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Pitching & Throwing / Tuck and Go Stride

by Sam Ellis

Ellis is a former MLB pitcher who was signed out of Mississippi State University by the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent in 1961. He made his major league debut in 1962. After spending part of 1962 and all of 1963 in the minor leagues, he rejoined the Reds in 1964, going 10-3. In 1965, Sammy won 22 games, including 15 complete games and was selected as a National League All-Star. In 1968, after being traded by the Reds, he played for the California Angels. In 1969 he pitched for the Chicago White Sox, before being traded to the Cleveland Indians. After retiring from active playing, Sammy was a Major League pitching coach with the New York Yankees (1982-1984), Chicago White Sox (1989-1991), Chicago Cubs (1992), Seattle Mariners (1993-1994), Boston Red Sox (1996), and the Baltimore Orioles (2000). In between those stints at the major league level, he was a roving minor league coach and instructor for several organizations.

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Coach Sammy Ellis describes his take on the slide step movement for pitchers in this video. Coach Ellis likes the tuck and go method for younger pitchers because it gives them time to get their arm up into the proper position to deliver quality pitches while still being effectively fast to the plate. Coach Ellis has had a lot of success with teaching this to young pitchers over the years, if you are having trouble with the slide step this just may be the way for you.
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