Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Switch pitcher throwing a knuckleball

Switch pitcher Henry Knight works on throwing the knuckleball right-handed at the end of a bullpen session. After making an adjustment to his leg lift, he is able to locate the knuckleball in the strike zone.

Watch the knuckleball in slow motion.

Learn about the Knuckleball >>


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How baseballs are made

Watch a short video on how baseballs are made.

The 108 seams are hand-stitched!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Switch pitcher throwing a 2-seam fastball

Switch pitcher Henry Knight throws the 2-seam fastball left- and right-handed.
Watch how the ball moves sideways (runs).

Note the glove signal used to indicate the 2-seamer pitch.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Switch pitcher throwing the Splitter

Ambidextrous pitcher Henry Knight throwing the split-finger fastball - Splitter.

The splitter is usually thrown by an experienced pitcher – with flexible fingers – to a catcher who can block balls in the dirt. 

Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara is known for his nasty splitter.
(KOH-jee ew-ee-HAR-uh)

Learn How to Throw a Splitter >>


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Henry Knight ambidextrous bullpen videos

New videos of switch pitcher Henry Knight from Seattle

Henry Knight throwing a bullpen left- and right-handed, using 6 different pitch grips. He throws from the stretch to prepare for his role as a relief pitcher.

In the bullpen, he uses glove signals to indicate which pitches he plans to throw.

Pitches: fastball (4-seam; 2-seam), changeup, curveball, sinker, cutter, splitter 

Knight throwing a bullpen right- and left-handed with coach Ron Queen catching. Working on hitting the inside and outside corners of the strike zone.

"Why has our pitching been so great? Our catcher that's why. He looks cumbersome but he's quick as a cat." - Casey Stengel

Ambidextrous pitcher Henry Knight throwing a bullpen, left- and right-handed with Columbia City Reds pitching coach Ron Queen at the K Center in Seattle. Throwing 80% speed - focusing on mechanics and location.

Left-handed (0:00), Right-handed (0:20)

Henry Knight, switch pitcher, throwing right- and left-handed at Driveline Baseball in Puyallup, Washington (Jan 2014). Right-handed (0:05), Left-handed (0:35)

Kyle Boddy is seen recording high-speed video for analysis of pitching mechanics.

Pitches: fastball, changeup, cutter and curveball - from both sides.

Ambidextrous Glove: Akadema six finger glove - ABX-00
$120 - available from Amazon


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Akadema Ambidextrous Baseball Glove

Akadema Pro Soft Ambidextrous Glove: ABX-00

Ambidextrous Baseball Glove by Akadema

- 12" ambidextrous pitcher's glove
- six finger design
- two adjustable thumb slots
- center pocket
- adjustable wrist strap
- black leather
- durable, with quality construction
- ready to order online

About 100 ambidextrous baseball gloves are made by Akadema each year.
Not long ago, they made only a dozen ambi gloves each year (as noted in the video).

The demand for ambidextrous gloves is increasing – so Akadema was out of stock after Pat Venditte starting pitching in the Major Leagues

Akadema Ambidextrous Glove >>

Watch the video to see the Akadema Ambidextrous Baseball Glove in action
- with switch pitcher Henry Knight


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Top posts on Switch Pitching

Henry Knight - Switch Pitcher
In 2013, people who visited this blog were most interested in ambidextrous gloves, Angel Macias, switch hitters, increasing velocity and pitching grips.

Learning how to throw the knuckleball and cutter where especially popular topics. Imagine a switch pitcher who could throw a cutter and knuckleball – from both sides!

In December there was a big interest in how to order ambidextrous baseball gloves. Akadema ambidextrous gloves were sold out before Christmas and they make 100 ambi gloves each year. So, it looks like there is a growing interest in switch pitching.

List of Switch Pitchers (several ambi pitchers added to the list)

New Pitching Rules for Ambidextrous Pitchers

Angel Macias pitched a perfect game in the 1957 Little League World Series

Has there ever been a switch pitcher in Major League Baseball?

Why are switch hitters rare?

Warm-up Exercises for Pitchers

Weighted Baseball Training Programs

Fastball Velocity - How fast do kids throw?

Pitching Grips

The Knuckleball

How to throw a cutter

Learn to Throw a Cutter like Mariano Rivera

Ambidextrous baseball gloves

Baseball Glove Options for Switch Pitchers

How to order an Ambidextrous Glove for switch pitching

How to Order a Mizuno Ambidextrous Baseball Glove


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Switch Pitcher Workout Videos

Switch Pitcher off-season workout
Henry Knight training in the off-season using crossover symmetry bands, weighted balls, connection balls, shoulder tubes, weights and long toss. This was his first session of a three month program.

Switch pitcher weighted ball workout
Switch pitcher Henry Knight working out with weighted balls at Driveline Baseball in Puyallup, WA. Throwing velocity increased by 10 mph with both arms in four months using the MaxVelo Program.

Running throws with weighted baseballs
Knight does running throws using a series of weighted baseballs.

Switch pitcher warming up using the Shoulder Tube

Henry Knight warming up his arms using the Oates Specialties Shoulder Tube at Driveline Baseball.

The Shoulder Tube™ provides the overhand athlete an ideal way to condition and prepare the shoulder for the act of throwing.


Waiter walk with kettlebell (inverted)

Kettlebell swing