MrBaseball34 - 2:26 pm on Apr 19, 2011 (gmt 0)
Back in the '80s I threw low to mid '90s but was too old for anyone to sign. I tried out for the Pirates and Reds but they never were serious but I wasn't trying out to be a pitcher, maybe my mistake.
When the local league first started in '90, I threw upper 80's to low '90s and had a good breaking ball and excellent slider. No changeup, though. Then in fall of '90 had 1st deg. sep of AC join on throwing shoulder and wasn't able to throw for 6 mos. When I came back, I was only throwing mid '70s. So I had to learn to be a real pitcher and out think the hitters. In the yrs since, I had gotten some velocity back, in low '80s now at 51 yrs old and have a great changeup that moves away from lefties and in on righties.
Since my slider doesn't put torque on the elbow, I showed it to an instructor and he has begun teaching it to HS pitchers around the country.
My changeup I learned from an outfielder, it is more like a "slip-pitch" with the two middle fingers off the ball and the ball placed back in the first joint. I never could do the circle-change until I started throwing this and now it has evolved into a full circle change that moves, sometimes almost a foot.
I go to my college alumni game when they have it and I'm the oldest guy there, still striking out the college age kids!