The Unsung Hero of Baseball: The Pitcher
By Paul Brownfield, “The New York Times”
To the casual sports fan, baseball is all about the big hitters. Most fans will remember the long ball hitters like Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. But did you know that all of these home run hitters would not have hit a single ball without the help of a pitcher? It’s true! The pitcher has been called the most important player on a baseball team and I agree with that statement. My favorite player growing up was Tom Seaver. He played for the New York Mets, who were my favorite baseball team as a kid. He was called by many, “the best pitcher in the game.” But how could that be? How could one player be more important than the guy who hits 50 home runs in a season? To me it was actually easy to understand why Tom Seaver was so important to his team. He may not have hit home runs, but he prevented them from being hit when other teams stepped up to bat against him. For example, in 1969 Seaver led the league with 25 wins and only had 7 loses for a .785 winning percentage. In addition, he also led his league with an earned run average (ERA)
The Unsung Hero of Baseball: The Pitcher
The Pitcher is the most important player on any baseball team. You can have the best lineup in the league, but if you don’t have pitching, you won’t win many games. Pitching is what wins games and championships. The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years because they didn’t have good pitching. Babe Ruth’s New York Yankees never lost a World Series because they always had good pitching. Every World Series champion has had great pitching, and most American League champions did too.
A good pitcher can dominate a game and make life miserable for the opposing team’s hitters. He can make up for a lot of deficiencies elsewhere on his team. If he’s really dominant, he’ll have a winning record even if his team stinks; it’s hard to lose when you give up only one or two runs per game.
A great pitcher will often win twenty games or more in a season. That means he pitches well enough to get a decision (that is, not end up with no decision) about 30% of the time his team plays. That doesn’t mean he pitches every fourth day; some pitchers pitch every fifth day, and some pitch on short rest from time to
Baseball is a team sport, but it is also a game of failure. Each player on the field will fail more often than he succeeds. This is true from the little leagues to the major leagues. It’s part of the game and there’s no way around it. However, in baseball, we tend to focus on the success stories and not enough on the failures. The players who hit a home run get all of the glory even though they only succeeded 20% of their at bats. The players who make an error are scolded and ridiculed but that was only one play in a very long game.
The unsung hero of baseball is the pitcher. He doesn’t get any glory for making some great defensive play or hitting that clutch home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win it all. No, he gets yelled at by his coach for giving up too many walks or allowing too many runs to score. But what about all of those times where he did his job? What about all those strike outs? What about when he pitched an entire game with no runs scored? That doesn’t happen anymore because pitchers just aren’t as tough as they used to be, but it still happens occasionally.
No matter how bad a pitcher is performing, there’s
The baseball season is finally upon us. There’s a lot of excitement heading into this year, with the addition of a new team in the mix and a lot of changes to some of the top teams. But there’s no question who one of the most important players on the field is: The pitcher.
The pitcher is who starts the game off, and if you don’t have a good pitcher, then you might as well pack up your bats and balls right now. The pitcher is who sets the tone for the whole game. Sure, he’s not hitting homeruns or anything like that, but every good hitter knows that they need a good pitcher out there to keep their confidence up and give them something to hit. A good pitcher can do just that, and more!
I think we should all take some time to appreciate how important a position this is when it comes to the game of baseball. Without pitchers, there would be no baseball!
Baseball is a team sport. That being said, the pitcher is the most important player on any baseball team. Without good pitching, even a great lineup of hitters will lose. A well-known sports broadcaster once said that “Good pitching beats good hitting any day of the week and twice on Sundays.”
The pitcher is so important to a team because he occupies an exclusive position on the field – no other player has his specific role. Every other player gets to hit or catch the ball at some point during a game. But the pitcher’s job is to keep it in his own hands most of the time, and only give it up when he decides where it should go.
The pitcher is also invaluable in that he’s often expected to lead by example. When things are not going well for a team, the pitcher can be looked upon as someone who can pick up morale and get things going again in their favor.
A good pitcher will always throw strikes, never walks batters and makes sure his fielders don’t have to work too hard behind him. He keeps a cool head and doesn’t let pressure situations get to him. He also knows how to pitch to each batter in order to get them out.
All of these things are vital if you want your team
There is no doubt that a pitcher is the most important player on a baseball team. A good pitcher can make or break a team’s chances at winning. Baseball is a game of pitching and defense. The old saying, “pitching wins baseball games” is true. I have seen many games in my life where the stronger hitting team loses because their pitching was so bad.
The pitcher has to be able to throw strikes, pitch to different situations and have confidence in his pitches. Control and movement are key to being an effective pitcher. To be a successful pitcher, you need confidence in all your pitches, even if it isn’t your best one, because you never know when the manager will call for that pitch.
I would like to say that throwing strikes is the most important thing a pitcher has to do, but that would be incorrect. Although throwing strikes is very important, pitching to different situations during the game and having control over your pitches are more important because they can win more games than just throwing strikes alone.
A strikeout only counts as one out but it may take up to 7 pitches to get three outs in an inning. Pitching to different situations means being able to throw an inside fastball on 0-2 count
In baseball, a pitcher is the player who throws the ball. Every pitch that a pitcher throws is a crucial part of the game and it is extremely important because without a good pitcher, your team has no chance of winning. A pitcher determines the outcome of the game.
There are many different types of pitchers in baseball. Pitchers can be either right or left handed, and there are five basic types of pitches: change ups, curveballs, fastballs, knuckleballs, or sliders. However, every pitcher has their own unique style of pitching and some throw more than one type of pitch.
In order for a pitcher to be successful he must have outstanding control of the ball and his location when throwing it. He also needs to have stamina so that he can last throughout an entire game and throw more than 100 pitches in one game if need be. The best pitchers in baseball can do this day after day and remain consistent throughout the season while maintaining their dominance on the mound.