Questions/Answers 2018


     On Sunday, January, 07, 2018, I posted the following questions and answers.



0001.  Dr. Marshall’s Grant

01. Project Overview:

     My five minute “Research Begins” video shows the problem.

     (The video narrative)

     In 1967, my rookie year in the Major leagues, I pitched for the Detroit Tigers. As a reliever, I had a 1.98 earned run average. I won one game and I lost three games, saved twelve games.

     Although I sometimes felt tightness in my pitching elbow, I pitched the entire season without meaningful discomfort. However after the season, I noticed that I could not bend my pitching arm up to my shoulder and I could not extend it out straight.

     I immediately went to my doctor for X-rays.

     First, let’s see why I could not fully extend my pitching elbow. How deeply the tip of the olecranon process goes into its fossa determines the extension range of motion. Compared with my glove elbow, the olecranon process in my pitching arm does not go into its process fossa as far.

     Careful measurements of my glove and pitching elbows showed that baseball pitching caused me to lose twelve degrees of my extension range of motion in my pitching elbow.

     Now, let’s see why I could not fully flex my pitching elbow. The length of the coronoid process determines the flexion range of motion of the elbow. Compared with my glove elbow, the coronoid process in my pitching elbow has lengthened considerably.

     Careful measurements of my glove and pitching elbows showed that baseball pitching also caused me to lose twelve degrees of my flexion range of motion in my pitching elbow.

     Nobody told me that baseball pitching could permanently deform my pitching arm. I was, and remain, mad as hell.

     Clearly, if I wanted to have a long major league career, I could not continue to lose flexion and extension ranges of motion in my pitching elbow. To stop this, I needed to know why this happened.

     Fortunately, in January 1965, I became the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate Kinesiology course. When I told my Kinesiology professor, William W. Heusner about the problem, he said that I should high-speed film my pitching motion. He loaned me his sixty-four frames per second camera and suggested that I talk with the Agricultural Engineering Department about their high-speed camera. They agreed.

     Let’s take a look at what I got.

     I took this front view with Dr. Heusner’s sixty-four frames per second camera. When I threw my “traditional” slider, I slammed my olecranon process into its fossa. As a result, I lost twelve degrees of my extension range of motion.

     I took this side view with the Agricultural Engineering Department’s four hundred frames per second camera. At this point, I start the final acceleration through release. We need to watch the Triceps Brachii muscle on the back of my upper arm. See how my Triceps Brachii is not contracted. I call this, “Triceps Brachii Flop”. That my Triceps Brachii muscle never contracted proves that, to prevent my olecranon process from slamming into its fossa, I contracted my Brachialis muscle.

     The Brachialis muscle arises from the anterior surface of the lower half of the Humerus bone and inserts into the coronoid process of the Ulna bone. It flexes the elbow. With the “traditional” slider, the pull on my coronoid process caused it to lengthen and I lost twelve degrees of the flexion range of motion in my pitching elbow.

     How can I stop slamming my olecranon process into its fossa and using my Brachialis muscle?

     I found the answer in the release of my fastball. I noticed that immediately after I released my fastball I pronated my pitching forearm. See how the palm of my pitching hand faces outward? To pronate that much, I had to have started my pronation before I released the pitch.

     To determine how pronating my forearm before release, instead of after, affected my pitching elbow, I raised my pitching hand to ear height with my thumb pointing upward and I extended my pitching arm straight forward. Ow, that hurts the elbow!!!

     Next, I started with my pitching hand at ear height and my thumb upward and I pronated. I could do that as hard as I wanted and it did not bother my elbow. This experiment taught me that when baseball pitchers powerfully pronate the releases of all of their pitches, they protect their pitching elbow.

     Let’s watch me pronate the release of my 1971 Fastball. See how quickly I pronate my pitching hand after release. Wow, with my 1971 fastball, I pronated so hard that I turned the palm of my pitching hand almost upward.

     Let’s watch me pronate the release of my 1971 slider. See how quickly I pronated my pitching hand after release. Wow, with my 1971 slider, I pronated so hard that I turned the palm of my pitching hand outward. That’s what I did in 1967 with my fastball.

     Let’s watch me pronate the release of my 1971 screwball. See how quickly I pronated my pitching hand after release. Wow, with my 1971 screwball, I pronated so hard that I turned the palm of my pitching hand upward.


     On August 14, 1866, Candy Cummings threw the first curveball. Since then, pitchers suffered pain for 152 years.

