My son and I have been watching the Little League World Series and I have noticed that most of the pitchers allow their back leg to come up, all the way forward, and rotate fully across the front of their body effectively turning them sideways to the plate and not in a position that allows fielding of the ball should it be hit back to them….. It appears that they do this so as not to restrict their forward momentum or something like that….I watched quite a few teams and most of the pitchers did this….is this proper mechanics or baseball fundamentals for a pitcher? I always thought the pitcher was supposed to bring his body through to a squared-up fielding position…. it appears as if these kids are being coached to not be concerned with fielding the baseball…..anyway, I would appreciate everyone’s insight or thoughts on this issue…thanks
Guys, Not exactly sure what you are referring to. A video is always the best way to clarify something. You and I could be referring to two different things. Describing a movement and seeing the movement can be totally different. After landing a pitcher should fully rotate around his front leg. This means a RH pitcher will have his head and trunk directed more toward the first base dugout than home plate. This doesn’t mean you can’t be ready to field the ball…which of course can save your life with some of these bats. Keep in mind that most of these coaches have a poor understanding of mechanics or the pitching process in general. They are volunteers…not real coaches or instructors. Coach Mills
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