Why are baseball pitchers using only the stretch and not the windup hardly anymore?

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  • 1 month ago
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    Many relief pitchers use only the stretch position.

    If a pitcher uses the wind-up motion with a runner on base, the delivery takes too much time and even the slowest base runners could easily steal the next base.

    Therefore every pitcher NEEDS to know the set/stretch delivery mechanics and use them when there's a base runner with an empty base in front of them to steal.

    But there's no reason why a pitcher ever needs to use the wind-up. So for simplicity many pitchers just learn & use the set/stretch mechanics all the time. Then they don't have to learn 2 sets of mechanics and don't have to worry about forgetting to switch if a runner gets on base.

    Many relief pitchers use only the set/stretch mechanics because they are frequently brought into the game with runners already on base.

    This has been the case for decades. I doubt there is really any significant change in the rate of pitchers using one or the other - you probably just started noticing it more whereas most fans never really pay attention to that level of detail.

  • 1 month ago

    The theory is simplified mechanics make it easier to repeat the delivery.

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