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Jim Bouton and Mike Marshall pitched together briefly on the Astros
The specific thing I remember from Ball Four is that Marshall told Bouton that he should release the ball as close to the plate as possible because it "shortens the hypotenuse." No, I've never examined the data to see if this works but that kind of reasoning doesn't inspire me to learn more.
Maybe you guys are making fun of the general theory, but what he's suggesting in the anecdote would in fact do what he says it would.
Also, I recall Marshall argued with his coach that a pitcher's selection of pitches and location should be completely random to have the best chance of fooling the batter. I don't think game theory would agree with this premise.
Marshall is probably one of the first players to get heavily into training with weights.
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