Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is unbelievable at throwing the ball towards residence plate and horrible at throwing the ball to first base. His pickoff troubles have been properly-documented and, to his credit score, the veteran lefthander hasn’t shied away from the elephant within the room. Now, he and the workforce are engaged on a revolutionary workaround.
Throwing bounce passes to first base a la Jordan-to-Pippen.
Reality verify: Even Jordan threw the ball within the air like a traditional individual throughout his brief-lived baseball profession.
Lester is aware of it’s unconventional and appears weird for one of many recreation’s elite pitchers to need to bounce a throw to first for an out.
“It’s like once you jam a man and he hits a ball down proper area. It goes down as a line drive (within the field rating). We’ll proceed to work on it.”
Truthfully, this doesn’t appear to be that dangerous of an concept. Main League fields are all the time in pristine situation so Anthony Rizzo can rely on a real hop. Making an attempt it out in a rec league on a metropolis area might not produce comparable outcomes.
Credit score Lester and the Cubs employees for considering outdoors the field, however it’s going to be a heck of a factor to see him doing this within the World Collection with the sport on the road. Simply the factor to deliver younger followers into the fold.