I know we’ve been over this a few times at LTP, but I wanted to open it up again:
I still have a mixed opinion of Mr. Mills. I like and ascribe to a lot of what he has to say, but there are some points he makes where I feel he is misguided.
Please correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to me that he thinks long toss is bad because it teaches bad mechanical habits and it puts too much strain on the arm. It was my understanding that the purpose of long toss is exactly the opposite. I really don’t think that pitchers go into a long toss session thinking about or hoping to improve their mound mechanics. Secondly, I know from personal experience that all long toss did for me was strengthen and loosen up my arm. Long toss helped me to realize the kind of general arm action I was going for any time I throw a ball, whether it be pitching or otherwise.
In general, like Dick Mills… except for his opinions on long toss. Could somebody maybe shed light on why he sees long toss as a mechanical detriment. I know he thinks it puts too much strain on the arm, but why? One uses their lower body in long toss quite a bit, right? I’m really curious about this particularly because after I started checking Mills out, I was shocked that he held this view of long toss.
As a side note, does anyone know why he likes Edinson Volquez as the picture of solid mechanics. He never once mentioned in any of the videos that I watched of the danger posed by pulling ones elbow back while getting loaded as he does.
To me, Mills seems like a pitching paradox. He has a lot of good things to say and in general I like him, but there are viewpoints he holds that just kind of shock me and fly in the face of everything else I’ve learned about pitching this past year.