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The gyroball is baseball's version of alien life. No one knows if they've seen it. No one knows what it looks like. No one knows much about it. Except there's a small pocket of American fans who graze the Internet champing to see Daisuke Matsuzaka, because they're all convinced that he throws a gyroball and they're all convinced it will revolutionize the sport.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-gyro031306

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Gale
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Ah. The alien extra bobble-head.
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The video linked in the story didn't work for me. How convenient.

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Pogue Ma-humbug
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If I understand the mechanics properly, it sounds that if you threw a half-dozen of them, your elbow would be destoyed.

Pogue

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As I understand the mechanics, the rotation, for a right handed pitcher is from left to right.

This is imparted by pulling the hand/arm straight down while rotating the wrist to the first base side so that your palm faces third base.

I pitched while in high school and have coached HS/MS/youth baseball. I agree with Pogue that these mechanics put a great deal of stress on the elbow and shoulder.

While in HS, I threw a pitch with the exact same rotation. I threw it EXACTLY like one would throw a pass in football and achieved decent results.

Does the pitch exist? Sure. Is it new? I doubt it. I guess I should have patented mine back then...maybe there's still time!

-Rogue

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These kind of legends come up in baseball from time to time. The last one I recall was a pitcher that threw 110mph. This was back in the 70's.
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