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  1. Wow!

    Comment by Jay — April 25, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  2. I think DShep had done this same thing with Darvish’s pitches at least once before, IIRC. It’s an incredible view of the variety of looks Darvish gives batters, better than any graph.

    Comment by t ball — April 25, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  3. BEST GIF EVER!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Paul — April 25, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  4. I think some pitchers GIF’s will be like the video of equivalent of playing Nickelback songs simultaneously (search YouTube for those..they’re hilarious).

    Comment by KCDaveInLA — April 25, 2013 @ 11:42 am

  5. Making a kickstarter for a GIF museum.

    Comment by Krog — April 25, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  6. I have a perfectly rational man-crush on Yu Darvish. *swoon*

    Comment by Bluebird in Boulder — April 25, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  7. If he throws 5 balls, I would think that opposing hitters would see an increasing in contact%, right?

    Comment by Cauld — April 25, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  8. I just came.

    Comment by Matt — April 25, 2013 @ 11:44 am

  9. Someone should make another of the one that chumped the ump last night. Right in the cup! Oi….

    Comment by sam — April 25, 2013 @ 11:47 am

  10. Waiting for R.A. Dickey.

    Comment by Tim — April 25, 2013 @ 11:47 am

  11. The one that starts out real high and seems to end real low might be the greatest pitch ever thrown. I swear the break on it must have been at least 4 feet. Either that or this has created some sort of LSD trip to my eyes.

    Comment by rotowizard — April 25, 2013 @ 11:48 am

  12. I want to see this done with Dickey

    Comment by Greg — April 25, 2013 @ 11:49 am

  13. Man, Pujols swings and misses on all five balls thrown at him? What’s with him?

    Comment by elijah — April 25, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  14. yeah, “best gif ever” is high praise in a world where this exists: http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1207006/cc-and-spidey2.gif

    but this truly is a new high in gif-dom. The implications are astounding.

    Comment by tylersnotes — April 25, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  15. I don’t think that is all Pujols.

    Comment by binqasim — April 25, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  16. ?~

    Comment by PHriend — April 25, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

  17. I see at least one hit – a very quick flash in the upper-right corner.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 25, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  18. Really should have used Hamilton as the batter for a more realistic gif

    Comment by J6takish — April 25, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  19. He also posted this new gif, showing the pitch type/speed: http://i.minus.com/i8wZg3tXXrAm5.gif

    Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/1d2z6d/all_of_darvishs_primary_pitches_at_once/

    Comment by James — April 25, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  20. Already been done: http://deadspin.com/ouch-480344552

    Comment by Spencer — April 25, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

  21. I know.

    Comment by elijah — April 25, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  22. Someone did!

    http://siextramustard.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/hirschbeck-gif.gif

    Comment by Peanut — April 25, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  23. There is also a take. You see the bat still upright right near the end.

    Comment by TKDC — April 25, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  24. I think a cool one would be seeing Vlad or some of his free swinging peers hitting home runs on pitches in wildly different locations.

    Comment by TKDC — April 25, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

  25. This needs to be posted as a video so we can adjust the speed at which it plays and pause it. In other words, my complaint is that this is too awesome to take in at once.

    Comment by Neil — April 25, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

  26. It would be nice if someone would also identify the 4 pitches. Perhaps he does that over at LSB. Are they a slider, a curve, a 4-seamer, and a 2-seamer?

    Spectacular gif.

    Comment by chuckb — April 25, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

  27. That did NOT really happen? Did it…? That’s in true YES-Mo!

    Comment by jason — April 25, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  28. it was 61 m/hr, and fowled it with a 98 m/hr fastball

    Comment by jT — April 25, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

  29. Amazing.

    This gives me a deeper appreciation of MLB, including the Astros and Yuniesky Betancourt and Joey Votto. Physics, too.

    Comment by Coodle — April 25, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

  30. -__-

    Comment by Chum-lee — April 25, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  31. I don’t see a hit. I see lights reflecting off bat barrels.

    Comment by Jay29 — April 25, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  32. Looks like the pitches are (from right to left): 2-seamer, 4-seamer, splitter, slider/hard curve, curve. Does that seem right?

    Comment by Thomas — April 25, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

  33. Just saw the post above with the pitch types… woops. I feel a little silly for thinking that curve was a splitter.

    Comment by Thomas — April 25, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

  34. This is even better.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — April 25, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  35. I stand by the belief that nothing will ever beat the 2012 Astros GIF. A defining moment in “bad at baseball.”

    http://1.media.todaysbigthing.cvcdn.com/90/52/e8d24d935261fd3ab7049864e830768a.gif

    Comment by Jonathan — April 25, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

  36. “He also throws a cutter and splitter/changeup regularly but I figured those would make it too messy.”

    Seven pitches in regular use.. facing him must be a nightmare.

    Comment by cdt567 — April 25, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

  37. I’m making a documentary about it: “Exit through the GIF shop”

    Comment by Banksy — April 25, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

  38. Sounds like someone is scoring along at home!

    Comment by Jason B — April 25, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

  39. We Jays fans are too!

    Comment by Jason B — April 25, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

  40. One motion and he got to a 3ball and 2 strike count !! That’s effeciency

    Comment by Cidron — April 25, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  41. I agree with this. This is my favorite GIF ever.

