In baseball, a power pitcher is a pitcher who relies on the velocity of his pitches, sometimes at the expense of accuracy. Power pitchers usually record a high number of strikeouts and statistics such as strikeouts per 9 innings pitched are common measures of power. An average pitcher strikes out about 5 batters per nine innings while a prototypical power pitcher will strike out one or more every inning. The prototypical power pitcher is National Baseball Hall of Fame member, Nolan Ryan, who struck out a Major League Baseball record 5,714 batters in 5,386 innings. Ryan recorded seven no-hitters, appeared in eight Major League Baseball All-Star Games but also holds the record for most walks issued (2795). Other prominent power pitchers include Hall of Famers Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, and Bob Feller who led his league in strikeouts and walks several times.
The traditional school of thought on power pitching was "throw till you blow" but multimillion-dollar contracts have changed mentalities. The number of pitches thrown is now counted by a team's staff, with particular attention paid to young power arms. The care which some of the old time power pitchers took with their arms allowed for long careers and further opportunity after they stopped playing.
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- ↑ Olds, Rob. Bob Feller. historicbaseball.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-14.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Shaw, Bud. (March 21 1999) Cleveland Plain Dealer. Developing a power pitcher can be a delicate proces. Pitch counts are one way to reduce stress on young arms. Section:Sports; Page 3C.
- ↑ Brown, Tim. (March 7 2005) Los Angeles Times Life needn't end at 40 for power pitchers , and Clemens, Johnson and others are proving it. Section: Sports; Fitness and Starts; Page 1.