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Justin Verlander’s four pitches get the Yu Darvish Gif treatment

May 1, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Last week’s Gif of Yu Darvish throwing five pitches at once — created by the incomparable Drew Sheppard — definitely turned some heads. It also inspired some folks at MLB Network, because they gave the same treatment to Justin Verlander, complete with Billy Ripken’s breakdown of his pitches:

Love this stuff. Next obvious step, though: doing it for a non-great pitcher who has multiple release points for less-than-successful pitches, showing the viewers how good hitters can key on that stuff to guess what’s coming.

  1. cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I swear to Dog, the best thing about that Dravish .gif was the LACK of over-speak, no commercials, and the consequential non-blelabour of the obvious. Just the spectacle. Still, if you don’t know what it takes to make a great pitcher, then Billy Rip’s explanation is pretty good. And, no doubt about it: JV got some amazing stuff.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Cool none the less but I agree with your assessment.

    • Francisco (FC) - May 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      I swear to Dog

      The Dark Knight: “Swear to ME!”

    • hasbeen5 - May 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      And at least it was Ripken, not Reynolds talking.

      • cur68 - May 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM


  2. pkers - May 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    He was at one point a not-great-but-not-NOT-great pitcher, but someone needs to do Livan Hernandez and his million-and-one arm slots and eephus pitch.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - May 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    We’ve (well, Mike Eder, not me) done this a few times too:

    Phil Hughes:
    Hiroki Kuroda:
    CC Sabathia:

    • 18thstreet - May 2, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Who is the monster who gave this is a thumbs down? And is this person allowed to vote?

  4. The Dangerous Mabry - May 1, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I can’t decide if “Slide Ball” is worse or better than “Slide Piece”, but both are ridiculous. Slider, gentlemen. Let’s just call it a slider.

  5. ramrene - May 2, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    One word… sick.

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