The Sports Archives – Be Your Own Captain – Tips for the Aspiring Boating Enthusiast

 

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Having and sailing your own boat can be fun, relaxing and thrilling depending on why you’re doing it. Some folks just love the feeling of being on their boat somewhere out in the water, away from all the stress and demands of daily life. 

Others use their boat for business meetings – this can be important when you have very sensitive business deals to discuss. There are also those people who just love the thrill, the sounds of waters lapping against their boats, and the freedom that boating gives them and the idea of just them against the waters. 

Whichever category or class you fall into, there are boating tips that you ought to implement in order to stay safe and enjoy your boating adventures. 

Safety Should be a Priority

The first thing you need to do is make sure that safety is paramount. Acquire all the necessary safety kits as mandated by the US Coast Guard and relevant boating safety agencies. If you feel you have all these, but are still unsure, you could get a free boat check by the US Coast Guard. Safety also means wearing your life jacket at all times. 

These seemingly inconsequential items can often be the difference between life and death. Most drowning incidents are usually a result of victims not wearing their life jackets. So, as soon as you set foot in the boat, grab a life jacket and make sure there’s enough for everyone on board. 

Of equal importance is paying attention to the weather forecast. Unless you want to face stormy waters, beware venturing out into the water until the weather forecast is favorable. So, always check for weather conditions before taking your boat out and stay alert in case of sudden weather changes

Always Carry the Necessary Gear

Depending on your type of boat, you may need anything from anchors, to wet and dry suits, basic toolkits, ropes, vests, a tube inflator or a first aid kit to name a few. However, a key boating accessory that you should have is waterproof and dry bags like those provided by Adventure Lion

These bags are excellent for keeping your essentials dry. Adventure and extreme sports lovers who prefer kayaking, sailing, and whitewater rafting, will find this extremely useful for keeping their things away from moisture and water. 

So, whether you want to store your dry clothes so you can change after a day on the water or keep your cameras, phones, wristwatches and gadgets dry in your boat, these waterproof bags are crucial to your boating adventure. 

Be Cautious and Aware of Your Immediate Environs

Quite a few boating accidents have resulted from inattention. Once you’re on the water, you need to be extra vigilant. Watch out for abnormal objects in your immediate surroundings. Be careful about berthing your boat, tying the docking ropes properly, and the weather. 

Don’t Sail When Drunk

If you’re not supposed to drive when drunk or under the influence of narcotics or alcohol, it goes to reason that you shouldn’t do the same while sailing. Quite a few accidents, injuries or deaths are caused by the victims being under the influence. 

Luckily, there are laws against this. So, if you’re caught boating under the influence without causing anyone harm, you will either pay heavy fines or spend a few months in jail. However, if people were to become injured directly or indirectly because you were under the influence, you will go to prison.

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The Sports Archives – Sports and Weather

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Charlie Brown is not amused.

The globe is an ever-changing place. Season-to-season, week-to-week, even day-to-day, its weather conditions are unpredictable, erratic, and, in many cases, adverse to sporting activities. The significance of weather (and, by extension, its “cooperation”) in the realm of sports and recreation is often overlooked by spectators and viewers. To the typical American family sitting down to the NFL’s Monday Night Football, the weather that evening only grabs anyone’s attention if it is undesirable – mainly to the point where the game is postponed or even cancelled. The presence of good weather is, likewise, neglected because it is just “what is supposed to happen.” After all, why even notice the weather if it isn’t going to affect the playability of a sport? Undoubtedly, weather holds more sway over where and when sporting activities may take place than most people would care to admit. However, because every sport is different in its rules and setting, some sports are more heavily affected by weather than others. This also means that there are quite a few sports that are not affected by the weather at all. What sports are the most influenced (or, more specifically, “burdened”) by weather conditions, and how precisely does the weather impact them?

The simplest answer to “what sports are really affected by weather?” is, obviously, “outdoor-related sporting activities.” Rain, snow, hail, and even winds on a clear day that are just too blustery are all primary influences on playing conditions for outdoor sports. After all, indoor sports unfold in an artificially-created environment – usually an enclosed building. As a result, people, not nature, have control over “whether the weather” is unsuitable for indoor sporting activities. Indoor sports, both casual, like table-tennis, and professional, like basketball, have never been cancelled due to bad weather happening outside of the structure in which they take place. The only situations where indoor sports are truly threatened by adverse weather is in extremely strong tropical storms, hurricanes, or thunderstorms that cause power outages. Otherwise, the indoor stadium/arena keeps the environment within it safe and separated from whatever is happening outside.

