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Pitching & Throwing / Which Side of the Mound Do You Throw From

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 debunks the theory of choosing a side of the pitching rubber based on where you want to throw the ball in this video. Some pitchers tend to pick a side of the rubber to be closer to the side of the plate that they have trouble getting to, and Coach Ellis is here to tell you why they are wrong. Instead of worrying about what side of the rubber you are on, focus on your front side and direction, making sure you are working in a straight line to your target.
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