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January 31, 2014

Raising Aces

The Evolution of Pitching Mechanics

by Doug Thorburn


The perceptions surrounding the art and science of pitching have evolved over the history of major league baseball. Methodology has been shaped by example through elite players, molded by the evolution of game theory, and influenced by changes to the rules and dimensions on the field of play. More recently, the findings of statistical analysis and the study of biomechanics have impacted the ways that pitchers go about their craft.

Over the past few weeks, we have fired up the flux capacitor to study the Hall of Fame pitchers of the past 100 years, uncovering trends along the way. Each generation had certain mechanical tendencies that were shared among the elite pitchers, and that were specific to these different eras of the game, reflecting the popular theories of the time. It has not been a linear evolution, and in some ways the pitchers of today have regressed when compared to players from the beginning of the 20th century.

Old-Time Pitchers (1900-1939)

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