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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

USA TODAY: Japanese pitcher confuses everyone with the world’s highest eephus pitch

Yes, THAT Kazuhito Tadano. Seriously, though, this is epic…

vortex of dissipation Posted: June 03, 2014 at 04:27 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo Dozier Posted: June 03, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4718335)
That was amazing!
   2. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 03, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4718340)
I realize I'm being a grump but the fact that it was a ball makes it not so entertaining to me. Now get off my damned lawn.
   3. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4718349)
So what is "eephus" in Japanese?
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4718351)
I realize I'm being a grump but the fact that it was a ball makes it not so entertaining to me. Now get off my damned lawn.

Looked like a strike to me. "C'mon blue!!!"
   5. PreservedFish Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4718367)
Love this. It's so excellent how the catcher's glove doesn't move a centimeter. And the shared collective pause.

I have no idea how to judge if it was a ball or strike, coming in on that ridiculous arc.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:11 PM (#4718370)
Sports commented in other languages still continues to be awesome to a single language neophyte such as myself.

Baseball in Japanese, Soccer in Spanish or German, Ice Hockey in Russian or Swedish, handball in Croatian..doesn't matter, I just find it outrageously entertaining.

Agree with above about ball/strike concern. He hits the glove spot on, but that could quite easily be above the shoulder when it passes the batter...
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4718371)
In case anyone is wondering, the batter is ex-Red Sox Mauro Gomez.
   8. Ray (RDP) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4718373)
Illegal in the softball league I play in.

It almost can't be a strike. It drops outside the back of the strike zone.
   9. Canker Soriano Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4718379)
I guess that's the definition of "it's not where the ball is caught, it's where it crosses the plate". I assume that pitch would have needed to be down near the dirt when caught to be called a strike.
   10. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4718384)
Now get off my damned lawn.

these kids can't eephus like we did
   11. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4718392)
these kids can't eephus like we did


Why I remember back eighty-nine when John Dopson, "John" we called him, threw an eephus pitch so high the game had to be called for curfew by the time it came down!
   12. Perry Posted: June 03, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4718394)
Yeah, as a guy who umpired a ton of slow-pitch, (1) that's way higher than a legal slow-pitch pitch (12 ft. limit), and (2) crossed the plate way too high to be a strike. It was probably at least head-high when it crossed the plate. Even a 12-foot pitch caught where the catcher caught it would certainly be high when it crossed the plate.
   13. Gonfalon B. Posted: June 03, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4718410)
So what is "eephus" in Japanese?

Most likely, it's some article of soiled schoolgirl undergarment purchased by commuting businessmen from train station vending machines. With tentacles.
   14. PreservedFish Posted: June 03, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4718414)
crossed the plate way too high to be a strike. It was probably at least head-high when it crossed the plate. Even a 12-foot pitch caught where the catcher caught it would certainly be high when it crossed the plate.


Can't physics answer this question?
   15. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: June 03, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4718466)
Hey, good to see Kaz Tadano working. In baseball.
   16. Morty Causa Posted: June 03, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4718478)
Is there film of Ted Williams's home run off Rip Sewall's eephus in the 1946 All-Star game?

Tadano's here looks pretty good. Of course, unlike Sewall, who all but flat out told Williams he was going to throw it to him, the surprise has to count for a lot when it comes to effectiveness.
   17. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4718480)
Yeah, as a guy who umpired a ton of slow-pitch, (1) that's way higher than a legal slow-pitch pitch (12 ft. limit),


Perfectly fine in a high-pitch league, though ...
   18. Ray (RDP) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4718494)
Can't physics answer this question?


Sure. You'd just have to make a side drawing to scale and then figure out the arc of the ball and see if it dropped into the strike zone.

Or use that fancy MLB Advanced Media system, or whatever it's called, to see a side view.

I agree, though, and it was my initial thought: no way that pitch is dropping into the catcher's glove where the glove is positioned AND ALSO catching the strike zone.


   19. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: June 03, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4718514)
There's footage of the batter (that's Balentien, right?) from the side smiling after the pitch was made. Would have been nice to see a replay from that angle.
   20. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 04, 2014 at 12:33 AM (#4718524)
There's footage of the batter (that's Balentien, right?)


Mauro Gomez.
   21. Ryan Lind Posted: June 04, 2014 at 12:59 AM (#4718525)
I wanted to see what the follow-up pitch was.
   22. TFTIO can't talk like this -- he's so sorry. Posted: June 04, 2014 at 02:19 AM (#4718529)
Baseball sounds awesome in Japanese.
   23. Poster Nutbag Posted: June 04, 2014 at 03:23 AM (#4718532)
Just had to say, #15 gave me a hearty laugh while working late. Thank you!
   24. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: June 04, 2014 at 08:10 AM (#4718550)
well umps in the early 80's would have called that a strike when dave laroche would throw his 'lalob'

   25. bunyon Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:17 AM (#4718581)
I may be missing the point of the softball posts but...you guys do realize there is no maximum height for a pitch in MLB, right? And that amateur, especially slo-pitch, softball rules only loosely translate to MLB? I think you must and you're just talking about stuff but, alas, I can't tell.

I mean, if a guy could throw a ball such that it reached a height of 1000 feet and then fell, more or less, straight down, landing on the plate, it would be a strike, as it would pass through the strike zone vertically. Of course, you'd want to do that with no one on base.

As it is, yes, I think this one was probably a tad high when it passed the plate. Shame.
   26. Dale Sams Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4718582)
Sox could use Mauro Gomez right now.
   27. villageidiom Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:36 AM (#4718597)
Sox could use Mauro Gomez right now.
...to play for the Jays.
   28. Howie Menckel Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:51 AM (#4718608)

Steve Hamilton's Folly Floater against Cleveland's Tony Horton. hilaripus on many levels. a fine young catcher there, too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmI820sDyak

   29. CFiJ Posted: June 04, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4718615)
So what is "eephus" in Japanese?


"Slow ball."
   30. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: June 04, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4718705)
Steve Hamilton's Folly Floater against Cleveland's Tony Horton. hilaripus on many levels. a fine young catcher there, too


Tony Horton had a nervous breakdown not too long after this. Completely left baseball behind. Look as he hits his knees and crawls into the dugout right at the end. The dude was wired really tight and what everyone else saw as just goofy (the way the Gorman Thomas-Dave LaRoche thing played out), he regarded as 30,000 people mocking him.
   31. Publius Publicola Posted: June 04, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4718792)
Horton was apparently bi-polar or something like that.

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