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It's the Mechanics

"THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH"

IN REFERENCE TO INJURIES TO THE ELBOW OF THE PITCHING-ARM AND TO THE PITCHING-SHOULDER (and to the increasing rate of injuries thereto), what is the root of the problem, what is the cause?

The inescapable truth is that the root of the problem, the cause of the problem is the pitching-mechanics ("conventional" baseball pitching-mechanics).

The pitching-mechanics produces the force(s) applied to the pitching-arm that creates the stress experienced in the pitching-arm that inflicts the damage suffered by the pitching-arm that results in injuries surrendered to by the pitching-arm.

THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH IS: CHANGE THE MECHANICS...SOLVE THE PROBLEM!

So-called "Pitch Smart", a glitzy and, no doubt, very expensive Major League Baseball presentation trotted out in the fall of 2014 comprised of recycled individuals offering their recycled non solutions (i.e. restricting pitch-counts, limiting the frequency of pitching-sessions etc.) that have not worked during the past dozen years and will not work in the present or in the future, is not the solution. Again, the inescapable truth is that the root of the problem, the cause of the problem is the pitching-mechanics, "conventional" baseball pitching-mechanics.

If Major League Baseball (and everyone associated with the entirety of the sport of baseball) truly desires to address the root of, the cause of the problem of injuries (of the increasing rate of injuries) to the pitching-arm, then, Major League Baseball (and everyone associated with the entirety of the sport of baseball), of necessity, must venture beyond, outside of the limited and stagnant confines of its designated, clueless "problem solvers" to arrive at the actual solution.

So-called "Pitch Smart"...is not (smart). "Pitch Smart" will not result in a reduction of injuries to the pitching-arm. Too bad for any baseball pitcher who risks placing his/her confidence in the recommendations of the "Pitch Smart" crowd to "protect" his/her pitching-arm. Any such baseball pitcher will continue to be an injury to the pitching-arm in the making.

The actual solution to the root of, the cause of the problem of injuries to the pitching-arm is FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY.

Additionally, FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY is the means by which to achieve to a far higher level of baseball pitching-performance than is possible with any of the manifold variations on the theme of the "conventional" mechanical approach for pitching a baseball or any other employ of the human physiology for pitching a baseball.

Limiting pitch-counts and pitching-sessions is antithetical to the axiom "practice makes perfect." Neither is necessary when employing and correctly executing FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane.

THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH IS: CHANGE THE MECHANICS...SOLVE THE PROBLEM!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

  1) This is the third and final iteration of my Outman Methodology blog site.  It presents the culmination of my engineering of Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane...

  2) Very, very high level baseball pitching-performance...


  4) The Principle of Simplicity and physical laws---Unlike all of the manifold 
  variations...

  5) The muscles primarily focused on and consciously employed in correct                
  execution of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball... 

  6)  The "now moment" is that subtle, mid-air moment...

  7)  There are three Moments of Greatest Leverage...

  8) The Second-Base Rule has two parts...

  9) "Scapular Loading"... 

10) Limiting pitch-counts and/or pitching sessions is unnecessary when employing and correctly executing Finalized Outman Methodology...

11) Outman Methodology sport of baseball, pitcher-specific functional conditioning & training regimen.

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12) About the video clips that follow...

THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH:
CHANGE THE MECHANICS, SOLVE THE PROBLEM!
 
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Video-clip "1" is a normal-speed complete pitching-delivery.  

In video-clip "1", after delivering my glove-arm and pitching-arm to their respective "final ready position" from "Set", I have slightly exaggerated the duration of the pause (for the purpose of clearly demonstrating that pause) in the "final ready position" that must be accomplished before initiating stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher with my front pivot-foot and leg.  

The "final ready position" must then be maintained while stepping/"walking" to, landing on and, then, settling some of the weight of the body of the pitcher onto the front pivot-foot and leg. 

That pause at the "final ready position" and maintaining the "final ready position" while stepping/"walking" to the front pivot-foot and leg (as with the Linear movement/motion/momentum "stall" after stepping/"walking" to the front pivot-foot and leg) statically (at a "stop") dissipates movement/motion/momentum and the related force(s) generated as opposed to dynamic (continuous movement/motion/momentum) dissipation, which force(s), if dissipated dynamically are out of control and, therefore, aberrant.

Associated with all movement/motion/momentum is force (whether it be great or small).  

Force exerts itself by dissipation imprinting the results/consequences of that dissipation onto whatever it is applied...a baseball pitching-delivery in this case and, ultimately, the pitched-baseball, which evidence of that imprinting is manifest in the behavior exhibited by the pitched baseball on its flight to the catcher.  

