DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINKER BALL AND SPLIT FINGER FASTBALL?

by Ricky
(Georgia)

In baseball, I hear announcers talk about the sinker ball and the split finger fastball. What is the difference between these two pitches?

COACH HENZE’S ANSWER
Thanks for this good question!

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I would consider them both types of fastballs, so to speak. I would say that a sinker is a fastball that gradually moves downward. A splitter is more like a breaking pitch in that a good one “falls off the table” at the end. I hope this makes sense.

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