This Post Will Contain Tanaka’s First Major-League Whiff in It

8:01pm: Below is the footage of Tanaka’s first major-league swinging-strike — what appears to be, not surprisingly, a splitter to Jose Bautista. Much more surprisingly is how it came only after Tanaka conceded his first major-league home run.

Tanaka Baut

7:45pm: The significant delay between the note below and the present one is a product not of Masahiro Tanaka’s lack of ability to induce a swinging strike, but lack of opportunity. Approximately 40 minutes after the scheduled start time of the game, he’s thrown zero pitches. “You can’t always get what you want,” sang the Rolling Stones. “You won’t ever get what you want,” announces life at every turn.

7:13pm: Right now, this post contains only text. Pretty soon — provided the author doesn’t fail the reader like he’s failed so many other people — it will also contain the first swinging-strike recorded by Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays. Pretty soon after that, it will be forgotten by everyone and lay dormant until the heat death of the universe, or probably much sooner.

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  1. Rico says:

    Pretty sure that was a foul tip

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  2. bdhudson says:


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  3. AF says:

    Someone should do a post listing the pitchers who have given up home runs before inducing a whiff.

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    • RunTeddyRun says:

      That sounds like the sort of thing Jeff Sullivan figures out for us. The article will include a certain amount of data, a certain amount of GIFfage, and conclude with the idea that baseball is impossibly complex and we all must bow to the slightest outlier.

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  4. daniel says:

    Carson, big fan of yours and also of the Mets.

    Tonight Jennry Mejia made Joey Votto look like a HS kid by striking him out with a curveball, whose break was such that it very nearly cured all of my existential ills.

    Can you GIF this if you have the available MLB footage? Thanks if you do. Long live notgraphs.

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