     As a Kinesiology graduate instructor, I designed a pitching motion that eliminated all injuries. By pitching in 106 games and 208 innings, I earned the 1974 Cy Young Award.

     With the Marshall Pitching Motion, even pitchers with the worst elbow injuries will be without pain. Then and forever, pitchers will throw fabulous curveballs and sliders. Now, all pitchers can be the best that they are able to be.

02. Preliminary data:

     Dr. Rick W. Wright is the only researcher to study the extension and flexion ranges of motion of the non-dominant and dominant elbows. Dr. Wright published: “The American Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 34, no. 2, 190-193, February 2006.”

     Thirty-three professional pitchers were evaluated for elbow range of motion during spring training preseason physical examination.

     Dominant arms decreases elbow extension by 7.9 degrees and dominant arms decreases flexion 5.5 degrees.

     Conclusion: Professional pitchers demonstrate elbow flexion and extension differences between dominant and non-dominant elbows.

     Jim Dryden, the Director of Broadcasts and Podcasts from the Washington University in St. Louis interviewed Dr. Wright said: “We could not find anything that explained why the range of motion inhibited the pitching elbow.”

     Dr. Wright did not understand why pitchers bang the olecranon process into the olecranon fossa. The answer to that question is that pitchers release their curveballs over the top of the Index finger.

     To not bang the olecranon process and olecranon fossa together, pitchers must release their curveballs and sliders under their Middle finger.

03. Project Summary:

     This study will happen only one time at the end of September 2018 and nobody knows their names.

     For best participants, we need Major League Baseball pitchers with one year of service. We need MLB pitchers of any ages and from anywhere. We need MLB pitchers that want to participate. With 30 Major League Baseball teams, we expect to treat 12-20 pitchers per team for totals between 240 and 360.

04. Data Collection:

     Orthopedic surgeons and Athletic Trainers will read the Metal Absolute + Axis Goniometers Digital 180 Degree Range 9 inch Arms manual. (See the Marshall manual)

     The orthopedic surgeons and Athletic Trainers will measure the non-dominants and dominants extension and flexion for their ranges of motion, write their ranges of motion and collect the 3x5 cards.

|                                               |  
|   Non-Dominant Arm       Dominant Arm         |
|                                               |
| 1. Extension ________  1. Extension ________  |
|                                               |
| 2. Flexion  _________  2. Flexion  _________  |
|                                               |
05. Data Analysis:

     The Statistician arranges the non-dominant and dominant ranges of motion from the smallest to the largest. With the non-dominant and dominant ranges of motion complete, the Statistician makes the statistical package.

06. Dissemination of Results:

     The general managers decide whether to publish or not.

07. Sometime in September 2018, orthopedic surgeons and Athletic Trainers will measure the extension and flexion ranges of motion of the non-dominant and dominant arms. We expect 12 to 20 MLB pitchers of each MLB team.

     30 orthopedic surgeons measure the ranges of motion for one hour and receive $150,000.00.

     30 Athletic Trainers measure for the same hour and receives $75,000.00.

     For as long it takes, the Statistician receives $10,000.00.

     The 360 3x5 cards and 60 large envelops to mail to the Statistician cost $1,100.00.

     For 30 MLB teams, the Statistician will mail Metal Absolute + Axis Goniometers Digital 180 Degree Range 9 inch Arms at a cost of $1,800.00.

Dr. Michael Grant Marshall
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Education
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan


0002.  Here is my Dr. Marshall Grant

We were wondering if you and Dr. Chambers were making any progress. This is very good.

Yes, Eric and I have viewed the “Research Begins” video a few times before as well.

It is a rare person who has both, experienced the phenomenon of olecranon process/fossa collision while pitching, AND also has the knowledge anatomy that allows him to understand WHY he has pain.

You are that person. You have imparted your anatomical knowledge to me and my sons, as well as other students you have worked with.

99.9% of pitchers who have olecranon process/fossa collision do not know what it is, why it happens, or how to prevent it. They have no anatomical knowledge of their arm.

99.9% of doctors do not understand the powerful movement of baseball pitching and it consequences. They have either never played baseball, or if they have, they did not throw breaking pitches with enough force to experience full extension under that force where their elbow seemed to “hit the doorstop.”

Or they have not experienced the reflexive Brachialis contraction that tries to stop that collision from happening. They have knowledge of anatomy, but they have no understanding of the consequences of repeatedly accelerating a baseball to release velocities of 80, 90 or 100 mph while attempting to impart curve and slider spin axis on the ball in the traditional manner.

