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The Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half Tournament – 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...

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:

– Chris Sale’s Slider (55.5%) defeated Josh Osich’s Fastball (44.5%) – Review

– Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball (51.3%) defeated Drew Storen’s Slider (48.7%) – Review

As we enter the final round, here’s a quick reminder of the rules:

– All GIFs were pulled from the fourteen GIF of the Week competitions we’ve had so far this season.

– Every winner was granted an automatic bid, with the extra slots being hand selected among other finalists.

– There was one instance of the same type of pitch from the same pitcher winning twice (Aaron Sanchez’s Fastball). We chose our favorite and hand selected a worthy pitch from a different pitcher to replace the other.

– The final round will last through the weekend, ending at 8:00am on Monday morning

Take a look at the contest’s beautifully hand-drawn bracket updated for Round 3:

Here are our two finalists:

 

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Which was the better pitch? Vote to decide which pitch takes the crown of Nastiest Pitching GIF of the First Half!
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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.

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