Split-finger fastball

A split-finger fastball or splitter is an off-speed pitch in baseball that looks to the batter like a fastball until it drops suddenly. Derived from the forkball, it is so named because the pitcher puts the index and middle finger on different sides of the ball. Invented in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, the splitter is now used by few starting pitchers.


A split-finger fastball or splitter is an off-speed pitch in baseball that looks to the batter like a fastball until it drops suddenly. Derived from the forkball, it is so named because the pitcher puts the index and middle finger on different sides of the ball. Invented in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, the splitter is now used by few starting pitchers.
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