I believe your video is the simplest and most direct way to communicate what is happening to the elbow joint when high school, college, and professional baseball pitchers are releasing their breaking pitches with a supination action of the forearm as opposed to the pronation action.

When I was in college, I can remember when I was throwing and scouts had their radar guns on me, I would “cut loose” with a very relaxed whips-like action to try to obtain my highest release velocity. After games like that, I recall the back of my elbow would be very tender and swollen.

My next start I would subconsciously try to protect the back of my elbow by contracting the brachialis to prevent the olecranon process/fossa collision. After those games, my “Biceps Brachii” would be very sore close to my elbow, or so I thought. I was unaware that I was contracting my Brachialis. I had no knowledge of anatomy at the time.

I did not know that I was in relentless cycle of injuring and subsequently trying to protect my elbow every time I pitched. It wasn’t until Eric and I started working with you that it all became crystal clear and simple to understand. I hope this gets us somewhere with MLB.


0003.  Davis: Former starter is the thinking man's closer
Denver Post
January 05, 2018

Wade Davis’ repertoire is devastatingly effective.

The Rockies’ new $52 million closer can grip it and rip it when he needs to because his 95 mph four-seam fastball generates plenty of swings and misses. His 91-93 mph cutter, with its deceptive, late-breaking action, leaves frustrated batters shaking their heads. His 83 mph breaking ball, thrown with a knuckle-curve grip, buckles knees.

All of that has made Davis one of baseball’s premier relievers. Over the past four seasons, the right-hander has an ERA of 1.45, with just nine home runs allowed and 313 strikeouts in 241 innings. Pitching for the Cubs last season, his strikeout rate of 12.1 per nine innings was the second-best of his career. That’s why the Rockies opened the vault for Davis, paying him $17.33 million annually for the next three years, the most ever for a relief pitcher.

But there are other compelling reasons why the Rockies believe the 32-year-old, three-time all-star can thrive in Colorado’s thin air. Not only is Davis tough minded, he’s also a student of pitching, always looking for an edge.

Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster, who got to know Davis when Foster was Kansas City’s pitching coordinator in 2013-14, calls Davis “a cerebral, silent assassin.”

“Wade does all of his research,” said Rockies left-hander Jake McGee, who recently signed a three-year, $27 million contract to rejoin the Rockies. “Even being out there in the bullpen, he prepares just like a starter, which is how he started out. He does his research and he studies hitters.

“He knows who to pitch around and who to go after. And, of course, his stuff’s really good, so that helps out a lot.”

McGee was a wide-eyed, 17-year-old kid when he met Davis in 2004 as teammates for the Princeton (WV) Devil Rays of the Appalachian (rookie) League. Davis, a third-round pick by Tampa Bay out of Florida’s Lake Wales High School, was just 18.

“Even back then, Wade was quiet and professional, focused,” McGee said. “We kind of pushed each other. When one of us had a good start, that made the other one work even harder.”

Davis, who’s the type of man of tends to credit others for his success, points to many former teammates as the source of his baseball education.

“I was around some pretty great minds in Tampa,” he said. “Whether it was James Shields or Matt Garza, I learned plenty of stuff. I remember watching Kyle Farnsworth pitching, asking him things, having him point things out. So, I was around a lot of good minds and I think that leads you in the right direction. You learn a little bit about hitters and that helps you find a couple of go-tos when you need them.”

Davis, came out high school wanting to be a major-league starter. But as his career advanced, the results were less than impressive. So the Rays ended up trying him as both a reliever and a starter.

“I didn’t really get to make any of those choices, actually,” Davis said. “It was, ‘Hey, go do this, and you really don’t have any choice.”

In December 2012, Tampa Bay traded him to Kansas City. He pitched in 31 games for the Royals in 2013, 24 of which were starts. The results were not good: a 5.32 ERA, lower average velocity, and 58 walks and 15 home runs allowed in just 135 innings. The following season, when set-up man Luke Hochevar needed Tommy John surgery, the Royals converted Davis into a full-time reliever. It was a turning point.

Utilizing his starter’s knowledge, combined with a new role that allowed him to cut loose, Davis blossomed. For the 2014-15 seasons, Davis posted a 0.97 ERA in 140 games and helped lead the Royals to two World Series, and one world title. It was the first time in major-league history that a reliever who logged more than 100 innings across two seasons posted an ERA under 1.00. As a reliever, Davis’ fastball heated up, and his curveball and cutter made him nearly invincible.