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The Indoor Sports Complex at Fort Collins, CO comes equipped with an indoor soccer field, protecting this sport (typically played outdoors) and its players from bad weather conditions.

When it comes to the outdoors, the specific rules and decisions involving the weather become blurred across different types of sport. The phrase “the show must go on” is a working guideline for sports in this sense, because the ultimate goal is for the game to play out as scheduled, provided that the safety of the players can be upheld and fair play ensured. Depending on the circumstances and setting of the sport, some are more ‘resilient’ in certain weather conditions than others. Thus, football games hosted by the NFL can generally persist through light-moderate rainfall and even snow. The popularity of football in the United States, as well as the rules and play format of the sport, are both contributing factors to ensure that the game endures. If severe thunderstorms and strong winds threaten play, football stands a much greater chance of cancellation. Outdoor sports that are more dependent on precision and technique are, consequently, more fragile in the face of bad weather; professional baseball, cricket, and tennis are all susceptible sports that are practically guaranteed to be cancelled due to rainfall. In rare cases, even temperature can have a serious influence on the playability of a sport. Extreme temperatures, both high and low, can prove hazardous to the health of athletes, resulting in the possibility of heatstroke or hypothermia. Though it is fairly uncommon, some sporting events have been cancelled due to the threat of it being too hot or too cold to play.

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Both soccer and American football are resilient sports, and can usually permit a game in light snow. Players will need to stay on their toes, however, because visibility is reduced, and they have an entirely new type of ground to deal with!

For the most part, strong weather conditions are regarded negatively among fans and players alike, but this is not always the nature of the relationship between weather and sports. In fact, many sports are dependent on some aspects of the weather to behave in a certain way. One prominent example of this is the connection between strong winds and water sports. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are heavily dependent on wind, requiring strong air flow to operate, even while other sports would prefer as little wind as possible. Additionally, a lightly-overcast playing field is often preferable to clear sky for outdoor sports. With a non-threatening blanket of clouds to obscure the area of play from the sun, visibility is improved across the board without the threat of rain.

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Altered conditions of play aside, can you blame even a professional athlete for turning tail at merely the sight of this approaching the stadium?

Weather can affect sports, both outdoor and indoor, in a variety of ways. Each sport is influenced differently by adverse weather conditions, and gameplay for some is even improved, provided the weather is merciful and nonviolent. Unless outdoor sports are moved indoors in the future (a significant investment which, in the grand scheme of things, would probably be more trouble than its worth) nature will continue to influence the “how” and “where” sports are played.

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The Sports Archives – Preparing For Your First Scuba Diving Holiday!

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If you want to embark on an overseas scuba diving archives holiday, perhaps your first scuba trip, there are two ways to do it. You can stay at a seaside resort where there is a base of scuba operations, or you can take a “liveaboard” vacation, staying on board a ship devoted to the purpose.

Staying Ashore…

For the more usual land-based holiday, most countries will have diving centres in a range of locations, some close to larger towns and cities where you can also take time off from your diving to enjoy the local tourist attractions or nightlife. Others are much more remote, where you can concentrate on your pastime without distraction. A land based scuba holiday may be most suitable for beginners to the sport.

…Or On Ship

A liveaboard holiday, on the other hand, is the most intensive way to go about it. You are permanently on site for diving, and can take your dives throughout the day, with the first one as early in the morning as you like, taking full advantage of the opportunities before he tropical day heats up, in unspoilt peace far from holidaymakers. A ship can take you much further away from civilization than you would otherwise be able to go, showing you places most ordinary scuba divers would not be able to reach.

There are many such scuba diving cruises available, providing a combination of first class diving, along with superb accommodation and luxurious comfort – and all meals and drinks – all within yards of the dive site. The ships will carry experienced instructors and guides, and will be able to provide PADI and other courses. Ships run by one of the larger diving companies will probably have some of the latest diving equipment available.

