Thursday, May 10, 2007

His New Pitching Technique is Unstoppable

Mike Marshall, Ph.D., the Dodger pitcher whose 1974 record of 106 appearances still stands today (not to be confused with Mike Marshall, the Dodger outfielder from the 1980s) has a pitching academy/ laboratory in Florida where he teaches an unconventional pitching technique that the organized baseball world scoffs at but which he claims will eliminate pitching-related injuries. I have no knowledge of pitching mechanics and no knowledge of the world of freelance pitching coaches beyond what I've read in this article, so I can't judge the merits of Marshall's program. But it does make for an interesting story.

UPDATE: Dave Pinto at Baseball Musings has some comments on this.

ALSO: For a guy who didn't look anything like Nolan Ryan in the '70s, he sure looks a lot like Nolan Ryan now.


At Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 11:53:00 AM PDT, Blogger Theodore said...

I met Marshall for the first time last summer at the SABR convention. He fits the role of the "persecuted researcher" perfectly, down to his attitude -- he's fairly abrasive, and very opinionated. (He had some rather bizarre things to say about the economics of baseball as well.) Whatever the biomechanical merits of his method might be, it'll never be adopted because of the way he rubs people.

At Monday, May 14, 2007 at 2:35:00 PM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

That's what it seems like. It sounds from the article like that may be a problem with some of his students, too. If you're on the margins anyway, having a bad attitude seems like a sure way to stay on the margins.


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