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Pitching Grips - Fastball Grips Introduction

Publish On 2014-09-27 Category/Subcategory : Pitching / Pitching Grips / Sam Ellis | Video ID:1681

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Coach Sammy Ellis speaks about the different ways to throw fastballs and gain movement in this segment. Coach Ellis shows 3 different ways to grip a fastball (4 seam, 2 seam and sinker) and what kind of action you can expect to see when you try it. Remember for most pitches, the grip is what is most important and generally trying to make the ball move is not the mindset we what to have. Trust the grip, practice the grip in your side work, and you will be adding new pitches to your repertoire to get hitters out.
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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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