Author Topic: Thinking about old pitches brought to mind the screwball  (Read 56 times)

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Offline welch

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...and why current pitchers don't throw it, even though they throw other pitches that risk their arms. So, what is, or was, the screwball?


Offline Mattionals

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...and why current pitchers don't throw it, even though they throw other pitches that risk their arms. So, what is, or was, the screwball?




Hector Santiago was the last screwgie pitcher I think to pitch in the majors. He had some decent seasons, then tailed off, then got nailed for PEDs I think.

Offline Elvir Ovcina

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...and why current pitchers don't throw it, even though they throw other pitches that risk their arms. So, what is, or was, the screwball?


It's a circle change but you then "turn the doorknob" the wrong way.  It's painful to even think about it.  Part of the reason guys don't throw it is that, but it's also that guys have figured out how to get movement without doing that.

But that thing of death Devin Williams of the Brewers throws looks awfully like a screwball:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1300618404320210946

See that wrist-turn at the end? 

Offline Natsinpwc

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It's a circle change but you then "turn the doorknob" the wrong way.  It's painful to even think about it.  Part of the reason guys don't throw it is that, but it's also that guys have figured out how to get movement without doing that.

But that thing of death Devin Williams of the Brewers throws looks awfully like a screwball:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1300618404320210946

See that wrist-turn at the end?
That is a screwball for sure. Tug McGraw would be proud. Bless his soul.