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The pitching clinic
Stewart, John, 1964-
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Short Hills, NJ : Burford Books, [2002]

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x, 123 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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GV871 .S69 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV871 .S69 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A must-have for players and coaches from Little League level and beyond, here is a complete guide to baseball pitching, covering grip, footwork and other pitching mechanics, fastball technique, and advanced pitches such as curves, sliders, cutters, changeups, knuckleballs and more. Also covers the pick-off move, rundowns, defensive plays, and includes practice drills and conditioning tips.

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A former minor leaguer, Stewart affirms that pitching is baseball's most important component. He also considers it "the most complicated position to learn." In this follow-up to his The Baseball Clinic (1999), Stewart offers a careful examination of pitching techniques. He begins by breaking down the mechanics of the art of pitching, dissecting basic grips, leg and arm action, strides, and releases. Diagrams and sketches of pitchers provide useful visual representations of many of the author's most vivid points. In clear prose, he underscores the importance of the fastball, particularly for younger baseball players (he insists that those under 14 should throw that pitch only), but he also analyzes what he terms advanced pitches, including the curveball, slider, cutter, and change-up. Stewart discusses how the position should be played, analyzing how the game should be called, signals relayed from the catcher to the pitcher, pickoffs, and defensive positioning. The author closes by emphasizing the importance of both practice drills, especially those that can be conducted indoors, and conditioning throughout the year. Highly useful for aspiring pitchers, coaches, and hardcore baseball fans, this book will be most useful in public libraries--though college libraries may wish to consider it for the use of baseball players and coaches. R. C. Cottrell California State University, Chico