About Bill Bethea

I am a former professional pitcher and current owner of Power Pitching & Hitting, aka PPH Baseball. We have been in business in Central New Jersey since 2003. I played my college baseball for NCJU in Jersey City, New Jersey. I was a 4 year starter. After that I spent time Pitching professionally for the Elmira Pioneers and the Ozark Ducks. Soon after I started Power Pitching & Hitting – Professional Baseball Instruction due to my passion for the game of baseball. Since then I have performed over 11,000 hours or baseball instruction. I have also developed a Velocity & Conditioning program in which participating players gain an average of 7 to 8 mph over a 12 week span with many increasing their velocity higher than the average of the program. I am starting to blog and write due to the passion to pass on my extensive knowledge of pitching to interested players and coaches.

Comments
  1. Dan says:

    Solid start!

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  2. mattsolter says:

    Bill,

    In your recent article “Get Faster to Pitch Harder” you mention several benefits to distance running:

    1)Flushing the system of lactic acid the day after a start to improve recovery
    2)Increases aerobic endurance so you can recover faster between innings and pitch for as many innings as your coach desires
    3)Activates and strengthens stabilizer muscles in your lower body, particularly your ankles

    It is important that as a baseball community we stop perpetuating the myth of distance running. Here is the brutal truth: distance running is one of the most detrimental things a pitcher can do. I will start with point one that you make. There is no lactic acid build up from pitching. The metabolic system required for lactic acid to build up is never remotely approached during pitching. Even if there were lactic acid buildup, it’s metabolized within hours after production. Moreover, every single scientific study conducted has found that lactic acid does not cause soreness or fatigue. The next issue is aerobic endurance. Pitchers need to be in shape, we all agree on that, however, if a pitcher really has to do cardiovascular for recovery between innings he should probably be in a rehab clinic. The ATP-PC system is the utilized energy system during pitching. Throwing hard, then, requires big muscles that fire quickly. Distance running opposes both of these ideas; muscles get smaller in response to running distance, and they also “learn” to fire slower. This is beyond counterproductive to the end goal of staying healthy and throwing hard. Pitchers need to focus exclusively on strength and power development if they truly want to throw hard and stay healthy. Please help end this myth of distance running, it will benefit so many players.

    Matt

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