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Thread: Return of the Eephus?
05-07-04 10:31 AM #1
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Return of the Eephus?
I'm a little late in getting this posted, but on Tuesday night Tribe RP Kaz Tadano resurrected the Eephus pitch.
This was the first time I have ever seen this pitch used in MLB, but I was surprised to find it has popped up as recently as 1997. Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell created the pitch in the 30s. Here's a good link on Sewell, and his famous/infamous pitch:
Tadano threw two Eephus pitches in two innings of relief. The first was to David Ortiz at a scorching 52 MPH. Ortiz was clearly shocked to see the ball floating in so slowly and after watching it float by, burst out laughing.
The second was to Jason Varitek at 56 MPH.
It takes an interesting character, like Sewell, to throw the Eephus. Tadano, who acted in a gay pornography film while in college, would definitely qualify as an "interesting character."
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