There is NO reason for a daddy to have a radar gun unless he is
a traffic cop or pro scout. Come to think of it I don't think they should have
them either. Its amazing how Red Murff could tell that Nolan Ryan was throwing
hard without a radar gun when he signed him out of Alvin HS. The cop part needs
no explanation although if you've ever sat among 10 scouts and noticed that
their readings vary greatly, you have to question the accuracy of any radar gun.
I once had a daddy come down on the field to inform me that I
had to take his son out of the game because he was only throwing 84. Heck, I
didn't need a gun tell his son didn't have much working. I could count the dents
in the wall and runs on the board. This same daddy, after his son had thrown a
good game would downgrade the effort because he had only been throwing 88 rather
than the 92 he sometimes hit in the bullpen!
There is one valid use for a radar gun. It allows a pitching
coach to tell the variance in speed between the fastball and off speed pitches.
This can be useful information. Hitting is timing. Pitching is destroying
timing. Throwing is raring back and saying, I bet you can't hit this! The answer
will almost always be that they can, particularly with lightweight metal