Two Not Unpleasant GIFs of Maybe Baseball’s Best Pitch

At RotoGraphs today — and also during breakfast this morning at a Tempe-area diner — the absurdly coiffed Eno Sarris presented evidence to the effect that, by one definition, that baseball’s best pitch in 2013 was the changeup belonging to right-handed Mets reliever Gonzalez Germen.

“I shall manufacture a GIF of it, then!” I announced during that same breakfast in response to Eno’s comments. “I have manufactured a GIF of it!” I am proclaiming right now, because Truth is the star by which my ship is guided.

The context having been established, then, I present this footage from September 27th of Germen striking out Milwaukee infielder Jeff Bianchi by way of the changeup:

Germen Bianchi Fast

And present this companion GIF, as well, of the same pitch as above, except slower and by way of a straight-on center-field camera:

Germen Bianchi Slow

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  1. Steven says:

    Baseball’s best pitch? Witness:

    And then remember Butler can hit the upper 90s and with an upper 80s slider. Also, weep.

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  2. Josh says:


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  3. Herbert says:

    In other news, there is some good-ass content at — particularly great is the line “Is this guy even at all notable

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    • AlexandertheMeh says:

      “…and publishing a book of poetry noone’s [sic] even read?”

      1) No one has ever read “In Search of Lost Time” and Marcel Proust has a Wikipedia entry.

      2) If legendary singer/songwriter/should-be hair model Peter Noone has read it, then why haven’t we?

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    • “The notability requirements must have been drastically lowered. Can I get a Wikipedia article going on my cat, Mittens?”
      —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:08, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
      “Yes, apparently. If Mittens can make 15 posts per week to Fangraphs, and create sentences that try really hard.”
      — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:38, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

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  4. Matt Yaspan says:


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  5. benagain123 says:

    can you post GIF of Tyson’s slider?

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  6. Was the Tempe-area diner Harlow’s Cafe?

    If not, it should have been.

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