Force will always dissipate in some manner...either in your control or out of your control.  In short, if you are not in control of the force generated by the movement/motion/momentum that you produce in execution of a pitching-delivery, the force generated by the movement/motion/momentum that you produce in execution of a pitching-delivery will be in control of you.  

Velocity of, command over and movement of the pitched baseball will be either positively or negatively affected.  Likewise, the health of your pitching-arm will be either positively or negatively affected.   

Therefore, you must be in control of the force that you generate.  To be in control of the force that you generate, you must, throughout the entirety of each pitching-delivery, be in control of the movement/motion/momentum that you produce, which, in turn, generates force.

To be in control of the movement/motion/momentum that you produce and the force(s) generated, thereby, and to eliminate aberrant force(s) that would adversely/negatively imprint onto the pitching-delivery (and, therefore, onto the behavior of the pitched-baseball on its flight to the catcher) and physically on the elbow of the pitching-arm and the pitching-shoulder (in the form of damage and injury thereto), the number of movements, the amount of motion, the aggregate of momentum that occurs simultaneously must be limited in execution of each pitching-delivery. 

Statically dissipating force(s) drastically reduces to eliminates imprinting of aberrant force(s) onto the pitching-delivery and the behavior of pitched baseball on its flight to the catcher and significantly reduces the stress experienced in, the damage suffered by and the injury surrendered to by the elbow of the pitching-arm and the pitching-shoulder.

Dynamically dissipating force(s) directly and unavoidably imprints aberrant force(s) onto the pitching-delivery and the behavior of the pitched-baseball on its flight to the catcher.

With static dissipation, you are in control of movement/motion/momentum produced and force(s) generated.

With dynamic dissipation, movement/motion/momentum produced and force(s) generated are in control of you

Hence, the pause (brief, but absolutely necessary) having delivered the glove-arm and pitching-are to their respective "final ready position" and the later in the pitching-delivery "stall" (likewise brief, but absolutely necessary).

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Video-clip "2" is a slow-motion complete pitching-delivery. 

In video-clip "2" you can observe the limited external range of motion that I currently possess in the rotator cuff of my pitching-shoulder, which is barely 45 degrees.  In my youth, the external range of motion of the rotator cuff of my pitching arm was in the range of 100+ degrees.

The degree of external range of motion of the rotator cuff of the pitching-shoulder exerts a direct influence on the maximum achievable velocity of the pitched baseball.  The farther rearward the pitching-arm rotates, the greater physical space through which the pitching-hand passes.  The greater physical space through which the pitching-hand passes, the longer accelerating force can be applied to the baseball while in the pitching-hand of the pitcher, which holds the potential for producing higher velocity of the pitched baseball on release from the pitching-hand of the pitcher.  

Additionally, while the pitching-hand travels through greater physical space, the pitching-side of the body of the pitcher is afforded more time to rotate farther in the direction of the catcher before the pitching-hand arrives at the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher.

Farther rotation of the body of the pitcher in the direction of the catcher before the baseball is released from the pitching-hand of the pitcher produces greater torsion and torque (toward generating greater accelerating force) and imparts more rotation to the baseball from the fingertips of the pitching-hand on release of the baseball (which improves the movement exhibited by the pitched-baseball on its flight to the catcher because a direct correlation exists between the amount of physical rotation of the body of the pitcher achieved in the direction of the catcher before release of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher and the amount of rotation imparted to the baseball on release from the hand of the pitcher). 

Observe, also, that I keep the heel of my front pivot-foot elevated beyond the release-point of the baseball from my pitching-hand.
 
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Video-clip "3" demonstrates correct orientation of the front pivot-foot in relationship to the rear pivot-foot while taking signs from the catcher followed by assuming the "Set" pitching position.

The toes of the front pivot-foot should be oriented to point in the direction of the catcher with a comfortable space (roughly several inches) laterally separating the heel of the front pivot-foot from the heel of the rear pivot-foot.  That initially established lateral spacing while taking signs is to be maintained on drawing the front pivot-foot rearward and in the direction of the body of the pitcher when going to "Set."

Orienting the toes of the front pivot-foot in the direction of the catcher positions the glove-side of your Pelvis out of the immediate pathway of the pitching-side of the Pelvis and facilitates keeping it out of the pathway of the pitching-side of the Pelvis as the pitching-delivery develops compliant with the physical law: "No two objects of matter can occupy the same space at the same time."

Observe that, when the front pivot-foot has been drawn rearward to its "Set" positioning, the knee of the rear pivot-leg is shifted slightly in the direction of the catcher at the knee.