Requirements

Whichever method you choose, the basic preparations are the same. Above all you must ensure you have all the required certificates and documents that will be required before you pay for a diving holiday.

  • Qualified divers must bring proof of their qualifications and their log book.
  • All divers must be medically fit to take part in the sport, and some countries require a medical certificate before you will be allowed to take training or professional assistance. Even if that is not the case where you are going, check out the health requirements and seek medical advice if in doubt.
  • Remember also to take out travel insurance that specifically covers scuba diving. Even so, the standard travel policy may only cover you to a certain depth so check that will be enough; if not, a specialist insurance may be necessary.

Learners should undertake some pool training at home before flying off to increase your experience at your holiday location. Arrange your further training or guidance before you go, especially during your destination’s peak times, to be sure of obtaining a place and not being disappointed.

You must also choose the diving company with care, making sure to select one with a good reputation both within the industry and among past users.

Enjoy Your Holiday

A scuba diving holiday provides a world of excitement in underwater caves, discovering sunken ships, treasures and the ever beautiful coral reefs that abound in so many different parts of the world. Prepare well, and enjoy a holiday you will remember for the rest of your life!

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Jeffrey Glenn is the founder Go Pro Asia, of one of Thailand’s most sort after professional dive training resorts. Jeffrey is a PADI Course Director and Technical Diving Instructor Trainer with over 20 years’ experience in the dive industry.

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The Sports Archives – ‘True’ Football’s Place in the United States

No one can deny that baseball and American football are the two most popular sports in the United States; they have both been a huge part of the nation’s sociocultural development for over a century, and their respective followings are only climbing over time. Yet, despite how popular each sport may become within the borders of the United States, neither of America’s most followed sporting phenomena are anywhere close to the Top 5 Sports Worldwide. Incontestably, the most popular sport on the planet is football, and, while this may come as a surprise to many Americans, the numbers don’t lie; football’s global following numbers in up to 3.5 billion people – almost 50% of the population! Even as the world progresses on the road to globalization, football (known as soccer in the U.S.) is one subject that has been continually alienated in the United States. Will America ever come to a point where they embrace football for what it is in the rest of the world?

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The ball in the top left is acknowledged internationally a traditional “football.” In America, it is called a soccer ball. The ball in the bottom right is an American football. Could one reason that America is not embracing soccer as internationally as the rest of the world be simply because of a name disagreement?

It would by untruthful to say that nothing has changed for soccer over the 100+ years that the dominance of baseball and football has increased its hold on the American public. Perhaps the most prominent influence on soccer interest in the U.S. has been the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or “FIFA.” Established in 1904, FIFA is an international association dedicated to the large-scale promotion and organization of football. Perhaps their most crowning achievement is the FIFA World Cup, first implemented in 1930, that features a worldwide football competition between competing nations’ football teams. As of 2015, the FIFA World Cup permits 32 national teams to compete, but only 1 can rise to be the victor of the tournament. Through the World Cup itself and videogame channels, FIFA and its organized sporting events have done especially well in increasing the public interest of football in the United States, both directly and indirectly.

What, then, is holding the United States back from accepting soccer the same as most other nations of the world? There is no single answer to this question, but the primary reason that soccer is just not getting anywhere in the U.S. is because of the weight of the sport on American society.  While today soccer is still a perfectly prominent sport following in the U.S., America’s relationship with sporting activities has always been very nationally-focused, contrary to the international focus of most other countries around the world. The National Football League and Major League Baseball are the forerunning organizations involved in bringing sports coverage to the American public, and it is the nature of the United States populace to have more interest and give greater publicity to its national sporting powerhouses. The unfortunate side-effect of this “sports-nationalism” is that the United States Soccer Federation, comparable in role to the MLB and NFL for soccer, is often left in the dust by the media. Much to the dismay of U.S. soccer enthusiasts, American ‘football’ and baseball will remain the top dogs in the United States for the foreseeable future. The sociocultural influence and roots in American history owned by these two national pastimes are too significant to be overcome for now, even by an international phenomenon like football.

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The U.S.S.F. is committed to helping the American public embrace soccer as both an national and international sport.

