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What does the Japanese term "Slow ball" mean?
I've heard the term " slow ball" used more than a dozen times when watching NPB games, and have assumed it was another term for change up. Yet I have doubts now as I've seen a few go high like a curve ball, and know they use "caabu" for a curve and "suraidaa" for slider. Is the term "slow ball" used to mean knuckler?
Re: What does the Japanese term "Slow ball" mean?
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Jan 6, 2012 10:00 AM | YBS Fan ]

The "slow ball" is a slow, arching curve. I've only seen right handers throw it, and it generally goes from 1 O'clock to 7 O'clock or 2 O'clock to 8 O'clock in a huge, slow arch. It doesn't get thrown often, and most batters take the pitch rather than disrupt their timing. But that's what it is, a "slow curve."
Re: What does the Japanese term "Slow ball" mean?
[ Author: Switch Pitcher | Posted: Jan 6, 2012 5:41 PM | LOT Fan ]

Thanks a lot Michael. I was at a loss as to what it was, as it looked like a curve, but they already had a term for curve. This will help me when watching NPB. I like the pitch symbols they use during Giants games as it helps too.

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