Awesome points CADad! Definitely needed to be said, hopefully guys will come across this thread and evaluate what they are doing.
There is definitely a discrepancy between what I would be doing if I wasn't training as a pitcher. As such, I am always evaluating my programming to make sure it fits my needs and goals.
If I wasn't lifting to be a pitcher, I'm sure my physique would be a bit sharper and I would have a far bigger bench press. Neither of those make a difference on the mound, so both are towards the bottom end of what i'm trying to accomplish, if they even get factored into the equation or not.
I don't even do bicep curls, I would say you could count all the HS athletes you know that aren't worried about their arm size and doing curls on one hand. In the long run, other things are far more valuable towards my success. (I know I can)
Tracking my progress is more challenging than I would like it to be, but you have to monitor it without a doubt!
Evaluate and adjust.
I could not agree more! It seems everyone around me that is actually motivated enough to work either, hasn't set concise goals as to what they want, or isn't actually tracking there progress to see how it's going. You should be doing both!
Andrew Brackman, from NC State, went 30th overall in the MLB draft. In reality, he could have went much higher. He's 6'10" and a twig. His junior year he's bringing it 98mph, and decides to go on a lifting program leading into his senior year.
Brackman came out in the spring of his senior throwing 90-92. He blamed his whole lack of success on his lifting. I blame it on his stupidity. You don't loose 6-8 miles per hour over night. I am confident his program was poor and I am sure he wasn't throwing and tracking himself enough. Had he, he would have realized his velocity was starting to dip.
If you are properly teaching your body to be more efficient, I don't see how one could possibly end up being negative. Lifting for physique, I can believe negative results without a doubt... Most HS kids are so weak, so far from their genetic potential that they will get away without lifting properly, and still see great progress actually. However, they're progress will cap out way before it would have if they lifted properly.
And when someone is near their genetic peak, much like Brackman, I don't know that you should be changing things up from what you have done before. If I'm throwing 99mph before picking up any iron, I doubt you will see me doing much in the way of weight training. I mean come on.