His work in the 2015 playoffs was a masterpiece, concluding with a K.C.’s World Series victory over the Mets in five games. Davis appeared in eight of the Royals 11 playoff wins, not allowing a run over 10 innings. He pitched more than one inning three times, and struck out 18 batters while walking only three.

Davis’ reputation as a late-game enforcer was cast that October.

“(He’s) a guy who’s taken very seriously when he comes into the game,” Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said. “If you’re the opposition and you see Wade Davis coming in, just like Greg Holland and other top closers, those guys are taken seriously. The other team knows that they have it in for them to try to win that game that night.

“It’s a big thing for a team with playoff aspirations, and hopefully it’s a good thing for the organization for a number of years with Wade.”

But it’s not just pitching acumen that convinced the Rockies to invest so much faith and money in Davis, it was also his toughness and resilience. In the Cubs’ 9-8 victory over Washington in Game 5 of the National League Division Series last fall,  Davis finished the game with a seven-out save — the first seven-out save of his career.

Yes, Davis allowed a run, two hits and two walks, but he worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the top of the Nationals lineup to preserve the series. And he struck out slugger Bryce Harper to finish the job.

“I was sitting there watching the game with my wife, and I remember thinking, ‘This is just like in Kansas City,’ ” Foster said. “He comes to the mound and teams know that chances are, the game is over.”


     The article does not tell us what pitches Mr. Davis throws. If he releases his curveball over the top of the Index finger, then Mr. Davis will has elbow pain.

To prevent elbow injuries, pitchers need to pronate the releases of all types of pitches, especially curveballs and/or sliders.

     To prevent Ulnar Collateral Ligament injuries, pitchers need to pendulum swing their pitching arm downward, backward and upward to driveline height in one, smooth and continuous movement toward second base followed with the Pronator Teres muscle contracting before, during and after the acceleration phase.

     To prevent pitching injuries, pitchers of all ages need to master the Marshall Pitching Motion.


0004.  Orioles know Harvey could test their plans to be cautious with him in 2018
Baltimore Sun
January 09, 2018

An offseason away from it all hasn't done much to change Orioles manager Buck Showalter's thinking on right-hander Hunter Harvey, who — were it not for three years of injuries — could reasonably be in his rotation by now.

Looking Monday at a roster board bereft of starting pitching and knowing the talent the team's 2013 first-round draft pick both had before years of elbow trouble and still carried in his rehabilitation outings last summer, Showalter said it would be the Orioles, and not Harvey, who are the ones who will need to be cautious this year.

Even with Harvey having pitched just 31 1/3 innings over the past three seasons, which were sunk by a fractured leg, sports hernia surgery and Tommy John elbow reconstruction, there's little doubt among the Orioles brass that he could be among their best pitchers in major league camp this year and force a decision that's equal parts uncomfortable and enticing, at least for the 2018 club.

"Let's put it this way — if he didn't have options, he may not go down," Showalter said Monday at the club's annual pitching minicamp. "I think he'd be capable of handling that. But I think in a perfect world, I don't know if we're going to have that luxury of carrying someone like that in the bullpen. It's not in his best interest to be in the bullpen if you can help it. But we'll see how it progresses.

I'm not coming in with any binders on him. He's a pitcher. He's a normal, regular pitcher in the spring, and we're going to treat him as such. He's over it.

"I know Hunter was probably as happy a guy to just be here as a normal pitcher. He's ready to go. If anything, we're going to have to caution ourselves with him."

That much, at least, was true Monday. Harvey, fresh off his November addition to the 40-man roster and a recent trip to the MLB Rookie Career Development Program, came to Sarasota from an offseason he was relieved to call a healthy one. Instead of having to follow a strict rehab schedule, he hunted. He's been throwing for about a month, and for the first time in years can say he does so without pain. And that's big enough for him to not worry about the big picture within the organization.

"I haven't really gotten that far yet, I don't think," Harvey said. "Just not being able to pitch the last couple years, it hasn't been on my mind much. My mindset is let's get healthy, let's start feeling good. I'll take the ball every five days and we'll go from there. I just haven't gotten that far ahead.

"Wherever I'm at, I just want to be able to take the ball every five, six days, be healthy, pitch a full season and just have a normal year.”

For Showalter and the entire Orioles organization, the main goal is the same.

