Baseball Pitching Mechanics: Fix or Leave Alone?

by Bobby Woods October 29, 2017


Sometimes in life it is best to leave things alone. Case in point, Juan Marichal pitched 15 seasons in the major leagues primarily for the San Francisco Giants. He won 243 games and lost 142 with a lifetime ERA of 2.89  On July 2, 1963 he pitched 16 scoreless inning against the Milwaukee Braves. Warren Spahn another great, pitched 15 plus innings in this game before Willie Mays homered to end the game in the bottom of the 16th inning. It is considered one of the greatest games pitched in the history of the major leagues.Although this game was played over 50 years ago, notice the baseball gloves used by Marichal and Spahn. They have similarities used by players of this generation. In 1983 Juan Marichal was  inducted into the Hall of Fame. Warren Spahn was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1973. Spahn won 363 games in his career, more than any major league left handed pitcher in history! Check out Marichal and Spahn in the these pictures - would you change their delivery? No Way. Would you teach this delivery to a young pitcher today? Probably Not. But let's be honest. Some players do it their way and do it extremely well. So sometimes as coaches we all just need to leave things alone.











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