Baseball has more fears than any other sport. One fear may be that someone else will be better and take his place in the line up. This is a common fear in any sport.
Another fear a coach may have is fear of changing pitchers throwing mechanics. Back in the 1920’s and early 1030’s, coaches that tried to change a hard throwing pitchers mechanics ended with the pitcher losing his velocity and control and coming up lame and soon dropping out of baseball. Could it be that the coaching techniques the coach was using to teach was wrong. I found many errors in all the coaching books that were written by pitchers back in 1955, and these same errors are in pitching books today. If you drive the pitcher to use these outdated methods, he will not improve and may come up lame. Even the all-star all-pro pitcher may not know how he is doing it, and can’t teach the same thing he is doing.
Another fear is striking out and having a low batting average. Baseball overlooks this as just being in a slump. I don’t believe in slumps. I believe the so-called slumps are caused by errors in a player’s mechanics, which includes stance position, timing and balance throughout the stride and swing. A player has to look for ball in the strike zone for these are the ones that go fair and far. The ability and skills of hand-eye coordination have never been fully tested I don’t believe. I know at one time, I took super balls the size of quarters or smaller and threw to my players using a five-foot clothes-rod bat. They hit the balls standing four feet from home plate so far we never did find a single ball. I was testing the hand-eye coordination of the players so they would have more confidence.
Another fear is being hit in the face with a bounding ground ball. There are drills that can be used to combat this fear, training the eyes to remain open even on the bad hop. If you blink your eyes on the hop, you may be hit in the face. K
Train to keep the eyes open and your head will move to the side and the glove hand to the ball if you keep the eyes open.
Fear of an arm injury when throwing or pitching the ball is the tough one. In 2005, on major league manager said, “When a player comes up with pain in the elbow, it is faster to go on and have surgery than to wait until it heals naturally.” Another statement made by doctors, “A player is one throw from rupturing the UCL in the elbow.” It is no wonder players may have fear for the belief in baseball that the over hand delivery used in baseball is not normal for we walk with our hands at our sides. Any stress, pain and injuries that are incurred when throwing a baseball is considered to be normal. Another belief is that injuries when throwing that occur in baseball are caused from overuse. This is why we have the pitch count in baseball. The best part of this is that little league players are substituted on a regular basis and more kids get the experience of pitching. The overuse theory does not account for the many traumatic one-throw injuries that fracture the humerus and also the elbow ligaments.
One fear in baseball that is fully understood is fear of throwing again after a serious injury, especially after the traumatic one throw injury like the fractured humerus or the fractured UCL in the elbow. I worked with three players that had fractured their humerus while pitching and all three had a lot of fear of throwing a ball again. The doctors did not tell them what had caused their arm to break other than it was a freak accident. Look under Fractured Humerus. Also the player recovering from surgery to the elbow or shoulder will have a lot of fear of throwing again. When the doctor tells you it was from overuse in your past, and you know last season was your first year to pitch. The old time players pitched for 20 years or more without the same problem. Nolan Ryan pitched for 26 seasons while throwing at the 100 mph mark. This does no make sense to me or the injured players trying to come back. If they knew the exact cause of their injury, it would be easier to come back and throw again. This is what we teach at The Throw Center.
The greatest fear in baseball is fear of Steve Blass disease. In the 2006 games leading up to and during the 2006 World Series, many pitchers were guilty of making wild throws into the stands, even to first base and to third base which is not very far. Many third basemen and shortstops would throw wild to second base and to first base. The fear that comes over them is that they may be developing Steve Blass, Steve Sax or Mackey Sasser Syndrome. This is the sudden and complete loss of the ability to throw a strike. Many pitchers begin to get this fear when they start walking batters. It has happened to the best. Look into the LOSS OF CONTROL section for more information. Major league baseball and psychiatrists believe this is a mental disease.
The Throw Center believes that loss of control is not a mental disease and it is all in a players throwing biomechanics and can be corrected.