well, let’s suppose you placed a certain substance called ky jelly on the back of your neck toward the glove hand side, and possibly on your glove hand wrist. when you straighten your cap or go into the glove you load up the pads of the middle and index fingers with the stuff being absolutely sure your thumb is dry. gripping a parrallel two seam fastball grabbing a seam underneath with the thumb, and the two fingers on top of the ball on the smooth part of the leather where the label is between the seams (do not catch a seam with the fingers. When you get to release you squirt the ball toward the plate. it tumbles forward squirting off the ends of the fingers and the thumb catches the seam underneath giving it topspin. it reacts like a good splitfinger which you say is the pitch you are throwing if asked and you’ve been watching schilling and the master splitfinger boys.
if they come to check you it’s hair gel and you can brush your wrist against your uni pants to get rid of the wrist stuff.
there are other ways to load up that i won’t share, but this makes a 75-low 80’s pitch really effective.
if you scuff a ball with 60 grit sandpaper in the same spot getting some “hair” on the leather and learn how to use it it will really have late movement at the end. the hair must spin at the end of the axis on the pitch and it will take off at the end. it takes lots of practice to get this one down. you can use the easton practice balls that have the channels cut in them to get the same effect for initial practice.
your coach can throw a scuffed ball in from the dugout during a game. if the other team doesn’t know how to use it or is not aware it is there, you’re good to go. can always claim it was a foul ball that hit a shingled roof or concrete.
but us old timer pitchers would never do this would we. you would be shocked if you knew the names of some of the guys who scuffed the ball and loaded it up.
ristar should have fun with this one. if jacobs21 finds out you’re doing this he’ll have his girlfriend shoot you (it hurts his arm).
but we would never cheat against a metal bat would we, if we didn’t have a mid 80’s fastball.
have fun with this one.