chadlincoln wrote: Pogotheostrich wrote:
The arms are born, the pitchers are made.
There is some genetics in it. I'm never going to hit 100 MPH no matter how much weight lifting I do. Even if Mazonne spent every hour with me for five years I'd never hit it. So I agree. There is some raw body that needs to be there that not everyone has.
On a side spin to this topic, how much of a factor do you think strength is in throwing a baseball? Just at a glance I'd say the most important factor is kinetics and arm speed, which I don't think can necessarily be improved with "buffing up." I'd say resistance training on pulleys, etc. can help develop more torque, but the bench press and the like I don't think really do much, any the added size and mass may actually slow down the arm speed.
For the record, I'm 5'7 and about 160.. I top out at 70 MPH, and I'm not sure how to (if possible) pack some more heat. I play most sports and I've got a pretty sound pitching delivery. Of course, in (high school) games I don't often bring the 70, it's usually a few MPH lower to get the location right, or some kind of breaking pitch/change. Do you think it's possible for me to say, get up to 80 MPH?
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