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Baseball Primer Newsblog
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Friday, May 28, 2004
Will Carroll explains the explosive action of the gyroball.
As the ball leaves the hand of the pitcher throwing a gyro—or as the Japanese call it, the “shooto”—the ball comes off the middle finger with what appears to the batter as a pure counterclockwise spin. There is no snap of the wrist; it is a true “set it and forget it” pitch. The spin is an apparent rifle-like spin that keeps the ball true until it takes a severe, late left turn from a right-handed pitcher.
No word on the stick avoiding souvlakiball…
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