After watching the pitcher struggle through a couple of batters, the pitching coach knows it is time to walk to the mound.
Forty-two thousand people in the stadium watch the pitching coach and hope his words help the pitcher make it through the inning without surrendering a run.
So at a recent game, I asked my friend who was a professional baseball short-stop for eight years, “What does the pitching coach say to a struggling pitcher on the mound?”
Jeff told me that the pitching coach watches the multi-gazillion dollar pitcher closely on every wind-up, every pitch and every follow-through. The coach observes the pitcher’s posture, motion, release and eyes. Every pitch, Every game. With each movement in his mental catalog of the pitcher, the coach sees the normal, the abnormal and the potentially disastrous. He knows when the pitcher is at his best and when…well, when something bad could happen.
I interrupted Jeff, “So what does he say, in front of 42, ...Read more »