The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs from 2015 to 2018

Spring training is just around the corner, but we can’t last that long without another GIF tournament. We’re only human. So we’ve put together a 32-pitch free-for-all featuring eight pitches each from 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In a battle of timeless GIFs versus instant classics, you decide where these knee-buckling breaking balls and NOS-powered fastballs rank. But there can only be one GIF that stands above the rest in the Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs from 2015 to 2018 Tournament. (Sort of like the movie Highlander.) Thirty-two pitches in 16 matchups to decide who advances to the Sweet 16. (Which is much harder to accomplish in this tournament than the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.)

Here are the rules:

  • All GIFs were pulled from the winners and top finishers in GIF tournaments from 2015 through 2018.
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want. No take-backsies. (Very strict policy.)
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning. This is the first round.


Graphic by Justin Paradis (@freshmeatcomm on Twitter)


Here are the matchups for Round 1:

American Bracket

Chris Sale’s Slider 2018 vs. Drew Storen’s Slider 2016
Steven Wright’s Knuckleball 2016 vs. Jose Berrios’ Curveball 2018
Lance McCullers’ Fastball 2017 vs. Blake Treinen’s Slider 2018
Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball 2015 vs. Jose Berrios’ Curveball 2017
Chaz Roe’s Slider 2016 vs. R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball 2015
Justin Verlander’s Curveball 2017 vs. Core Kluber’s Slider 2017
Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball 2015 vs. Aaron Nola’s Fastball 2017
Dillon Maples’ Slider 2018 vs. Rich Hill’s Curveball 2015


National Bracket

Marcus Stroman’s Slider 2017 vs. Lance McCullers’ Fastball 2018
Steven Wright Knuckleball 2015 vs. Blake Treinen’s Fastball 2018
Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball 2016 vs. Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball 2016
Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball 2016 vs. Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball 2.0 2016
Chris Sale’s Slider 2016 vs. Aroldis Chapman’s Slider 2017
Aroldis Chapman’s Fastball 2018 vs. Noah Syndergaard’s Fastball 2015
Adam Ottavino’s Slider 2018 #1 vs. Gerrit Cole’s Fastball 2015
Blake Treinen’s Fastball 2017 vs. Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball 2016


Watch the GIFs in the Links Below!

Nick Friar

Nick pitched at Northwestern University from 2011-14. He firmly believes the answer to every count and situation is a changeup — probably because he only topped out at 91. Nick runs the GIF Tournaments at Pitcher List. If you see a pitch that deserves recognition, let him know on Twitter @Nick_Friar. Maybe give him a follow, too? Or not. Actually, "not" might be the right answer here.


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