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Pitch Types

Every baseball game features hundreds of pitches from 60 feet, 6 inches, each serving one defined purpose: to defeat a hitter.

Of course, the players those pitches are designed to conquer have an entirely different goal in mind.

Virtually every Major League pitcher throws a combination of pitches, with starting pitchers often owning an arsenal of three or more offerings. Relief pitchers, who infrequently face the same batter more than once in a game, have historically succeeded with the help of one or two pitch types that are thrown with maximum effort.

In this section, you will find an exhaustive list of pitches thrown in the Majors, as well as a video sampling of each.

The following are all of the terms defined within this section: