From Publishers Weekly
Twelve years after the publication of Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible comes this pitching manual from Ryan's successor as King of the Ks, with a foreword by Ryan. Whether the world needs yet another power pitcher's how-to is debatable, but Johnson certainly knows of what he writes, and he brings a particular emphasis on a pitcher's mental stance in this clear, well-illustrated (albeit b&w photos) volume, as evidenced in the subtitle. About pitching inside, that is throwing a fastball close to a hitter, Johnson writes, "the plan is never to hit the batter, because that's like handing him a free pass to first base"-never mind a free pass to the hospital. It's this emphasis on getting the job done no matter what that Johnson emphasizes over and over, with little modesty ("that emotional intensity is what makes me unique") but with justification based on his record. The book covers not only the mental aspects of the game but also pitching mechanics, conditioning suggestions, and two particularly interesting chapters, one on "a day in the life of a power pitcher," chronicling a 2002 game in Colorado, the other on how a pitcher works with a catcher, which extend the book's reach slightly beyond the aspiring pitcher to the general baseball fan. Two appendices, one a list of all the batters Johnson has struck out, fill out the volume.
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From the Inside Flap
Learn the secrets of pitching success from the most dominating and electrifying hurler in the game: Randy Johnson.
Randy Johnson, the most overpowering pitcher since Sandy Koufax, has devised a teaching system that reveals the intelligent, methodical approach to pitching that has produced five Cy Young awards, nine strikeout titles, and a co-MVP Award in the 2001 World Series. The secret behind all of Randy?s Hall of Fame credentials has been his ability to transform raw power into controlled precision.
In Randy Johnson?s Power Pitching
, Randy teaches:
?The fundamentals of pitching
?Control, control, control?how to benefit from patience and precision
?The importance of proper mechanics
?Physical conditioning drills for injury prevention and high-performance pitching
?The mental side of pitching
?How to make the most of your natural talent
Fully illustrated with previously unpublished photographs from Randy?s personal archive and enlivened with
his reminiscences of a life in baseball, this is today?s most essential instructional guide for players and coaches at every level.