[quote=“Zita Carno”]Good morning, “Pitching Academy”.
I absolutely cracked up while I was reading this list of outmoded philosophies—or whatever one wants to call them, because it seems to me that just about every Tom, Dick and Harry, not to mention Jose and Orlando and Professor Hosselplotz, comes up with something. A lot of the time it’s simply “old wine in a new bottle”. The one thing they have in common is that they don’t work for everybody.
Maybe there’s no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to pitching. But a lot of coaches don’t realize this—and that’s where the trouble begins. …
…Have a good day—and remember, work fast, throw strikes, change speeds and stay away from the middle of the plate! 8) :baseballpitcher:[/quote]
You hit that one totally out of the park! I can’t believe how many people feel they’ve discovered “THE ANSWER”. Yessir, if we just do THIS instead of THAT, we’re gonna start churnin’ out HOF pitchers by the droves, because while THAT worked way back when, THIS is the only way to go now.
I understand the constant search for the little blue baseball pill, but as you noted, “there’s no such thing as “one size fits all””, and that really is where the troubles begin much of the time. It wouldn’t be so bad if everyone would give pitchers the general criteria, then get out of the way to develop on their own, and only be there to keep them from backsliding into something really harmful. But that’s not how it happens.
Once some pitching, or hitting coach for that matter, coach gets their hands on a student, they go into one end all different, and if they stay with the guy long enough, they come out the other end pretty much all looking the same. That’s when the coach sits there and wonders why they all don’t perform the same, seldom realizing that had they all gone to some other guru, the outcomes would very likely have been better for some and worse for others.
Yup, everyone seems to have a “better” pill and can give 5 reasons why its better, but you sure don’t see an increase in the number of players that will be heading into the HOF.