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Old 08-20-2019, 10:40 PM
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How do pitchers defend against comebackers?

I don't watch much baseball, but as I understand it, good pitching technique requires the pitcher to "lay his body all out" - and he would be in a poor position to defend himself against a ball struck right back in his face by the batter. If he only laid his body out halfway in the motion, so as to be better prepared to stop a comebacker, he wouldn't be pitching well.

Is it just a matter of luck and speedy reflexes?
Old 08-20-2019, 10:57 PM
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:29 AM
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There's plenty of Youtube videos of pitchers who do get hit. And some miraculous catches and fraction-of-an-inch near misses.

Hit by comebackers(disturbing)
Avoiding comebackers.
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