Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: eephus, pitching

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. puck Posted: June 21, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4732325)
Is the eephus ever used in cricket?
   2. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. 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. Jim (jimmuscomp) 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...

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
James Kannengieser
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogBring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven
(100 - 2:11am, Jan 26)
Last: theboyqueen

NewsblogYankees reject A-Rod's mea culpa meeting request - NY Daily News
(99 - 1:04am, Jan 26)
Last: Squash

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(384 - 12:52am, Jan 26)
Last: Good cripple hitter

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(11614 - 12:52am, Jan 26)
Last: Every Inge Counts

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1444 - 12:20am, Jan 26)
Last: Norcan

NewsblogRed Sox notebook: Following surgery, Mike Napoli feels refreshed and ready - Sports - The Boston Globe
(18 - 12:09am, Jan 26)
Last: Belfry Bob

NewsblogMets Merized Online: Fred Wilpon Named Chairman of MLB Finance Committee
(31 - 11:34pm, Jan 25)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(3651 - 11:19pm, Jan 25)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogThat time Bud Selig yelled at me | FOX Sports
(7 - 10:46pm, Jan 25)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

Newsblog2015 Prospect Watch | Top 10 First Baseman | MLB.com
(35 - 10:11pm, Jan 25)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogNeyer: That time Bud Selig yelled at me
(31 - 7:57pm, Jan 25)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogDallasNews: Prince Fielder in best shape of his life
(11 - 7:26pm, Jan 25)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

NewsblogSunday Notes: Adam Everett on D, Norris’ Notoriety, Boggs & Beer, more
(9 - 7:01pm, Jan 25)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

NewsblogESPN: Ichiro Close To Deal With Marlins
(61 - 5:08pm, Jan 25)
Last: AndrewJ

NewsblogOT: Soccer January 2015
(296 - 4:58pm, Jan 25)
Last: Dale Sams

Page rendered in 0.1717 seconds
48 querie(s) executed