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Should Pitchers Long Toss? Here’s What Greg Maddux Says…

Should Pitchers Long Toss? Here’s What Greg Maddux Says…

Two of the most frequently asked questions I get from from readers of this blog are, Should pitchers long toss? and How often should pitchers long toss? I’ve always been a proponent of pitching legend Greg Maddux’s philosophy on long tossing for pitchers: “I’ll start playing long toss in January. If I can throw it 200 feet, I try […]

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Throwing Drills: 20-Minute Long Toss Workout For Pitchers (50 Throws)

Throwing Drills: 20-Minute Long Toss Workout For Pitchers (50 Throws)

If you’re looking to incorporate some longer-distance throwing into your mid-week practice routines, here’s a great long toss workout for pitchers that can help. It takes about 20 minutes to do and builds up to 50 throws at a maximum throwing distance of ~250-300 feet, depending on your level of fitness and arm strength. This is the same long […]

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Pitching Drills: “Cocked Position Drill” To Help Teach Pitching Mechanics

Here’s one of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help a pitcher who needs to work on his arm, shoulder and body alignment during the cocking phase of the pitching delivery. Procedure: Place the pitcher in a good stationary cocked position. With the ball in hand, feet spread to medium stride position. Explain the various techniques […]

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Pitching Drills: “Wall Drill” To Help Teach Fielding Technique

Here’s one of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help pitchers get into a good fielding position to reach to a hit or come backer following a pitch. Purpose of Drill: 1. To get your form throwing done working on specific mechanics 2. To work on defensive techniques of fielding ground balls and come backers […]

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Pitching Drills: “Squeeze Bunt Drill” To Help Teach Fielding Technique

Here’s one of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help pitchers defend against squeeze bunt situations. Purpose: To drill various techniques to prevent and control the squeeze bunt attempt Drill Procedure: Runners at 3rd base and batters bunting, fake bunting, or taking a pitch. Defensively, use catchers, pitchers, 3rd and 1st basemen. Techniques to drill: […]

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Pitching Drills: “Covering First Base Drill” To Help Teach Fielding Technique

Pitching Drills: “Covering First Base Drill” To Help Teach Fielding Technique

Here’s one of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help pitchers learn how to cover first base properly in various defensive situations. Purpose: 1. To teach pitchers how to cover 1st base properly 2. To teach pitchers how to avoid, and not be distracted by the batter-runner Procedure: 1. Fungo hitter hits various types of […]

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Pitching Drills: How To Improve Your Pick Off Move To First Base

Pitching Drills: How To Improve Your Pick Off Move To First Base

Here are some of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help pitchers develop a great pick off move to first base. Remember, like any other pitching skill, pick off moves should be a regular part of a pitcher’s daily practice routine. Take 5-10 minutes every day during practice to work on balance, weight transfer, and arm action […]

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Spin Move Pickoff

Spin Move Pickoff

This move is difficult to execute because it requires good body control and agility. But when done properly, it is very effective and can be very deceptive. The best time to use this move is in a sac bunt situation, or in a steal or hit-and-run situation. The pitcher comes to his normal set position, […]

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Pitching Visualization Tips

Pitching Visualization Tips

Being able to visualize your actions before actually doing them as a pitcher is very important. Visualize the location of your next pitch to a specific fine target. You also need to understand yourself. For example, on a breaking ball, do you visualize where the ball should end up? Or where you need to throw […]

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Pitching Drills: “Front Leg Bracing Drill” To Help Teach Pitching Mechanics

Pitching Drills: “Front Leg Bracing Drill” To Help Teach Pitching Mechanics

Here’s one of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help pitchers learn how to brace up against their front leg following their stride foot plant. Procedure: Put the pitcher in a kneeling position with the stride leg placed forward at slightly less than a 90 degree angle with the back knee on the ground. The […]

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Pitching Drills: “Reverse Throwing Drill” To Help Teach Pitching Mechanics

Pitching Drills: “Reverse Throwing Drill” To Help Teach Pitching Mechanics

Here’s one of my favorite baseball pitching drills to help pitchers learn proper throwing arm action and create a consistent arm path. Procedure: Start the pitcher in the proper cocked position with the weight in the throwing hand. Moving very slowly, the pitcher moves through the entire pitching motion, but keeps his pivot foot and leg in […]

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Why Pitchers Should Keep A Bent Front Leg

Why Pitchers Should Keep A Bent Front Leg

Landing with a stiff front leg is most common in youth and high school pitchers It is caused by: Driving off the rubber too early, poor balance and improper weight transfer Swinging or kicking the stride leg out Landing on the heel with the foot pointed open versus closed It can have these effects on […]

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