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  • Sinker??

    After seeing this take place...
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/player...e?statsId=7121

    I've decided that the sinker seems to be a good, if not the pitch to throw...

    as a Junior in Highschool that doesn't throw hard, I'd love to be able to throw a sinker...

    I have a very good curveball, can spot my fastball decently, and I started working a change this off-season, so I still can't spot it as well as I'd like...


    I guess that stuff means very little in the question, but I guess since it's my first post, thats alright...

    So, my question, how do I go about getting a sinker to move enough to make it worth throwing...

    I know
    - 2 to 8 spin
    - 2 seam grip

    but that doesn't quite get it done...

    Thanks

  • #2
    hate to be blunt, but just google it

    http://www.google.com/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Small Town Catcher View Post
      So, my question, how do I go about getting a sinker to move enough to make it worth throwing...

      I know
      - 2 to 8 spin
      - 2 seam grip

      but that doesn't quite get it done...

      Thanks
      You're right. That's not going to get it done - because it's NOT thrown that way. You do NOT throw it with a 2-seam grip. A 2-seam grip produces exactly that - a 2-seam fastball. A sinker is thrown with more of a "curveball grip", where the thumb is placed on (what should be) the opposite side of the seam as it would be to throw a curveball, and applies "inward" (down and under) pressure as the fingers pull "down and in" - in other words: aggressive pronation.


      THIS is the proper way to throw a sinker.
      (the "curved" arrow represents the action of the hand on the ball at release; the "straight" arrow represents how the ball should exit the hand)


      I explained this in a previous thread:
      The difference between the sinker and the screwball is that the sinker is thrown with fastball velocity, a screwball is not. A screwball is considered an off-speed pitch - it is thrown with more "over spin" (like a curveball) causing it to decrease in speed and "break." A sinker just simply moves down and "in" (to the throwing side of the pitcher) - much like a good change-up.
      However, IF you can learn to master and throw this pitch with maximum movement (and velocity), you will be hard-pressed to convince your catcher of this. As the movement will be late, fast, hard, and with a lot of "bite" (he will probably tell you it's "breaking" - it's not, that's just the result of throwing it correctly). He will DEFINITELY want to know when this pitch is coming.

      Good luck.
      "Coaches should teach people to play better baseball, not teach baseball to make better players."
      "In the Little League manual it says 'Baseball builds character' - that is not true. Baseball reveals character." - Augie Garrido

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Go Cardinals View Post
        hate to be blunt, but just google it

        http://www.google.com/
        You could say that about everything in this forum. I think that this place SHOULD be for questions like that. "Baseball 101, etc.".

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CoachHenry View Post
          You could say that about everything in this forum. I think that this place SHOULD be for questions like that. "Baseball 101, etc.".

          Unfortunately the kid is starting to wake up with fleas..

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wogdoggy View Post
            Unfortunately the kid is starting to wake up with fleas..
            Then you must be the dog

            It makes perfect sense, because there is great info on how to throw many pitches.... look:

            http://www.wikihow.com/Throw-a-Sinker



            See, it was actually great advice. There are some great sites out there.

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            • #7
              im confused on the pronation term, i thought pronation is what is used for curveballs and sliders and suppenation is used for changeups. If the sinker is going down and in on a righty, wouldnt you suppenate?

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              • #8
                you've got them backwards...

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                • #9
                  ok so...if im a right handed pitcher:

                  Suppenation: at release, the ball is tilted so that my hand is on the right side of the ball

                  Pronation: at release, the ball is tilted so that my hand is on the left side of the ball

                  right?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by caseyd123 View Post
                    ok so...if im a right handed pitcher:

                    Suppenation: at release, the ball is tilted so that my hand is on the right side of the ball

                    Pronation: at release, the ball is tilted so that my hand is on the left side of the ball

                    right?
                    flip them if you are talking about your right and your left...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by caseyd123 View Post
                      ok so...if im a right handed pitcher:

                      Suppenation: at release, the ball is tilted so that my hand is on the right side of the ball

                      Pronation: at release, the ball is tilted so that my hand is on the left side of the ball

                      right?
                      Correct

                      This is "pronation" -


                      Pronationn occurs on EVERY pitch. It is just a matter of WHEN and HOW MUCH.
                      For a curveball

                      pronation occurs AFTER release.

                      With the sinker, it occurs BEFORE release.
                      Last edited by StraightGrain11; 05-11-2008, 11:19 AM.
                      "Coaches should teach people to play better baseball, not teach baseball to make better players."
                      "In the Little League manual it says 'Baseball builds character' - that is not true. Baseball reveals character." - Augie Garrido

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                      • #12
                        "With the sinker, it occurs BEFORE release."


                        My own signature is not impressive, so I selected one that was...
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wogdoggy View Post
                          Unfortunately the kid is starting to wake up with fleas..
                          You lost me there. Not uncommon, I'm old.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Deemax View Post
                            "With the sinker, it occurs BEFORE release."


                            So you assume this means the arm/hand should be completely inverted with the thumb "pointing down" at this point? Is that his sinker grip?
                            I stated that it is also determined by HOW MUCH pronation occurs. With a curveball/slider, the arm will pronate 180 deg.(possibly a little more - THIS is what makes the breaking ball so dangerous to the arm) - fingers on the "outside" of the ball to the "indside". With a fastball/sinker/change-up the arm will only pronate 90 deg. - fingers "on top" of the ball to the "inside".
                            The KEY is to get the thumb BEYOND the mid-point of the ball (toward the pinky finger side, as you hold it). This can either be done with the grip, or THOUGHT of "early pronation".

                            Would you agree that these pictures were taken at the same point during the pitches? Who has more pronation occuring at each point?
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                            Last edited by StraightGrain11; 05-12-2008, 12:39 AM.
                            "Coaches should teach people to play better baseball, not teach baseball to make better players."
                            "In the Little League manual it says 'Baseball builds character' - that is not true. Baseball reveals character." - Augie Garrido

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                            • #15
                              Clemens throwing a sinker / Webb throwing a sinker (89mph - fastball velocity)


                              A VERY nasty pitch, indeed.
                              Last edited by StraightGrain11; 05-20-2008, 09:21 PM.
                              "Coaches should teach people to play better baseball, not teach baseball to make better players."
                              "In the Little League manual it says 'Baseball builds character' - that is not true. Baseball reveals character." - Augie Garrido

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