Dick, Vinnie was asked to start in the game of his life. His summer travel team, the Long Island Mariners, was in the FABL 17/18 Year Old Open B Division Championship. In the top of the first inning, he gave up 4 fast runs. But I learned later, over a celebratoy dinner, he gave homself a talking to that went something like this, “Vinnie, you are not going to let up one more run”. His team rallied over the next 6 innings and scored 8 runs. For the remainder of the game, Vinnie only gave up 2 hits, no walks and no runs. He was able to get out of one jam with runners on second and third with one out. He pitched so well after the first, that he was voted the MVP. The game was played on the field where he and 4 of his team mates will be attending college this September. The moral is this. Your mental toughness, the way you approach diversity, the way you find ways to keep your confidence, the way you stay in tune with your ailities and the abilities of your team mates, the way you pull from your past experiences and the way you practice and put into play, the mental side of your game, are all a part of what makes you a winner. Sounds like a medaphor for life. Thanks for all the information that you have shared with us and for putting a comlete pitching program together for these young pitchers. The Roc
Dick, Vinnie made the All Star team in his summer league. They played the game at Shea Stadium today. He pitched the 5th inning. He goes 2 & 2 on the first batter, and the 5th ball is low and the kid clocks it for a home run over the left center wall. I could see the sad face and how he couldn’t believe what happened. So the next batter hits a double. Now I start to worry, but not Vinnie. The next batter hits to short and is thrown out at first and the runner advances to 3rd. He walks the next batter. Here is the point of making sure you work on the mental side of the game. He goes to the back of the mound and composes himself. 1 out with runners on first and third and he stands to be the loosing pitcher by giving up the go ahead home run. He strikes out the next two batters and in the bottom of the inning redeems himself by knocking in the tying run. The experience and thrill of having my son playing in a major league stadium was just about all I could handle. To see him work out of trouble, well that was priceless. One of the coaches gave him a huge compliment in the way he kept his cool and worked out of it. Tell those kids out there to practice the mental side of the game. Thanks Dick.
Hello Dick, It sure has been a while. Vinnie is in his Senior year and having a good year overall. His pitching still needs work. I have been reading through some of the newer Posts regarding the back leg and the flex of the front leg. Vinnie has spent a lot of time on getting his lead shoulder to stay closed long enough so that he is not opening to soon. But i too do not understand this back leg thing. His control is great but we need to add speed. No matter how we tweak it, we can not get it right. His wind up motion is slow and it appears that his arm is slow through the realease. Would it be OK to speed up the motion, stretch the landing to 92% and keep the back leg tight? Thanks for the feed back. By the way, the New York papers had a nice article on Zito. He was stated as saying that he never really thinks about the opposing pitcher he is going to throw against, except when he is in NY and facing Roger. Great Outing, sorry we lost! Thanks
Dick, We took some video tonight showing flat ground work and a few mound tosses. I really think he is over stidding. From the tape, I can see that his head and chest are way behind his landing knee at bfrace up time. He does not appear to be tall, but rather low. And yes, he is more methodical rather than quick with movement from post to landing. However, much of want we know leads us to being slow in the back and explosive when the landing leg plants. Now, last night i taped a few MLB pitchers. Some seem to be very quick in the delivery and some slower. This tells me that each has found what works for them. But there still must be a standard by which we need to start. So, what are your thoughts on short stride vs. long stride? And how about delivery speed from post to landing? The great thing about it, is that we are slowly understanding and practicing what works for Vinnie Thanks ROC
Dick, this action happens from the mound only, long is fine. Vinnie can do the brace up drill as in the tape. He is stable in multi-directional lunges. I will check the other points tonight an get back to you. I do see the how strength in the legs could be causing this, but I not convinced that in Vinnies case this is the issue. So, we will do as you suggested and get back with the results. Thanks
Dick, Vinnie, RHP, 175lbs, 17 YO, and I have been at the balance beam and video tapping. We fixed some problems, like the lead elbow and shoulder staying close and and quicker rotation. However, the video tape does not lie. It seems that the post leg, backside and landing leg, are way to low. So much to the point that when he lands, he can not seem to brace up correctly. I hope I am stating this correctly so that you get the idea. Instead of landing with his lead leg at a 45 degree angle, it’s more like a 90 degree angle. then, the ball is realeased befor he ever gets a chance to brace up. It’s as though his back leg is draging thereby causing him to go down. But, I have often heard you say, you do not push off the rubber. So, how can we get the back leg through without PUSHING off the rubber. We are making great progress! THANKS ROC
two weeks, 6 days a week. BALANCE and ROTATION, Mostly balance.
