Coaching Pitchers-3rd Edition

Coaching Pitchers-3rd Edition


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    Want to improve the mechanics of your pitching staff? Can your pitchers hold runners and field their position? Do you know the finer points of developing pitcher-catcher chemistry? Coaching Pitchers offers complete details on every aspect of the pitching position. This practical guide on pitching will be a valuable reference you’ll turn to again and again.

    Challenging technical instruction is communicated effectively through plain talk combined with clear illustrations. Practice drills and training aids provide supportive tools to get the job done. From mental attitude to managing a bullpen, Coaching Pitchers is packed with insights you need to help your pitchers shut down even the most formidable opponents.

    Coaching Pitchers offers solid, proven advice from one of the college game’s best pitching coaches. Currently the head baseball coach at James Madison University, Spanky McFarland has coached 55 players on their way to the big leagues (including Kevin Brown of the Los Angeles Dodgers). Now McFarland delivers in book form the same instruction that took these players to the top.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Developing Proper Mechanics
    Chapter 2 Teaching Grips and Techniques for Pitches
    Chapter 3 Instructing How to Hold Runners and Field the Position
    Chapter 4 Practicing, Drilling, and Using Training Aids
    Chapter 5 Conditioning the Arm and Body
    Chapter 6 Creating a Winning Mental Approach
    Chapter 7 Choosing and Implementing a Game Strategy
    Chapter 8 Building Catcher-Pitcher Chemistry
    Chapter 9 Managing the Pitching Staff and Bullpen

    About the Author

    Joe “Spanky” McFarland is the head baseball coach at James Madison University. He started his coaching career in 1977 and has coached at Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Florida, and Northern Illinois University before taking over at JMU in 1998. McFarland has coached 55 pitchers who have signed professional contracts. In 2002, he was named the Colonial Athletic Conference's Baseball Coach of the Year.


    ”Coaching Pitchers is a great learning tool for both pitchers and coaches, from Little League to college ball. If you pitch or coach pitchers, try the ideas of a truly dedicated pitching coach who has worked long and hard at his job and his love.”

    Kevin Brown
    Los Angeles Dodgers

    This book is an excellent example of why Spanky McFarland is one of the best coaches in the country. If you want to elevate your pitchers and pitching staff, this book is a must!

    Rocky P. Manuel
    Head baseball coach
    Bellaire High School, Houston, Texas

    ”Spanky has worked to become one of the finest instructors in pitching fundamentals, mental preparation, and injury prevention as well as the other parts of pitching. This book will benefit any player or coach who wants to better himself on all phases of pitching.

    Smoke Laval
    Head baseball coach
    Louisiana State University

    Spanky is one of the most knowledgeable pitching coaches in baseball. You can get all the ins and outs of how to become a better pitcher in his new book. Learn how to win from one of the best.

    Jim Morris
    Head baseball coach
    University of Miami

    From Collegiate Baseball
    One of the classic books ever written on the subject of pitching is Coaching Pitchers by Joe “Spanky” McFarland. Considered one of the gurus of pitching, McFarland's book is a timeless treasure for pitchers and pitching coaches which was first copyrighted in 1985.

    From Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director
    Spanky covers the entire waterfront graphically and knowingly...

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