The reason a hitter gets set up the way he does in the ML is very often much more dependent on the book than anything else. Once a hitter’s been around for even a little while, his tendencies are no secret, so no one’s really looking to see if he’s crowding the plate, where he’s holding his hands, how he’s balanced, or anything else. They have the advantage of KNOWING, not guessing, what he’s done, who he’s done it against, and what the outcomes have been. That’s not very often the way it works in HS.
If you feel your way works for you, by all means do it! I know there’s more than one way to skin a cat, so I say go for it. But you have to be very very careful when you counsel others.
What I said about copying someone else, I meant it in the context of the rest of my answer, not about everything in the world. I was talking about an 8th grader copying a ML pitcher as far as setting up hitters.
[/quote]But if he wants to learn the 'right' way to set up hitters shouldnt he learn it from the best?[/quote]
Again, if that’s what you feel is best for you, the last thing I’d want to do is stop you. But when you start talking about something as complicated as setting up hitters, there’s more to it than seeing a ML P drop a hook on a batter because he’s crowding the plate, Baseball just isn’t that simple.
Now if you could sit in a ML dugout during a game, and be in on any meetings the P’s, C’s, and coaches have about how they’ll work the hitters, I’m all for it! But that’s not the same as watching at home in HD with some jabrony announcer saying things he doesn’t even know are true.
Tell ya what though. If you really want to learn how pitchers work batters, get you a chart, get behind the umpire in a place that gives you the best view possible, and don’t just chart pitches. Along with the charts, draw up scatter charts, keep track of pitches by type, location, and outcome too. And while you’re at it, make sure you watch the catcher to see where he’s setting up, then track whether the pitcher put it where he was supposed to, or got lucky on an outcome. Those are things you can do in your own town, and it will have a lot more meaning because it will be at your level, not someone else’s.
I’m all for hard work and studying the game. But I’m for doing it realistically. If you want to do something with ML pitchers, use this tool. http://baseball.bornbybits.com/php/combined_tool.php
It’s a fun tool to play with and you can learn a lot from it that might just surprise you.