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8 months off from pitching...What happened?!

Postby Zito is God » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:08 pm

So I have not pitched for about 8 months (moving/working/high school being over, etc...) and recently I was visiting my family for spring break in california. My cousin suggested we hit the field because we used to throw the ball around and do all the baseball stuff when we lived close by. I usually play 2nd/OF but I generally tend to pitch at times (or at least used to back when I played regularly).

I get up on the mound and he sets up. . . what followed was me realizing I cannot pitch anymore, I have literally no control anymore. I mean zero, I cannot get it over the plate. I can still make the ball do what I want it to do (I throw FB, Slider, Curve, and have a mediocre Knuckleball I throw for fun that people actually told me isn't too easy to hit), but I can't control location AT ALL.

My main problem isn't inside or outside, my problem is I keep throwing low or even in front of the plate at times. I don't know what happened to me (obviously no practice, but I couldn't have lost it all!). I then tried to bring my velocity down and still, not even close. I brought my fastball down a whole 10 ticks or so, half-lobbing it I finally could throw strikes. We did this for about 30 mins and got bored with my inconsistency. Any advice?
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Postby KPucks » Sun Mar 19, 2006 6:23 pm

You can't just go out and pitch after not doing it for 8 months. You need to start doing long toss for a week or two before you attempt to throw on a flat surface, let alone from a mound. You have to loosen up your arm for a while before you can start throwing strikes.
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Postby Madison » Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:46 pm

Must be related to Rick Ankiel.



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It's been 8 months. You just need some practice. I wouldn't be too worried about it at the moment. ;-)
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Re: 8 months off from pitching...What happened?!

Postby JTWood » Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:44 am

Zito is God wrote:Any advice?

Apply to be an SP for the Royals?

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Postby cordscords » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:48 am

Don't sweat it.

I went to the batting cages for the first time in 6 months a week ago. Stunk the place up. Swinging early, swinging late.

Then I started to foul some balls off. Then started hitting weak grounders, then line drives, you can see the pattern.

Just keep throwing and it will come back.
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:02 pm

Is that you chuck Knobloch?

Steve Sax??

I actually Have a similar problem. I can throw from like center field to homeplate on a line but from second to first is tuff
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Postby baseball6791 » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:48 pm

It's hard to say without watching you pitch, but probably you need to go out and throw for a while before pitching, seeing as you havent played in 8 months. From what you said it sounds like a problem with release point or your arm slot. I'd go back and re-learn your mechanics. You are probably over compensating for the fact that you havent thrown in a while (and as a result have a weaker artm) and are trying to do more with your body then you used to, causing your arm to come down at an odd release point.
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Postby stevethumb » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:22 am

dammitt zito !! i am now dropping you on my depth chart to just above eric milton and ryan franklin
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Postby Zito is God » Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:58 am

stevethumb wrote:dammitt zito !! i am now dropping you on my depth chart to just above eric milton and ryan franklin


Sorry man, I don't see me winning any Cy Youngs this year. My curve still tilts but expect triple digit wild pitches...per series.

On the upside, I've been talking to Wakefield and my new "funky-knuckle" will surely shake the baseball world. Count on me for some solid double-digit ERA outings.
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