ESPN’s Sports Science on Masahiro Tanaka


Unfortunately it is not embeddable, but ESPN’s Sports Science put together a neat and relatively short video examining Masahiro Tanaka earlier this week. They analyzed his exceptionally long stride, his “rising” four-seam fastball, and the movement on his trademark splitter. It’s definitely a must watch. Here’s the link again. Don’t miss it.

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  1. Yankee$ (Formerly Pseudoyanks) says:

    I really enjoyed that, and think I actually may have yelled Yipee!

  2. Gerald Williams says:

    Amazing! Can’t wait to watch him battle for the Yanks this year!

  3. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Very interesting and excited to see what he does in the regular season. It also made me want to go back and watch the episode on Mo’s Cutter.
    So I did.
    And now I am depressed again.

  4. Deathstroke Heathcott says:

    My flag is at full-mast.

  5. The Other Sam says:

    Very cool. A quarter second for hitters to figure out the pitch isn’t what they thought it was and adjust? I’m assuming the other teams know this as well, but I like the odds.

  6. lightSABR says:

    This explains two things about the scouting reports that didn’t make sense to me when I looked at PITCHf/x:

    1) I never understood why everyone said his splitter falls off the table when it actually has less downward movement than Kuroda’s. Answer: it’s being compared with the ridiculous upward movement on his fastball.

    2) I never understood how pitches can break late, other than by just not breaking very much. Answer: with a release point a foot closer to the batter, the break will start to be visible a foot closer to the batter. And a foot can be a big deal.

  7. OB/GYN Kenobi says:


  8. Alex says:

    Weird, the links don’t work anymore (sad face)

  9. neaks says:

    anyone have a link that still works?

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