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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"The Pitch of an Island"--Wall St. Journal

"If there's an official pitch of the Dominican revolution, it's the change-up -- which is baseball's equivalent of a card trick. To throw it, a pitcher uses the same arm motion for a fastball -- but by gripping the ball differently, causes it to slow down by 10 to 15 mph and throw off a hitter's timing.

Mario Soto, a former major league pitcher who is director of Dominican operations for the Reds,

  • which tend to place more strain on the elbow."...
From Wall Street Journal, wsj.com article by James Wagner, 7/11/08, "The Pitch of an Island" referenced by Tim McCarver on the All Star game

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