BRING IT

What the Heck Is a Gyroball? – (Keith Chu, 11/10/2006, Slate)

Ace pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is being auctioned off by his Japanese baseball team this week. Early reports indicate that major-league clubs may be willing to pay $40 million or more for the rights to negotiate with Matsuzaka, who is supposed to be able to throw a mysterious pitch called the gyroball. What is the gyroball?

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One Response to BRING IT

  1. ratbert says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but wouldn’t pitchers who throw a solid sidearm or even some submarine have sidespin on the
    ball? When infielders and outfielders with weaker arms just fling the ball recklessly, it usually drifts to one side
    (instead of just dropping or tailing like a slider does).

    I doubt if this is truly “new” pitch. Not after 100 years. Only Sidd Finch charted that territory.

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