In baseball, I hear announcers talk about the sinker ball and the split finger fastball. What is the difference between these two pitches?
OUR COACH’S ANSWER
Thanks for this good question!
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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