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The Evolution of Arm Strength & Adaptation!

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  1. Zita Carno says:

    Lantz,
    I’m with you there!
    In the first Passover Seder, there’s a point at which the youngest participant poses four questions, beginning with the words “Ma nishtana”—which translates as “Wherefore the difference?” Indeed, wherefore the difference? And too many of the coaches, parents and players don’t know. They have no idea what’s throwing and what’s pitching, and that’s why so many young pitchers are so ill-prepared. You have to learn to throw the ball—and throw it with intent—before you can pitch, and we see here that too many of these kids are inundated with mechanics and suchlike, when they can’t even throw the ball—let alone with intent. Is it any wonder that so many 10- and 11-year-olds are headed for Tommy John surgery, perhaps never to pitch again?
    As a little snip, I threw the ball. I threw it against the side of the building. I threw to anyone who would catch for me, and all I wanted to do was throw with intent—as you say, to throw the c.r.a.p. out of the ball. Maybe I wasn’t fast, but that was what I wanted to do, and I did it. And that was when I discovered that I had a natural sidearm delivery.
    And you’re so right. All that throwing does increase arm strength and, yes, flexibility. Speed? Nah. Either you have it or you don’t. I didn’t have it, and so when I also discovered that I had a nice little curveball that came attached to my sidearm delivery, I decided to see what I could do with it—also with intent. And therein lies the difference. 🙂

  2. turn 22 says:

    Know what our favorite game was growing up 40+ years ago?
    Burn out. That’s right. We actually tried to throw it harder than the other guy. It was an honor to hurt your throwing partners glove hand.
    Sadly those days are for the most part gone. However, even now I like to try and play burn out with my son. Problem is hes throws too damn hard for me these days.
    But he still plays several times a week.

    • Lantz says:

      I know it well! Played it daily using anything from baseballs to tennis balls, it didn’t matter.

      • turn 22 says:

        Absolutely we would throw anything. Baseballs, tennis balls, golf balls, even wiffle balls. Now thats underloadv training.

  3. Tim Leger says:

    How’s this for workload??? This coach would do jail time in the states. As always good stuff, and look forward to getting Gunner up there with you again soon.

    Tim

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/eye-on-baseball/21977686/japanese-high-school-pitcher-throws-391-pitches-in-four-day-span

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