Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Former Cy Young winner says his pitching method can help pitchers throw 115 mph

There aren't too many pitchers in Major League Baseball who can claim being able to throw a baseball in the triple digits. In fact, you can probably count them on a single hand.

However, former Cy Young Award winner Mike Marshall believes he has developed a pitching motion that can help pitchers reach pitch speeds of more than 115 mph.

From the New York Times:

Mike Marshall, the National League’s Cy Young Award winner in 1974, said that if coaches listened to him, “they’d get 8 to 10 more miles per hour from every pitcher.” He says speeds of 114 to 116 are conceivable.

Marshall, 70, has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology. Until a few years ago, he ran a baseball camp in Florida, where he taught pitchers a new way to throw, stopping them from bringing their arms out to the side. He instructed them to throw in as straight a line as possible toward home plate.

You can check out what Marshall's ideal pitching motion looks like by viewing the tutorial video below. As you can see, his proposed throwing motion is quite unorthodox, and has yet to catch on with the majority of baseball pundits. Nonetheless, the guy is a former Cy Young winner, so he is definitely worth listening to when it comes to mechanics.

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