Monthly Archives: June 2009

Jun 29

Hip Flexibility Problems in Pitchers

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Are you a chronic sufferer of hip external rotator tightness.  You are not alone.  The good news?  There is help. Pitching is a rotational activity, and the hips and core are the chief couplers of power to the arm.  As the stride foot lands the internal rotators of the hips, along with the core, rotate […]

Jun 10

Learn to Read Hitters

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

It’s extremely important to pitch using the information a batter provides.  On a basic level, this is just understanding what a foul ball means.  If you throw your best fastball down the middle, and the batter fouls it off to the opposite field, he is late.  If he pulls that same pitch, he is early. […]

Jun 07

The Sleeper Stretch: Essential to Shoulder Health

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Pitchers are weird people, mostly because of the physical act of throwing.  The motion is so violent and powerful that it throws a pitcher’s body out of whack and causes major asymmetries in strength, size, flexibility and range of motion, bone structure, etc. One major adaptation of the pitcher is in shoulder range of motion […]

Jun 02

Chris O’Leary’s Worthless Argument against the Inverted W

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

If I have learned one thing from my Psychology and Philosophy degree, it is to recognize bad experimental design and flaws in logic.  Chris O’Leary, in his pitching mechanics analyses, is subject to both of these problems and presents superficial and baseless arguments.  This is disconcerting because many pitchers read his blog, fall for his […]

Jun 01

The Tommy John Surgery Experience Pt. 3

By Dan Blewett | Tommy John Surgery

Getting surgery sucks.  It is, however, usually the only option for someone who tears a tendon, ligament, or muscle while playing a sport and wants to play competitively again.  So it’s a situation where one needs to suck it up and take some solace in the fact that they are on the road back to […]