America’s universal focus on national sports is the most consequential basis for the slow, petering climb of soccer’s popularity, though the cause of most secondary reasons can be traced back to this central point. America’s international soccer team, responsible for representing the United States in the FIFA World Cup every 4 years, is one of notably few areas where the U.S. does not stand out in performance. According to the FIFA/Coca-Cola rankings leaderboard, the United States is not even in the top 10 team positions, coming in more at the center of the pack at 27th place. This does not compare well with the U.S.’s 2nd place rankings for both the World Baseball Classic (baseball’s “world cup”) and the International Federation of American Football’s quadrennial world championships, respectively.

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The top graph tracks the popularity of America’s top-tier sporting leagues in 2012 via % of the U.S. population. Major League Soccer is, sadly, still trailing behind the National Hockey League in terms of popularity. However, while this may seem bleak, the bottom graph demonstrates the casual growth rate of MLS followers (also by population percentage). The trend demonstrated is an increase of about 10% over the first 10 years of the 21st Century. Soccer is slowly getting more popular!

Ultimately, the United States is making national progress in embracing football, albeit slowly. Globalization has already taken hold of nearly every industry in existence, manifesting in the international production and distribution of goods, the enormous progression of worldwide communication and technological development over the last few decades, and many similar channels. The gaps between the nations of the world are in a constant state of decay, only becoming smaller over time. This is no different with the sports industry, which means that the rise in the U.S.’s international status in football is inevitable. It is only a question of when this status will fully come to fruition.

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The Sports Archives – ‘Fair Play’ and the Rules of Hockey

In many ways, hockey is one of the most challenging sports imaginable; its rules are similar to those of soccer or American football, requiring players to maneuver a ball (or, in the case of hockey, a ‘puck’) strategically across an arena and into a designated ‘scoring area’ that is protected by a defensive player. Hockey sets itself apart from other sports in sheer difficulty, requiring players to maintain control of the puck solely with a hooked, wooden stick, all while balancing and gliding across a treacherous plain of ice in unwieldy skates! The fundamental rules of play for soccer, football, and hockey all coordinate exactly how the players achieve the simple goal of moving a scoring object into a respective goal area (for example, in soccer, the players may only use their feet to touch the ball, unless they are reinstating it into play from out of bounds), but the players must be permitted to interact competitively with each other if the object of scoring is to be intercepted or protected by either team. This can be achieved in multiple ways and heavily varies with respect to each sport, but the ‘rules of engagement’ surrounding hockey can be among the most controversial, confusing, and downright inscrutable to even the most attentive spectators.Hockey-Injury1

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Despite the fact that hockey’s rules of physical contact are highly particular and specific on what or is not allowed, the intuition of even a novice fan is fairly accurate in making judgement calls. Just based on these two images, which example of body checking is more likely to be “legal?”

Most strategies in hockey are simple enough to understand; the flow of each game is fast-paced, similar in fashion to the typical soccer or basketball game. However, the rules regarding physical contact between players is much more similar to football, making hockey a unique hybridization of multiple sporting activities, borrowing select elements from each. Each hockey team consists of a defender titled the ‘goalie’ (named for his sole duty in preventing the puck in play from finding entrance in the team’s goal net), several “defensemen” that head control of the puck when it is on the team’s side of the ice rink, the “center,” who leads the team’s offensive, and the “wings,” which function like wingmen for the center, assisting him in setting up offensive plays and scoring goals. The rules of hockey do not restrict the use of physical contact based on the role of each player, although the offensive players are much more likely to “play rough” than, for instance, the goalie. As with American football, the use of force and physical tactics are effective and, oftentimes, necessary in playing a successful game. However, when sports like football or hockey permit the use of force selectively (the fact that not all types of physical contact are allowed is extremely important) it is not only difficult to make arguments and employ penalties based on excessive or disallowed physical altercation, the fans may be easily misled or confused as to what is allowed “legally.”

