What is the big deal about a pitcher’s mound that has everyone scurrying about in an attempt, like collecting acorns? I mean, it’s only 10″ high. How much difference can that make to a pitcher?
Believe it or not, that 10″ of altitude, in the pitching rubber to home plate, plays an extremely significant part in the way the pitcher plays. The ability to push off the pitching rubber, with the leg, slowly gaining forward momentum with the body as it leans downward and forward, raising arm extension and arm speed affords the pitcher additional velocity on his fastball and better movement along with his balls.