keeks137 wrote:In high school, I used to be able to handle the curveball to some degree. I think the key was a cleaner ball. With clearly distinguished seams, it was a bit easier to pick up the rotation of a pitch.
Well, I took 6 years off from baseball and then decided to give it a shot through my park district. Now, you can just forget about it. If a guy has a decent fastball and a curve he can throw for strikes I'm screwed. Granted, we played with essentially the same ball all game, so that thing's getting dirtier and dirtier. Additionally, a good chunk of the games are at night which I think hurts. If I can't pick up the rotation, I'm hopeless.
I've had more than my share of moments where I wound up ducking like my life depended on it, only for the pitch to be called a strike. I played with a guy who is now in AAA. He had a curveball that was just ridiculous.
What you say makes a lot of sense. Having been brought up in the game of baseball (my father was an all state catcher), I was always taught to look at the seams. A cleaner ball makes a world of difference.
Speaking of your friend whom is in triple A, my father played with a guy by the name of Tommy Greene, and was famous for taking him yard in the bottom of the ninth inning of a high school conference game (they lived a mere two miles apart, yet went to two different schools). Tommy Greene went on to no hit the expos in 1991.