There are several prominent terms in hockey that are utilized by experienced players and spectators to categorize or discern specific forms of physical contact from each other. Any type of physical blocking or defensive technique in hockey is as checking, and one of the most common legal forms of this is a body check. The act of body checking is defined as “the use of a player’s body against another player,” and it is permitted only if the player in question was last, or is currently, in possession of the puck. Rules involving body checks are purposefully ambiguous, allowing referees a measurable degree of discretion in deciding on plays. In addition to body checking, other types of permitted defensive blocking include hip-checking, shoulder-checking, and stick checking. Players must be careful, however, that they always check carefully and with ample awareness, lest they get penalized for checking illegally. Some examples of unsafe or illegal checking include “clipping” (the act of knocking an opponent off of his feet by hitting at or below his knees), charging violently at other players, or using the hockey stick as a weapon/deterrent.

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With such a variety of signals, each which carries a specific meaning, even hardcore hockey fans may not be entirely versed in every hand signal.

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The penalty box has done well to reduce opponent-inflicted injuries and promote good sportsmanship in hockey. Many spectators postulate that the concept of a penalty box should be expanded into other sports, but there is no evidence that this will come to fruition anytime soon.

If a player checks illegally or is responsible for the injury of another player of the opposing team, it is likely that he will be penalized by the referee. This process is often quite complicated and consists of multiple steps. First, the referee must halt the match in order to make a public announcement of the infraction committed. This is achieved verbally, or with various hand signals. Once the announcement of the infraction has been made, the referee may then institute a penalty against the offending player and/or his team. Most penalties boil down to a ‘time-out’ – a period of as little as 2 minutes or as great as 10 minutes – in which an incarcerated player is removed from play. The consequence for the individual is not necessarily severe, but any time that a player spends in the penalty box is time in which his team must play ‘shorthanded.’ More serious penalties can result in a player or manager’s permanent ejection from the match, though infractions this severe are far rarer than simple misconducts. Nevertheless, even the most minor of penalties can result in the reckless play of a single individual costing a whole team the game. The significance of penalties and safe blocking in ice hockey highlights the importance of good sportsmanship, fair play, and mindfulness of safety in the grand scope of any sporting activity.

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The Sports Archives – Shock as 15-year-old ‘Hammer’ makes the US Open!

It’s been quite the year for golf. While in 2014, Rory McIlroy was the youngster’s name on everybody’s lips, in 2015, there’s one ankle-biter who has just achieved a hugely impressive feat.

His name is Cole Hammer and he’s just made the US Open. He is just 15 years old.

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At such a young age, it’s hard to believe that Hammer isn’t the youngest player to ever have made the US Open – that title went to 14-year-old Andy Zhang, of China, back in 2012. However, this has done little to dampen the spirits of Hammer, who told the Dallas Morning News: “This means the world to me. I’ve dreamed about it my whole life. It’s going to be awesome.”

So just how did such a whippersnapper achieve such an impressive feat? Playing at Northwood Club in Dallas, Texas, Hammer was up against a plethora of professional players, among whom there were several PGA Tour winners.

The teenager shot 64-68 in the 36-hole qualifier, finishing alone in second place and staking his claim as one of six players to gain a ticket to the US Open. On Monday 8th June, Hammer managed to birdie four of his five final holes, securing his place as one of the top class golfers worthy of taking part in the tournament.

It’s huge news that will certainly have the bookmakers’ tongues wagging, and many experts at Bookmakers.co.uk are already considering the possibility that they may have another Rory McIlroy on their hands. Back in 2004, the 26-year-old World #1’s father made a modest £200 bet that his son would win the open within 10 years. Sure enough, his bet came in 10 years later, and he managed to pocket a cool £100,000.

This could indeed be something that Cole Hammer’s father should look into. If, at 15, he is already making his way into the US Open, then there is no end to his potential. Of course, it hasn’t come without a lot of hard graft, and the star has certainly done some growing in recent months – both literally and figuratively. In the last 10 months, he has grown four inches, packing on an essential 15 lbs which will be instrumental in giving him the strength he needs to succeed in the US Open.

At just 125 lbs now, he may not be the most heavyweight contender at the Open, but that’s not to say that Hammer won’t pack a punch – let’s just hope he lives up to his name.

 

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The Sports Archives – The Art of Pitching

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Matt Moore, a left-handed pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays. The anomalous rarity of left-handedness is one of the ways pitching promotes individuality in baseball.

