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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Kyle Boddy, director of pitching, among minor league staff leaving Cincinnati Reds

Kyle Boddy, hired as the Cincinnati Reds’ minor-league pitching coordinator after the 2019 season, has parted ways with the organization after two seasons.

Boddy, who was promoted to Director of Pitching last winter, announced the move on his Twitter account Friday. He oversaw the creation and implementation of organizational pitching philosophies.

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“The Cincinnati Reds and I have mutually agreed to no longer continue our professional relationship,” Boddy wrote in a statement. “I can’t thank Dick Williams and Eric Lee enough for their support and taking a chance at moving the Reds’ player development in a new direction – both were instrumental in effecting enormous change.

“(Reds pitching coach) Derek Johnson lent incredible support over the last two years with the Reds and for a decade prior to that – without DJ, much of the change you see in the world of pitching would have been unattainable.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2021 at 11:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle boddy, reds

Monday, May 17, 2021

Jameson Taillon’s road to recovery took him down baseball’s new path

As he went through it, Boddy read about what Tezuka called the “elbow spiral” motion, or, in essence, a shorter arm path. It was a common throwing motion seen in professional pitchers in Japan, which Boddy theorized was caused by the great volume of throwing they did. In the text, Tezuka advocated for the shorter arm path, in which the initial, back-side part of the motion does not extend the arm toward second base as Taillon did; rather, it kept the arm nearer the body. It was more like how a quarterback threw.

In technical terms, the core concept married external, or outward, shoulder rotation to supination of the arm, meaning the forearm was in a forward-facing, more relaxed position. Supination is the opposite of pronation, the twisting of the forearm that forces the palm outward and thumb toward the ground. Pronation happens naturally as pitchers release the ball and follow through. But Tezuka posited there should be no pronation of the pitching arm at that early stage of the throwing motion like Taillon and many others did.

By condensing the throwing motion, it also better allowed for the proper sequencing of the delivery. If one thought about it as an engineer, one was essentially reducing unnecessary parts.

“It was like, ‘Oh, wow, this is an interesting concept,’” Boddy said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2021 at 11:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jameson taillon, kyle boddy

 

 

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