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The sinker is traditionally viewed as a two-seam fastball thrown from a three-quarters arm slot. That’s the case with almost all of the players I talked to.
Why do those pitches sink? They're not actually thrown with top-spin, right? (Doesn't sound like it from the descriptions in the article.)
I just wanted to reiterate that the linked article is really good.
The sinkerballers with the most movement are the guys who are actually throwing mini-screwballs, by throwing from a 3/4 angle but then letting their fingers roll to the inside on release.
The pitcher can also throw across their body (not recommended as it causes excessive shoulder stress) to amplify the rotation, as the arm has to travel across the pitcher's body to make up for the stepping away from the batter and slides over the ball more.
No, I just chose ignore any and all repetitive BBTF discussions that were a waste of time.
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