Best Pitcher’s In The 90s

The 1990s saw some great pitchers in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game pitched in this era. There will always be arguments and discussions as to which pitchers were the best and in what order. However, in the era of the 1990s, these five pitchers stand out.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians before moving to the Boston Red Sox. While a good starting pitcher who pitched a no-hitter, Eckersley achieved his pitching fame as a relief pitcher.

During his time with the Oakland A’s in the late 80 through the mid-90s, Eckersley had great numbers. In 1992, he won the Cy Young Award and League MVP. He was named to the All-Time MLB Team roster.

David Cone

David Cone played his career with several teams most notably with the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees. He was a dominating pitcher who won 20 games on two occasions. Cone was a Cy Young winner who had a great career ERA.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was an imposing presence on the mound. His nickname was the “Big Unit”. During the 90s, Johnson played for Seattle most of the time. He led the league with the lowest ERA twice in the 90s, and he was the strikeout leader for four years in a row. He won the Cy Young Award twice in the 90s, and he won the award five times in his career.

In the 2000s, Johnson would continue his great career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would retire with over 300 wins.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations ever when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Greg Maddux won 355 games in his career, and he won the Cy Young Award four times in the 90s. He was a great fielding pitcher winning 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Roger Clemens

Clemens had notable years with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time strikeout winner.

Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 wins. He was on two World Series Championship teams, and he was voted to the MLB All-Century Team.

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Top 6 Pitchers of 2017

Another year of baseball has come to pass. Another year in the books means another year of evaluation. The closing of 2017 has amped up the lists and opinions of who the top players were for all positions for the year. A more critical position, the pitcher, is a difficult category to break down to claim who the best was. Here is a list of pitchers that I believe were the top ten in Major League Baseball in 2017.

Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers

A popular name among best pitchers of the year and rightfully so. Kershaw suffered a short back injury but was back at it with the same enthusiasm he had before. He is projected to enter the Hall of Fame later in his career and continually shows that he is worth the consideration.

Max Scherzer – Nationals

Scherzer played an amazing year with the Nationals keeping a 31.5 percent strikeout rate. His strikeout rate was a career high for him and also ranked as the highest strikeout record pitched in 150 innings besides Jose Fernandez.

Noah Syndergaard – Mets

Syndergaard throws an impressive fastball at a speed of 98.2 MPH. That kind of speed has led him to some problems with his throwing arm that required surgery. The surgery did not affect his pitching skills, and we see constant improvement from the newbie each year.

Chris Sale – Red Sox

Sale, known for his funky delivery when pitching comes in at number four. Some skeptics say that his delivery won’t last him over the long haul, but his massive stack of games pitched at Chicago say otherwise. He recently moved to Boston where he will be getting better pitching and fielding advice to further his career.

Corey Kluber – Indians

Pitching over 200 innings in a season should be impressive enough to have a pitcher on the top 6 list. Critics talk about Kulber’s “off” year in 2016, but he still accomplishes some impressive feats. His curve/slider is a killer for players and is a promising prospect for upcoming seasons.

Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout against the Mets in the NL Wild Card game which is one example of the skill he has to an all-time great. Bumgarner, now 28, is reaching the peak of his career and serves as a trustworthy pitcher for the Giants.

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Components of A Good Training Program for Baseball Players

Baseball players have steadily shown evidence of increased strength and power equating to improved performance on the field. The need to maintain flexibility and agility is critical to a player’s skill set. Implementing a training program for baseball players that improves each of these physical components is the objective.

Core Strength

An important place for any training program to begin is with core development. A pitcher’s body momentum and the torque of a hitter’s swing center on their core. Developing strong abdominal and oblique muscles will increase body control.

Since injuries to this part of the body can be debilitating to a baseball player, this is the place to begin building a program. Core strengthening exercises can be done on a daily basis. However, always stress core flexibility to equally counter strength exercises.

A Powerful Lower Base

Even though many baseball moves use the upper body, everything benefits from strong leg muscles. Building a powerful base is critical for pitchers and hitters. Pitchers, who have a weak lower body structure, inherently experience a higher risk of arm injuries. Good hitters appreciate that the torque in their lower body initiates the power in their swing.

Lower body development for baseball players, especially pitchers, is enhanced by running. Sprints build speed and leg power. Strength exercises to build the quads, hamstrings and calf muscles help improve lower body power. It’s critical that a baseball player’s leg training program include rigorous stretching.

Upper Body Training

Baseball players often forego upper body training. There isn’t the same need for brute upper body strength in baseball like there is in other more physical sports. However, baseball players who properly add arm, chest and shoulder training can dramatically improve their game.

The most important cautionary recommendation is to never lift before a game or practice. Lifting weights, or other types of strength exercises, are helpful to build muscular power. Problems can occur when joints are tired from lifting, then baseball moves are performed.

Players should never weight train on pitching days. This can weaken the structure around the shoulder and elbow creating a higher risk of injury. A blend of weightlifting and exercises that use a player’s body weight are excellent ways to supplement a training program. Since hitters benefit from full arm extension when connecting with the ball and pitchers suffer from bulky arm muscles, intense stretching of the upper body post-training sessions is critical.

A training program for baseball players can benefit from strength building exercises. It is best to focus on core development first, and then make sure a powerful base is established. Even upper body power can improve performance on the field. Above all else, remember that joint and muscle flexibility is critical for playing baseball. Augment every training program with flexibility and agility work.

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Best Pitchers in The 90’s

The 1990s saw some great pitchers in Major League Baseball. Some of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game pitched in this era. There will always be arguments and discussions as to which pitchers were the best and in what order. However, in the era of the 1990s, these five pitchers stand out.

Dennis Eckersley

Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher with the Cleveland Indians before moving to the Boston Red Sox. While a good starting pitcher who pitched a no-hitter, Eckersley achieved his pitching fame as a relief pitcher.

During his time with the Oakland A’s in the late 80 through the mid-90s, Eckersley had great numbers. In 1992, he won the Cy Young Award and League MVP. He was named to the All-Time MLB Team roster.

David Cone

David Cone played his career with several teams most notably with the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees. He was a dominating pitcher who won 20 games on two occasions. Cone was a Cy Young winner who had a great career ERA.

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson was an imposing presence on the mound. His nickname was the “Big Unit”. During the 90s, Johnson played for Seattle most of the time. He led the league with the lowest ERA twice in the 90s, and he was the strikeout leader for four years in a row. He won the Cy Young Award twice in the 90s, and he won the award five times in his career.

In the 2000s, Johnson would continue his great career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would retire with over 300 wins.

Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux was part of one of the greatest starting pitching rotations ever when he played for the Atlanta Braves. He helped lead the team to multiple playoff appearances.

Greg Maddux won 355 games in his career, and he won the Cy Young Award four times in the 90s. He was a great fielding pitcher winning 18 Gold Glove Awards.

Roger Clemens

Clemens had notable years with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time strikeout winner.

Roger Clemens finished his career with 354 wins. He was on two World Series Championship teams, and he was voted to the MLB All-Century Team.

Originally posted on franklobue.net