So, you’ve wanted to play varsity and college ball, perhaps even pro ball - but, the playing opportunity’s are short and in-between.
What you need is a good workout and a chance to “be there”, kind of.
Have you ever considered being a Batting Practice Pitcher? Granted, no one really gives a hoot for these guys - a lonely existence is an understatement! But hey… it’s a chance to be in there, be seen and mix with the guys … ya know.
PB pitching isn’t like all the pitching analysis that we do here on this web site. It’s kind of a short abbreviated … short step and snap throw kind of thing. There are plenty of YouTube pages that’ll show you how. Heck, if I could do it… in my late 40’s, anybody could do. You must be physically fit, especially in the upper body - shoulders and arms. You’ve got to have a keen eye for accuracy… no creative stuff. ( More and that later.) You must be able to repeatedly deliver pitch after pitch, for every batter on the roster. You’ll have a protective screen in front of you to protecting you for balls hit right back at you… but you can’t be gun shy about that.
There are some drawbacks however. Some guys will blame you for not giving them quality at bats during BP. Fact is, those that do, most of the time, couldn’t hit sand if they fell off a camel. So you’ve got to have a thick skin. Another problem can be timing of your services. Some guys have trouble with night games … so don’t be surprised if you have to toss during the evening when you’d much rather be with that someone special.
Think you’d like to approach this game from the angle of being a BP pitcher? Approach a coach on the field and introduce yourself while this coach is not engaged with duties as a coach. Introduce yourself and asking him/her if he/she would like to try a BP pitcher during his/her teams next practice? Go around to as many teams that you think you can handle. Just be mindful to take it easy for your first go around. This can be pretty taxing stuff.
About the fancy stuff
BP is not about striking guys out, or showing them up. It’s about quality incoming pitches, at less than game speed sometimes, so they have experience at bat. You and the batter will hear… " Ok, pitch-em inside low, or, pitch-em high and outside." stuff like that. On the other hand, some clubs may want an aggressive showing for a few pitches. This can get taxing on your body if your facing 20 + guys, one after the other.
In any event, soon you’ll get the picture and so will the coaches that you tossed BP for. ( what a novel idea!) In fact, when a coach will ask you to “hold up there,” and he starts a lineup of about three or four batters for you to face, removes the protective screen and tells you… " go ahead… game on," that’s baseball speak for let’s see what you can do. This is when you bring your best stuff to the table and… " serve it!"