GIFS OF THE FIRST HALF

The Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament 2017 – FINAL ROUND

We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half. We just completed Round 3 yesterday and here are the results: – Jose Berrios’ Curveball (52.1%) defeated Corey […]


The Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament 2017 – ROUND 3

We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half. We just completed Round 2 yesterday and here are the results: – Corey Kluber’s Fastball (54.8%) defeated Clayton Kershaw’s […]


The Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament 2017 – ROUND 2

We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half. We just completed Round 1 yesterday and here are the results: – Corey Kluber’s […]


The Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament 2017

We’ve seen incredible pitches over the second half of the season, and you’ve been voting all year for your favorite pitches. Now that the dust has settled, this week we will be hosting a tournament to crown the Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half. Sixteen pitches will enter, who will win? Update: Round 2 is live! Every vote […]


Round 3: Blake Treinen’s Fastball VS Aaron Nola’s Fastball

With just four pitches remaining, three are heaters are taking the spotlight, each with a ton of movement while coming with different approaches. Blake Treinen’s Fastball gets its dazzle from the smoke it leaves behind at 99mph while also featuring wild movement that miraculously nips the inside the corner. Meanwhile, Aaron Nola doesn’t get the same velocity on his […]


Round 3: Corey Kluber’s Fastball VS Jose Berrios’ Curveball

In this Semi-Final round, we ask our readers to answer a classic question – Which is more impressive? A hard Fastball that misses a bat or a beautifully executed breaking ball that fools the batter to never offer at a strike? Corey Kluber sets the tone with a 93mph pitch that zoomed across the entire plate to […]


Round 2: Aroldis Chapman’s Slider VS Blake Treinen’s Fastball

It’s no surprise to see Blake Treinen in the second round – he was facing himself after all! – but this could be the end of the road for him as he faces what was called the “Pitch of the Season” during the opening week of the year as Aroldis Chapman’s Slider got an absurd […]


Round 2: Alec Asher’s Fastball VS Jose Berrios’ Curveball

It was relatively easy first rounds for our next two pitches, with Alec Asher’s poetic Fastball garnering more love than Luis Garcia’s explosive heater. However, it wasn’t nearly as much love as Jose Berrios got with his Curveball, blowing the competition out of the water as it earned over 80% of the vote. Both pitches are […]


Round 2: Corey Kluber’s Fastball VS Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball

Two bonafide studs find each other in the quarter-finals. First up is Corey Kluber who defeated his own pitch in the first round, proving that his Fastball is in fact nastier than his elite breaking ball. Now that he has overcome himself, he must face a real challenge in Clayton Kershaw and a world famous Curveball. Is the iconic breaking […]


Round 2: Aaron Nola’s Fastball VS Chris Sale’s Slider

We have two distinctly different pitches squaring off in the second round. First up is Aaron Nola’s Fastball that starts well off the outside corner before taking a U-turn and whizzing back at 93mph to clip the outside corner. His competitor is a breaking ball that defies physics, getting a huge whiff from Trey Mancini as Chris […]


Round 1: Marcus Stroman’s Slider VS Chris Sale’s Slider

The final vote in the first round comes from two pitches that we had no choice but to include in the tournament. The first is Marcus Stroman’s Slider that never had a proper vote for inclusion as it occurred during last weekend’s weekly vote. Nevertheless, its incredible bend that reminded us of previous winner Chaz Roe’s Slider forced […]


Round 1: Aaron Nola’s Fastball VS Keynan Middleton’s Fastball

Aaron Nola’s first start of the season reminded us why we adored him so much in the first half of 2016, featuring a Fastball that curled back to the outside corner at 93mph to Anthony Rendon. It’s easy to fall in love with the skill of this pitch, but Keynan Middleton’s brute force at 100mph may be more up your […]


Round 1: Blake Treinen’s Fastball VS Blake Treinen’s Fastball

Blake Treinen has been blowing our minds as of late, featuring some of the most ridiculous movement around with his Fastball as he whips the ball in the upper 90s. We had to cut out another Fastball that won a third week, which means you’re getting the best of the best here in the first round. […]


Round 1: Aroldis Chapman’s Slider VS Adam Ottavino’s Slider

The first pitch of the season we knew would make it to this tournament was Aroldis Chapman’s Slider as the pitch made us freak out with seemingly endless horizontal bend to Brad Miller – Chapman armed with this kind of weapon after getting batters to prepare for 102+mph makes for a one-sided battle. Chapman will have to […]


Round 1: Jose Berrios’ Curveball VS Jharel Cotton’s Changeup

The #1 seed for this tournament belongs to Jose Berrios and this incredible Curveball, which blew our minds as it bent like a wiffle ball to pin the inside corner to, once again, Caleb Joseph. The movement on this pitch is simply unreal and its location to nip the plate is more satisfying than it has any right to […]


Round 1: Luis Garcia’s Fastball VS Alec Asher’s Fastball

Here we have two Fastballs thrown in the same stadium but with vastly different trajectories. Do you prefer the more wild but insanely impressive life on Luis Garcia’s heater that dove out of the zone in a hurry? Or are you someone who appreciates the subtly of Asher’s bite back to the inside corner as he sent Matt […]


Round 1: Yu Darvish’s Curveball VS Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball

Two heavy hitters square off in the first round, each showcasing their big hooks that freeze batters in the box. First we have Yu Darvish and his “sky hook” that stuns batters with its low velocity as the pitch seemingly falls from the clouds to land inside the strikezone. Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw has turned heads for years with his […]


Round 1: Corey Kluber’s Slider VS Corey Kluber’s Fastball

The first bout of pitches comes from Corey Kluber, who set a Pitcher List record by winning the GIF of the Week contest four times across the fourteen weeks in the first half. Three of those victories came from his Slider, prompting a rigorous debate among the staff to decide which offering should Kluber’s elite breaking ball. The winner […]