Mental ABCs for Pitching is an awesome book! I re-read it every spring before the season starts, focusing on one excerpt per day. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
John, Just a quick reply, as I just now noticed your response: No, I do not attend a public school. I go to a private university in Boston (Northeastern).
thank you for your speedy reply. I will now knock squats out of my routine and focus on plyometrics, med ball, and the other functional training techniques. Richard Wolfe
Skoo, your replies are very insightful, well thought out and helpful. Sorry for not properly introducing myself. My name is Richard Wolfe. Also, i forgot to post in my last reply that you were right about my conditioning. I don’t have much (if any). Before I joined the league, I had thrown less than a hundred pitches on the mound-as of this year. The reason for such few practices is directly due to not having anyone to catch for me. I’m doing my best to work around it. Although though I have started my functional training, because pitching is a skill, I must find a way to practice it to get better. Also I would like to say that i have begun reading Dick’s book and watching the DVD’s. They are all very helpful. I see that in order to speed my delivery up I have to speed up my tempo. Again, I would like to say thanks and will update everyone on my progress.
i would like to thank you for your reply. Now it’s time to put into work what you posted; I’ll update everyone on my progress.
I have a question, as a sprinter in track in field, the coach would make us do heavy lifting on some days, and plyo’s on others. My question is in pitching, if you did heavy squating and plyo’s, wouldn’t you have better results because you have more muscles to train to become more explosive. And if this is true, wouldn’t you also want to power clean?
hey mr. mills, I just wanted to know how tense your abductor should be while reaching the peak of the loading phase. I apologize for the many questions in the short time span. I’m just ver excited.
I’m having trouble releasing the fastball out of my hand consistently the same during my pitches, any suggestions. Also, because i have just begun throwing again, should i worry about my curve ball? It has good break when we play catch but i don’t know if i should and and how much of effort i should use when i throw it in a game….need Help…
Hello Mr. Mills, I’m a 20 year old-will turn 21 in august, whom has just began pitching seriously. I used to play the outfield in for my junior varsity team in high school with fairly avg. hitter power. began running Div. 1 track after i graduated out of high for a year at manhattan college but a string of injuries led to transfer of colleges and a curiousity about pitching. I’ve just pitched my first game this past saturday after receiving your pitching program along, with the “The Science….of Pitching”. I threw bet. 81-84. I threw a bullpen and my arm began to feel tired before the game began (thank god i listen to advice on being mentally tough), but i made it to the third inning giving up 2 runs; five scored due to infield errors. I wasn’t able to video tape myself but i know i feel very ackward. Also the team kept telling me that I was moving too slow. My question is, what can i reasonably expect in a two year period of using your advice and materials. Also, if possible, how would I be able to set up a private session with you in august. Richard Wolfe
It’s about time he exerted himself! I don’t understand why teams always want to CHANGE success! “Yeah, we know you are considered the best pitcher ever to come out of Japan, and we DID just give you 100 million to play for us, but now, don’t do what you were doing when you were amazing over there. Do this.” I mean, honestly… It’s just pathetic! I’m glad Matsu finally said “No, I’m gonna do what I’ve always done.” I hope he sticks to his guns!
[QUOTE=Dick Mills;82473]Having him out there out at 5’10”, 170 lbs throwing 97 mph ought to get people thinking…maybe even some coaches will rethink what they are advising.[/QUOTE] I want to believe this is true, but if Pedro Martinez at 5’11” 170 throwing 95-98 couldn’t do it, and Billy Wagner at 5’9″ 175 throwing 100 mph couldn’t do it, I don’t think anything is gonna break into these idiots mind-sets.
One here… Using this picture: [img]http://www.prosportsmemorabilia.com/Images/Product/33-54/33-54940-F.jpg[/img] I measured the distance on a print-out from the rubber to the end of the mound and then his front foot, and divided the difference to get a percentage of the total length that is his stride, and then applied that to the standard mound dimension of 9 lateral feet (18 inch diameter), and got a stride length of 6.03 feet, or 72.36 inches. Pedro is listed at 5’11” (many say he is actually shorter, but we’ll go with 5’11” for accuracy sake) which gives him a height of 71 inches. This gives him a stride of 102% of his height (if he is exactly 5’11”). INTERESTINGLY, a new picture I found with him when he was with the Red Sox in 2001: [img]http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Sideline/6638/pedroopens.jpg[/img] Shows what appears to be a much longer stride. For those of you who aren’t aware, in 2001 Pedro regularly reached 95-97 mph, whereas with the Mets he has yet to exceed 93 in my viewings, and consistely 89-91. Plus, I love that mans trunk flexion… So violent! 🙂
Just out of curiosity, have you ever analyzed the mechanics of some of the modern great pitchers (I say modern because we have high-quality video of modern pitchers) to see their strides? I’d be curious to know how long Pedro’s stride is, or Johnson, or Schilling, or Clemens? Anyone have any good videos of them? I’d look myself if you did…
I believe that Pedro’s stride was very long back when he was throwing his hardest. I used to be an ardent follower of his since 1997 with the Expos, and I used to remark at how he was overstriding (that’s what I thought at the time), which is why his leg would kick around so violently. My guess is someone had him shorten his stride, which is one reason he lost his zip in his later years.
I remember when I first became interested with Pedro Martinez when he was pitching for the Expos. I loved his story, and it may be very similar to the way Tim’s career progresses early on. For those of you who don’t know, when Pedro was signed by the Dodgers at 18, he was 5’11” and 140 pounds soaking wet, but he could throw in the mid-90’s. But the manager for the Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda, told him that he was much too small to ever be an effective starter, and probably would have a short career even in the bullpen. He banished Pedro to middle relief, where he thrived, but was not allowed to progress. Then, in 1994, in what may be the most ridiculous trade in recent years, Pedro was traded to Montreal for Delino DeShields, and there he found a manager that was willing to let him start, and, just as his brother predicted while playing with him on the Dodgers, he became a force on the mound, and in 1997, just 3 years after Lasorda said he would never become an effective starter at the MLB level, he went 17-8 with a 1.90 ERA, 305 strikeouts and 13 complete games pitched, and won the National League Cy Young Award, and he also became the first right-handed pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts and have an ERA under 2 since Walter Johnson in 1912! And unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, then you know what happened in the years to follow… Don’t ever let someone tell you that size will prevent you from being great. In fact, Pedro didn’t even start getting injured until the Boston front office convinced him to limit his pitch count to 100 pitches and lift weights in the off-season after the 2002 season. If he had kept throwing 130 pitch games and staying small but powerful, I’m willing to bet he never would have hurt his rotator cuff.