I have been in tons of discussions with my pitching coach about his teaching. I cant even count them anymore, seriously.
I think, since I' ve been reading a lot here, watching tons of games on TV.
I've become quiet familiar with the "new pitching" and training I'd say.
My pitching coach is old school. like, really old school. All he can tell about pitching motion for example is fluently. nothing else, cant point out the little things. Fixed a pitchers whole motion by simply telling him to break his hands earlier... while he didn't see that. Even though he did play in the highest leageau here in holland but thats like, around 25 years back I guess. Anyhow to the point!
My pitching coach , well , pretty much ALL he lets us do is run, run run run..
Feel like forest gump by now! That's what he had to do back in the days, so we have to do it now. I don't agree.
Yes, running is good! I agree on that, but u have a time and place for that. After an outing, the day after etc.
My gf just threw that term at me a few minutes ago, plus the fact I have been complaining about the practice we were getting so I just had to post this :). To much running, he don't have to teach us how to jog. We can already. We jog on the mound? No we don't, I don't throw 50% off my speed in games now do I? Jogging doesn't require power, pitching does and not just for 1 inning, as a starter atleast. I can and do jog in my own time. Pitching is more like sprinting than it is jogging.
The only breathing you do during pitching is the "umpfh" if you guys and girl(zito) know what I mean.
that's where the difference comes in. no matter how good ur conditioning is, if ur muscle endurance (excuse me I had to use Google translate, forgive me if I am wrong on the translate) isn't good enough, u wont be able to throw that much. And if you would, you'd get smacked allover the place simply because you'd loose to much control/speed on your pitches?
My condition isn't what it should be, Yet I still threw yesterdays game with no problem, was around 112 pitches. Could have gone atleast another inning if not for the errors and the ++ chance on getting re injured going past 100 pitches. When I jog on my own, 75% is interval/sprints by the way.
Yes those 2 are related. And you do need both!! don't get me wrong!!
Anyone with some scientific/practical insight/opinion on this? and/or how even to convince my pitching coach who is so old school and hard headed that its not all about just jogging it out pitching wise. Or this might be due to the fact that me and maybe 1 other pitcher actually take it a little more serious than the others and already jog outside of practice?
PS. yes I sincerely HATE running! Then again, sprinting is fun, cuz i always outrun everyone