Shifting the knee of the rear pivot-leg slightly forward as part of going to "Set" is accomplished by slightly buckling the rear pivot-knee and contracting the muscles of the inner thigh and groin of the rear pivot-leg.  Shifting the rear pivot-knee slightly forward in the direction of the catcher also allows for the weight of the body supported on the rear pivot-leg and foot to be focused onto the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot.

Shifting the rear pivot-knee slightly in the direction of the catcher at "Set" and focusing the weight of the body of the pitcher that is supported on the rear pivot-leg and foot onto the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot shifts the pitching-side of the Pelvis in the direction of the catcher partially to clear it out of the pathway of the pitching-side upper body (Torso), pitching-shoulder and pitching-arm, which is also compliant with the physical law: "No two objects of matter can occupy the same space at the same time."

Focusing onto the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot the weight of the body of the pitcher that is supported on the rear pivot-leg and foot aligns the force generated on initiation of Linear acceleration in the direction of the catcher (initiated from the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot) with the Tibia and Fibula of the rear pivot-leg and the pitching-side of the body of the pitcher to be transferred/transmitted efficiently/effectively directly upward through the body of the pitcher.

The whole of the buckling/shifting of the rear-pivot knee and focusing onto to the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot the weight of the body of the pitcher supported on the rear pivot-leg and foot is the first of two phases of Pelvic Shift. 

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Video-clip "4" is slo mo of going to "Set" from taking signs.

View video-clip "4" a first time and focus on the foot and legwork.  You will be able to observe what is described in relationship to video "3" above.

View video-clip "4" a second time and focus on the glove-arm/hand and pitching-arm/hand as they are brought to "Set."  

In the demonstrated "Set" position, the hands are held near to and somewhat above the pitching-shoulder, which positioning provides a starting point from which to deliver the glove-arm and hand and the pitching-arm and hand to their respective "final ready position" along the shortest path.

At "Set", the elbows of the arms of the pitcher should be held closely to the body.

Now, view video-clip "4" a third time and see if you are able to detect the shoulder "shrug" that I accomplish while delivering my glove-arm/hand and pitching-arm/hand to "Set."

That shoulder "shrug" is accomplished by consciously contracting the upper aspect of the Trapezius muscle on the pitching-side and the glove-side of the body.  

The upper aspect of the Trapezius muscle is located between the nape of the neck and the boney area (in the vicinity of the Acromion) atop either shoulder.  

The shoulder "shrug" must be maintained while delivering the glove-arm and hand together with the pitching-arm and hand to their respective "final ready position" and beyond.  In short, in execution of each pitching-delivery, the shoulder "shrug" is to be maintained until it is no longer possible so to do.

Contracting (and maintaining contraction) of the upper aspect of the Trapezius muscles causes the Deltoid muscles of both shoulders to be employed secondarily (and essentially passively) both when delivering the arms/hands to the "final ready position" and maintaining the arms/hands in the "final ready position." 

Our natural human tendency when elevating our arms is to employ the Deltoid muscles.  However, employing the Deltoid muscles initially and primarily to elevate the arms toward delivering them to the "final ready position" in execution of a pitching-delivery will result both in not delivering the arms (the pitching-arm specifically) to the "final ready position" (the Deltoids will fully contract long before that goal is accomplished) and in locking the shoulder joint, which will both prevent the pitching-shoulder from achieving full external rotation and will hurt/injure/damage the pitching-shoulder. 

The shoulder "shrug" employing the upper aspect of the Trapezius muscle prevents the Deltoid muscles from interfering/misbehaving.  

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Video-clip "5" is slo mo of delivering the glove-arm & hand and the pitching-arm & hand from "Set" to their respective "final ready position."

Delivering the glove-arm & hand and the pitching-arm & hand to their respective "final ready position" from "Set" is initiated by "buckling" the knee of the rear pivot-leg both to bend it more deeply and, by means of the muscles of the inner thigh and groin of the rear pivot-leg, to rotate it farther in the direction of the catcher (maintain focus of the weight supported on the rear pivot-leg and foot on the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot), while elevating the heel of the front pivot-foot.

Unarguably, standing on two feet presents as the most stable condition for the human physiology when standing and, therefore, is both the most desirable and reliable means by which to control the force(s) generated by the production of movement/motion/momentum in the process of delivering the glove-arm & hand and the pitching-arm & hand to their respective "final ready position."

Immediately on "buckling", bending and rotating the knee of the rear pivot-leg farther in the direction of the catcher together with elevating the heel of the front pivot-foot (as demonstrated in video-clip "5"), deliver the glove-arm & hand and pitching-arm & hand simultaneously from "Set" to their respective "final ready position" as follows:

Maintaining the shoulder "shrug", quickly deliver the pitching-arm & hand to the "final ready position", as demonstrated in video-clip "5", employing the upper aspect of the Trapezius muscle, the Deltoid muscles (secondarily, passively), the muscles of the external rotator cuff and the Biceps muscles. 