"Healthy," Showalter said. "I don't have much doubt he'll be productive if he's healthy. I think he's got the worst behind him."

A similar situation, albeit with one extenuating circumstance, played out two minicamps ago with another Orioles first-round pick who ended up spending his season in Sarasota rehabbing instead of climbing through the minors: Dylan Bundy. In 2016, Bundy was out of minor league options thanks to the big league deal he signed as the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and needed to stick on the major league roster despite pitching just 63 1/3 innings over three years that included Tommy John surgery.

Harvey's locker at minicamp that year was right next to Bundy's, and the two have developed and maintained a friendship since Harvey was drafted in 2013 in part because of the time they've spent rehabbing in Sarasota.

The Orioles didn't have a choice but to pitch Bundy at the major league level with scant Double-A experience at age 23 in 2016, or risk losing him on waivers. So he pitched the first half of the season out of the bullpen, then started in the second half and all of 2017. He's had to develop on the fly at the highest level, learning the rigors of a long season in the rotation without innings limits and while adding pitches such as his slider into the mix on the fly.

Considering all that, his 4.16 ERA over the past two seasons hints at a strong career ahead of him. The only caveat to any of it was the disparity in his performance on four days’ rest versus anything else, with his ERA at 4.68 on regular rest and 3.88 with an extra day or more in 2017.

The whole process, however, flew in the face of convention, both on a Tommy John front in the sense that Bundy threw 109 2/3 and 169 2/3 innings in consecutive seasons after such inactivity, and on a player development front in the sense that he was forced to pitch at the major league level so quickly.

If Harvey spends meaningful time in the majors this season, such prescriptions will likely once again be challenged. Showalter was happy to flout the norms as Bundy developed into a major league pitcher before his eyes.

To do it again wouldn't be too much of a stretch — especially if Harvey showcases the up-to-97-mph fastball and the deep, sharp curveball that he displayed in his final rehab start last season for Low-A Delmarva. Baseball America rated him the club's fourth-best prospect this offseason despite his inactivity, and some in the organization still have him atop their lists.

So even as Showalter reminds himself and the coaching staff of the self-control that will be required while they watch Harvey work in the spring, his defense of their plan with Bundy and his hope for Harvey's future won't be far from the tip of his tongue.

"I think it's been shown that some of these false parameters of Tommy John-surgery guys, I think you take each case as it comes," Showalter said. "I'm hoping that we get to the point in spring that we think it's going to be sooner than later. But I think we'll have a pretty good feel for where he is in spring. He'll get some innings here."


     To prevent elbow injuries, pitchers need to pronate the releases of all types of pitches, especially curveballs and/or sliders.

     To prevent Ulnar Collateral Ligament injuries, pitchers need to pendulum swing their pitching arm downward, backward and upward to driveline height in one, smooth and continuous movement toward second base followed with the Pronator Teres muscle contracting before, during and after the acceleration phase.

     To prevent pitching injuries, pitchers of all ages need to master the Marshall Pitching Motion.


0005.  Cardinals fans still paying the price for regrettable Leake contract
Belleville News-Democrat
January 10, 2018

The word is that the St. Louis Cardinals don’t want to sign any pitchers to a contract longer than two years — and preferably one — because of the bad experience the team had with the Mike Leake deal.

The Redbirds had to eat a significant portion of the five-year pact in excess of $80 million that the team lavished on Leake a couple of winters ago to get the Seattle Mariners to take the hurler off their hands. But what I don’t get is why that is the fault of the length of the deal.

Usually, teams are reluctant to pay a pitcher for five years because they fear he’ll either get hurt, age poorly or suffer from a decline in effectiveness. But they got exactly what they should have expected in Leake. He didn’t get worse, they just overreacted to missing out on trying to sign then-free agent lefty David Price and made an impulsive offer.

Leake’s ERA and walks and hits per innings pitched ratio weren’t far off his career marks during his time in St. Louis. He is a mediocre hurler who was dramatically overpaid to produce mediocre results.

If it’s true that the Birds don’t plan on passing out longer than two-year contracts for starting pitchers, I hope this crop of young hurlers we’ve heard so much about over the past year or two pans out. Because they’re never going to get an above-average free-agent starter for that short of a term. The market very rarely works that way when top talent is concerned.

