The Coolest Baseball GIF of All Time

Carson Cistulli’s infatuation with specific pitches and Jeff Sullivan’s desire to highlight the bizarre and hilarious have led to some great GIFs on FanGraphs over the last few years. But, today, I think we all have to acknowledge that the art form of the GIF has been perfected. Or, at least, has hit a new high. Because this is simply incredible.

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A commenter on Lone Star Ball created this image, showing the difference in movement on Yu Darvish‘s pitches, and I can’t stop watching this. Mesmerizing is probably the best word I can use.

Thanks to Drew Sheppard — the guy has a webcomic, by the way, which deserves a plug just because of how great this GIF is for making this — for originally posting it to Lone Star Ball. I hope this inspires Drew (or others) to make more of these, though it might be that the Darvish one will never be topped. This feels like the Mona Lisa of GIFs.

Also, good luck to opposing hitters trying to hit Yu Darvish.



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Jay
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Jay
3 years 28 days ago

Wow!

tylersnotes
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3 years 28 days ago

yeah, “best gif ever” is high praise in a world where this exists:

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

jason
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jason
3 years 28 days ago

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

Jonathan
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Jonathan
3 years 28 days ago

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

taprat
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taprat
3 years 28 days ago

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

gouis
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gouis
3 years 28 days ago

+1

tylersnotes
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3 years 28 days ago

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

MajorDanby
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MajorDanby
3 years 28 days ago

cue the benny hill theme song

MDL
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MDL
3 years 28 days ago

What is this, Angels in the Outfield?

Balthazar
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Balthazar
3 years 28 days ago

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.

Straw Man
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Straw Man
3 years 27 days ago

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

John Roberts
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John Roberts
3 years 25 days ago

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

sam
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sam
3 years 27 days ago

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

t ball
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t ball
3 years 28 days ago

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.

Balthazar
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Balthazar
3 years 28 days ago

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)!

Paul
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Paul
3 years 28 days ago

BEST GIF EVER!!!!!!!!!

KCDaveInLA
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KCDaveInLA
3 years 28 days ago

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).

Krog
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Krog
3 years 28 days ago

Making a kickstarter for a GIF museum.

Banksy
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Banksy
3 years 28 days ago

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

ProgrammerJokes
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ProgrammerJokes
3 years 25 days ago

The Jif Shop? Because choosy programmers choose Jif.

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

Bluebird in Boulder
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Bluebird in Boulder
3 years 28 days ago

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

Cauld
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Cauld
3 years 28 days ago

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

Matt
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Matt
3 years 28 days ago

I just came.

Jason B
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Jason B
3 years 28 days ago

Sounds like someone is scoring along at home!

I Agree Guy
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I Agree Guy
3 years 28 days ago

And, quite likely, scoring alone.

sam
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sam
3 years 28 days ago

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

Spencer
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Spencer
3 years 28 days ago
Peanut
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Peanut
3 years 28 days ago

Someone did!

Tim
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Tim
3 years 28 days ago

Waiting for R.A. Dickey.

Jason B
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Jason B
3 years 28 days ago

We Jays fans are too!

Roto Wizard
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Roto Wizard
3 years 28 days ago

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.

jT
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jT
3 years 28 days ago

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

BDBB
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BDBB
3 years 28 days ago

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.

Daniel
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Daniel
3 years 28 days ago

4. See the notgraphs article.

Bryce
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Bryce
3 years 28 days ago

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

Skin Blues
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Skin Blues
3 years 28 days ago

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

Greg
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Greg
3 years 28 days ago

I want to see this done with Dickey

elijah
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elijah
3 years 28 days ago

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

binqasim
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binqasim
3 years 28 days ago

I don’t think that is all Pujols.

elijah
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elijah
3 years 28 days ago

I know.

Chum-lee
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Chum-lee
3 years 28 days ago

-__-

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
3 years 28 days ago

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

TKDC
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TKDC
3 years 28 days ago

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

Jay29
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Jay29
3 years 28 days ago

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

Bryan
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Bryan
3 years 28 days ago

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

J6takish
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J6takish
3 years 28 days ago

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

Ph.Hanson
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Ph.Hanson
3 years 28 days ago

?~

James
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James
3 years 28 days ago

He also posted this new gif, showing the pitch type/speed:

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

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman
3 years 28 days ago

This is even better.

cdt567
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cdt567
3 years 28 days ago

“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.

sam
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sam
3 years 27 days ago

Right? Why did I even start anyone against him?

TKDC
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TKDC
3 years 28 days ago

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.

Neil
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Neil
3 years 28 days ago

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.

chuckb
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chuckb
3 years 28 days ago

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.

Mojowo11
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Mojowo11
3 years 28 days ago

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.”

Coodle
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Coodle
3 years 28 days ago

Amazing.

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

Thomas
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Thomas
3 years 28 days ago

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

Thomas
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Thomas
3 years 28 days ago

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

Cidron
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Cidron
3 years 28 days ago

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

funketown
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funketown
3 years 28 days ago

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

Failedstate
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Failedstate
3 years 28 days ago

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.

mark
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mark
3 years 28 days ago

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

Fabian
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Fabian
3 years 28 days ago

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

JD
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JD
3 years 28 days ago

Pretty sure this kind of pitch is against the rules.

ealtman
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ealtman
3 years 28 days ago

best comment

Ricardo
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Ricardo
3 years 28 days ago

Gyroballs.

Kevin
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Kevin
3 years 28 days ago

This has always been my fav…Martin Prado

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

TimothyS
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TimothyS
3 years 27 days ago

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

TimothyS
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TimothyS
3 years 27 days ago

Here we go.

Wilson
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Wilson
3 years 25 days ago
Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono
3 years 25 days ago

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

Jon L.
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Jon L.
3 years 25 days ago

Do it for Pedro!

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