Calling all Modified pitchers!!

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  1. petebanta

    petebanta Addicted to Softballfans

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    You can still move to left (to keep more outside on a righty), but then throw more to inside of plate (try to jam them). ie I am a lefty. But I do try to hide it when they look away/down/slide subtlely, if I can.

    True dat on all arm strengthening and stretching. I find that modified is much tougher on the arm than hi-arc, for sure. I do lock my elbow on the back, for max swing space. It is straining the "tennis elbow" tendon some...
     
  2. blakcherry329

    blakcherry329 Well-Known Member

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    I squeeze a hand exerciser at my desk all day. I am strong like bull, from the elbows down. lol
     
  3. Palmball

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    2 types of pitchers

    From the modified games I have played/watched there seems to be two types of pitchers. 1) throws a knuckleball works the count and the batter or; 2) a fastball/changeup pitcher who has the strikeout ability but also is much more likely to be taken deep. In everyone's opinion what is the more effective way to pitch?
     
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  4. nyhack56

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    I don't look at it as one type of pitcher versus another. It's not about how hard you throw, it's about hitting your spots and staying away from the middle of the plate. Throwing a knuckleball or a fastball/change doesn't matter that much. Hitting the corners regardless of how hard you throw matters. Changing speeds, even if you don't throw hard, matters. Changing planes (hard up and in, soft low and away, etc) matters. Mixing it up. That makes you effective.

    I throw pretty hard, but when I leave it over the plate it gets hit. I've given up my share of HRs. When I move that pitch about 4 inches inside, it becomes a ground out. When I move that pitch about 4 inches outside, it becomes a pop out. If I throw 3-4 fastballs in a row that a guy is battling me on, I throw a change up away and he swings through it twice.

    You don't have to pitch hard, you just have to pitch smart.
     
  5. patdapitcher

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    That a boy Hacker your learning! Pitching is all about location, location, location. ........ and changing speeds. The question I have is what do you find hardest to hit? I find that when a pitcher doesn't throw the same speed on every pitch the timing of the hitter is off, then changing the eye level just adds to the challenge.
     
  6. puckeater00

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    I have a very simple formula. I throw fastballs up and in all day, all night. Then when a hitter shows he can handle it I break out the change or low and away. When I'm in the "ZONE" it just plain works for me. I throw hard enough to make it difficult to get the good part of the bat on the ball. The guys who are quick enough to get to it generally pull it way foul. Most of the hits I give up are either "dying quails" or "ground balls with eyes". I do miss my spot sometimes and get whiplash watching the ball clear the fence. Since I'm just getting back, my legs are weak and my velocity and location isn't where I'd like it to be yet. My last 2 innings Sunday night I finally started to feel comfortable. Too bad I'd already given up 10 runs in the first 4 innings.:eek:
     
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  7. Chris00129

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    A couple years late to the party. But good to read all of this.
     
  8. blakcherry329

    blakcherry329 Well-Known Member

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    Is anyone still playing modified? lol.

    Good info in here, regardless. 7 years old. smh
     
  9. Duriisimo

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    Modified is alive and well here in Florida also GA, NY,NJ, MASS. Basically up and down the east coast
     
  10. blakcherry329

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    Not as alive as slow pitch, unfortunately.
     
  11. kvander

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    We've got a 5 division, 40 team league in Toronto that has been full for several years.

    I think the only reason there aren't more people playing is because not enough people want to pitch, or take the time to get good at it.
     
  12. blakcherry329

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    Yep. Definitely. Also, not as easy to hit the ball 300' in modified.
     
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  13. kvander

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    Ya, that's what makes it a better game in my opinion. You don't have to worry about figuring out rules to limit home runs. DBO, limits, middle shots, weaklings hitting home runs. People on here are complaining about these things constantly, and they essentially don't exist in modified.

    But then again if you can't run, can't field, and can't live with a BA under .600, then it's not really for you.
     
  14. blakcherry329

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    I hear ya. Pitching is not very important in slow pitch, as long as you throw strikes. In modified you have more control over the game.
    well I can't run, but I still enjoy it. lol.
     
  15. Duriisimo

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    This is the real reason....
     
  16. GAM

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    We have a 40+ year modified league down in south jersey that is still going strong. Not far from exit 1 from the turnpike. gamsoftball.com
     
  17. blakcherry329

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    Damn, that's a little out of my commute range. lol i'm way up north.
     
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  18. nyhack56

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    I still find leagues to pitch in around Old Bridge and Cliffwood in NJ, and they just restarted the league down in Seaside this past summer.
     
  19. blakcherry329

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    See my previous post. lol. I'll drive that far for a tournament but not a weekly thing.
     
  20. Chris00129

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    Sure am. Play out of Port Huron here
     
  21. Chris00129

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    Glad I got thrown into pitching. It's fun and challenging.
     
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  22. Chris00129

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    Glad to hear it's going strong.
     
  23. dktc4

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    Great place for modified, Port Huron. Was there last summer for Nationals.
     

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