Ross Ohlendorf’s ‘old-school’ delivery

Ross Ohlendorf made his debut with the Nats last night and pitched a gem. But it was his windup that had everyone talking.

Here it is, via @recordsANDradio:

James Wagner calls it a “confluence of moving parts,” and attempted to put the windup into words.

He stands with his back foot near the third base side of the rubber, rocks on his left foot and swings both arms back behind his body. The windup delivery was new this season, an old suggestion from a Pirates coach when he played for Pittsburgh.

 

Some called it “old school,” others “vintage,” but almost everyone agreed that it was entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the game, Ohlendorf explained his style and why it works for him.

“It helps me, gives me rhythm and it helps me stay loose and the ball has been coming out well pitching that way,” he said.

Indeed.

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Dan Steinberg · June 13, 2013