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Anyone know if this would be legal in a real baseball game?


(if you can’t see the video, click here)

Legal or not, I was pretty impressed. The first half kind of reminded me of how I throw (except my throw probably wouldn’t go anywhere near the plate).

7 Responses to “Crazy Japanese Baseball Pitch”

  1. on 28 Jun 2007 at 11:50 am Mike Billips

    Completely legal, and something that’s been used occasionally in major league baseball since the 1930s. Americans call it the Eephus pitch.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eephus_pitch

  2. on 28 Jun 2007 at 1:58 pm Armen

    10/10 for originalty. Maybe it’s called a ‘loop ball’?

  3. on 28 Jun 2007 at 2:34 pm BOSSY

    Japanese television makes American television seem sane.

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  5. on 28 Jun 2007 at 2:45 pm VE

    Damn, that would be the only pitch I could hit. Kind of like those lobbed softball games as a kid.

  6. on 01 Jul 2007 at 6:47 pm Chuck Welch

    Actually, that isn’t an Eephus, which is thrown overhand from the regular position. (It looks like an overhand version of a typical high arc softball pitch.)

    Here’s a good video of an Eeepus:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=WFvp7kMraAw

  7. on 02 Jul 2007 at 7:37 pm Vexorg

    I’d think that base-stealers would become an issue…

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