Additionally, and very importantly, on having delivered the pitching-arm to its "final ready position" relax both the Deltoid muscles of the pitching-shoulder and the Biceps muscles of the pitching-arm, but do NOT relax the upper aspect of the pitching-side Trapezius muscle.  Maintain the "shrug."  In result, you will likely feel your pitching-hand wiggle momentarily.   

Then, keep those muscles relaxed as you "walk" to your front pivot-foot followed by executing Rotational & Linear acceleration.  So doing keeps the shoulder of the pitching-arm relaxed to allow achieving maximum external rotation in the rotator cuff of the pitching-shoulder and  to produce so-called "live-arm" action of the pitching-arm.

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A note: Neither that pitching-hand wiggle on delivering my pitching-arm and hand to their "final ready position" nor any "live-arm" action can be viewed on the presented video-clip because, in execution of the recorded pitching-delivery, I failed to relax both the Deltoid muscles of my pitching-shoulder and the Biceps muscles of my pitching-arm as described. 
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Likewise, maintaining the shoulder "shrug", quickly deliver (in a very real sense "flick") the glove-arm and hand to the "final ready position", as demonstrated in video-clip "5", employing the upper aspect of the Trapezius muscle, the Deltoid muscles (secondarily, passively), the muscles of the external rotator cuff and, majoritively, the Triceps muscles of the glove-arm.  Also, as you "flick" your glove-arm and hand to the "final ready position", make a slight fist in your glove with your glove-hand.

In "flicking" the glove-arm,  take note that I propel my glove-hand directly upward toward the sky to cause the elbow joint of my glove-arm to extend fully (toward hyper extension) traveling to a point just above parallel to the ground.

The point of extension of the glove-arm and hand to just above parallel to the ground is where and when natural contraction in the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle occurs and will be sensed.  

That point of natural contraction of the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle is the "trigger" sensation for contracting/flexing the Biceps muscles of the glove-arm together with making a tight fist (palm up) in the glove with the glove-hand TO stabilize (statically to dissipate the forces generated by movement/motion/momentum produced in delivering the arms/hands to the "final ready position"), thereby, the glove-arm & hand at that point (the "final ready position") in preparation for stepping in the direction of the catcher.

While delivering the glove-arm & hand and the pitching-arm & hand to their respective "final ready position", the upper body must be tilted somewhat in the direction of the glove-side of the body and the pitching-shoulder must be kept rearward ("lay back").

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Video-clip "6" is slo mo of stepping/"walking" to the front pivot-foot and leg with the glove-arm & hand and the pitching-arm & hand stabilized in their respective "final ready position."

Stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher with the front pivot-foot and leg is second phase of Pelvic Shift.
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A note: I typically do perform better (off camera) at keeping my pitching-shoulder back/rearward ("laying back"...as should be the case) through initiating Rotational & Linear acceleration than I demonstrate in this series of video-clips. 
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As demonstrated in video-clip "6", stepping/"walking" to the front pivot-foot and leg is initiated by buckling the knee of the rear pivot-leg, bending it somewhat lower and pressing moderately in the direction of the catcher from the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot while slightly elevating the front pivot-foot from the ground (and even drawing it somewhat rearward) before extending the pivot-foot and leg leisurely in the direction of the catcher with the toes of the front pivot-foot angled downward toward the ground.

Why initiate stepping/"walking" to the front pivot-foot in the manner described in the paragraph above?

Because the manner described is precisely the equivalent of taking a "walking" step forward beginning from standing still, which is a physical sensation with which your brain and body are intimately familiar and are, therefore, highly competent to accomplish/execute in a fashion that delivers the front pivot-foot to the ground in front of the pitcher consistent with the "now moment" (ever so slight drawing rearward of the toes of the front pivot-foot just before contacting the "ground" in video-clip "6") and keeps both glove-side and pitching-side hips sufficiently relaxed relative to the mechanical execution of the pitching-delivery that follows. 

In short, initiate stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher from the "final ready position" pause, in essence, as though you are simply taking a normal, leisurely walking step forward...although while in correct execution of a Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane pitching-delivery. 

While stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher with the front pivot-foot and leg, keep the pitching-shoulder rearward (in short, physically lay back somewhat), keep the upper body tilted somewhat in the direction of the glove-side of the body, keep the weight of the body of the pitcher that continues to be supported on the rear pivot-leg and foot focused on the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot, keep the glove-arm & hand and pitching-arm & hand stabilized in their respective "final ready position" and, consistent with the "now moment", land softly on the bottom of the front half of the front pivot-foot (heel up) followed by settling some of the weight of the body of the pitcher onto the bottom of the front half of the front pivot-foot (heel up).

