So far the advice i have seen is terrible. Pitching is not a arm strength activity. Do not go to the weight room trying to strengthen your arms that would be a real idiotic thing to do, trust me. Lifting weights for your arms will actually make you throw slower. Pitching velocity is all about arm speed. Arm speed comes not from the arm but from the lower body and torso. Put some muscles on your lower body and torso to get some more torque for more velocity. Your stride should be 75% or more of your height, if you are not doing this you are making a mistake. Look at all the major leaguers, 9/10 pitchers strides are 75% of their height and above. Zumaya for the Detroit Tigers has hit 103 miles per hour this season and his stride is 82% of his body height. Your lower body should land closed at foot strike and your hips should rotate to throw your upper body through to deliver the arm like a whip.
my response: how far was nolan ryans stride? that statement about 75 percent is crap
Arm strength... How is arm strength supposed to help your arm move faster? Can anyone explain to me, how more muscle is going to increase arm speed which is going to increase velocity? Lifting weights to bulk up your arms is a waste of time. You will actually most likely end up throwing slower because them you arm has more mass to move faster and the movements in weight lifting are slow so during the off season your arms could get do adapted and teach them to be slower which would slow down your arm speed. That's a fact.
response: your right for once
Long toss... This drill is making me sick to my stomach. How is long toss supposed to help your pitching at all? Can you explain this? In long toss, the most overrated drill in baseball history, everything is nearly completely opposite of pitching. In long toss, you are supposed to lollipop, or rainbow, the ball as far as possible. In pitching you are only throwing from 60ft and 6 inches , not from 300+ feet. Your release point is also different in long toss because you are supposed to lollipop the ball, this will mess up your pitching control if anything. Also, in long toss you crow hop the ball which you can not do from the mound. Another thing, you are on flat ground when performing it, there is no rubber and you are not going downhill. Going downhill uses more muscles in your body and also effects your stride, so how is long toss going to help your pitching?
response: and here you drop off again, 1. it streches your arm out 2. your dont lolipop it, you throw it hard 3. it increases arm strength 4. all major league pitchers have to do it 5. scouts like to see it, soo kids, do it, carpenter, u dont have to cuz u most likely already hurt ur arm cause ur techniques suck
The place you should put the most focus on in your body is the rotator cuff. If you do not have a strong rotator cuff you are likely to throw out your arm, and not throw as fast as you can due to more soreness and improper treatment of your rotator cuff. Your rotator cuff contains the ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc. that are neccisary in pitching.
To be honest, no matter who your coach is, once you have your mechanics down and have the neccisary strength in the right areas of your body the only way to improve your fastball and control, is to practice it.
Think about it, think of all the great pitchers in baseball history who have pitched before all of these idiotic pitching drills such as long toss, towel drill, and the kneeling drill... Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Satchel Paige, and the list goes on... You know how they got better? They practiced.
i bet they did long toss, at least nolan ryan and i have no idea why he isint on that list
This is my advice, you don't have to take it, but it's much more logical than all of the pitchers, coaches, and instructors screaming weighted baseballs, weighted vests, long toss, that don't have a scientifcally proven reason why they work
dont take his advice, long toss helps, vests dont know, weighted balls help if done right