5 Things Really Good Hitters Do….it’s my newest article for Cornbeltbaseball.com!
Pitchers throw the ball. Catchers catch it. That’s it, right? Not quite.
It’s great to go to the mound, fully rested, and have your entire arsenal ready and able to dice up a lineup. Unfortunately, few of us take the mound under such utopian circumstances, and we pitchers usually toe the bump with less-than-perfect stuff. Less-than-perfect is standard; however some of those days, you just plain suck.Read more
This is my first season pitching within a true 5-man rotation. In college and summer ball, there often are too many off-days to make the rotation stable. Weekend series in college mean that starters generally pitch once a week, giving ample time for physical and skill work in between outings. But in the professional season,Read more
Some of the best philosophical and psychological writings on sport come from the ancient masters of Asian martial arts. One of my favorite books is The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman, and it was written by a Zen monk named Takuan Soho in the 1600s. The lessons one canRead more
Starting pitchers are given plenty of time between outings to build a scouting report and game plan for facing their opponent. Our season started last week, which meant we had to figure out what our opposing hitters had on the fly. As an expansion team, we didn’t have scouting reports already laid out for us,Read more
I arrived in Normal, Illinois on May 3rd for spring training for my first season of Independent professional baseball. I had pressure on me because I knew I had to perform well and outcompete a staff of more experienced pitchers, but I didn’t realize it would be maybe the two most stressful weeks of myRead more
If you watch a major league baseball game, pay close attention to the velocity differentials of each pitcher’s offerings. As I am writing this, I am currrently watching Brian Duensing of the Twins throw a 92 mph fastball and an 80mph curve. Duensing throws what coaches would refer to as a pro curve. What isRead more
This is a drill that I have been doing for about 9 years now. I learned it from my friend Duane Rhine, who taught me the curveball that got me into college. My hammer was the only reason my 78-81 arm ever saw the mound as a freshman, and this drill helps tremendously to getRead more
Applying the deliberate practice principles to your throwing In my last post, I talked about the deliberate practice principles laid out in the book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. To refresh, deliberate practice involves Working on a specific aspect of performance High repetition Continuously available feedback Highly demanding mentally Isn’t (usually) much fun InRead more