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It's the Mechanics

"THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH"

The baseball pitching-mechanics employed by a given individual produces the force(s) applied to the pitching-arm.

CONVENTIONAL BASEBALL PITCHING-MECHANICS creates stress experienced in the pitching-arm that inflicts damage to the pitching-arm that eventually results in injuries surrendered to by the pitching-arm.

CHANGE THE MECHANICS...SOLVE THE PROBLEM(S)!

NONE of the so-called "solutions" for the prevention of injuries to the pitching-arm in reference to conventional baseball pitching-mechanics (i.e. restricting pitch-counts, limiting the frequency of pitching-sessions etc.) will ever work.

Those so-called solutions, which did not work during the previous dozen years and will not work in the present or in the future, were reintroduced and re-recommended in November, 2014 by the so-called "Pitch Smart" crowd (a group of recycled individuals offering their recycled non solutions benightedly sponsored and promoted by Major League Baseball).

Again, those so-called "solutions" have not worked, will not work.

During the previous dozen years during which those so-called "solutions' were promoted and employed, injuries to elbow of the pitching-arm and to the pitching-shoulder increased!

Yet, by means of a glitzy and, no doubt, highly expensive "Pitch Smart" marketing and public relations campaign (sponsored and promoted by Major League Baseball) those failed so-called "solutions" continue to be foisted on all participants and fans of the sport of baseball world-wide.

Given that the root of the problem, the cause of the problem of injuries to the pitching-arm is "CONVENTIONAL" baseball pitching-mechanics, the inescapable truth is: CHANGE THE MECHANICS...SOLVE THE PROBLEM(S)!

FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is the highest performing, most efficient, most effective, least complex, least injurious (BEST) employ of the human physiology for pitching a baseball ever (or that ever will be) engineered in the history of the sport of baseball anywhere on the face of planet earth irrefutably substantiated by historical, repeated, empirical demonstration on the mound in actual competition and by the physical sciences.

Mastering correct execution of FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is the means to preventing injuries to elbow of the pitching-arm, to preventing injuries to the pitching-shoulder, to preventing the development of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome AND to improving your baseball pitching-performance SIGNIFICANTLY.

Factually, conventional baseball pitching-mechanics is inferior, DEFECTIVE, DELETERIOUS and PHYSICALLY DESTRUCTIVE being the proverbial equivalent of a "sow's ear" from which a "silk purse" cannot be made.

Short of being ENTIRELY DISCARDED, no number or type of so-called "solutions" applied to employ of conventional baseball pitching-mechanics can change that fact.

IN SUM, IN SHORT AND AGAIN, THE INESCAPABLE TRUTH IS: CHANGE THE MECHANICS...SOLVE THE PROBLEM(S)!

Fritz Outman


Friday, January 8, 2016

Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is an absolutely incredible manner in which to employ the human physiology for pitching a baseball.

It truly is the means by which every individual pitcher can achieve to his or her capacity for pitching a baseball.

The performance produced through mastery over correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is truly amazing.

Every time a Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane pitching-delivery is correctly executed a pitched-strike is produced regardless of the pitch-grip & release combination employed. 

Allowing for human error, gaining mastery over correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane enables a pitcher correctly to execute a pitching-delivery 90+ percent of pitching-deliveries executed.

Think in terms routinely of pitching complete 9 inning games with pitch-counts of 105 pitches or fewer!

Moreover, the preservation of the health of the pitcher achieved through mastery over correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane (combined with adoption of the Outman Methodology™  sport of baseball pitcher specific functional conditioning & training regimen) is unsurpassed and very much needed!

Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane should be the baseball pitching-mechanics choice of all current and future baseball pitchers.

I am anxious for and it is my hope that one day Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane will be the baseball pitching-mechanics choice of all current and future baseball pitchers.

Any pitcher who adopts employ of and gains mastery over correct execution of Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane will pitch a baseball at a higher level of performance and with a greater degree of pitching-related health than with any other mechanical employ of the human physiology for pitching a baseball.

Until the day arrives when Finalized Outman Methodology™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane is the baseball pitching-mechanics choice of all current and future baseball pitchers, the quality of baseball pitching-performance that is possible sport-wide will never be achieved and sport-wide injuries to the elbow of the pitching-arm & to the pitching-shoulder and the development of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome will never be significantly reduced to virtually eliminated.

