The Nastiest 32 Pitching GIFs of 2018

Somehow Masahiro Tanaka snuck his way into the year-end tournament, sort of like he did with this fastball under Andrew Benintendi’s armpit on Sunday Night Baseball. Certainly not one of Benny Biceps’ best moments of 2018. Tanaka is challenged by a Dylan Maples slider in the first round that preyed on poor Daniel Palka. Clearly, the players care about the rivalry in Chicago. How else can you explain Maples’ motivation for throwing what’s clearly an obvious pitch?

Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball vs. Dylan Maples’ Slider

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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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