Pitching is an important part of baseball and playing defense. A pitcher has a lot of responsibilities in a baseball game. The pitcher is at the center of the action for most of the game, since he delivers the pitches that batters attempt to hit. What the pitcher throws and how the batter responds is the basic structure of the baseball game; it all starts with the pitcher.
The Pitcher's Mound
The pitcher delivers special throws called pitches. Pitches are not like regular throws, they greatly differ from how fielders throw to each other. Pitches require an extremely specialized technique that involves the entire body and requires strength, balance, stamina, and strategy.
There are many different types of pitches, which we will learn about in future chapters, and there are many different types of pitchers. Each pitcher has their own strengths and weaknesses and may fulfill a specific role for the team.
What We'll Be Learning
In this chapter, we will learn what pitching is, how it works, and some strategies pitchers use when pitching. We will first learn about various types of pitchers and pitches that they can throw. Next, we'll learn about balks and the rules a pitcher must follow when throwing a pitch. Then, we'll learn about the pitching motion and how a pitcher throws a pitch. Finally, we'll end with a discussion of a pitcher's responsibilities on the field.
- Pitcher's Mound
- Intentional Walk
- Wild Pitch
- Hidden Ball Trick
- Left-hand Specialist
- Set-up Pitcher
- Paint The Corners
- Radar Gun
- No Hitter
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