    Comment by taprat — April 25, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

  42. After that pitch, the Rangers announcer said that Darvish was like a bully at the beach kicking sand into all the skinny guy’s eyes.

    Keep in mind he only threw two of those all night. One to Hamilton and one to Pujols.

    Comment by BDBB — April 25, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

  43. +1

    Comment by gouis — April 25, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

  44. instead of superimposing pitches on top of each other, the best gif would probably superimpose astros fielding errors.

    Comment by tylersnotes — April 25, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

  45. http://i.minus.com/i8wZg3tXXrAm5.gif

    From the GIF’s creator: “Used 5 pitches from last night; a 97 mph 4 seam fastball, 96 mph 2 seam fastball, 85 mph slider, 78 mph slider with a different grip that is more vertical, and a 64 mph slow curve. He also throws a cutter and splitter/changeup regularly but I figured those would make it too messy.”

    Comment by Mojowo11 — April 25, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  46. I’ll probably spend the next forty minutes or so watching this.

    Comment by funketown — April 25, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

  47. 4. See the notgraphs article.

    Comment by Daniel — April 25, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

  48. cue the benny hill theme song

    Comment by MajorDanby — April 25, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  49. Froze Trout on a called strike 3 on one, as well

    Comment by Bryce — April 25, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

  50. I find myself just watching it and doing an awkward in-between laugh/cry that my grandmother does while watching her stories… Seriously though that arm slot doesn’t move.

    Comment by Hitler But Sadder — April 25, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  51. The Angels hittersbatters would probably give Drew no credit whatsoever, because this is exactly how it looked to them all night.

    Comment by mark — April 25, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  52. And now Dave announced that the creator is joining Fangraphs. How much better does it get?

    Comment by Fabian — April 25, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

  53. And, quite likely, scoring alone.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — April 25, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  54. What is this, Angels in the Outfield?

    Comment by MDL — April 25, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

  55. Pretty sure this kind of pitch is against the rules.

    Comment by JD — April 25, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

  56. Or maybe it was a lot slower than the others which is why it dropped so much.

    Comment by Skin Blues — April 25, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

  57. best comment

    Comment by ealtman — April 25, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  58. Gyroballs.

    Comment by Ricardo — April 25, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

  59. Oh come on. Watching this GIF for the hitter(s) is like the proverbial reading of Playboy for the articles.

    Comment by Bryan — April 25, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  60. This has always been my fav…Martin Prado

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjpb5AXUNSE

    Comment by Kevin — April 25, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  61. Yeah, this is a terrfic .gif by Lone Star Bell. Really nice to compare velocities amongst other things. The Batter’s late of the high fastball, doesn’t line up the cutter or whatever, and can’t read the breaking balls or change-up away at all. Yu’s arm slot is _perfectly identical_ and his release point identical for everything. There’s some different hand action as one would expect from releasing different grips, but it’s hard to imagine a hitter has time to read that. We’re seeing in a single viewing why Darvish was so highly thought of when the bidding was on for him. Good luck to Yu (so long as he keeps losing to my team)!

    Comment by Balthazar — April 26, 2013 @ 2:09 am

  62. Just devilishly awesome; there ought to be a mercy rule for sequences like this. And you know, you KNOW, when the OFer is going for the ball _exactly_ what he’s going to do with it. This has to be all time top 100 worthy.

    Comment by Balthazar — April 26, 2013 @ 2:16 am

  63. Right? Why did I even start anyone against him?

    Comment by sam — April 26, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

  64. This gif is like a permanently open tab in my browser now.

    Comment by sam — April 26, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

  65. The best part about this GIF, imo, is the third baseman who looks as if he is attempting to block the throw

    Comment by Straw Man — April 26, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

  66. There needs to be one of Steve Lyons taking his pants off while dusting himself off.

    Comment by TimothyS — April 26, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

  67. Here we go. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IFotQEFGoMI/USJn-hv9III/AAAAAAAAJ2s/GI973kjBKos/s1600/Steve+Lyons+Pants+gif.gif

    Comment by TimothyS — April 26, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  68. Can’t forget this Lincecum classic

    http://www.fangraphs.com/not/tim-lincecum-throws-sunflower-seeds/

    Comment by Wilson — April 28, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

  69. The GIF at the bottom of this page is definitely the best GIF ever:

    http://www.amazinavenue.com/2013/4/27/4275886/mets-lose-phillies-marcum-robert-carson-pettibone

    And as a bonus here is the You Tube version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO1dqTMVhIk

    Comment by Yoko Ono — April 28, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  70. That first baseman needs to be arrested for reckless endangerment. Who was that?

    Comment by John Roberts — April 28, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

  71. The Jif Shop? Because choosy programmers choose Jif.

    http://www.olsenhome.com/gif/

    Comment by ProgrammerJokes — April 28, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  72. Do it for Pedro!

    Comment by Jon L. — April 29, 2013 @ 4:30 am

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