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Friday, August 29, 2014

Watch a Japanese baseball player try to hit a 186 mph fastball (Video)

It’s tough to figure out exactly what’s going on in the video above because it’s in Japanese, but we know the important stuff: That’s former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king Takashi Yamasaki guesting on some sort of funny Japanese TV show.

His goal is to try to hit a 186 mph fastball from a pitching machine. Yikes.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, japanese baseball, nope

Saturday, June 28, 2014

BP Unfiltered: Ross Detwiler and the All-Fastball All-Stars

In his game-extending appearance, the lefty struck out two and walked one (intentionally), which was pretty darn Detwiler, though he did get six grounders without allowing a ball in the air and threw 32 strikes in 42 pitches (apart from the free pass). What really stood out about the outing, aside from the zeroes, was Detwiler’s pitch selection, which varied less than the song selection at a Kanye West/Jay Z “Watch the Thrones” show.

“I don’t remember an off-speed pitch,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “His fastballs, some were cutting, some were sinking. You didn’t know which way it was going.”

Roenicke was right: Detwiler threw exclusively four-seamers and sinkers. His willingness to eschew off-speed stuff earned him a notice at Deadspin, which dubbed him an “undeniable badass” and asserted that he’d “staked a strong claim to the title of He Who Gives Less [sic] Sh!ts Than Anyone.”

bobm Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:06 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, nationals

 

 

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