As you can observe in video-clip "6", the walking step in the direction of the catcher is moderate in length and, coupled with the leisurely pace, is in control of the forces generated by the linear movement/motion/momentum produced by reason of stepping/"walking" to the front pivot-foot and leg toward delivering the body of the pitcher to the "first moment of greatest leverage" and subsequent initiation of Rotational & Linear acceleration in the direction of the catcher.

Notice, also, that in landing on and settling weight onto the bottom of the front half of the front pivot-foot (heel up) and delivering the body of the pitcher to the"first moment of greatest leverage" and subsequent initiation of Rotational & Linear  acceleration in the direction of the catcher, both feet of the pitcher are firmly planted on the "ground" with the weight of the body of the pitcher distributed, in control, between the rear pivot-leg & foot and the front pivot-foot and leg. 
 
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 Video-clip "7" is slo mo of initiating Rotational & Linear acceleration in the direction of the catcher (which includes the "Second Moment of Greatest Leverage").

This is the "First Moment of Greatest Leverage" in execution of a Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane pitching-delivery.  This is the moment when actual pitching of the baseball commences.  The several elements associated with this point in the pitching-delivery are crucial to correct execution and the best possible pitching-performance results.

Be certain to keep the pitching-shoulder back while initiating (fully initiating) Rotational & Linear acceleration.

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A note: I typically do perform better (off camera) at preventing the elbow of my glove-arm from flexing (keeping the glove-arm extended) until later (as should be the case) in the arc of travel of the glove-hand and glove downward toward the ground and, then, in explosively contracting the upper aspect of the pitching-side of the Trapezius muscle at the "Second Moment of Greatest Leverage."
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With some of the weight of the body of the pitcher settled onto the bottom of the front half of the front pivot-foot (heel up); with the weight of the body of the pitcher that is yet supported on the rear pivot-foot and leg yet focused on the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot; with the pitching-arm & hand maintained in the "final ready position"; with the glove-arm & hand extended in the "final ready position" [fist in the glove (palm up), the Biceps muscles flexed and slight flexion in the elbow of the glove-arm]; with the distinct sensation of the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle contracting and with the distinct physical sensation that the heel-up contraction of the combination of the front pivot-leg Calf muscle & Thigh muscles and the glove-side Gluteal muscles has brought Linear momentum in the direction of the catcher to a "stall" (in a manner of speaking, that the pitcher has "braced-up" on the front pivot-foot with the front pivot-leg), initiate Rotational & Linear acceleration simultaneously ("a" & "b" below together) as follows:

a) Explosively contract (especially focusing on) the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle together with the glove-side Oblique Abdominal muscles (and eventually the lower aspect of the glove-side Trapezius muscle, which, when flexed to draw the shoulders rearward can be felt along the spinal column at the Scapulae) to sweep/accelerate the glove & glove-hand of the fully extended glove-arm directly downward toward the ground and, then, around alongside of and behind the glove-side of the body (with the "Second Base Rule" in mind).  

With the fist in the glove and the Biceps muscles flexed, do not actively flex the elbow of the glove-arm.  The elbow of the glove-arm will eventually fully flex naturally as the glove-arm and hand sweep sufficiently far through an arc downward toward the ground and, then, rearward along the glove-side of the body toward achieving maximal "Scapular Loading."

The entire time the glove-hand and glove are being accelerated downward and, then, rearward of the glove-side of the body of the pitcher, the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle should absolutely experience very, very strong contraction (straining, in other words) to accomplish that task.  If the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle is not being strongly contracted and straining to drive the extended glove-arm, glove-hand and glove first downward toward the ground and, then, rearward...it is not being correctly employed! 

Take note: The shoulder of the glove-side of the body of the pitcher is the fulcrum with the glove-hand and glove of the glove-arm being the most distant point radiating from the fulcrum (being, therefore, the point of greatest leverage), which is why the described muscles (the Latissimus dorsi in particular) are employed explosively to exert pressure onto the glove-hand and glove toward rapidly (explosively) sweeping the glove-hand and glove downward (as far downward as possible) and, then, rearward of the glove-side of the body as detailed producing tremendous leverage both toward achieving maximal "Scapular Loading" and toward rotating the pitching-side of the body in the direction of the catcher.

When it is no longer possible to continue contracting the glove-side Oblique Abdominal muscles (which happens in a very short space of time from initiating their explosive contraction), it is time to "Cross the Beltline" explosively to contract the pitching-side Oblique Abdominal muscles for the dual purpose of rotating the pitching-side of the Pelvis in the direction of the catcher and to initiate the first muscle contracture associated with "follow through" of the pitching-arm and hand to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher.

