Breaking ball


Breaking ball

In baseball, a breaking ball is a pitch that does not travel straight like a fastball as it approaches the batter. A pitcher who uses primarily breaking ball pitches is often referred to as a junkballer. A breaking ball will have some sideways or downward motion on it. Curveballs and sliders are two types of breaking balls.

A breaking ball is more difficult than a fastball for a catcher to receive as they sometimes hit the ground before making it to the plate (sometimes intentionally, sometimes not). The pitcher must therefore have confidence in the catcher, and the catcher have confidence in himself, to block a ball in the dirt when there are runners on base, since if the ball gets away from the catcher the runners will likely advance. If a breaking ball fails to break, it is called a 'hanging' breaking ball. The "hanger" becomes a high, slow pitch that is very easy to hit, and often results in extra bases or a home run.

Whether a right-handed or a left-handed pitcher is throwing will dictate which direction a catcher will turn his body to adjust for the spin of a breaking ball. Therefore, blocking the breaking ball requires some thought and preparation.

External links

* [http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/sports/1283161.html Mechanics of a breaking ball]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • breaking ball — or breaking pitch n. Baseball any pitch that breaks; specif., a curve or slider * * * …   Universalium

  • breaking ball — or breaking pitch n. Baseball any pitch that breaks; specif., a curve or slider …   English World dictionary

  • breaking ball — noun a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter • Syn: ↑curve, ↑curve ball, ↑bender • Derivationally related forms: ↑bend (for: ↑bender) …   Useful english dictionary

  • breaking ball — noun A curveball …   Wiktionary

  • ball-breaking — ballˈ breaking or busting noun and adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑ball * * * ˈball breaking ; adjective Main entry: ↑ball breaker …   Useful english dictionary

  • Breaking Vegas — is a television series that premiered on The History Channel in the United States in the Spring of 2004. The series covers the great lengths people have gone to make money, often illegally, from casinos. It premiered in Pakistan on January… …   Wikipedia

  • Ball sport (Battlestar Galactica) — Triad or Pyramid is a team sport first shown in the Battlestar Galactica (1978) two part episode War of the Gods . A variation, with a different name (Pyramid), is shown in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (2003) series.Original ContinuityIt… …   Wikipedia

  • ball-breaker — noun A person or task which is excessively demanding or punishing. My slave driving boss expects me to work over the weekend. What a ball breaker! Syn: ball buster, taskmaster See Also: ball break, ball breaking …   Wiktionary

  • ball-breaker — (also ball buster) noun informal a sexually demanding woman who destroys men s self confidence. Derivatives ball breaking adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • curve ball — noun a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approaches the batter • Syn: ↑curve, ↑breaking ball, ↑bender • Derivationally related forms: ↑bend (for: ↑bender) …   Useful english dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.