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5 Reasons Why Video Analysis Is To Blame For Tommy John Surgeries!

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  1. Zita Carno says:

    Lantz, you nailed it. While I was reading all that stuff I suddenly remembered a poem I had read a long time ago. It was Walt Whitman’s “When I Heard The Learned Astronomer”, in which the poet described sitting in a dome-shaped auditorium listening to said astronomer go on and on about charts and graphs and all sorts of mathematical gobbledegook. He got so fed up with all of that, he got up and left the auditorium and went out into the night—and the last line of the poem reads “Looked up in perfect silence at the stars.”
    He wanted to see and feel what the stars were telling him.
    And I remembered a lot of things Eddie Lopat, my wise and wonderful pitching coach, told me—about, other things, the concept of FEEL. There’s nothing like getting out there, taking the mound, winding up and throwing a variety of pitchers and getting the sense of what it feels like to throw a good slider, a nice Bugs Bunny changeup, a wicked knuckle-curve—what it feels like to get one pitch or another in the strike zone, and even to throw pitches that look like strikes. Lopat had no use for all those mechanical devices such as videotapes; he told me about this and that pitch, demonstrated it, and then had me try it for myself. I was a natural, honest-to-gosh sidearmer who used the crossfire a great deal, and so of course my mechanics would be different from those of, oh say Chris Sale or Justin Verlander. Of course I was not one of those fireballers who throw 97+ miles an hour. I was a finesse pitcher whose top speed was 85, 86, but I had a large assortment of offspeed and breaking stuff and the control and command to go with it, and I rejoiced in making the batters look very, very stupid.
    Yes, it’s good to read about all those things mechanical—so one knows what to avoid like the plague. Do your own thing and know what you’re doing—and strike out the side!

    Zita

  2. Zeb says:

    Lantz,

    Awesome post! You nailed it and you hit it from an angle NOBODY has ever discussed.

    Personally, I’ll be the first to say I was a believer in video analysis, and still am, but you challenged me to think differently about “how” to analyze video!

    I’ve read this 3 times and I’m sure to read it 30 more!

    You’re work is one of a kind, and I see why your MLB guys are having so much success! Keep up the good work and going against all the experts!

    It’s nice to have a guy like you in the “common man’s corner”!

    Thanks Lantz,

    Zeb W.

  3. Robert says:

    Video analysis is less about making someone replicate someone else and more about cleaning up mechanical flaws. At full speed you can’t see much of anything and when you do see something you can’t verbally communicate it to the student as easy as you can show them. You might as well be speaking in a foreign language to the kid. The student needs to see himself while trying to eliminate mechanical flaws. Several MLB pitchers and down to children train in front of a mirror to see what is happening. Video is a useful tool, probably the most useful tool when used properly. I will have to agree with Dick Mills on how to use video.

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