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There is no one way to throw a baseball; for this simple reason the pitcher has one of the most intriguing positions in baseball. Short or tall, gawky or athletic, lefty or righty, hard thrower or crafty nibbler, anyone who can find a way to get batters out can be a good pitcher. The Louisville Slugger Complete Book of Pitching
analyzes the methods of stars such as Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, and Tom Seaver. In addition, this book reveals what all prospective pitchers--regardless of style or stuff--need to do in order to be successful. Among the topics covered are:
The Louisville Slugger Complete Book of Pitching
- Building proper mechanics, from stride and delivery to release point and follow-through
- Throwing fastballs with varying velocity and movement around the plate
- Moving hitters in and out and forward and back in the box with an effective change-up
- Responding to key game situations and defensive responsibilities
- Building strength and flexibility in the arm as well as the legs and torso through customized conditioning plans
- Scouting opposition before game day, analyzing field conditions, and being your own coach on the mound when your stuff isn't working
- Developing the mental game necessary to control emotions and deal with adversity
is more than just instruction. Its unique treatment includes historical sidebars and anecdotes from players that will delight baseball fans, making it the ultimate reference for pitchers, pitching coaces, and others who enjoy the thrill and magic of fooling the hitter. Doug Myers is the author of Essential Cubs
and the forthcoming Louisville Slugger Presents Batting Around
. Mark Gola is a sportswriter who also works as the assistant coach for the Rider University baseball team.
An essential volume for baseball pitchers and coaches at all levels, this handbook covers not just mechanics but also the preparation, the desire, and the psychological aspects of successful pitching. 275 photos.
About the Author
Doug Myers is the author of Essential Cubs, an entertaining review of more than 100 years of Chicago Cubs baseball.