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I’ve got two boys that I’m raising and so far they have picked up none of my bad habits. Now that I’m a family man, I left the rock band thing that I did when I was younger. I spent age 17 to 35 or so moonlighting as lead vocalist with a little keyboard playing to help fill out the sound with different bands over those years, Ranging from high school garage bands to serious regional bands that toured a little and to local bands that got it’s ya-ya’s out in small clubs around the area. I was never close to the big time and never expected to get close; I just had a good time doing it. I realized I had to quit because my kids were young and demanding and it was too hard to function as a parent on Sunday morning when you got back from Warroad at . God, do I miss the band thing, but my life with my kids is beyond words and I have no regrets, just a little longing that would probably go away a couple of weeks later if I got back into it again.
My life is Family, Work and Youth Sports right now and it’s been blur.
Sam Deduno pitched a gem and the Twins scored just enough to beat the Royals last night 3-1. Deduno looks to be coming along nicely. He had no control issues at all with only one walk in seven innings of work and his ERA sits at a very respectable 3.32.
In my opinion, Deduno has the kind of stuff to be a valuable MLB Pitcher. It has been his control that has made him a questionable MLB Pitcher. In a lot of cases... Control is just an issue of mechanics and if he can straighten out those mechanics... Well... If he can straighten out his mechanics we have a pitcher that we count on now and in the future.
When thinking about mechanics on the mound... think of a professional bowler. When most of us roll a ball down the alley... Sometimes it hits the pocket and sometimes it hits the gutter... at least that's how I bowl. That's because we lack mechanics. The Professional bowler is a professional bowler because his stroke is consistent and with a consistent stroke he doesn't miss the pocket by that much.
It's the same thing with pitching. For righthanders, your front foot has to land in the same location every time, Your stride needs to be body length and your release point needs to be over the top of the front foot. Pitchers with perfect mechanics can throw strikes with their eyes closed. They don't need to see because the mechanics are correct and the ball goes where it's supposed to go.
If you release too early, the ball will come in high or wide right, if you release too late, the ball will be in the dirt or wide left. If your front foot drifts to far you will open your body too much and the ball will be off line. You need to establish a straight line from the mound to the catcher and keep your body, front foot and arm along that line.
Some pitchers with great stuff never figure it out and they end up not having baseball careers because of it.
Deduno needs to nail down those mechanics and I imagine that he is working on it and if you work on something... progress can be made. Progress with Deduno means an effective MLB pitcher and after last night... It looks like we have one. I'm watching the progress and it's easy to pull for a guy who appears to be working on it.