Fritz Outman

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TO LEARN HOW CORRECTLY TO EXECUTE FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY™ FOR PITCHING A BASEBALL ON THE VERTICAL PLANE, READ & VIEW "1" THROUGH "10" BELOW. 

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

NOTE: In both video-clips "1" & "2" I employ the original "Now Moment" execution of simply stepping to my front pivot-foot.

PRE-CLIP EDUCATION 

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" in the direction of the catcher to deliver the body of the pitcher to the "Now Moment."

That pause at the "final ready position", as well as maintaining the "final ready position" while stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher to deliver the body of the pitcher to the "Now Moment", 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-arm to their respective "final ready position" from "Set" and maintaining your arms in the "final ready position" while stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher to deliver your body to the "Now Moment."

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

PRE-CLIP EDUCATION

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/through 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 bony 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 initiating stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher and to the front pivot-foot with the glove-arm & hand and the pitching-arm & hand stabilized in their respective "final ready position" CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL Finalized Outman Methodology™ "NOW MOMENT" EXECUTION.

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Stepping/"walking" in the direction of the catcher with the front pivot-foot and leg to deliver the body of the pitcher to the "Now Moment" is the second phase of Pelvic Shift.
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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" 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."

Land on 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 a the leisurely pace that is in control of the forces generated by the linear movement/motion/momentum produced by reason of stepping/"walking" to extend the front pivot-foot and leg toward delivering the body of the pitcher to the "Now Moment."

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TO LEARN THE ENTIRETY OF CORRECT EXECUTION OF FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane, it will be necessary for you to purchase The "Now Moment" Advanced Execution Video-Tutorial, information about which can be accessed through the link below.
HOWEVER, before clicking on the About the "Now Moment" Advanced Execution (and video-tutorial)  link above, commit to memory the instruction that follows under "7" relative to initiating Rotational & Linear Acceleration; the instruction that follows under "8" relative to "Follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the pitching-hand; read and view "9" & "10" AND read and study:  "The Second Base Rule & Crossing Your Belt-line
 
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CORRECTLY initiating Rotational & Linear Acceleration consistent with the "Now Moment" Advanced Mechanical Execution requires hard (but not yet explosive) contraction of the glove-side Oblique Abdominal muscles concurrent with the simultaneous explosive contraction of the Calf & Thigh muscles of the front pivot-leg, the Gluteal muscles of the glove-side of the body of the pitcher AND the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle.

Remember the above as, in The "Now Moment" Advanced Execution video-tutorial, I failed to make mention of also contracting the glove-side Oblique Abdominal muscles on initiating Rotational & Linear Acceleration.  

Additionally, just before Rotational & Linear Acceleration are initiated, the weight of the body of the pitcher that is yet supported on the rear pivot-foot and leg should yet be focused on the inner edge of the heel of the rear pivot-foot; the pitching-arm & hand should be maintained in the "final ready position"; the glove-arm & hand should be extended in the "final ready position" [fist in the glove (palm up), the Biceps muscles flexed]; and there should be the distinct sensation of the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle contracting.

Explosively contract the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle (and eventually the lower aspect of the glove-side Trapezius muscle, which, together, draw the shoulders rearward as 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 rearward of the glove-side of the body (with the "Second Base Rule" in mind) to achieve maximal "Scapular Loading."

The entire time the glove-arm, 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 again that hard (though not yet explosive) contraction of the glove-side Oblique Abdominal muscles concurrent with explosive contraction of the glove-side Latissimus dorsi muscle at this stage in each pitching-delivery is critical in execution relative to "Crossing Your Belt-line."

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.     

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"Follow-through" to the release-point of the baseball from the hand of the pitcher actually has its beginnings when, having crossed the belt-line, the pitching-side Oblique Abdominal muscles are explosively contracted for the dual purpose of assisting in 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 the full video-clip 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 to 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 crab-walk" "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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AGAIN, TO LEARN THE ENTIRETY OF CORRECT EXECUTION OF FINALIZED OUTMAN METHODOLOGY™ for pitching a baseball on the vertical plane, it will be necessary for you to purchase The "Now Moment" Advanced Mechanical Execution Video-Tutorial, information about which can be accessed through the link below.


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