Baseball is a much more technical game than one might be led to believe through its depiction in TV shows and movies. One way in which baseball is made much more complex is through the variety of different throws that the pitcher is able to make.
Some of these throws take years of practice and a lot of lots of concentration to make accurately.
One such throw is the curveball. A curveball in baseball is when the pitcher throws a ball in such a way that it curves as it reaches the home plate.
What is a Curveball used for in Baseball?
Being thrown a curveball in colloquial terms means to be confused or misdirected. This saying has its roots in baseball, as curveballs are a technique used in the sport. A curveball in baseball is thrown in a way which makes the ball dive as it approaches the plate. It’s similar to a slider and a slurve, with the main difference being the manner in which the ball dives.
Curveballs are very rarely used in games which aren’t major league, due to both their complexity and the potential danger that can come with them. A wild ball can potentially injure a batsman or other fielder if thrown incorrectly.
How is a Curveball Made?
Curveballs are achieved by the pitcher’s throwing technique. It’s notoriously easy to mess up a curveball throw, and instead end up throwing in another style altogether. A curveball is thrown by the pitcher spinning the ball forward. This is done by the pitcher holding the ball in a specific way whilst preparing to throw it. The way of holding the ball is often referred to as a “C-shape” as the pitcher’s hands grip the ball with their index, middle finger and thumb, which make a “C-Shape” around the ball.