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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tanaka and the Science Guy

John Brenkus examines two of Masahiro Tanaka’s best pitches.

Fantastic discussion on why Tanaka will be a superstar in the MLB and will translate as well (or better) than Darvish.

attaboy Posted: March 12, 2014 at 03:26 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: espn, masahiro tanaka, pitching mechanics, science

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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: March 13, 2014 at 08:19 AM (#4670757)
Too one-sided. Teach the controversy!
   2. Big Train Rollin' Posted: March 13, 2014 at 08:30 AM (#4670761)
Fantastic discussion on why Tanaka will be a superstar in the MLB and will translate as well (or better) than Darvish.

Does he speak English that well already?
   3. Accent Shallow Posted: March 13, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4670762)
Too one-sided. Teach the controversy!

I have a fantastic shirt that has a cartoon of a flat Earth resting on the back of elephants, standing on top of a tortoise.

I wish I could say something about the article, but it's a video. Anyone want to summarize?
   4. villageidiom Posted: March 13, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4670814)
I hope this is better science than the stuff about Matsuzaka's gyroball.
   5. attaboy Posted: March 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4670817)
Tanaka is unique in a variety of ways: His has a longer than typical step (most pitchers stride are 85% of their height but his stride is 110% of his height, over 7 feet) to the plate which forces hitters to make a decision with less time (.01 seconds less) than most pitchers and provides a later drip than hitters are used to seeing from most other pitchers (I think his stride reminded me immediately of Tom Seaver) and second, his release of his 4 seam fastball and his splitter is identical and for the first 25% of the pitch cannot be distinguished. After than, the bottom falls out of the splitter and the 4 seamer stays on a higher level because of the higher number of RPMs his fastball has than other 'normal' pitcher's fastballs. the rotation of his fastball is 3000 RPM and generates 7 additional inches of lift vs. 'normal' fastballs.

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