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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 3rd Revised edition edition (Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736045090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736045094
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,444,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Coaching Pitchers" is a great learning tool for both pitchers and coaches, from Little League to college ball. If you pitch or coach pitchers, try the ideas of a truly dedicated pitching coach who has worked long and hard at his job and his love." Kevin BrownLos Angeles Dodgers """This book is an excellent example of why Spanky McFarland is one of the best coaches in the country. If you want to elevate your pitchers and pitching staff, this book is a must!""" Rocky P. ManuelHead baseball coachBellaire High School, Houston, Texas "Spanky has worked to become one of the finest instructors in pitching fundamentals, mental preparation, and injury prevention as well as the other parts of pitching. This book will benefit any player or coach who wants to better himself on all phases of pitching.""" Smoke LavalHead baseball coachLouisiana State University """Spanky is one of the most knowledgeable pitching coaches in baseball. You can get all the ins and outs of how to become a better pitcher in his new book. Learn how to win from one of the best.""" Jim MorrisHead baseball coachUniversity of Miami From Collegiate Baseball"""One of the classic books ever written on the subject of pitching is" Coaching Pitchers "by Joe Spanky McFarland. Considered one of the gurus of pitching, McFarland's book is a timeless treasure for pitchers and pitching coaches which was first copyrighted in 1985." From Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director"""Spanky covers the entire waterfront graphically and knowingly "

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Joe "Spanky" McFarland is the head baseball coach at James Madison University. He started his coaching career in 1977 and has coached at Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Florida, and Northern Illinois University before taking over at JMU in 1998. McFarland has coached 55 pitchers who have signed professional contracts. In 2002, he was named the Colonial Athletic Conference's Baseball Coach of the Year.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 1999
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Spanky MacFarland has devised an excellent book for secondary level coaches and players. While this book emphasizes techniques and drills directed more toward older players (teenagers or older), it also provides the most mechanically sound, descriptive, and understandable information I have yet to see for this subject. Excellent sketches show proper techniques and motions to eliminate the ambiguity of text-only documentation. I advise any upper-level coach or player to purchase this book.
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This book covers the fundementals in a way that makes them clearly understood. Coaches will not only be able to instruct young pitchers in the proper fundementals, but will be able to easily and quickly recognize good and bad pitching form. It's well worth the money.
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By A Customer on 20 Feb 1999
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This is as good an introduction to the art of pitching as there is. Simple but not simplistic with excellent illustrations. I recommend it highly.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The most ingenious book ever devised for coaches/pitchers. 9 Jan 1999
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Spanky MacFarland has devised an excellent book for secondary level coaches and players. While this book emphasizes techniques and drills directed more toward older players (teenagers or older), it also provides the most mechanically sound, descriptive, and understandable information I have yet to see for this subject. Excellent sketches show proper techniques and motions to eliminate the ambiguity of text-only documentation. I advise any upper-level coach or player to purchase this book.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fundamentaly sound pitching instruction! 9 Jun 2000
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Coaching Pitchers is well written, easy to read and understand, and provides a wealth of how to teach your pitchers the proper fundamentals of pitching. This book is well worth the price and needs to be read by EVERY youth coach. The techniques, drills and suggestions are well documented with illustrations and diagrams.If you only buy one book this year, get this one!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is the best instruction for coaches that I've found 1 July 1998
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This book covers the fundementals in a way that makes them clearly understood. Coaches will not only be able to instruct young pitchers in the proper fundementals, but will be able to easily and quickly recognize good and bad pitching form. It's well worth the money.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
As good a book on pitching as there is 20 Feb 1999
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This is as good an introduction to the art of pitching as there is. Simple but not simplistic with excellent illustrations. I recommend it highly.
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Very Helpful 2 April 2000
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Nicely layed out and a great guide for developing young pitchers from 8 year-olds through high school.
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