In baseball, there are 3 fundamental mechanics that absolutely must be present; the ball, beginning in the hands of the defending team, must be thrown to a member of the opposing team; this ‘batter’ must subsequently hit the ball with a long plank of polished wood (or, in some cases, a rod of metal), sending it through the air and into the ‘outfield’; finally, the defending team must secure the infield bases by moving the ball back to the ‘infield’ before the batter can round the bases and make it to home plate – if the batter halts his advance and remains at a base, he is considered ‘safe,’ though it is clearly more rewarding (and, consequently, more risky) to push farther on a single hit. Baseball is defined by these 3 consecutive steps – any other rules added on top of these events are designed to restrict, conform, or even aid play, outlining in greater detail the “rules of engagement.” Yet, despite so many regulations dictating what is appropriate or accepted in-game, baseball still does permit its players to develop their own unique strategies andtechniques, allowing for variety in the individual player as a method of counterbalancing the restrictiveness that is prevalent in overall gameplay. Perhaps the most prominent example of ‘personal freedom’ exhibited on the baseball field comes through the practice of pitching. Though many baseball fans do not know it, the pitcher’s role in a baseball game is often as eloquent and methodical as it is necessary to play; it requires precision, strategy, stamina, and a bold approach to risk-taking.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield delivers a knuckleball against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday, April 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Tim Wakefield of the Boston Red Sox. The pitch he is about to deliver is a knuckleball, recognizable by the unique hand position involved with the pitch. Not every pitcher can throw a knuckleball as cleanly and precisely as Tim Wakefield. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

There are many important aspects that define the art of pitching, but one that is often overlooked by the average individual is the variety of pitches. The culture of pitching in baseball has developed a science behind every throw made on the mound, dividing pitches into categories based on facets such as airspeed, trajectory, and throwing technique. Some of the most common types of pitches are the fastball (named for its intention to maximize the speed of the ball while maintaining control of it), the curveball (which causes the ball to ‘bend’ it’s trajectory in midair, often confusing batters), and the changeup (designed to look like a fastball when thrown, but travel much more slowly – again, confusing batters). The individual pitcher usually has one type of pitch that they can employ to greater effectiveness than the others in his/her arsenal, resulting in a famous (or infamous) ‘signature pitch.’ For example, pitchers Steven Strasburg and Randy Johnson are well-remembered by their 4-seam fastballs, with speeds excessing in 100 mph! Some pitching techniques are more difficult to utilize than others, creating ‘anomalies’ – players that stand out in technique or playstyle – that may pose a greater threat to the batting team. One prominent example of a pitching anomaly is former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, who could throw a very effective knuckleball – one of the rarest types of pitches in Major-League Baseball. The individuality of a pitcher makes batting against him a process of learning for hitters, and even by the bottom of the 9th inning, there are some pitchers that are still able to keep batters guessing!

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A detailed diagram of common pitches in baseball. Although the mechanics of movement and speed vary between pitches, each of these can be categorized under the 3 more general definitions of fastball, curveball, and changeup, respectively.

Although the defending team’s catcher is officially designated as the “team captain,” it is not uncommon for players or fans to associate the pitcher with the role of a leader. Indeed, every play begins with the pitcher’s action, every pitch thrown has a whole game riding on it, and, though human error is only natural, nearly every run scored by the opposition can be chalked up to a bad pitch in the end. Of all the players in a baseball game, the pitcher has arguably the most control over what truly happens, and playing effectively against a well-trained team is difficult on its own. Imagine, in addition to this, how much more demanding the duty of pitching is, due to its weight on the outcome of the game (and the part it plays in team morale). It cannot be denied, however, that the realm of pitching also comes with its own rewards: a shutout (a game where the opposing team is unable to score a run) is largely chalked up to a pitcher’s endurance throughout the course of 9 innings. Furthermore, a game in which no player is able to score a hit on the pitcher or even touch base (known in ‘baseball lingo’ as a no-hitter and perfect game, respectively) are almost entirely the work of the pitcher alone. As a result, the pitcher is truly set apart from the rest of his team – the “Most Valuable Player.”

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Randy Johnson during his time pitching for the New York Yankees. The record for Johnson’s fastest pitch is 102 mph, delivered at the impressive age of 40. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

 

Ultimately, every pitcher is unique in his/her playstyle, and that playstyle is just one more thing in the grand scheme of a baseball game to keep an eye out for on the field.

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