The Cardinals don’t need to win a bidding war for Jake Arrieta or Yu Darvish. But it would make all the sense in the world to bring back durable and effective hurler Lance Lynn, who has expressed a desire to stick with the only professional franchise he’s known. Lynn will probably cost between a third and a half of the total dollars the previously mentioned free agents command. But he’ll be 85 percent effective. The problem is, how do you convince Lynn he’s worth two years and $30 million when you gave a guy who isn’t half the pitcher he is two and a half times that much money?

With an aging Adam Wainwright, a fragile Michael Wacha and other question marks in the rotation, it would be nice to have a guy like Lynn that you could count on to pitch every fifth day. He’s a guy that the Cardinals should have been pursuing before now instead of playing games trying to pretend they’re in the hunt for Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson or Arrieta.

The Birds have several young pitchers the leadership of the organization believes have a chance to be significant contributors. But it’s naive to think they’re all going to pan out.

We’ve seen cases like that of Alex Reyes who blew out his elbow on the eve of his rookie campaign, Anthony Reyes who never lived up to hype — at one point he was rated higher as a prospect than Wainwright — and everything in between. All the kids can’t be counted on to make the final step in their development. Even if they can, it would be nice to have a veteran presence on the staff to be their leader. Wainwright is on his way out the door while Carlos Martinez has his hands full working on reaching his own massive potential.

The party line coming out of Busch Stadium is that the Cardinals are increasingly satisfied with the roster as it stands. But I don’t see it. If the team doesn’t like the players available to them, say so. But don’t come up with some artificial standards to exclude anyone who could help this team. Saying that they won’t pay a starting pitcher in a contract longer than two seasons excludes anyone except rehab projects and guys on their last legs. Those players aren’t going to help this team improve enough to compete for a division title.


     To prevent elbow injuries, pitchers need to pronate the releases of all types of pitches, especially curveballs and/or sliders.

     To prevent Ulnar Collateral Ligament injuries, pitchers need to pendulum swing their pitching arm downward, backward and upward to driveline height in one, smooth and continuous movement toward second base followed with the Pronator Teres muscle contracting before, during and after the acceleration phase.

     To prevent pitching injuries, pitchers of all ages need to master the Marshall Pitching Motion.


0006.  Watch James Jeff Sparks

Did I lean enough on this pitch with the heavy ball?

I'm trying to get better at leaning.

What are your thoughts?


     The photo shows you in the final movement of releasing the heavy ball.

     Your pitching foot is barely off the ground.

     When the heel of your glove foot touches the ground, the bent knee of your pitching leg should be in front of your body.

     When the heel of your glove foot pulls backward, you start of the rotations of your hips and shoulders and your pitching arm is horizontal pointing at second base and does not become vertical until you are aiming down the acromial line.

     When pitchers apply force forward, you cannot generate total power.

     Like Samson reached toward the two center pillars, you need to apply your glove arm toward second base and apply the pitching arm toward home plate.


0007.  How Dr. Mike Marshall entered the Grant

     At January 13, 2018, I entered the Goin' Postal on 38439 5th Avenue in Zephyrhills, FL 33439.

     At 9:14 AM, the clerk took $41.22 for Standard Overnight.

     The Recipient's name is John D' Angelo, the Senior Director, League Econmics and Strategy Major League Baseball.

     Mr. D' Angelo works at 34th Floor on 245 Park Avenue in New York, NY 10167 with telephone number 212.931.7832.

     The Receipt is #36739.

     Invoice is 30668901.

     The clerk said that the package would arrive at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, one day after my birthday, but on Martin Luther King Jr's day.

     The clerk said that they would tell us when the package arrived.

     Now, I have to wait for the 12 injury experts to tell me whether I get the Grant or not.

     When I learn the result, I will tell those that shared my work.


0008.  Watch James Jeff Sparks

I really like that cue of pushing the two pillars apart. Sticking hand and pronation snap in the strike zone while pulling back glove arm towards second base applying force in opposite directions.

Doing this, I can feel it moving my mass forward more.

It helps me especially drive the sinker down my acromial line.

I want to be able to throw the sinker for a strike in any count at any time.


     All power is between the opposite forces.






     Good information for all baseball pitchers.

     To prevent elbow injuries, pitchers need to pronate the releases of all types of pitches, especially curveballs and/or sliders.

     To prevent Ulnar Collateral Ligament injuries, pitchers need to pendulum swing their pitching arm downward, backward and upward to driveline height in one, smooth and continuous movement toward second base followed with the Pronator Teres muscle contracting before, during and after the acceleration phase.

     To prevent pitching injuries, pitchers of all ages need to master the Marshall Pitching Motion.

Happy pitching.

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