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I don't know if I'm willing to take the risk. Outside of the WBC he's proven nothing. And it'll cost like, $10 to $30 million just to be able to negotiate with him.

He's the guy most often associated with the Gyroball, so I definitely want to see that, but according to him, he doesn't throw it.

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You know the Yanks, Mets, or possibly the Mariners (Ichiro) will get him. My bet is that the Yanks give him $50 million plus. And will also have to put up like $30 million to his Japanese team. I would love for him to go to the O's but Angelos won't come close to Steinbrunners money.

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I hope the news that Bavasi won't go for him isn't true, because the Mariners....gah. they NEED to sign him.

curse you Scott Boras, *and* the front management of the Mariners. curse you!

i totally agree, the mariners need to improve pitching if they want a chance at the playoffs and considering how they have signed ichrio and kenji johjima(sp) and are owned by a japanesse company they would have a good shot at him. but i guess it is to much of a risk and they would rather get some major leauge proven pitchers instead of one who has never pitched in the majors.

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I watched some of his pitching, his "gyroball" isn't that impressive. But his curveball is very impressive. Very sharp break. Fastball Tops out around 94. Mostly throws 92. He's been pitching since High school so he's got about 10 years on his arm. Probably a good front of the line starter, but is he worth what its going to take?

In this video...the 7th, 8th and 9th pitches are really nasty. The 8th made me gasp because its just pure filth. It may be this "gyroball"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAwmW2S-xX4

Here's another. He's got some crazy high stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smzIyFHTX6U

Here's the gyroball..maybe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sboi0EWp8ao

Check the spin on the second one. Crazy.

Some people say its a myth. I dunno, something different is going on. I've also heard its more a techinque than a pitch. Its the way of rotating your hips in motion with your arm. The ball leaves the middle finder and rotates counter clockwise. (See second video)

There is a video on You Tube of a High Schooler that can throw one. I can't tell what's happening because its so grainy, so I won't bother posting it.

I'd rather have one of the other japanese pitchers that are unrestricted free agents that won't cost money just to talk to them.

One thing, Japanese Umpires have the widest strike zones from watching that video. Eric Gregg should ump over there.

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The gyroball fascinates me greatly.

It's amazing to me that there can be this pitch, and all of this video of the guys who supposedly throw it, and yet nobody knows whether or not this pitch actually exists. I think the biggest difference is that the pitcher rotates his arm so that it moves away from his body, rather than towards it, like on a curveball, I believe.

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I watched some of his pitching, his "gyroball" isn't that impressive. But his curveball is very impressive. Very sharp break. Fastball Tops out around 94. Mostly throws 92. He's been pitching since High school so he's got about 10 years on his arm. Probably a good front of the line starter, but is he worth what its going to take?

In this video...the 7th, 8th and 9th pitches are really nasty. The 8th made me gasp because its just pure filth. It may be this "gyroball"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAwmW2S-xX4

Here's another. He's got some crazy high stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smzIyFHTX6U

Here's the gyroball..maybe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sboi0EWp8ao

Check the spin on the second one. Crazy.

Some people say its a myth. I dunno, something different is going on. I've also heard its more a techinque than a pitch. Its the way of rotating your hips in motion with your arm. The ball leaves the middle finder and rotates counter clockwise. (See second video)

There is a video on You Tube of a High Schooler that can throw one. I can't tell what's happening because its so grainy, so I won't bother posting it.

I'd rather have one of the other japanese pitchers that are unrestricted free agents that won't cost money just to talk to them.

One thing, Japanese Umpires have the widest strike zones from watching that video. Eric Gregg should ump over there.

well eric gregg died

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Check the spin on the second one. Crazy.

That would be a version of the backdoor slider that is very popular in Japan.

Matsuzaka, himself has said that he doesn't throw it yet. He's only thrown it on a couple occasions during an actual game.

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