Take note that, in moving the arms rearward of the body, the natural human tendency is to employ the Triceps muscles (on the back of the upper arm).  The Triceps muscles are considerably smaller than the Latissimus dorsi muscle and are incapable of delivering the arms rearward of the body as far and as rapidly as is the Latissimus dorsi muscle.  In sweeping the glove-arm rearward of the body in correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology, the Triceps muscles are employed secondarily/passively (as is the case with the Deltoid muscles in delivering the arms & hands to their respective "final ready position").  Employing the Triceps muscles primarily severely limits employ of the Latissimus dorsi muscle and effectively blocks employ of the lower aspect of the Trapezius muscle.  In short, in terms of pitching-performance, primary employ of the Triceps muscles for sweeping the glove-arm and hand downward toward the ground and rearward of the glove-side of the body of the pitcher has serious shortcomings.  Stick with the Latissimus dorsi muscle.   

b) Press hard from the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot and explosively contract the Calf muscle of the rear pivot-leg and the inner thigh and groin muscles of the rear pivot-leg to rotate the heel of the rear pivot-foot outward from the body and the knee of the rear pivot-leg in the direction of the catcher.  Additionally (with the "Second Base Rule" in mind), explosively contract the pitching-side Oblique Abdominal muscles to rotate the pitching-side of the Pelvis in the direction of the catcher (keeping the pitching-shoulder rearward).

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c) Immediately (this is the "Second Moment of Greatest Leverage") on having fully initiated "a" and "b" above (fully meaning: briefly having allowed Rotational & Linear acceleration to develop), explosively contract the upper aspect of the pitching-side Trapezius muscle essentially violently to whip the Humerus of the pitching-arm in the direction of the pitching-side of the head of the pitcher (the  actual, physical sensation of which is that of the pitching-shoulder is being propelled/thrust rearward and in the direction of second base against the forward and in the direction of the catcher rotation of the remainder of the body).  

The "Third Moment of Greatest Leverage" is also executed (occurs) in relationship to the "Second Moment of Greatest Leverage" at this point in execution of each pitching-delivery.  

This "Second Moment of Greatest Leverage" action, together with keeping the pitching-shoulder rearward ("laying back") must be accomplished in execution of every pitching-delivery both to achieve maximal "Scapular Loading" and, extremely critically, to counter the tremendous rotational leverage/torsion/torque in the direction of the catcher of the legs and torso of the body of the pitcher  produced by Rotational & Linear acceleration and to prevent, thereby, the pitching-shoulder, pitching-arm, pitching-hand and the baseball from being forcibly delivered to a premature release-point from the hand of the pitcher.   
 
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Video-clip "8" is slo mo of the pitching-arm "Follow Through" to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher.

"Follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher actually has its beginnings when, having crossed the beltline, the pitching-side Oblique Abdominal muscles are explosively contracted for the dual purpose of rotating the pitching-side of the Pelvis in the direction of the catcher and of initiating "follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball with the pitching-side of the body.

Some aspects of accomplishing "follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the pitching-hand occur before and during explosively contracting the upper aspect of the pitching-side Trapezius muscle at the "Second Moment of Greatest Leverage."  

Those "follow-through" aspects are explosive contraction of the pitching-side Oblique Abdominal muscles followed by explosive contraction of the pitching-side Latissimus dorsi muscle (facilitating, thereby, the early stage of accelerating the pitching-arm, pitching-hand and baseball toward the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher together with clearing the Pelvis of pitching-side of the body out of the pathway of the pitching-shoulder, pitching-arm and pitching-hand).

After explosively contracting the pitching-side Oblique Abdominal muscles followed by the pitching-side Latissimus dorsi muscle follows explosive sequential contraction of the pitching-side Serratus Anterior muscle, the pitching-side Pectoral muscles, the muscles of the Internal Rotator Cuff of the pitching-shoulder, the Triceps muscles of the pitching-arm and, lastly, the Forearm Flexors of the pitching-arm (the Forearm Flexors serve to draw the back of the pitching-hand to alignment with the forearm of the pitching-arm and to grip the baseball ever tighter forcing the baseball to be ripped from the grip of the fingers of the pitching-hand as the pitching-hand approaches the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher).

ALSO, simultaneous with initiating "follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the pitching-hand, the pitcher must rapidly rotate the glove-side of his/her face toward the ground and in the direction of the glove-side of the body consistent with The Second Base Rule (which is just one more element of the pitching-delivery that I better accomplish off camera than I, in fact, did in the provided video-clip).  

