How to Pitch a Screwball | Baseball Pitching


How to throw a screwball. The screwball also known as the screwgee is
a pitch that acts opposite of the slider or the curve ball, and breaks away from the batter. A left-handed pitcher would throw a screwball
to a right-handed batter to break away from him. The screwball was first created by Christy
Mathewson, who called it a fade, as it faded away from the batter. Later on in history Carl Hubbell and Tug McGraw
were famous screwball pitchers. The screwball is released with many different
pitching grips. Four seam, two seam curve ball. Most importantly though, it enables the pitcher
to release the pitch while pronating his thumb downward, and turning his wrist outward, much
like turning a doorknob. In doing so, a left-handed pitcher would be
turning the doorknob to the right, or a right-handed pitcher would be turning the doorknob to the
left, and pronating a thumb down to create this run or fade on the pitch. The screwball has been known to cause arm
problems. Fernando Valenzuela who threw a very effective
screwball in the 1980’s into the 1990’s was known to have developed some arm trouble from
this pronation of the wrist, or turning the doorknob as a right-handed pitcher to the
right. In doing so, he put undue pressure on his
elbow. It’s very important that pitchers, especially
young pitchers, are aware of the risks of throwing a screwball. These are some tips for throwing a screwball.

59 thoughts on “How to Pitch a Screwball | Baseball Pitching

  1. A breaking ball is a curveball, slider, or a slurve and a screwball is also considered a breaking ball. a splitter can also be considered a breaking ball. a breaking ball is not one specific pitch it is just used to refer to off speed pitches that have noticeable movement.

  2. screwball was famous did you know ? that pitch strikeout babe ruth,lou gehrig,jammie foxx,al simmons and joe cronin by carl hubbell make 5 future hall famers in all star game 1934

  3. the screwball is also one of the hardest pitches to throw. it is also the opposite of the cutter. difference is the screwball brakes and tails the other way.

  4. Actually it's the opposite of a curveball (it has a lot more break than a cutter). The opposite of a cutter would either be a two seamer or a running fastball, both of which tail towards your throwing hand.

  5. Tough pitch to throw, even tougher on your arm. IMO learn to throw it but don't waste your time really developing it, by the time you do, your arm will be spaghetti and you won't be able to pitch anymore!

  6. If you throw it with more of a wrist snap than whole arm it doesn't put much tension on the elbow. I've thrown it since high school so 8 years now. Don't actually call it a screwball though just a 2 seamer with nasty run away from righties or bust lefties hands all day with it. I can throw it with decent velocity only about a 3-5 mph decrease from a 4 seamer

  7. my fastball is a screwball im watching this video to see how im  doing it because idk what im doing it just does it but im also a left 😛

  8. I use to be a sinker/screwball pitcher which sort of have a similar look from the batters eye but with more movement going into the righthanded batter with less down movement (if you are a righty). its a good pitch to have just because barely anyone throws it nowadays. But i developed some arm issues at the end so i wouldn't throw it frequently.

  9. No wonder I see so few screwballers, you're liable to have Tommy John surgery by the end of the season.

  10. In tennis, we call it a twist/kick, which works similar to a screwball. Stefan Edberg was the most notorious twist servers with mph rarely exceeding 100mph. As a serve and volleyer, the serve worked well for him as it was slow which allowed him to get to net quicker and allowed the ball to rise higher. He had great head to head records except with Agassi and Courier.

  11. Dear Mr Gurney you erroneously claimed that Christy Matthewson created the fade away pitch, more commonly known as the screwball. In truth Andrew "Rube" Foster ( pitcher and President of the Negro National League) taught Matthewson the pitch he mastered and so impressed him with.
    Check out Ken Burns baseball documentary for a full verification of this fact.
    PS I enjoy your videos.

  12. Dear Mr Gurney you erroneously claimed that Christy Matthewson created the fade away pitch, more commonly known as the screwball. In truth Andrew "Rube" Foster ( pitcher and President of the Negro National League) taught Matthewson the pitch he mastered and so impressed him with.
    Check out Ken Burns baseball documentary for a full verification of this fact.
    PS I enjoy your videos.

  13. I'm a screwball pitcher but my elbow hurts and rested for 1 year and my elbow heal but I can't throw any fastball normal spin but I just keeping my ball spin like a gyro ball I'm Leo Carlo and 12 years old

  14. I'm I screwballer. I'm the only one in my league. I don't get to pitch often. But when I have I've never had a batter hit the pitch. I've been working on my screwball for years and have never felt any pain. The unusual motion of the pitch is the only reason people don't like it. It is a amazing pitch to have in your arsenal and it does wonders in furthering your career.

  15. The rumor of Valenzuela's arm being hurt due to the Screwgie is untrue. Sports scientists have shown that the screwball motion, or "turning the doorknob" as the instructor calls it, causes the UCL (Tommy John ligament) to contract instead of stretch out, which indeed saves some wear and tear on that ligament.

    If you pitch with the screwball, consider using a curveball as well, like a 12-6er or a sweeper. Really messes with the batter's mind lol.

  16. The video shows motions of harm which are lifelong creating disability to all people/ agricultural standings using these professional pitching coach impostor teachings being wholly against the safety protections of the United States Federal Trade Commission as Harvard, under auspices of M.L.B./USA, M.L.B.P.A. /USA & YouTube and United States Surgeon General all now collude to break FTC Codes, US CODES.

  17. Ferando got hurt because he pitched 250+ innings for six straight years, and one year, he had 20 complete games (along with several other years in double digits). Dodgers just blew his arm out…

  18. I used to throw a screw ball. I started using it when my curveball went all over the place. I did research on it and in reality its not more dangerous than a curveball. I never had arm issues, but i end up rotating my whole arm instead of my wrist, im partially double jointed and never felt any strain on my arm. I threw a 4 seam, 2 seam, curve (which to throw it well again and accurately, I had to rotate my upper body like Cueto does sometimes), a screw, change up, fork, and a splitter. I also knew how to throw a palm and a circle change but those were much worse than my curve ball

  19. Valenzuela was over used by the Dodgers, he could've had a much longer career if Lasorda hadn't made him pitch so many complete games.

  20. I was waiting for some tips on how to throw a "Screw-Ball". This just tells me why not to throw one…

  21. I don’t think a screwball really hurts your arm. If anyone else throws a change up like I do. When I release the ball my thumb is pronated downwards. So, throwing the screwball like this shouldn’t hurt it anymore

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