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Sunday, June 12, 2005


Ok, I'm a little late to the game but just read Will Carroll's description of the "gyroball" or "shooto" as it is called in Japan. It is supposed to be a pitch with screwball action but without the elbow and wrist strain. As Carroll puts it, a "set it and forget it pitch". Carroll claims that a Japanese pitcher actually throws it although there is some disagreement on this point and whether the gyro is the same as the shooto.

I'm not sure I follow his description of the arm motion and I haven't seen it. Apparently, Carroll taught the pitch to an Indiana high school pitcher who used it in his opening start this season.

Could be the next big thing in the evolution of pitching following the curveball, spitball, knuckball, slider, split-fingered fastball...

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