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CUBAN BASEBALL: NOW WITH YOGA!

OK, so these pitching drills aren't quite yoga, but they fall safely under the category of an "alternative practice" workout, don't you think? Also, there's this: What did the two guys who are without towels do wrong? Please say it was something about Castro ... please say it was something about Castro ... please say it was something about Castro ... (KC Alfred/AP)

By Cameron Smith  |  March 18, 2009; 2:29 PM ET
 
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Maybe they were doing a photo shoot for a Tom Emanski video . . .

Posted by: bucky_katt | March 18, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It's a common training technique used mostly with youth pitchers.

Posted by: joemktg1 | March 19, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Have you never seen the ad for the baseball tape/DVD endorsed by Fred McGriff?

Posted by: kolbkl | March 19, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Castro employs a strict ration of three towels per each Cuban national team, of course. They have to share those for the showers too.

Posted by: dfh123 | March 19, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Where are the folding chairs?

The point of the drill is to increase your reach to the plate and shorten the distance from the pitcher's release point to the plate. If you are releasing the ball a few inches closer the the plate, the ball gets to the batter faster, hence increases velocity.

The chair comes in to play as with each delivery, you slide the chair backwards away from the pitcher and the challenge is to keep nicking the chair with the towel.

Very lame exercise but effective.

I believe this is from the Tom House school of Pitching.

Posted by: PhilliesPhan | March 19, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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