 😀

       

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I also have another tip for hitters, but somehow it relates too. The more power you put into your swing, the weaker it gets. So if you make your swing more compact, you won't lose power. How this relates again, is that we as pitchers need to be like hitters and relax and make our pitch more "compact". I see this in my pitcher, he starts out powerful, and in the end he ends up weak and slows down. Like what Brent said, You should start out at a steady pace and reach your top speed just before triple extension, so that your triple extension is as explosive as you can get it, or something like that. So don't start out too fast, you may think that you will keep that speed or even that speed up even more, but in reality once you hit your top speed, you'll want to slow down. Like a car, once it hits its top speed it slows down and you have to speed it up again. So just remember this and not start out too fast into your delivery.

       

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Coach Robo said:

I have a ten-step Pitching Plan that we use on the teams I coach.  My guys can repeat all ten of them back to me.  Then we spend some of our time together during the year exploring the importance of each one.

  1. Work fast
  2. Throw strikes
  3. Keep the ball down
  4. Get ahead in the count
  5. Change speeds
  6. Be Fearless In The Zone - (My number 6 used to be Dominate the Outer Half - but that's obsolete strategy.  FITZ is a specific strategy for attacking the strike zone based on the effective velocity of pitches in different locations.)
  7. Attack with two strikes
  8. Never give in to the count
  9. Never show negative emotion on the mound
  10. Be a Finisher. 

 

 

Was at a coach's clinic this past weekend and saw a 2 hour presentation by Perry Husband. Regarding working fast, Perry said that to get the most effect from effective velocity you have to have each pitch within 15 seconds.  Also, he talked about "tunneling" in which you try to get throw your pitches to the same spot forty feet from the plate.  If you can do that, the batter can't identify the pitch.  Using the V1 golf software, he showed Cliff Lee, Roy Halliday, and Aroldis Chapman throwing different pitches in a sequence to different batters.  With this software, he was able to overlay the pitches and it was remarkable how you only saw 1 ball until 0.14 seconds after release at which the balls took different tracks. 

  As for pitching low and away, can weight longer to react to the pitch.  To really be effective, you need to be able to pitch up and in.  To back this up, he showed the statistic that Barry Bonds batted 125 on up and in pitches.  By leaning into the plate, Barry made pitchers throw low and away which gave him more time to react.

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I am a big advocate of up and in. I tell most of my pitches to throw hard and high. Coach, I would reconsider your number 3 based on this great info you have posted here on Husband. What do you think?

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Every hitter is different. You cant just make generalization and assume it works for every hitter. A good pitcher or catcher reads how the batter has been swinging and calls pitches accordingly. 

 

I do agree with staying away from the low stuff WITH WEAKER HITTERS. Their bats are usually slower through the zone and generally keep their swing low, so they have time to get those ones. Also with the weaker hitters, avoid sliders. Their natural bat lag helps them reach these

 

I tell my pitchers to keep the pitches to these types of hitters just above the hands (generally inside). Weak hitters can not bring their hands up after their swing has started

 

I go low and away with the jumpy or aggressive hitters. They jump out at the ball and when they are out in front, they will have little chance of getting good contact on the ball, forcing those weak grounders.

 

Too many pitchers are trying to strike out hitters VS pitching to contact. Lets keep the pitch count low and let our defense help us out

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