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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

PitcherGifs.com

Pitcher Gifs is your home for Gifs of every pitcher in the major leagues.  We wanted to provide baseball fans a way to turn pitchers from a stat-line to a visual comprehension, allowing viewers to witness each type of pitch thrown by every MLB pitcher in one convenient location.

We are still in Beta, but we currently have the expected starting rotation for all MLB teams completed.

I had no idea this was a thing, but it’s now one of my very favorite things. Their Gif of the day feature is extremely cool.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:24 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4697544)
Do not...repeat, DO NOT go to this website if you have anything else to do.
   2. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 30, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4697553)
I googled "Josh Collmenter gif" and it completely altered the course of my day.
   3. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4697598)
Of all of the uses baseball has found for technological advances in the last 15 years, GIFs are my favorite.
   4. SoCalDemon Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:51 PM (#4697629)
Jose Fernandez is ridiculous.
   5. Moeball Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4697695)
This is very cool stuff and sometimes you really can tell how effective a pitcher is going to be in a game based just on the motion and mechanics you see.

I remember, for example, BITD when Tom Seaver was in his prime - he had such a long stride that his right knee would often scrape the dirt at the bottom of the pitcher's mound. I've heard him explain it as being a way to ensure a low release point for his pitches. If his release point was at belt level of the batter or lower, Seaver was more likely to be keeping his pitches down and would usually be much tougher to hit on those days (except possibly for Willie McCovey, who was a notorious low ball hitter).

You could literally switch on the TV Game of the Week to a game where Seaver was pitching and immediately look for dirt smudges on his right knee. If they were there, you could pretty much guarantee the opposing team wasn't going to get more than 1 or 2 runs in the game. If the knee wasn't dirty then Seaver wasn't getting down low enough and was likely getting pitches up, and pitches up often become pitches that are hit out of the park.

It was uncanny how often you could see this happening.

Are there pitchers today such as Verlander or Fernandez that you can do the same thing with? Can you quickly spot things in their mechanics or motion that can tell you what kind of a game they are having?
   6. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4697700)
I've mentioned it before, but I always felt like I could tell immediately which version of Jake Westbrook was on the mound that night. When he was coming over the top, he had oodles of sink on his two-seamer, but when he dropped down a bit closer to three-quarters, he got killed.
   7. Sean Forman Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:41 PM (#4697780)
IANAL, but I'm hoping he didn't invest his life savings in this business model.
   8. spycake Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4697814)
Does Compuserve get royalties for each of these GIFs?
   9. Swedish Chef Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4697831)
Does Compuserve get royalties for each of these GIFs?

It wasn't CompuServe that plagued GIFs with patent claims, they just specified the format and made the unfortunate algorithm choice, it was Unisys that held the LZW patent (which expired in 2004 or so).
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4698096)
My favourite is still this close-up of Dickey's knuckleball when he was still with the Mets.
Someone modified it so you can see the two parts of the baseball to easily identify the lack of movement.
Other than the crazy dancing it does, it's hilarious to see the catcher (Thole?) flinch AND close his eyes as the ball darts to his left at the last moment.

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