I have a new Twitter addiction.
Created by Rob Friedman, FlatGround uses social media to prevent pitchers from falling through the cracks, giving them the best chance to be seen by someone and keep playing this great game. Every day, dozens of pitchers post videos of bullpen sessions and the appropriate statistics of age, height, weight, and how hard they throw various pitches. And every day, I scroll through the bullpens, studying the mechanics of young pitchers from coast to coast.
Not only are these pitchers getting offers from colleges and independent baseball teams and affiliated baseball teams, major league pitchers are also keeping tabs with the account and passing along wisdom and advice to the next generation.
How cool is that?
Tip of the hat to Lance McCullers and others.
I wish FlatGround would have been an option when I was 16. I might have kept playing for just a little longer, long enough to let my body begin to catch up with my heart and dreams.
There’s a part of me that thinks it would be fun to post a FlatGround video. Maybe I could ramp up my fastball to 60 or 62 mph and then break off a nice 48 mph slider.
I think my best submission, though, might be this simple video of playing catch with Jim “The Rookie” Morris at the K.
44 RHP with master’s degree.
Sits low 60s. Working on secondary pitches.
Played catch every day of 2018.
Catch-partner is Jim “The Rookie” Morris at Kauffman Stadium.
Looking for opportunities to tell stories and encourage baseball dreamers and throw out a first pitch for the Royals.