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    .377 in 1905 CySeymour's Avatar
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    Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    I coach a youth baseball team that my son is on, and last year my shoulder had trouble holding up to all the long batting practice sessions. Not only was my shoulder fatiguing, it was becoming harder and harder to throw consistent strikes for the kids to swing at. I am thinking of investing in a pitching machine. My preference would be a used one as I really cannot invest a fortune into it.

    Anyone have a good suggestions?
    ...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.

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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    Don't like them. Nothing better than live pitching. Find an assistant who can throw BP.
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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Don't like them. Nothing better than live pitching. Find an assistant who can throw BP.
    I concur. Get assistant coaches if able or just move closer to the plate. You can throw a lil slower and more consistent and the time to react remains the same.
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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    Probably the best idea. I actually agree, in high school I can remember the pitching machine we used usually screwed with my timing since I couldn't see the pitchers arm action. My one big problem last year was I didn't have an assistant who could throw BP...my assistant had a torn rotator cuff, so it was usually up to me.
    ...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.

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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    You hit it on the head. No arm action. Timing. My high school purchased a Juggs machine when I was a senior and we hit indoors during the winter and an unusually rainy spring. We could hit 90mph fastballs from the machine but we had a problem with live pitching for half a season.

    If your arm gets tired, you can move the "L" screen up close and toss over the L, sitting on a bucket. Still better than a machine. The one thing I don't really understand is underhand front toss behind the screen. I have never seen a baseball come from that position, although I never faced Ted Abernathy, Kent Tekulve or Dan Quisenberry.
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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    Quote Originally Posted by CySeymour View Post
    I coach a youth baseball team that my son is on, and last year my shoulder had trouble holding up to all the long batting practice sessions. Not only was my shoulder fatiguing, it was becoming harder and harder to throw consistent strikes for the kids to swing at. I am thinking of investing in a pitching machine. My preference would be a used one as I really cannot invest a fortune into it.

    Anyone have a good suggestions?
    What's your budget? The Reds might trade Arroyo to you if you will assume his 2012 salary....
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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    Don't like them. Nothing better than live pitching. Find an assistant who can throw BP.
    Agree. I actually prefer the old Iron Mike machines because it had an arm action of sorts. The hitting process begins with the pitching motion. The wheel machine does not provide anything near that for the hitting preparation.
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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    The Iron Mike's are still the best of the pitching machines. They had a couple at the facility where we used to work out when we were in Carolina.
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    Re: Thinking of investing in a pitching machine

    Quote Originally Posted by mbgrayson View Post
    What's your budget? The Reds might trade Arroyo to you if you will assume his 2012 salary....
    lol I don't think my wife would agree to that big of an expense
    ...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.


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