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  • Weird Question for pitchers or anyone who throws hard

    This is for the guys that can throw 80+ MPH whether they could in their playing days or still can. When you guys throw, does it look and fell like your throwing hard from your perspective? I know it's a weird question. I caught a pitcher this summer who never thought he was throwing that hard. He would keep telling me he felt like he was throwing puss. I would ask him if his arm was tired or hurt and he would say "no". Well, he was bringing it because I've caught guys that have thrown hard and he was bringing it just as hard if not harder. I wouldn't say anything to him about his velocity because I didn't want him to change anything.....lol.

    Any thoughts?

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    Originally posted by LousivilleSlugger View Post
    This is for the guys that can throw 80+ MPH whether they could in their playing days or still can. When you guys throw, does it look and fell like your throwing hard from your perspective? I know it's a weird question. I caught a pitcher this summer who never thought he was throwing that hard. He would keep telling me he felt like he was throwing puss. I would ask him if his arm was tired or hurt and he would say "no". Well, he was bringing it because I've caught guys that have thrown hard and he was bringing it just as hard if not harder. I wouldn't say anything to him about his velocity because I didn't want him to change anything.....lol.

    Any thoughts?
    I threw hard and it felt like I was throwing hard but again, I ended up with 2 shoulder surgeries.

    I coach 16/17s and I have a couple kids who throw 90 (one is 16 and the other is 15). The 15 year old looks like he throws harder then the 16 but when I ask both they do not think they are throwing that hard. They were both surprised when the gun read 90 mph.

    One weird thing, like I said the 15 looks like his ball is moving faster and harder but it is the same velocity. We were at a showcase and the 16 was throwing and it looked like he was around 83/84. Every time he threw about 10 guns went up and the majority of guns had him at 90 and a few had him at 89. That is why when someone says their kid throws 87, I ask if he has been gunned. they say no but his coach says he looks like 87. I do not believe them until the gun comes out and then he is normally around 77.

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    • #3
      I once threw pretty hard. I felt like I threw hard and my dad used to comment that all of my body parts seemed to be exploding as I threw. After a game on the bump, I was really tired. I didn't like pitching. I have coached a few kids who could bring the big heat. One played 7 or 8 years in MLB. Unfortunately, he was injured early in his MLB career (non baseball related) and didn't recover like he wanted. He seemed to cruise. In fact, I never saw him appear to exert himself at all. Another pitcher I helped coach is still in MLB hanging on as best he can. He was a lot like me and seemed to use extreme energy to get the job done. He has had a few surgeries now and so, I don't know if he can make it another year. I hope he does because he loves baseball.

      I am always amazed at those who are so fluid. Those are the guys that as a hitter, the ball just seemed to explode out of their hands. I think we have all seen them and it is such a treat to watch them pitch.
      Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

      I am an ex expert. I've done this long enough to know that those who think that they know it all, know nothing.

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      • #4
        I threw 85-87 in my day. I still throw as hard. The ball just arrives a lot later. There were days I felt way off warming up and pitched great. There were days I felt great and had nothing. My son throws in the same range. I laugh when parents say their kids have perfect mechanics because they have a pitching coach. Mechanics can vary from day to day. Being off just a little can have an effect on velocity. The pitcher may not even feel they are off. It's why even MLB teams have pitching coaches who visit the mound mid game and point out flaws.

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