Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Moyer's Pep Talk at Notre Dame

MLB Pitcher Jamie Moyer talks with the Irish baseball team.
Work hard, get better every day and keep a notebook to document your progress.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Left-Handed Pickoff Move

This three-part video series covers the pickoff move to first base by a left-handed pitcher.

Part 1 "Mistakes"

Part 2 "The Move"

Part 3 -"The Throw"

(Source: Pinkman Baseball)

Article published in Collegiate Baseball News.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Keep your head quiet

Writer Eric Liu learns how to throw a change-up from Bryan Price, former pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners. One key suggestion about pitching is to "keep your head quiet."

The timing of this lesson, it turns out, was rather apt. All my life, I've been the equivalent of a fastball pitcher—trying to use blazing speed and brute force to wow the people I face. Lately I've been realizing that it would help if I knew how to change speeds from time to time, to be less predictable.

We got to work. My first few attempts at a change-up were wobbly. I had no control, no feel for the pitch in my fingertips. Worse, I began to think about how I had no feel. I began to think how ridiculous I must look, a clueless amateur. Bryan could see a dozen things wrong with my delivery: arm slot too low, hips not turned enough, follow-through too unbalanced, and on and on. But he chose to home in on one thing only: "Keep your head quiet," he said.

This meant making sure I held my head steady and square as I pitched, so my eyes would remain fixed on the target. It also meant not overloading my brain with anxiety and data. A quiet head in the psychological sense is hard to achieve. Bryan got me there by emphasizing a quiet head in the physical sense. By worrying only about keeping my gaze steady and my skull centered, I stopped overthinking.

source:How I Learned to Pitch by Eric Liu - Jan 13, 2005

Liu, author of Guiding Lights, a book about mentoring, has traveled the nation seeking out mentors in a number of widely different fields.

Unbelievably Believable

After winning the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III said:

This is unbelievably believable. 
It's unbelievable because in the moment we're all amazed when great things happen. 
But it's believable because great things don't happen without hard work.

Remember -
Great things don't happen without hard work.

Work hard and have fun during the off-season.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fastball Speed: Windup vs Stretch

Is there a difference in velocity when pitching from the Windup or Stretch?
I ran across this interesting article that answers the question.

Does the stretch cost a pitcher fastball speed?

Posted by Mike Fast  - The Hardball Times

It's often said that the stretch costs a pitcher 2-3 miles an hour off his fastball, and (considering how easy that is to check) I'll assume that's roughly accurate. (Rob Neyer)
It is very easy to check, and it turns out that it's not accurate at all. A pitcher's fastball speed turns out to be almost identical with runners on base as compared to his average fastball speed with the bases empty. If anything, the average starting pitcher throws about 0.1 mph harder with runners on base.

Read the article on The Hardball Times