So doing a) clears the head of the pitcher out of the pathway of the pitching-shoulder (no two objects of matter etc.) AND b) employs the muscles of the neck to pull the pitching-shoulder in the direction of the catcher contributing, thereby, to the production of accelerating force ultimately applied to the surface of the baseball by the fingertips of the pitching-hand.   

Take note in video-clip "8" that the release-point location of the pitching-hand and the baseball is high above the body of the pitcher and in front of the body of the pitcher in the direction of the catcher with (in the instance of this fast ball delivery) the fingers of the pitching-hand squarely behind and "on top" of the baseball, which produces a steep, downward trajectory of the pitched-baseball on its flight to the catcher.

The steeper the trajectory (top to bottom, high to low) of the pitched-baseball on its flight to the catcher, the more difficulty encountered/experienced by the eyes and brain of the batter successfully in track the approaching, pitched-baseball. 

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Video-clip "9" demonstrates "follow-through" of the upper & lower body after release of the baseball from the pitching-hand.

In video-clip "9", observe the degree of physical rotation in the direction of the catcher achieved in result of the  torsion & torque generated by Rotational & Linear acceleration.

The elbow of the glove-arm "circles" back in the direction of the catcher before the glove settles near the glove-side iliac crest (as seen in video-clip "10")..

The pitching-hand extends maximally rearward in the direction of second base before rebounding forward and in the direction of the catcher.

The heel of the front pivot-foot remains elevated until executing the second of the "sideways crabwalk" "follow-through" steps.

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Video-clip "10" demonstrates the pitching-delivery braking steps that I label "Sideways crab-walk" "follow-through" steps.

The "sideways crab-walk" "follow-through" steps demonstrated in video-clip "10" are not forced steps.  In correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane, the "sideways crab-walk" "follow-through"/braking steps are naturally occurring resulting from the tremendous torsion and torque produced by Rotational & Linear acceleration.

The torsion and torque produced by Rotational & Linear acceleration in correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane literally, irresistibly pulls/yanks the body of the pitcher in the direction of the catcher and into execution of the "sideways crab-walk" "follow-through" steps.

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Video-clips "11"  (a slow-motion complete pitching-delivery) & "12" (a normal-speed complete pitching-delivery) are repeats of video-clips "2" & "1" respectively to bring you full circle having read about, viewed and, perhaps, studied, the entirety of the pitching-delivery in segments.   

Perhaps, in the final analysis, what likely appeared alien to you on first viewing video-clips "1" & "2" will not appear alien to you now. 

Additionally, having now observed correct execution of a Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane pitching-delivery, it should occur to you that the actual pitching portion of the delivery simply amounts to the near entirety of the body of the pitcher (the legs, the Pelvis, the Torso and the glove-arm & hand) rotating/pivoting in place (in essence, “twisting”, “winding-up” like a rubber band or the mainspring of a clock) beneath the collective of the pitching-shoulder, pitching-arm, pitching-hand and baseball to produce, to generate tremendous torsion and torque that is subsequently explosively, violently unleashed on the collective of the pitching-shoulder, pitching-arm, pitching-hand and baseball to propel them in the direction of the catcher.  
  
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IN CLOSING

Having made it this far in viewing and studying the video-clips presented, if you are in possession of sufficient physical sciences education, have baseball pitching experience and have "no skin in the game", you highly probably recognized the altogether mechanical superiority of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane very early on in viewing the presented video-clips. 

While the baseball pitching-performance produced by my methodology "speaks" for itself, it has been the case, historically, that on first exposure to, that on first seeing my methodology in action, the mechanical superiority of my methodology is obvious to individuals fitting the description in the paragraph above, with the described as above individuals approaching me and, then, lavishing high praise on my methodology citing its mechanical superiority.  

I need not convince them about that mechanical superiority.  They are already convinced by what they have observed as measured against what they already know...with physical appearance being immaterial to them. 

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Even if you do not fit the above description, if, nevertheless, you are possessed of any capacity to understand, to comprehend the physical sciences, then, by now, informally at least, it should be the case that you possess a basic grasp of the absolutely sound and irrefutable science (the physical sciences) on which the presented culmination (the perfection) of my engineering efforts in the development of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is based.

You should also have a fairly sound grasp of how correctly to execute the presented culmination (perfection) of my engineering efforts in the development of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane.

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By means of the presented culmination (perfection) of my engineering efforts in the development of my Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane I have, mechanically, accomplished and provided, to the absolute limits, all that can be accomplished and provided toward revolutionizing pitching in the sport of baseball in terms both of the health of the pitching-arm and of pitching-performance.

Its widespread adoption together with mastery over its correct execution would, on the field of play, revolutionize pitching in the sport of baseball and, thereby, revolutionize the entirety of the sport of baseball.

