Questions about the act of pitching in baseball/softball.

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How to recognize baseball pitches when watching television games?

When I watch Baseball games on TV, I have trouble to identify the pitch that the pitchers are throwing. I know the pitch types but can't tell the difference of a fastball to a slider when watching ...
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Why does the catcher decide what sort pitch the pitcher has to throw?

I have been reading few baseball related comics and, in all the comics what I have observed is that,the catchers always signal what the pitcher has to throw. It is as if the catchers are the brain ...
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Why can't modern starting pitchers consistently pitch on 2-3 days rest?

I've been browsing through some historical pitching stats at Baseball-Reference.com. It seems that in the 1910s and 1920s, starting pitchers frequently pitched on 3 days rest, sometimes pitched on ...
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Why do pitchers sometimes pitch “out of the stretch?”

My understanding is that this is done in critical situations, as when there are opposing men on base, usually more than one. Is this true and if so, why is that? Is it to increase the chances of ...
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Why is the stretch preferred over the wind-up?

I just recently started coaching a little kid (8 years old) and this youngster is part of a travel team. The coaches for that travel team (according to the kid and his father) have instructed all ...
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Pitching loss in baseball

Pitcher A allows the potential lead runner to reach base in a tie game. Pitcher B comes in to relieve and gives up a hit, then gets the lead runner out on a fielder's choice. Now, pitcher A has nobody ...
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How to break in a pitchers glove?

When I look at mlb pitchers their gloves seem to have a specific breakpoint compared to infielders/outfielders. Any ideas on their breakpoints?
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Why don't pitchers throw a combination of overhand and sidearm?

If I was going to teach someone to pitch I would want to teach them to pitch both sidearm and overhand. I think the combination of the two styles would help to confuse batters because they would not ...
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Are pitches that are put into play counted as strikes or balls?

I have often seen a pitcher's pitch count displayed on the screen with it broken up into strikes, balls and total pitches. So something like Strikes : 25 Balls : 15 Total : 40 My question ...
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How could pitchers once pitch both games of a doubleheader?

It was once not unheard for pitchers to pitch both games of a doubleheader, even to throw back-to-back complete games: The most distinguished doubleheader pitching achievement was that of “Big ...
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Term or Stat for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for the team's win, both offensively and defensively?

Is there a term or a recorded statistic for when a baseball pitcher is responsible for winning the game both defensively and offensively? i.e... 1. The pitcher batted and had an RBI/Run, which ...
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What do managers do when a closer blows the save?

Would they pull him for the tenth inning in most cases? I know that they're generally one-inning specialists but would they go to a setup man or something after?
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Pitchers as MVP

Many argued, especially after Clayton Kershaw's amazing run this year that got him the NL MVP award, that pitchers should not be eligible for the MVP award as they don't even play most of the games. ...
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Is Carter Capps's pitching style legal?

Here is a video of Miami reliever Carter Capps pitching. As you can see, he basically jumps off the rubber, and delivers from the front of the mound. Apparently, MLB gave their approval to Capps's ...
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Why is it called a “payoff pitch”?

A pitch on a full count (3-2) is also known as a "payoff pitch". I assume it's because the at-bat usually ends there (pays off), but it seems to preclude a foul ball. In fact, i just heard "the ...
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In baseball, what is the “inside corner”?

When I listen to baseball games, announcers will mention that pitches are on the inside corner. Presumably, the inside corner of the strike zone. What I don't understand is that the strike zone, to ...
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Can a pitcher switch throwing arms at any time during an inning, or in between pitches? [duplicate]

I have been playing baseball my entire life and I just thought of this question... if a pitcher is ambidextrous (can throw with both arms), is he/she able to switch throwing arms in the middle of an ...
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Aroldis Chapman's Speed

I know that he has the record for the fastest pitch ever, but there is an hilarious stat that I found (but now cannot find again) once showing the 20 or so fastest pitches since 2000. I think Chapman ...
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Relief/Closing pitcher statistics

I was wondering about some of the stats that you regularly see in baseball, and what criteria must be met to achieve such a stat, primarily with the relief and closing pitchers. I understand that a ...
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What's the chance of 6 swings and misses in a row using only your SO pitch?

I was watching a Masahiro Tanaka game last year and he got out of a men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs jam by striking out the first two batters. He just kept throwing his "out pitch" and they just kept ...
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80 as opposed to 100 pitches in training as a starting pitcher

I was listening to Tom Verducci describe The Mets' Steven Matz and he said he usually only throws about 80 pitches. He then said he shouldn't throw a usual 100 or 110 like Harvey or deGrom. He said he ...