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Friday, February 08, 2019

This college pitcher has the most insane pitching windup of all time

Section 8.01 (a) of the MLB Rulebook (sorry, I don’t have a Junior College rulebook at the ready) covers the rules about what seperates a legal windup from an illegal one. Let’s go beat by beat to see if Michael’s windup passes the test.

“The pitcher shall stand facing the batter, his pivot foot in contact with the pitcher’s plate and the other foot free.” Check.

“From this position any natural movement associated with his delivery of the ball to the batter commits him to the pitch without interruption or alteration.” Ok this one is a bit iffy. An umpire could determine that Michael’s spin is not a “natural movement,” but he doesn’t stop the motion at any point so there’s no interruption of alteration to speak of.

“He shall not raise either foot from the ground, except that in his actual delivery of the ball to the batter, he may take one step backward, and one step forward with his free foot.” This checks out.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2019 at 02:07 PM | 14 comment(s)
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