Tom House pitches in at Patriots camp

Mike Petraglia
August 06, 2012 - 8:46 am

FOXBORO -- Tom House is most famous for catching Hank Aaron's 715th home run in the Braves bullpen on April 8, 1974. On Monday morning, the former Atlanta pitcher and MLB pitching coach was in Foxboro to work with Patriots quarterback on a key fundamental to the position - good footwork. Get your feet under you properly before you fling the ball. House has worked with several NFL quarterbacks, including Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Drew Brees, Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, and Matt Cassel, with Palmer and Cassel having direct ties to USC, where House serves as a pitching coach for the Trojans. After his big league career with the Braves and Mariners, House has also worked as a coach for the Astros, Padres, and Chiba Lotte Marines. He is an advisor with the American Sports Medicine Institute, and is the co-founder of the National Pitching Association. Through the NPA, he runs a series of camps and clinics for athletes, and markets a series of instructional videos for young baseball players. House has also written or co-written 19 instructional books on baseball, as well as an autobiography. In 1998, the American Baseball Coaches Association presented House with a lifetime achievement award. In addition to starting at Michigan State as a star quarterback, Brian Hoyer was quite the baseball pitcher when he was younger. Hoyer was a pitcher, infielder and outfielder at Cleveland (OH) St. Ignatius high school. In 2002, he was 8-1 with a 1.99 ERA as a sophomore. He was the winning pitcher in the 2002 Ohio Division I State Championship game allowing two earned runs in six innings. "I think there's some similarities but there's also some things that are a little bit different," Hoyer said Monday after his workout with House. "In football, you want to have a quicker release point. In baseball, there's no one rushing down on you. There's definitely some things that have helped in terms of stride, rotation, things like that. For me, it's not something I need to go think about when I'm out there playing. We do the drills and I try to take it to the team drills but when there are guys coming after you, you have to be able to throw the ball and it's not going to be perfect every time. "I just met him today and it's pretty interesting to hear a different take on things and implement it in your own game." Hoyer said the footwork drills are what really helped him out. "Just as far as the stride and trying to keep your feet on the ground," Hoyer said. "Pitchers, they get to throw off a mound and it gives them a little extra energy and you're higher up and you're throwing downwards and we're throwing on a flat surface out here so you really have to make sure your feet are in the right position to throw."