I didn’t want to hijack a nice thread about Halladay, so I’m starting a new thread using a quote from that other one.
Don’t mean to pick on you JP, and I surely don’t want to denigrate the 2nd greatest pitching performance in post season history, but what you said about 1st and last FB’s being the same velocity is something I’ve been in a lot of discussions about over the years.
The perspective that sets me off the most, is people who claim they use a gun to tell when their pitchers have had enough. I don’t want to argue about this, but I would like to know if his having the same velocity at the end as the beginning surprised you, and for sure I’d like to know if you were influenced by your perceptions about it, or by some kind of study where guns were used to prove pitchers lose velocity over the course of their outing.
I’ve heard so many stories about this in the last 15 years or so, I haven’t got a clue what’s fact and what’s fiction. It may well be that for a 10YO it does happen, but for a ML pitcher it doesn’t, and in a way that seems logical. I can see how an inexperienced kid might go out an start the game throwing as hard as he possible can, and there’s no way anyone could keep that up for very long. But to tell the truth, I’ve heard there are people who gun every single pitch in a game played by kids of that age, but I’ve never seen one.