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The Tactics of Pitching: The Art, Science, and Strategy of Playing Baseball's Most Important Position (English Edition) von [McAllister, Branford]
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There are two basic ways to win the pitcher versus hitter war:
•Overpower the hitter (like Justin Verlander)
•Fool the hitter (like Barry Zito).

The first requires dominating stuff, generally velocity. (Verlander’s average fastball in 2012 was 94.3 mph. He also showcased a superb curveball.) And, it requires a fair amount of control to go with the overpowering velocity. Not many pitchers have that kind of ability, even in the major leagues. At lower levels, very few pitchers have the kind of overpowering stuff to rely just on that to get hitters out throughout a game. Those who do have electric stuff can dominate hitters. They are the fortunate ones, but not everyone has this advantage. For them, and for the overpowering pitchers at higher levels, something more than great stuff is required. So, in general, we need a more strategic, mental approach to get hitters out consistently.

Pitching is a complex endeavor—both physical and mental. While there are many views on how to succeed as a pitcher, there are several principles that lead to success on the mound. Among these are the following: There is a limited number of things you can do with a ball: give it speed, give it direction, impart spin, and select an orientation of the seams. You can also combine pitches in different sequences and combinations. Otherwise, there is nothing you can to the ball. Every other factor that you can control is mental, and therefore absolutely essential to success. You cannot succeed consistently on the hill without having a plan in mind beforehand. So, if you prepare well, with solid mechanics, you can win each battle with hitters.

The objective on the mound is getting outs. There is a strategy to doing this and it relies upon a thoughtful approach that considers your abilities and the situation. If you combine great physical preparation with a sound mental approach, you greatly increase your chances to get those outs, succeed on the hill, and give your team the best opportunity to win games.

There are many books on baseball, a few of them about pitching. But, there are very few good books on the art and strategy: the tactics of pitching—specifically, books dealing with how to throw specific pitches, why they do what they do, when to throw them, to what locations, and how to set up hitters. There are few books that help pitchers “pitch” a good game—the subtleties of how to throw pitches and how to formulate game plans for pitching.

The Tactics of Pitching is a practical manual for learning and teaching the science, mechanics, and strategy of pitching, suitable for amateur players and coaches through the college level.
The book focuses on the following topics:
•Pitching Philosophy
•How Air Resistance Affects the Flight of a Ball
•The Strikezone
•Situational Pitching
•Mechanics Checklist
•Correcting Problems
•Mental Aspects of Pitching.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Dr. Branford McAllister has been involved with baseball for over 50 years, as player, coach, fan, and student of the game. He was a right-handed pitcher for over 20 years as an amateur player at both NAIA and Division I college levels and competitive amateur adult baseball leagues. He has coached at all levels from youth through high school. During his long baseball career he has been an astute student of the game, focusing on an in-depth and unique understanding of the science, art, and strategy of pitching. Professionally, Dr. McAllister spent a full career in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot followed by his ongoing career as a weapon systems engineer. He has a bachelors degree in mathematics from the USAF Academy and graduate degrees in history, engineering administration, and management. He has a website ( devoted to leadership and doctoral research. Dr. McAllister lives in Niceville, Florida, with his wife of almost 36 years, with whom he has two adult children he coached throughout their amateur sports careers. This book captures much of the knowledge gained over his many years of thinking about and teaching the craft of pitching.


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2.0 von 5 Sternen Would recommend it for younger players only who are looking to ... 3. Dezember 2014
Von darren pelio - Veröffentlicht auf
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My 14 year son plays competitive travel ball in addition to varsity high school ball as a freshman. He is advanced for his age. Pitches 82 mph at 14, stands 6 foot 2 inches. I add this to give a level of experience he brings to the table as a reader. Book was very redundant stressing obvious principles without diving into much needed detail to give pitchers a competitive edge. He found only one chapter on pitching situations to be moderately helpful. That's it. Would recommend it for younger players only who are looking to go to the next level. Not much to gain here if you already play varsity or college ball.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding, unique explanation of pitching!!! 8. März 2015
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This book is excellent. There are many books about mechanics, and some on strategy. However, this is the only book that explains, in basic terms, what a pitcher has in his tool kit and what he should be thinking about when setting up and getting out hitters. This is a straightforward, easy read that is valuable at all levels of amateur ball. A must read for coaches, players, and parents.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Well worth it! 20. März 2015
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I bought a copy of this book as a casual baseball fan interested in what pitching entails. A very interesting read that breaks down into a science what pitching is all about. This book could help anyone wanting to become a better pitcher, or simply someone wanting a good baseball read.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Four Stars 7. August 2016
Von Ram Prasad Mantravadi - Veröffentlicht auf
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Most things covered are basic but a good place to see them all.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Four Stars 17. März 2015
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Very good
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