Do you understand how important it is for pitchers to work quickly?
If you don’t, you’re missing out!
Personally, I don’t think pitchers understand the importance of picking up the tempo in-between pitches.
We’ve all seen the guy that works at a snail’s pace.
In the baseball world, we call him a ” Human Rain Delay”.
He’s the guy walking around the mound, pushing his pants down over his ankles, taking off his hat and slowly killing himself without even knowing.
Maybe it’s because pitchers are taught:
“Take your time, you’re in control of the game.”
That advice may be the reason some of your guys struggle, keep reading and I’ll tell you why.
In an earlier post, I detailed the importance of a pre-pitch routine and how games are won or lost in between pitches. It’s true, pitchers have total control of the game but that can be negated with a slow pace in between pitches.
Here are a few benefits of working quickly and speeding up your game pace:
All of those are pretty obvious, right?
Now, here’s a scientific benefit of working quickly, it’s called Visual Short Term Memory or Visual Working Memory!
To keep things simple, let’s describe it like this:
Hitter’s don’t hit what they see, hitters hit what they THINK they see!
Here’s one example everyone will be familiar with:
Watch this short video clip:
Can you see how similar both pitches look?
The ability to mask pitches is critical but if you don’t get the ball back to the catcher within a very short time frame, the effect will begin to slowly fade away.
For a pitcher to take full advantage of this concept, he must get the ball from the catcher and deliver the next pitch within a 12 second window. The window would be very similar to this, click play:
In closing, quit telling your pitchers to work slow!
It’s killing their chances and it giving the hitter a very un-needed advantage! Pick up the pace and understand that working quickly will work to your advantage.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think.