So I was surfing the web and ran across this interview of Chris Lincecum talking about his son (Tim Lincecum) and the velocity drop on his fastball, roughly 3 mph over three years.
He made some very interesting points on Tim having more pitches now such as a slider and he felt that it could possibly have something to do with it. He was basically saying he wasnt working his fast ball enough because of the other pitches. It hindered the ability for the feel of the fastball.
He also brought up long toss and that Tim had gotten away from long tossing. He said he was a huge advocate of long tossing. He beleived long tossing should be done regularly and would increase velocity on a fast ball because of the throwing motion and having to use your whole body to get the ball that far.
One point that I really like and that stood out to me more than anything was he said he beleived in throwing everyday. He said it didnt have to be alot, not like a bullpen a day. However he said throwing everyday is crucial for muscle memory and feel. He talked about really working the fastball and the pitchers really getting a feel for the movement of the fastball and translating it to muscle memory.
I liked alot of what he said in this interview it was very interesting to hear his view of things. I dont agree with everything but he had some valid points. The link is
Chris Lincecum obviously did a good job helping Tim from Little League until right now.
However, it seems neither he nor the Giants have figured out why Tim’s velocity has dropped about 5 mph. Notice with the drop in velocity his performance has dropped.
Now he will listen to Barry Zito and start to long toss again. Make sense?
Did you all read my blog article yesterday on Barry Zito. You should. http://www.pitching.com/blog/
He was throwing 91-93 as a college freshman. Now he is about 85-86 mph. Should a consecutive two-time Cy Young award winner listen to Barry Zito based on Barry’s performance over the past four years?
If the Giants had been videotaping Lincecum they would have seen that his mechanics have changed from this year to the last three. Now he is a more vertical thrower than horizontal.
I would also want to know what he does in between starts.
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