What is the big deal about a pitcher’s mound that has everyone scurrying about like squirrels collecting acorns, in an endeavor to guarantee the usage of one for practice? I mean, it’s only 10″ high. Just how much difference can that make to a pitcher?
Believe it or not, that 10″ of altitude, from the pitching rubber to home plate, plays a very significant part in how a pitcher performs. The ability to push off the pitching rubber, together with the leg, gaining forward momentum with the body as it leans forward and down, increasing arm extension and arm rate affords the pitcher extra speed on his fastball and greater movement on his breaking balls. Continue reading