Monday, April 18, 2005

Pitching Coach Critiques Dubya’s Throwing Arm

FULLERTON, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – George W. Bush’s throw before a recent baseball game gets high marks from one professional pitching coach – especially since it was a lot better than any of his father’s tosses.

Hal Dyer, a former pitching coach for two MLB teams, says Dubya’s pitching mechanics were “pretty good” and he “extended his arm well” when he threw out the first pitch before the Washington Nationals’ April 14th game.

He figures the former owner of the Texas Rangers had the advantage of “watching former players throw firsthand so he has an idea of how to throw.”

Still, Dyer says Bush “didn’t lift his leg high enough,” which caused the ball to sail high, but he believes Bush was just trying to avoid throwing the ball in the dirt – something George Sr. used to do while he was president.

Dyer says Bush also deserves a lot of credit for muscling up and throwing from the mound instead of halfway in between the plate and rubber, which the elder Bush was known for.

(Contact numbers available only to subscribing media or trial media users. You can request samples at the Wireless Flash web site.)
Copyright © 2005 Wireless Flash News Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Flash® and FlashNews® are registered trademarks of Wireless Flash News Inc.