GIF: Bienvenue à Jameson Taillon’s Fastball

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According to PITCHf/x data at Texas Leaguers, Twins and Team USA catcher Joe Mauer posted a swinging-strike rate of just 2.4% against four-seam fastballs in 2012. As the footage here demonstrates, his swinging-strike rate against Pirates and Team Canada right-hander Jameson Taillon is higher than that at the moment.

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  1. Don Zimmer's jowl sweat says:

    Oh, mon dieu!

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  2. FamousAmazingGuy says:

    This GIF is certainly not a ringing endorsement for the QuickSwing.

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    • FamousAmazingGuy says:

      It is not often that a single GIF can have the power disappoint an entire nation, but also call to question the validity of ones father’s life work.

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  3. Guy says:

    For the record the color commentator for this game….is a plebian. He just said, about the USA scoring their second run, just said “that’s why you can take the sabrmetricians and the stat guys and throw it [sic] in the trash can. […] You got an all-star line-up and it’s a walk, a bunt, an error, the little things like that and all of a sudden it’s a tie game. More games are lost… by the team losing, making mistakes, than won by the team doing everything perfect.”

    Clearly doesn’t understand what statistics are for.

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  4. Dave Barker says:

    I was sitting on the first base side during this game. It’s remarkable how much Taillon rotates his left foot during his delivery. It’s not really clear in the gif, but he routinely rotates it so far that his toes almost point to second base. Does anyone else do that?

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