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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hayhurst: An Insider’s Guide to Baseball’s Mysterious ‘Eephus’ Pitch

We, LaRoche’s pitching staff in 2009, had reached Triple-A by way of throwing hard. Hundreds of thousands of reps had already been logged trying to execute with fast, late-moving, sharp-acting ammo. Even if we rolled out of bed and played catch, we’d still be doing it harder than The Lob’s max velocity.

Our bodies were used to a natural velocity far exceeding the effort the normal human would put into a throw. When we wound up and lobbed the pitch, more than one of us threw the ball completely over the catcher’s head.

“How the hell do you have time to master this without getting your brains beat in? What’s the point?” we’d grumble after lobbing the ball out of the bullpen and into the outfield.

“If it’s that hard for you to adjust” said Roachey, “think of how hard it is for the hitter to adjust.”

bobm Posted: June 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. puck Posted: June 21, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4732325)
Is the eephus ever used in cricket?
   2. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: June 21, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4732431)
I don't think so. Those guys aren't cranked up to take a full swing every time the way baseball players are. They're used to hanging back and making weak defensive swings on purpose.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: June 21, 2014 at 05:57 PM (#4732448)
The Henderson Alvarez "eephus" looks more or less like a good PreservedFish fastball.
   4. jobu Posted: June 21, 2014 at 07:55 PM (#4732507)
The Gorman Thomas vs. Dave LaRoche clip is always a welcome view.
   5. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: June 21, 2014 at 09:22 PM (#4732531)
I had forgotten about that Thomas/LaRoche clip.

Man that's awesome.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 21, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4732539)
   7. TJ Posted: June 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM (#4732565)
My favorite clip is when Tadano throws one in the Japanese League game and the catcher frames it for the ump...

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