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Stetson Allie Newsbeat

Monday, March 22, 2021

Stetson Allie Has Come Full Circle, and at Age 30, He Looks Legit

When we spoke in 2014, Allie allowed that his biggest problem to date had been between the ears. In his own words, he was “immature on the field and off the field.” Moreover, he “never knew anything about pitching.” All he did was light up radar guns — Allie would touch triple digits — but again, his command was sorely lacking. Moving off the mound made sense, but it didn’t exorcise the demons. Dark clouds continued to haunt his psyche, each slump causing him to put more pressure on himself.

“I had a hard time with the Pirates, mentally,” Allie admitted. “When I was younger, I felt like baseball was the only thing in life that I was good at. I felt that I needed to succeed at baseball, but in reality, baseball is just a game. I’ve played it since I was a kid, and I love it, but there’s so much more to life. Once I grasped that aspect, it kind of freed me up to succeed.”...

“When I was a pitcher before — and this is the immaturity part — I was very stubborn,” said Allie. “I wanted to throw 100; I wanted to throw it by you. That doesn’t work in pro ball. These guys can time velocity. Finally, this offseason I worked out with Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, and it was, ‘Hey man, it’s not a talent issue, we’ve just got to work on this off-speed.’ That’s what the Rays want from me, to be able to throw sliders for strikes. I don’t know if you’ve been watching this spring, but I’m a heavy slider guy now.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2021 at 04:56 PM | 33 comment(s)
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