Since I fisrt post this message, Vinnie and I have taken a fresh start at pitching. We started from the beginnig. We reviewed everything, listened, worked the drills, taped, conditioned and practiced. But the bigest item bay far that has made all the difference in his confidence, ability to focus, his mechanics, etc., is the balance beam. We worked that drill, made up our owna dn perfected the balance. He put a good 4 miles an hour on his ball, starts and finishes much etter and has much better control. I was not going to give up even though at times it sounded like I would, nor was Vinnie. He now goes out in the yard without being reminded to and works. Thanks Dick.
Thank you to everyone for the great support and total understanding of our situation. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dick, I meant to mention this in my last reply. You stated that there are just a handfull of instructors that you would turn anyone on to. That’s what lead Vinnie and I to get your program. The instructors out there are, for the most part, simply taking our bucks. I feel strongly that your PitchingInstructor program should have a way for the potential instructor to receive a Certification. Even if it is the “Dick Mills Pitching Instructor Certification”!!!!!!!!!!! Quality is hard to find, but worth the cost. Mediocrity can be found every where and always costs you twice as much. Good work ain’t cheap and cheap work ain’t good. Thanks Dick, Roc
Dick, I agree! There is a lot of bad information out there. I also will tell you that your program, Ideas, information, values and approach make the most sense and do produce results. So, for now on we will discuss and we shall do the drills and work the program. As I stated before. I was leting my frustration in my son’s hurting arm and losses get in the way of the real thing. The real thing is to solidify the mechanics, work on the strength and conditioning and keep pitching to get better. Thanks Dick. A customer that is very happy to have you supporting us. Roc
Dick, My appologies. I should have realized that the last post I nmade was on the Public Forum. I just didn’t see the link for the Private Forum. I am very sorry if this caused your business to be questioned by outsiders. I will make sure that all future THreads and Posts are in the Private Forum. I just did’t see the Private Forum link at the bottom. Thing is, when you click on Customer Forums, it actually does not take you to the Private Forum automaticaly. You have to scroll to the bottom of the page and then click on Private Forum. Oh well, sorry about that. Once again my appologies. I feel terrible because Vinnie and I think your stuff is the greatest!! And thanks fopr all the advise. Roc
Well, if you are going to CHUNK the stride, why not CHUNK the WIND UP and then the FINAL DELIVERY. So, we Wind Up, Stride forward and then Make the Delivery. Break these two additional CHUNKS down for us and we have a simple way of timing only three movements together. Thanks, The ROC
We believe Vinnie is starting to slow. We didn’y want him rushing his delivery, so, many years ago we had him concentrate on slow in the back, strong in the front. Well, I guess that caught up with us. I think your question points out an area i thought to have been the cause. I will review the tapes, work on the speed on the mechanics, re-tape him and review. We have done a side by side comparison of Vinnie to the your analysis. However, I think it’s the speed, not so much the mechanical skills. Thanks Dick.
Dick, Interesting. If you recall back in April, Vinnie’s High School coach told him to go home and pratice with a weighted ball!!!!! UH! Well, we know how to condition and work towards making one self into a quality pitcher. And it is not using weight balls!!!!!!!! The ROC