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Cutter’s Way

Over at Fangraphs, David Laurila has a piece about Mariano Rivera:

”You need to use your brain to pitch effectively in the big leagues,” explained the future Hall of Famer. “You can’t go out there and do exactly what you want to do without a brain. As you get older, you mature and put your knowledge to work, It’s like when you go to school for the first time. In first grade, you’re not going to know what you know in the sixth or seventh grade. Pitching is just the same. If you don’t learn, you won’t have the success that you could have. I‘ve learned a lot over the years.”

Larry Rothschild, the Yankees’ pitching coach, agrees.

“Mariano is incredibly smart,” said Rothschild. “He’s also obviously incredibly gifted and has a great knack for trusting his ability. That’s why he attacks the strike zone like he does. He has a pitch that, if he throws it right, is going to get any hitter out, at any time. He knows that, and just as importantly, he knows how to pitch. There is the term, ‘he gets it,’ and Mariano gets it. Totally.”

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1 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 30, 2011 2:18 pm

To borrow a phrase from the old Juice Blog, Please Explain: Kyle Farnsworth and A.J. Burnett

2 rbj   ~  Dec 30, 2011 4:07 pm

Hey, there's a game at Yankee stadium today! Problem is, it's a football game.

3 Chyll Will   ~  Dec 30, 2011 4:33 pm

[2] Hah. There's no such thing as Yankee Stadium during the Yankee off-season. It's an urban myth from decades ago.

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