WOAH WOAH WOAH, hold on there Jay,
I'm not exactly sure what baseball you were watching but baseball now has many more pitchers throwing much harder.
basically, EVERY TEAM has atleast one guy hitting atleast 98mph.
Bret Saberhagen was interviewed towards the end of the season during a game I was watching. He only threw 85-88mph, he said himself, that the league he pitched in had far less people throwing mid 90's, and that to throw his velocity today in the majors would be MUCH harder to keep a job.
And I've posted this way to many times, you have got to see REAL weightlifting before you can tell me that you lift slow and controlled...
That man right there can use upwards of 85% of his muscles at one time.
The average person is capable of using maybe 50% of their muscles at one time.
Wouldn't be able to activate more muscles during pitching be quite effective.
Isn't that weightlifting incredibly explosive requiring and excellent core.
I haven't done ab work in ages and I have a 6-pack from my weightlifting alone.
And actually MANY strength trainers, including one I have much respect for his writing (Joe Defranco) do not like sport specific movements as a key part of training. He feels that it can mess with ones mechanics since it is not the same, but one is mimicing the motion to a degree.
I have read many times that "functional" training is overhyped and overused, I agree with that to a degree. As part of a total program I have no problem, but you need a lot more than throwing a medicine ball and some plyo's if you want to max out your performance.
Also lbarber is right, lanky and skinny dominating fastball pitchers aren't all that easy to find. You need some weight behind the ball.
Nolan Ryan weight trained before they even put gyms in the stadiums, he got a membership at a health club in Anaheim.
Mr. Roger Clemens, pitching well into his 40's better than anyone at any age, weight lifts and trains hard, he's big too.
Honestly, if you want to convince anyone, your going to need to do more than just repeat Mr. Mill's words.
Oh by the way, my offseason:
Heavy and hard lifting 4 times a week.
Throwing (often weighted balls) 3 times a week.
Some plyo's here and there.
7mph's from August to November, tell me how I'm slowing myself down?