Known as the Pitching Professor, Rick Peterson was the pitching coach for the New York Mets and the Oakland Athletics for the past decade. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A's finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage.Â Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 American League Cy Young Award.
Peterson has also worked closely with Dr. Andrews and American Sports Medicine Institute where extensive biomechanics are captured in the lab. Couple that with skills and competencies, performance-based behaviors and physical conditioning and Peterson believes you have "the performance triangle."
In our continuation with those that work in the business of baseball, we will be publishing an extensive interview with Peterson on all things pitching, cover how the use of biomechanics can then be used to work on a pitcher's delivery, spot possible "red flags" in their motion, and provide something more objective than "the eyeball factor" so often times employed when evaluating pitchers at the MLB level.
Check back shortly for this facinating and extensive interview.
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