Baseball Pitches

July 2, 2014

Do you know how many different pitches major league baseball players actually throw?  The answer is 9!  The most common one is the fast ball, but there are 2 of those.  The four-seam and the two-seam.  There is a regular change-up and a three-finger circle change-up.  To this list add the straight curve ball.  Try to explain this term to your young son who is just learning to pitch.  How can you throw a ball straight and curve at the same time?

Some pitchers use a palm ball as their change-up.  In this pitch, you place the ball way back in the hand so that it comes out slower than the normal pitch.  Experts say that to be effective a change-up needs to be at least 10 mph slower than your fast ball.  This is not the end of the curve balls yet.  Today pitchers throw a knuckle curve.  I suppose we could add a tenth pitch to our list if we used a regular knuckle ball; however, no one at this time (accept possibly R. A. Dickey of Toronto) throws this pitch.

The final two pitches are the slider and a split-finger pitch which is usually another type of fast ball.  This pitch, however, goes straight down about the time it reaches home plate.  Experts again say that a major league pitcher needs to throw at least 3 of these pitches to be effective, unless you are Aroldis Chapman.

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