The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018 – Round 2

Does this Dylan Maples slider technically fall under the umbrella of “cruel and unusual punishment” under the U.S. Constitution? Maybe. Did anyone do anything about it? Doesn’t look like it. And do you want to mess with someone who’s capable of doing that with a baseball? Maples’ slider-piece goes against a Jose Alvarado fastball that’s straight out of Backyard Baseball. Actually, that’s poor phrasing, given there’s nothing about this pitch that’s straight. So now you have to choose between an illegal pitch (but not actually) and one that should be on a video game, with a zing sound-effect accompanying it.

Dylan Maples’ Slider vs. Jose Alvarado’s Fastball

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Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch advances to the next round!

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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