He taught us all how to make good hard consistent contact for power and average when he defeated the field shift confronting him and consistently started hitting the ball to all fields.
the totally commercialized attitude of the off and on field management along with the individual players who are satisfied with a mediocre individual overall performance is sad, very few players of today have absolutely any self pride about them selves in playing their game of baseball, I remember when striking out 50 + times was a totally embarrassing thought among players. Baseball desperately needs to be brought back to the way a game of baseball was originally meant to be played.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Johnny Sain,Not only was he a great pitcher in any era, he was also a master at putting the mental and physical aspects of his pitchers into proper perspective which enabled each individual pitcher he coached to pitch at the top of their game he also taught how the curve ball needs to be executed to create less strain on the arm and today's throwers still reach out and jerk their arms, elbows etc.with their fingers on the side of the ball, no wonder there are the tremendous number of chronic sore arms and surgeries within every age group and levels of baseball that there are.
More About Me:
There are very few positives in my story, I am originally from Kansas City, Mo. I played in and up through the youth leagues into the summer college age Ban Johnson league which I was very fortunate enough to have been able to play in during my last two seasons of Legion ball, I then was again very fortunate enough to have been able to sign a prof. contract in the Phillie's org. again I was very fortunate, in my first season the pitchers had good enough control to hit my bat. to the tune of a league record breaking 24 home runs"STILL STANDING" along with some other very good stats, then I, being a totally immature young person became totally disgusted with my play and eventually, just"STUPIDLY" walked away from the game, all I have to show for all of that , is, I have since made up my mind to and have in my opinion become an excellent student and teacher of the game.
Loved reading your comments on pitching, especially about Tim Lincecum. Are you my twin brother I have never met? Both your blogs, first to me about pitching and then about "LIncecums' recipe for success" ; sounds like me talking! All I can say is ditto!
I live and TEACH here in Indianapolis and am amazed how little, ALL the pitching coaches around the Midwest, know and understand mechanics. I never see these so called "experts" video tape their kids and I wonder how they can make adjustments to better the student. How can you fix what you can't see? We have a lot of talented athletes in and around Indy , but very very poor teachers .
We are teaching 39 kids this winter ages 8-23,all are video taped and all have shown instant improvement. Once they see themselves pitching on video it becomes easy to help them learn what they are doing wrong and how to improve. After 24 years of teaching just pitching, I am still awe struck by the fact injuries keep increasing every year. The biggest problem I always have is not the athlete or the parent but the coach. It seems their ego will not allow them to learn.
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