MLB Has Too Many Throwers, Not Enough Pitchers

Rob Dibble explains what MLB pitchers are doing wrong and how it's "killing the game"

Reiter Than You
July 03, 2019 - 8:33 am
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In case you haven’t noticed, there have been a lot of home runs hit in Major League Baseball this season. Part of that is because of the hitters, and part of that is because the ball might be juiced.

But pitchers play a role in this, too.

“There’s a whole generation that’s never been taught how to pitch inside,” Rob Dibble said on Reiter Than You. “I have a baseball camp coming up next week, and when I talk to the pitchers, I talk about the entire plate and where you’re trying to set up your next pitch and things like that. Pitchers don’t pitch like that anymore. Pitchers, even if they have three or four great pitches, they just throw them. They don’t know the sequencing, they don’t know when they should be throwing them, they don’t know how to set them up – so there’s a whole generation of pitchers in the major leagues that have great stuff, maybe better stuff than we ever had, but they were never taught how to throw it in situations. 

“With all the analytics, there’s more throwers, in my mind, in the major leagues than ever before,” Dibble continued. “Not a lot of guys pitch. Not a lot of guys understand that just being off the plate by a little bit, getting the end of the bat, can get you a ground-ball double play. Pitching a guy high and tight sometimes gets him to swing and pop the ball up in a bases-loaded situation.”

Dibble, a two-time All-Star who won a World Series with the Reds, was a strikeout machine. But he always pitched to contact.

"Even though I was a strikeout pitcher, I knew with one out and a man on first, I’m one pitch away from being out of this jam, and a lot of guys don’t do that,” he said. “They still pitch around 3-2 counts. They’re so not upset over giving up eight or 10 runs or waking in runs. Pitching inside is part of the problem, but the lack of making adjustments mentally, it’s killing the game.”

Click below to listen to Dibble’s interview in its entirety.