Friday, September 07, 2007


Throwing like a girl

I came across this fun article by James Fallows about throwing like a girl, from the archives of the Atlantic, at Baseball Primer today.

He opens the article by contrasting Hillary Clinton's and Bill Clinton's Opening Day pitches in 1994. Hillary's was thrown at Wrigley Field at this game, which Jim and I remember not for Hillary's toss, but for Tuffy Rhodes's three homers.

Fallows addresses all the elements of a successful throw, one of which is the hip/torso turn. I have no problem with that; throwing is as natural to me anything. But--in what I think is a sign of how much more time I spent throwing than hitting as a kid--I never picked up the proper hip turn for hitting. I still hit with my arms rather than my whole body unless I really, really focus. Which means I'm not a very good hitter.

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