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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 2/6/2006 6:56:42 PM EDT
never was able to. lifetime 3rd base/left fielder
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 6:58:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 6:59:14 PM EDT by -Absolut-]
I also played 3rd in HS, but I came in sometimes when our pitching ran thin. The curve was always my go-to pitch.
I threw a straight drop 12 to 6 and a cut that went around 2 to 8
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 6:59:47 PM EDT
how's your elbow at this point in your life?
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:03:07 PM EDT
right arm is 1" longer
Elbow AND shoulder pop when I trow straps
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:04:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By leakycow:
how's your elbow at this point in your life?

Fine now, baaad in HS.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:07:09 PM EDT
Yes, but it was completely unpredictable. Sometimes it would break 3 feet, sometimes it would nail the batter in the back.

Probably why I wound up playing 1st base.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:11:01 PM EDT
no, but i have a helluva knuckle ball
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:21:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 7:22:23 PM EDT by cloak-n-carbine]
I voted "no" because I don't consider it decent if I'm throwing an arc one out of every 7 to 10 attempts. I played in H.S. (wish I played in college, too), but as an outfielder/second baseman, I only tried it (and still do with buddies) for shits and giggles. Man, trying like I know what I'm doing only to fail makes notorious curve ball pitchers like Sandy Koufax, Barry Zito, and Mike Mussina (as much as I loath him.........Go Red Sox) seem super-human. I forget who said it, but in someone's book on pitching, he said something to the effect of: in the battle between pitcher and batter, it's the curveball that makes the batter the underdog.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:51:28 PM EDT
the ones that impressed me the most were the 12-to-6 o'clock ones...though I hated batting against the sweepers. I bailed out a lot.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 7:53:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 7:55:28 PM EDT by SciFiNut]
I caught throughout Legion, HS, and 2 years of college... Was typically the 4th or 5th Pitcher if needed.
I had CRAZY movement on the ball, but was mostly a fastball/fork/sinker thrower. I could make the ball move 5 feet with ease on the throw, but accuracy was another story.

Only got to pitch 2 innings in the collegiate level... Was fun though.. Averaged 95MPH and only hit 3 batters...

ETA: I still throw in the 90's. Back in AL ball, I used to 'warm up' by playing 'catch' with the center fielder... (I was catcher).... I threw on the line and he bounced 'em.... If only the knees & ankles didn't give out... could have gone somewhere... oh well.. I can still whoop it up in the Church softball league
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 8:02:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/6/2006 8:02:41 PM EDT by eodtech2000]
I used to have a wicked curveball that I would aim at the batter, it would come in around shoulder high at them. Then curve back towards the plate with it dropping almost straight down.

I pitched it one time at a batter, he swung at the ball a good second and a half before the ball arrived.

I then gave him a fastball (I had a lot movement on my fastball), then gave him the curve again but this time he swung a second after the ball already arrived.

I almost fell off the mound laughing.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 8:04:03 PM EDT
Yes, my real name is Frankie Rodriguez. Better know as "K-Rod".
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 8:33:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By leakycow:
though I hated batting against the sweepers. I bailed out a lot.

best feeling in the world for a pitcher
Fastball high and inside and a sweeping curve where the hitter looks like a doofus
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 9:14:52 PM EDT
No I was always the one behind the plate having to catch your shit!
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 10:56:52 PM EDT
not much of one back then and with my bad shoulder I try to avoid throwing anything.
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 10:58:13 PM EDT
Actually...

Yes.

Link Posted: 2/6/2006 11:15:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/6/2006 11:17:25 PM EDT
Dude everyone here shoots 1 inch groups at 100 yards offhand with Iron sights. Why would you think we are not all Little Nolan Ryans when it comes to pitching
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 1:38:48 AM EDT
Moved from LF to P when I found I could throw a knuckleball...
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 2:09:32 AM EDT
I had pretty good 2 to 8 curveballs in Babe Ruth, then my Fresh. year in High School I found I could throw the 12 to 6 pretty good. Only used it a few times, once was the 3rd strike for a K though. The umpire's, batter's and my catcher's eyes were as wide as plates when I threw that.

I did have one time though where I threw an 2-8 curve and this kid swung so hard, he completely spun around and fell on the ground. I was busting up laughing on that one.

Then, around my Jr. year, my 12-6 decided not to work and from then on, it was 2-8, and 3-9 and a couple 3-6's.

There was one game where I threw almost nothing but curveballs, my hurt fuckin hurt after that. But usually throwing 100 or so pitches in a game hurt worse than that. Hell, when I threw 140pitches in one game, it didnt even hurt.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 2:53:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 2:54:02 AM EDT by KlubMarcus]
I can throw a curveball, but it won't be decent.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 4:58:17 AM EDT
no
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:03:09 AM EDT
Why would I want to?
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:03:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 5:04:21 AM EDT by MTUSA]
Nope, hard throwing WILD lefty.
Couldn't hit the broadside of a barn
OTH, my nephew had no heat but a nasty curve ball. He is a good pitcher.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:15:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 5:18:14 AM EDT by Irish317]
I played catcher, third base, and pitcher! We were playing against a rival High School team, that had quite a few good friends on the opposing team. I was starting (pitcher) that afternoon. A good friend of mine was the first batter! Catcher makes the call, and I shrug it off....We go with the curve......THAT NEVER CURVED. It hung out there like a Big ole potato.....Needless to say I never lived that down....It was one nothing after the first pitch

Sean

Edited for spelling
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:17:41 AM EDT
I was a pitcher and infielder all the way through my sophomore year in college. Something popped in my shoulder and I have never pitched again. I would say my curveball was slightly above average. Nothing great though. I have very good control over it though.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:01:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Followthehollow:
No I was always the one behind the plate having to catch your shit!



ha! this was the response I was waiting for
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