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12–6 curveball

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How to Throw a 12-6 Curveball Right-Handed

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12-6 curve

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high school pitcher throws nasty curveball

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How to throw a curveball with an amazing 12-6 drop

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Barry Zito's Nasty Curveball!

The 12–6 curveball is one of the types of pitches thrown in baseball. It is categorized as a breaking ball because of its downward break. The 12–6 curveball, unlike the normal curveball, breaks in a downward motion in a straight line. This explains the name "12–6", because the break of the pitch refers to the ball breaking from the number 12 to the number 6 on a clock. While the 11-5 and 2-8 variations are very effective pitches, they are less effective than a true 12–6, because the ball will break into the heart of the bat more readily.
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