'A Change-up On Steroids:' The History Of A Sky-Scraping Pitch

Jun 3, 2014
Originally published on June 3, 2014 9:20 pm

In a recent Nippon Professional Baseball game in Japan, Kazuhito Tadano threw a slow, arcing pitch that caught the batter by surprise. Video of the play quickly went viral on the Internet, but the pitch has a history — and a name: the eephus pitch. Paul Dickson, author of the Dickson Baseball Dictionary, offers more details.

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