Rivera held court with Halladay and Scott Kazmir about how to grip the cutter, and Rivera even shared a few tips on how to throw his signature pitch. These days, pitchers keep those secrets heavily-guarded, but Rivera was willing to share some Cheap Jerseys Premier League pointers with his brethren.
The TV cameras caught Rivera giving some tips to Halladay during batting practice ahead of the 2008 All-Star Game in New York. Again, that’s something you almost never see today; one division rival helping out another with his craft.
Here’s what Halladay told Tom Verducci from Sports Illustrated about Rivera’s advice and the impact on his career:
But the biggest thing was his finger placement and how his thumb was under the ball. I was throwing a cutter, but it was inconsistent. Once he told me about the thumb, it became a big pitch for me.
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