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Long Toss Debate Heating Up!

Written on May 23, 2011 at 5:31 am, by Eric Cressey

The question of whether or not teams will allow pitchers to long toss as part of their throwing programs between/before outings has become a hot topic that could really impact the MLB draft on June 6-8.  Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports did an excellent job of outlining the entire situation in this article:

Long Toss Debate Shakes up MLB Draft

Additionally, I gave a quote for this article on the subject at PineTarPress.com.  Needless to say, I’m a big long toss advocate and have seen its efficacy over and over again when it comes to increasing throwing velocity. I’m glad that these issues are being brought to the forefront.  If you’d like to read more about the who, what, when, where, why, and how of long toss, check out these three articles:

Making the Case for Long Toss in a Throwing Program

Throwing Programs: The Top 4 Long Toss Mistakes

Long Toss: Don’t Skip Steps in Your Throwing Programs

Just some food for thought to kick off the week!

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3 Responses to “Long Toss Debate Heating Up!”

  1. Rick Says:

    My son’s high school team played Owasso and had a chance to play against Bundy. My son said it was impressive to watch Bundy stand on home plate and throw to the center field fence.
    I was surprised about the Bundy pitch count this year. Last year he caused a stir by his high pitch counts.
    Here is an article from last year.

  2. Graeme Says:

    Great articles

    Here is a study by Fleisig, Wilk, Andrews et al. (2011)that cautions against long toss due to increased torque and altered kinematics.


    but if long toss works good luck getting any baseball player to stop.


  3. Drew Massey Says:

    Eric, what are your thoughts on the Fleisig article “Biomechanical Comparasions of Baseball Pitching and the Long Toss:Implications for training and rehab” JOSPT Vol 41, No. 5?
    “It is the opinion of the authors that long toss throwing on a line is safe exercise for rehabilitation and training. However, the use of long toss throwing for max distance may not be beneficial.

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