What is the gyroball baseball?

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No/MaybeWhile a Gyroball is thrown with a wrist action as a screwball, such that the spin looks similar, it is not exactly the same thing the same thing as a screwball.

A good comparable would be the difference between a 2 seam sinking fastball and a shuuto pitch. These are achieved through similar types of differential pressure along the seams of the ball using the index and middle fingers and are thrown with a similar arm speed, but the wrist action and arm action causes the sinker to drop and the shuuto to tail as it loses velocity.

The gyroballs main purpose is to create the illusion that it is slowing down before the plate and at that point it drops fast over the plate. It is mostly ment to be an illusion to confuse the batter. Its effect is more like a mix between a changeup and a sinker.

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Its a type of pitch you can throw in Baseball :)

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