[quote=“Chris O’Leary”]3. Frame 35 shows that Kerry Wood, unlike Mark Prior or Anthony Reyes, doesn’t make much of an M (or an upside down/inverted W) as he turns his forearm over. I think this is a good thing (but not enough to protect his shoulder).[/quote]Frames 34 and 35 actually show a “classic” M or inverted W. I can’t imagine why you would say he doesn’t do it. :shock:
[quote=“Chris O’Leary”]4. I believe Frames 37 and 38 show the root cause of Kerry Wood’s current shoulder problems. He rushes, and starts turning his shoulders before his forearm is vertical. This causes his pitching arm side upper arm to externally rotate (or bounce) especially severely.[/quote]Actually, it’s quite common for pitchers to start their shoulder rotation just prior to the forearm being vertical. In fact, I’m having a hard time finding one who doesn’t. Maybe a “slinger” like Palmer or Garcia??
[quote=“Chris O’Leary”]5. Frame 64 shows that Kerry Wood finishes in an extremely weak fielding position.[/quote]So whatl!?!! You could probably count on one hand the number of pros who land in a “good fielding position”. The vast majority of them finish their pitch. If they can field a ball, BONUS. I’ll show you video after video of pros finishing their pitch. I’ve only come across 6 videos of pitchers who attempt to get into a “good fielding position” and those are Chad Bradford, Mike Myers, Mussina, Zito, Nomo and Jimmy Key. Nomo’s a stretch though. I doubt if his intent is fielding. He just has a funky delivery. 36 of the pitchers I have videos of finish their pitches. 6 end up in a possible fielding position and 2 of those are submarine pitchers who couldn’t end up like the other 36 if they tried. I again doubt very much if Zito lands this way because he is attempting to become a fielder when his pitch is gone. He’s just funky. The long and short of it is that Kerry Wood’s finish position is NOT A FAULT. Was Nolan Ryan wrong? Was Clemens wrong? How about Pedro? How about Rivera, Oswalt, Kazmir, Schilling? Shall I go on? Let’s give this bit of advice a decent burial.