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Pitching & Throwing / Pitchers Daily Routine

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 talks about the difference between starting pitchers and relief pitchers with regards to routines in this segment. A starting pitcher knows what he has to do every day and in between starts he gets on the mound for 10-12 minutes to work on his pitches, whereas the relievers generally don't get on the mound in between outings. The one thing that the 2 share in common though is after an extended outing, pitchers run for distance to get a flush of the system and help in the recovery process.
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