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2017 Pitching GIF Database Scavenger Hunt

Today is an exciting day as we have officially unveiled the 2017 update to the Pitching GIF Database! All expected starting pitchers have been to team pages with new GIFs...

Today is an exciting day as we have officially unveiled the 2017 update to the Pitching GIF Database! All expected starting pitchers have been to team pages with new GIFs and summaries of each individual pitch for each pitcher. For example, we cover all starters from Noah Syndergaard to Matt Andriese and we’re aiming to have relievers added to the mix before Opening Day.

If you enjoy our new database please consider helping us grow on Patreon as we’re trying to expand our GIF database and add extra features such as a better GIF archive through the season and extending out GIF library to every relief pitcher and minor league players. If 5% of you pledged just $1, we would have all the funding we would need!

Patreon.com/Pitcherlist

To celebrate today’s launch, we’re hosting a scavenger hunt to get you acclimated to the 260+ pitchers we’ve updated on the site. The first person to leave an unedited comment on this post that correctly labels all 20 items will receive a Pitcher List shirt when we roll out our Merch later this year. Here is what you have to find:

  1. A pitcher pitching to another pitcher
  2. A pitch that didn’t end in a strike
  3. Two different batters losing their helmet as they swing
  4. A pitcher pitching against their current team
  5. The “Three’s a crowd” group: Mike Napoli striking out three times
  6. Jose Bautista striking out three times
  7. Charlie Blackmon striking out three times
  8. A batter losing control of his bat
  9. Wellington Castillo falling down
  10. A pitch that Nick claimed he “couldn’t stop watching”
  11. A sub 70mph Curveball striking out a batter
  12. Edwin Encarnacion bending out of the way of a pitch that landed for a strike on the outside corner
  13. A man obnoxiously waving at the camera behind home plate
  14. A pair of kids acting like “wacky-waving-inflatable-arm-flailing-tube-men”
  15. A pitcher throwing against the same batter in the two separate games
  16. A catcher popping up to throw to second after the pitch
  17. Salvador Perez nodding in approval after striking out
  18. Javier Baez “swinging through” a 100mph Fastball
  19. A pitcher with all four pitches being played on Mother’s Day
  20. Robinson Cano striking out with “Robinson Cano Bobblehead night” in the background

Have fun perusing the newly updated player pages and Happy Hunting!

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

13 responses to “2017 Pitching GIF Database Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Steven Sanderson says:

    I am so confused as how to post or find the answers to this… Am I supposed to link to the gif? I mean I Found a kershaw throwing a strike to napoli, but it’s the one pitch…does that mean there is one gif of him swinging at 3 or am I supposed to provide 3 gives of him swinging at strikes..

    • Nick Pollack says:

      Sorry for not explaining it well!

      When you find the appropriate GIF, simply list off the pitch here. For example, Clayton Kerhsaw’s Slider would suffice if you wanted to quote that specific GIF.

      For the Napoli one, there are at least three different GIFs of him striking out across the database. Just cite each pitcher and which pitch features the Napoli K.

  2. Ryan Gobel says:

    I sure hope that Aaron Nola’s fastball isn’t 57.9 MPH. I’m worried for his ERA

  3. William Catron says:

    Does Blackmon have to actually strike out in each of his 3 at bats?

  4. William Catron says:

    Here you go!
    1. A pitcher pitching to another pitcher (Wei Yin Chen Curveball)
    2. A pitch that didn’t end in a strike (Zack Wheeler Slider)
    3. Two different batters losing their helmet as they swing (Miley Curveball, Tanner Roark Curveball)
    4. A pitcher pitching against their current team (Bartolo Colon Fastball)
    5. The “Three’s a crowd” group: Mike Napoli striking out three times (Dylan Bundy Fastball, James Paxton Fastball, Brad Peacock Changeup)
    6. Jose Bautista striking out three times (Ubaldo Jimenez Slider, Aaron Nola Curveball, Alex Cobb Changeup)
    7. Charlie Blackmon striking out three times (Teheran Slider, Matt Moore Cutter, Brett Anderson Slider)
    8. A batter losing control of his bat (RA Dickey Knuckleball)
    9. Wellington Castillo falling down (Jason Hammel Curveball)
    10. A pitch that Nick claimed he “couldn’t stop watching” (Tyson Ross Fastball)
    11. A sub 70mph Curveball striking out a batter (Jered Weaver)
    12. Edwin Encarnacion bending out of the way of a pitch that landed for a strike on the outside corner (Jon Gray Curveball)
    13. A man obnoxiously waving at the camera behind home plate (Tom Koehler Slider)
    14. A pair of kids acting like “wacky-waving-inflatable-arm-flailing-tube-men” (Adleman Changeup)
    15. A pitcher throwing against the same batter in the two separate games (Chad Bettis vs Chris Davis)
    16. A catcher popping up to throw to second after the pitch (Charlie Morton Split-finger)
    17. Salvador Perez nodding in approval after striking out (Yu Darvish Slider)
    18. Javier Baez “swinging through” a 100mph Fastball (Alex Reyes Fastball)
    19. A pitcher with all four pitches being played on Mother’s Day (Kendall Graveman)
    20. Robinson Cano striking out with “Robinson Cano Bobblehead night” in the background (Jameson Taillon Curveball)

    • Nick Pollack says:

      I had a few differences in there (Kris Medlen had the waving man for me and #10 was Thor for me, but I did say that about Ross’ too…) but you nailed it! Congrats!

      Send me an email at info (at) pitcherlist.com with your mailing address and shirt size and when we start churning out merch later this year I’ll be sure to send you one!

      Hope you had a good time, I certainly enjoyed writing these for you to find.

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