I’m going to take a bit more space here to offer my opinions on radar guns.
First off – I’m not a bit fan of radar guns at all. In fact, I hate the things. I know, I know, there’s a reason … many of them in fact. But still, there is so much more to this craft than speed.
The bright-lights that make the decisions to evaluate pitchers, and the general public overall, all seem to be fixated on numbers. Mid to upper nineties, give me mid to upper nineties… and on it goes.
I’ve watched so much talent that could pick apart a batting order, no sweat, tossing in the mid to upper eighties. Watching these craftsmen doing their thing was like watching Willie Sutton work for Bank of America. But then, some phoneme rocket, who I knew, would last for two seasons at best, got all the limelight.
In my opinion, the fixation on velocity is the number one reason for pushing amateurs beyond reason, promotional hype in the Majors, radar balls and radar gloves, and all this other stuff that youngsters and their dads seem to chase after… got to have it.
Take your radar guns, leave-em in the bag/box. Concentrate on good nutrition, set priorities with school work, family chores, and social relationships for the future, and other things that really add quality to your life. If you have talent and are worth looking at, you’ll be spotted because someone needs your services. Play to enjoy the game, play with sincerity and learn as much as you can, study the game and the why-n-what-fore’s.