BritJap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 286 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2096 times:
Personally I find baseball to be a fairly uninteresting sport, but one aspect of the game that I have Plenty of respect for is the pitchers. Being able to put out a 150/160kph fastball is really awesome.
So, I was very happy to finally find a place in west Kobe where you can measure your own pitching speed.
I went along recently to test myself out,...but I was slightly disappointed with my result!!
The highest I managed was 123kph. I have never done any form of actual training so I think it is not bad, but I was really hoping to get 130 on the day.
So I have set myself a target of 130kph by the end of the year. (Though I am not really sure how one is supposed to go about getting better at such things).
So how about you guys?! Do we have any 140+ pitchers in our ranks?
And are there any training tips/techniques for pitching??
GOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4398 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
I pitched throughout high school. I'm more of a control pitcher then speed, but I could average around 70-75 mph and still pitch on the corners, that's the 4 and 2 seam fastball, but my offspeed pitches can tend to be wild at times.
Could I pitch that fast now? Probably not, It's been 5 years since I last pitched, but once in awhile, I'll try those guess your speed pitching.
I don't play baseball but I find it interesting that this speed is almost exactly the same as the fast bowlers in cricket even thought the styles of getting a ball there is very different, do you think that this is some sort of human limitation of being able to transfer energy to a ball? I cant bowl fast at all, maybe 60mph, but i have fired balls at people in the nets with the machine at 99mph, its fast!
ONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 382 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1984 times:
I suppose I'm blessed with a rubber arm/shoulder. Played baseball and tennis competetively throughout high school and college, been a few years now what with family and career but as of 2001, I was clocked at 91mph fastball and 128mph serve. Not bad for a beaten down body now. Haha!
Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2054 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1976 times:
I'm not sure one can increase speed with stretching. Pretty much a gift you're born with. A few mph can be added by tinkering with mechanics, but that's about it.
If you want to read a fascinating story, do research on a fellow named Steve Dalkowski, a guy who probably had the greatest arm ever...but no control. Supposedly, he was up in the 104-110 mph territory.