Many moons ago, when I was a little snip and then well into my playing days, I would do one we called “ball and strike”. I would get a catcher, and he would set up behind the plate with a mitt and perhaps a mask, and he would position his mitt in various places, high, low, inside, outside, every which way but standing on his head :lol:, and I would work on control and location, whatever one calls it nowadays—getting the ball smack-dab into the pocket of said mitt. It was a terrific workout—we would go at it for an hour at a time—and what a satisfying feeling it was to hear that resounding “THWACK” as the ball hit the pocket of the mitt!
Also, I would do a couple of full bullpen sessions each week, often with a batter in the box on one side or the other, and each time I would pick one pitch from my arsenal and work on getting the true feel of each pitch. My wise and wonderful pitching coach, an active major leaguer who doubled as an extra pitching coach for one of the greatest teams in the game, had told me that just about every pitch I threw was a “feel” pitch, and most of the time he would get behind the plate and catch for me while I concentrated on getting the feel of the baseball and rejoiced in the feeling of throwing a good one. I was an exasperating, infuriating sidearmer with a very good crossfire and a consistent release point, and I found myself getting more and more K’s as a result. Nothing gets a batter’s goat more effectively—and more frustratingly—than swinging and missing my hard slider for strike three and losing his balance and falling over on his rear end with arms and legs up in the air like some overturned bug!
There are more, and you probably can make up some for yourself, but these are the two workouts I used consistently all through the 20 or so years that I pitched. Have fun. 8) :baseballpitcher: