The most difficult and scrutinized decision a baseball manager makes is when to change pitchers. Criticism over batting lineups and positions players play is normal. However, because the pitcher dictates so much of what happens on the defensive side of baseball, wisdom in how long a pitcher continues is vital.
The first criterion is effectiveness of the pitcher. No matter the cause, a failure to perform pitches gives the manager a reason to replace him. In this instance, the decision is a Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to the sport of baseball, one of the most important aspects of success for any team is having a successful pitcher. After all, this is a necessity in order to keep the opposing team from scoring and hitting home runs. So when we take a moment to analyze pitching and how it has developed in terms of techniques over the years, it is interesting to note how the majority of contributions have been from black and Hispanic baseball players.
Ever since the MLB Read the rest of this entry »
No matter how hard a pitcher throws his fastball, he can’t throw his maximum velocity with every pitch. Justin Verlander is capable of hitting 100 miles per hour any time he wants to with his fastball, but he keeps his average velocity around 95 or 96 for most of his starts. If he tried to throw 100 every time, he would hurt his arm and have a shorter career. For that reason, it’s hard for young pitchers to learn how to ease off the gas and save their arms while still being effective pitchers. This is especially challenging for guys who Read the rest of this entry »
In baseball, it is extremely vital for the pitcher and catcher to successfully communicate during the game. Communication, between these two players, does not occur verbally, but instead it transpires through hand signals. During the game, a catcher does a series of signals with his hand to inform the pitcher what he should do. The catcher does this while he is squatting down; just prior to the pitcher throwing the ball.
When the catcher gives the signal, he must make sure the hitter is not watching. It should always be kept a Read the rest of this entry »
The dream of nearly every little league pitcher is to one day play in the big league. Unfortunately, not everyone will make it. In fact, only a select few will realize this dream. However, there are ways to increase your chances if you are serious about baseball as a career.
Staying in the best condition possible will help. Never skip warm ups, and do take part in conditioning. It is never too late to improve your physical condition. Do spend time developing your pitches. Some will come Read the rest of this entry »
This article splits the history of relief pitching into two parts: the old concept of relief pitching and then where relief pitching is today. The concept of relief pitching has changed since the 1960s. The idea is a pitcher past his prime would do better in the bullpen would do better in the bullpen because a pitcher wouldn’t have to pitch as many innings as a pitcher in the starter role. This concept actually worked for many starters who switched to the bullpen Read the rest of this entry »
You’re watching the baseball game, the pitcher throws a bad pitch down the middle that the hitter just destroys out to left field and over the wall for a home run. You’re devastated as your team goes down a run, but what is going in the mind of that pitcher? How does he come back to throw the right pitch after getting blasted with a home run?
Mentally, thinking about the next pitch is the simple answer to how to get over a home run pitch. Read the rest of this entry »