365 Days to better Baseball – Hitting Timing may be Off but it is not the Speed

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Tuesday Tips to Tattoo the Ball – No Excuses Allowed

If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times, “The pitching is too slow” or “He was throwing very fast,” as reasons that hitters can’t hit. Granted a hitters timing can get off and adjusting to pitchers, who can change speeds effectively, is difficult but believing that pitching is too fast or too slow, as a reason why one cannot hit, is no reason at all.

The pitching motion of the Quebec City Capital...

The pitching motion of the Quebec City Capitales' pitcher Karl Gélinas, in the Can-Am independent baseball league. Français : La décomposition d'un lancer du lanceur des Capitales de Québec Karl Gélinas, dans la ligue Can-Am de baseball indépendant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I always follow those statements up with, “There is no such thing as too fast or too slow,” and I honestly believe that. Hitters with good hitting fundamentals can wait on both fast, slow pitching, and have the same swing and quickness on both, period. That does not mean players should hit every pitch because balls come to different locations too, but in general there is no excuses for continually having trouble with certain speed pitchers.

After all, I ask them “Don’t you get to watch the pitcher before you even go up to bat?” so there is no reason not to know what speed to be ready for. Usually and as is the case here, it gets back to some fundamental hitting flaw ass the reason why players struggle against too fast or slow of speeds.

 

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