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39 minutes ago, Frobby said:

I always thought it was good that Britton, O’Day, Brach and Givens brought four very different styles and arm angles to the back end of our bullpen.   

One of the things I read an article about Britton was that the opposing better always knew exactly what was coming. A sinker. That’s what was coming… Almost every time, didn’t need a trashcan you just knew.

And yet, he was successful. And that’s because his pitch was good. Like aesop’s cat that only had one trick that worked every time.

The guys we have aren’t that good, so the details, good bad or indifferent, matter much less.

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1 minute ago, Philip said:

One of the things I read an article about Britton was that the opposing better always knew exactly what was coming. A sinker. That’s what was coming… Almost every time, didn’t need a trashcan you just knew.

And yet, he was successful. And that’s because his pitch was good. Like aesop’s cat that only had one trick that worked every time.

The guys we have aren’t that good, so the details, good bad or indifferent, matter much less.

It’s still very interesting to me to read about how lesser pitchers experiment with their pitches trying to find the formulation that will make them successful.  And, I think David Laurila (who did the interview) is a treasure.   

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43 minutes ago, Frobby said:

It’s still very interesting to me to read about how lesser pitchers experiment with their pitches trying to find the formulation that will make them successful.  And, I think David Laurila (who did the interview) is a treasure.   

Oh yes that’s absolutely right, as I was reading it I was noticing how far the art of pitching has developed. In the olden days it was throw hard and in the strike zone and repeat until your arm fell off, these days you need a Hewlett Packard calculator to figure out how you’re going to throw and where.

I wish they would interview some of the really great control artists of the past, like Fergie Jenkins, who threw as many innings in one season as most of these guys do in three, or Maddox , and ask how they approached how they did what they did.

A true genius has no idea how he does what he does, and I think Nolan Ryan was that genius, and would be ineffective as a coach, But the guys who worked and thought and pondered and improved, those are the ones I’d like to hear from.

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