Fingers on Top of the Ball is one of those cues that is both valuable and defensible in small doses, but can cause serious problems when taken too far.

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Fingers on Top of the Ball (INTO/AT Foot Plant)

"Keep your fingers on top of the ball" is a common cue, but there are two distinctly -- and significantly -- different ways of following that cue.

Henderson Alvarez vs. Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

You don't have to look any farther than Justin Verlander to see a dominant and durable pitchers who keeps his fingers on top of the ball.

Justin Verlander

However, Justin Verlander doesn't keep his fingers on top of the ball into/at foot plant.

Justin Verlander

Instead, at Foot Plant, Justin Verlander's fingers are on the side of the ball and he is pointing the ball at third base, not pointing the ball at second base.

Matt Harvey

I'm still trying to figure out exactly what cues he uses, and why he does what he does, but Matt Harvey is a perfect example of a pitcher who keeps his fingers on top of the ball for an extended period of time.

By that I mean INTO or even AT foot plant.

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In my opinion, that is part of the reason why Matt Harvey can't stay healthy.