All pitchers would perform better and all pitchers would be far, far, far less likely to surrender to injuries to the elbow of the pitching-arm and to the pitching-shoulder.

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Had Major League Baseball not "banned" Outman Methodology over a decade ago on the basis of physical appearance, Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane would currently be widely employed (which power to "ban" my methodology derives from an utterly boneheaded 1922 Supreme Court ruling that wrongly bestowed unregulated monopoly and monopsony status and "license" on the then "National League" granting it, thereby, the singular exemption in the entirety of the economy of the United States of America from penalty or threat of legal repercussions for daily, and with impunity, violating any and every anti-trust and anti-restraint of trade law that has been in force in the United States of America for well over 100 years to this date...and violating, trampling, thereby, individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...mine included). 

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Notwithstanding that unjustly enduring Major League Baseball monopoly and monopsony status and "license" (a condition that typically stifles, suppresses, suffocates true innovation and advancement), I have been and remain confounded by the persistent fact that no one in the entirety of Major League Baseball has yet to demonstrate the physical sciences literacy that enables any individual in possession of  sufficient (even only a moderate) education in the physical sciences combined with baseball pitching experience and "no skin in the game" easily and absolutely obviously to recognize THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH that the root of the problem, the cause of the problem of injuries to the elbow of the pitching-arm and to the pitching-shoulder (and the increasing rate of injuries thereto) is the pitching-mechanics...conventional baseball pitching-mechanics and that the solution to the problem is to CHANGE THE MECHANICS.

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Again, it is the pitching-mechanics that produces the force(s) applied to the pitching-arm that creates the stress experienced in the pitching-arm that inflicts the damage suffered by the pitching-arm that results in injuries surrendered to by the pitching-arm.

Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is the solution to the problem of injuries to the elbow of the pitching-arm and to the pitching-shoulder (and of the increasing rate of injuries thereto) as well as being the means by which to achieve to a higher level of baseball pitching-performance than is possible with any of the manifold variations on the theme of the conventional mechanical approach for pitching a baseball (or any other employ of the human physiology for pitching a baseball).

That was the case when, in its infancy nearly eighteen years ago, the very, very high level of baseball pitching-performance it produced was easily, empirically, visually, observably verifiable by anyone familiar with baseball and its altogether mechanical superiority was easily, visually, observably, scientifically recognizable by anyone who was physical sciences educated/literate, who had baseball pitching experience and who was without "skin in the game."    

Likewise, that was the case when, over a decade ago during the June, 2004 amateur entry draft Major League Baseball acknowledged the very, very high level of baseball pitching-performance that Josh Outman, employing Outman Methodology, consistently produced and demonstrated on the mound (which should have been the only metric by which my methodology was judged, evaluated at that time).

That case persists into the present, especially with regard to this culmination (this perfection) of my engineering efforts in the development of my methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane.

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The time is long overdue for Major League Baseball to set aside its characteristically monopoly/monopsony status and "license" mindset-motivated behavior and, instead, choose (logically, rationally, reasonably, objectively, intelligently) to exercise the due diligence relative to injuries to the elbow of the pitching-arm and to the pitching-shoulder (and of the increasing rate of injuries thereto) of genuinely, honestly and thoroughly investigating, learning about and putting to test Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane, for which I have been and continue to be readily available. 

Even though this blog site is an extremely limited and, essentially, powerless platform for countering the extensive, extremely well-financed and, seemingly, ubiquitous, Major League Baseball multimedia baseball pitching-mechanics and injuries to the pitching-arm propaganda machine, this blog site constitutes the entirety of what is available to me to promote and to make available information about the alternative of Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane.
 
Yet, at the very least, as an alternative to that baseball pitching-mechanics and injuries to the pitching-arm Major League Baseball propaganda, Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane must be included in the prevention of injuries to the pitching-arm conversation and, therefore, information about Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane must be available to the entirety of the baseball fan and participant community (even if only by means of this wholly inadequate, comparatively infinitesimal and obscure third, and final, iteration of my Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane blog site as the source).

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Lastly, and in the final analysis, in spite of undeniably demonstrating consistently very, very high level baseball pitching-performance and exhibiting mechanical superiority irrefutably anchored in the physical sciences, it is a sad, sad fact, a twisted and pathetic state of affairs that something as revolutionary, as altogether positive and as absolutely problem solving and beneficial to the sport of baseball as is Finalized Outman Methodology for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane can, without recourse, be rejected out-of-hand, suppressed and dismissed indefinitely by Major League Baseball on the completely ignorant, totally immature and, even, utterly infantile grounds that "we don't like how it looks", "that isn't the way we do things."

Fritz Outman 

THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH:
CHANGE THE MECHANICS, SOLVE THE PROBLEM! 

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