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Nolan Ryan Pitching MechanicsWhy was Nolan Ryan both dominant and durable?

Far more so than modern pitchers?

Because he was a freak, right?

Wrong.

Nolan Ryan simply moved better than modern pitchers.

And modern pitchers don't move like Nolan Ryan did, in large part, because the secrets to Nolan Ryan's pitching mechanics are coached out of them.

Nolan Ryan's Pitching Mechanics

Answering the riddle of why Nolan Ryan was so much more durable than modern pitchers starts with his Timing.

Nolan Ryan Pitching Mechanics

Nolan Ryan

In the picture above, notice how, as his front foot is planting, his pitching arm is almost UP.

In contrast, most modern pitchers' arms are FLAT going into, or worse at, Foot Plant, a problem I call Flat Arm Syndrome.

For example, Alex Reyes' pitching mechanics are a great example of Flat Arm Syndrome, and that is why Alex Reyes has not — and will not — stay healthy.

The fact is that Flat Arm Syndrome VERY reliably predicts injuries in pitchers and my understanding of it explains my ability to predict injuries in baseball pitchers.

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