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Ryan Armstrong | Feb 15, 2014 1:17:00 PM

Some Pitching Advice I'd Give to Tracy McGrady

In case you haven't heard recently, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady, 34, who last played in the NBA in 2011-12 for the Atlanta Hawks, is attempting to become a professional pitcher. He is reportedly working with Roger Clemens in his hopes to pitch this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. Hey - why not? He's got $100 million and time on his hands, so what are you gonna do?

Supposedly he has been clocked in the 90's with his fastball, but more recently it sounded a little more realistic in the mid- to high-80's. This is not to say he can't make it to the 90's. Heck, just picking up a ball after not having played competitive baseball since, I will guess, his high school years and throwing in the mid- to high-80's is quite impressive and indicative of a pretty talented guy...and he just might have consistent 90+ in his reach.

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Topics: pitching, pitching tips, pitching instruction, pitching velocity, velocity, pitching injuries, pitching rotation, pitching skills, pitching mechanics, pitching advice

SST Mississauga | Apr 19, 2013 12:20:00 PM

Baseball Functional Friday | "Lateral Bounding"

This week’s "Baseball Functional Friday" Exercise of the Week is "Lateral Bounding".  

Lateral Bounding is a drill that helps pitchers work on leg drive power and stride length. Generally speaking, harder throwers generate more stride power than low velocity pitchers. Macwilliams, et al (1998) found that pitchers were found to generate shear forces of 0.35 body weight in the direction of the pitch with the push-off leg and to resist forces of 0.72 body weight with the landing leg. They also found that wrist velocity was found to correlate highly with increased leg drive (hence the higher velocities with stronger legs). Their conclusion was that "strengthening of the lower extremities could be inferred to be important both to enhance performance and to avoid injury." Sounds pretty good doesn't it? Strengthen legs > get better > stay healthier.

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Topics: SST Mississauga, strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, lateral power, lateral strength, pitching velocity, velocity, lateral bounding

Rick Boutilier | Apr 16, 2013 8:31:00 AM

Baseball Strength Training Transformation Tuesday | Evan Lawrence

It is Transformation Tuesday again and this week we feature high school sophomore Evan Lawrence, pitcher for the Ontario Terriers 16U program.

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Topics: SST Mississauga, strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, baseball parents, weight lifting, Ontario Terriers Baseball, pitching velocity, velocity, lean mass

Rick Boutilier | Mar 26, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Baseball Strength Training Transformation Tuesday | Andrew Lonsdale

Bu Rick Boutilier & Mike McCarthy

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Topics: fitness tips, SST Mississauga, strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, weight lifting, velocity, lean mass, vertical jump

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