Process for Pitching
- This guy had a great process for practicing and executing the business of pitching baseballs. It reminded me a bit of Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
- Greg, like many practitioners of great process, chose to keep his thinking and his approach a relatively well-guarded secret for as long as he was competing (perhaps he’ll open up more in retirement?)
- He wasn’t interested in the fastest pitch, or the most dramatic breaking ball. He wanted a late-breaking ball, and he wanted dramatic changes in speed, with minimal “tells” from the pitching motion itself. Not interested in flash or show – just results. That really resonates with process guys! “Then he explained that I couldn’t tell his pitches apart because his goal was late quick break, not big impressive break.”
- He practiced relentlessly
- He practiced with purpose – there was a process to it, not just an effort.
- A key goal was to prevent home runs. No home runs, your team has a chance to play defense.
- He had serious discipline: “He sought pitches that looked hittable and identical — getting the hitter to commit to swing — but weren’t. Any pitch that didn’t conform to this, even if it looked good, was scrapped as inefficient.”