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Postby BritSox » Sat Aug 12, 2006 8:33 am

since when are the early-mid twenties a pitcher's prime years? I always thought it was most often mid-late twenties and early thirties.
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Postby kimchi_chigae » Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:52 pm

BritSox wrote:since when are the early-mid twenties a pitcher's prime years? I always thought it was most often mid-late twenties and early thirties.


Byung-Hyun Kim is way past his prime at 27. :-D
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Postby Havok1517 » Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:53 pm

kimchi_chigae wrote:
BritSox wrote:since when are the early-mid twenties a pitcher's prime years? I always thought it was most often mid-late twenties and early thirties.


Byung-Hyun Kim is way past his prime at 27. :-D


Kim (& Park if he comes up) are both Korean, not Japanese. ;-D
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Postby Frappy » Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:20 pm

Matsuzaka will be posted or else the lions are out up to 30 million as Matsuzaka would just leave the year after.

Also, Im almost positive Matsuzaka learned the Gyroball since that last interview in which he said he didnt. There's a clip of him throwing it somewhere and I think he threw some in the WBC. Im not certain though.
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Postby Los_Dodgers » Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:22 pm

How did he pitch in the WBC?
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Postby Frappy » Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:24 pm

Oh he just won the WBC MVP, nothing much.

Edit: Here's his WBC stats - 3-0, 1.38 ERA, 0.85 WHIP in 13 innings of work while K'ing 10 and walking 3.
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Postby thedude » Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:33 pm

Matsuzaka will domiant over here.

The problem is that he has way too many miles on his young arm. The Japanese are notrious for having high pitch outings and many IP in a single season. His Major league team will have to as careful with him as they would be with Pedro, in order to aviod serious injuries.
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Postby mikekim2121 » Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:24 pm

If you want to see clips of the "gyroball" go to youtube.com and search his name. I put gyroball in quotes because there is still a lot of debate about the validity of this pitch.
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Postby thedude » Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:54 pm

mikekim2121 wrote:If you want to see clips of the "gyroball" go to youtube.com and search his name. I put gyroball in quotes because there is still a lot of debate about the validity of this pitch.


It is kinda like Gaylord Perry and the spitball. He claims he doesn't throw (perry did admit to throwing it later in his career), Everyone susoects he throws, no one can prove if he throws it, but it gives batters something else to think about.

The only footage i have seen of the gyroball is more grainy than most UFO sighting videos.
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Postby nikku88 » Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:56 pm

thedude wrote:Matsuzaka will domiant over here.

The problem is that he has way too many miles on his young arm. The Japanese are notrious for having high pitch outings and many IP in a single season. His Major league team will have to as careful with him as they would be with Pedro, in order to aviod serious injuries.


The best thing is to hope that Matsuzaka is one of those freaks like L. Hernandez who can take the abuse. He's very high risk/high reward.
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