Baseball has long been known as America’s Past TIme. As long as their is baseball, there are going to be kids that want to grow up to be big league pitchers. Unfortunately, the pitching motion is a very unnatural one for the human body. In order to gain the greatest advantage and to hurl the ball as fast as they can, pitchers adapt to the restrictions of the human anatomy.
Unfortunately, this unnatural movement causes a higher percentage of career threatening injuries to pitchers, especially in the ligaments surrounding the elbow. Since 1974, a special surgery with a recovery time of more than 14 months has been developed to resurrect the careers of pitchers that in the past would have been relegated to retirement.
The idea I propose however is some sort of device that can help pitchers develop a motion that is less harmful to the body. Throwing “over the top” as they say is said to be the most harmful of the different types of pitching motions. Many major leaguers have had successful pitching careers throwing at a three-quarters slot or even what is called side arm and submarine pitching. These types all bring the throwing arm to a different degree angle than the over the top motion. In addition, they also cause less stress since they are stretching the ligaments less, and in a natural direction.
Golfers have long had different contraptions(straps, tubes, wraps, etc…) that help them establish a set swing of their arm. Why can’t some sort of device be adapted to help pitchers recognize a better angle to release the ball? If kids start learning different angles at younger ages today, perhaps ten years from now the major leagues will be dominated by side arm pitchers. All it takes is one industrious baseball fanatic inventor and some marketing know how.