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Eephus pitch leaves batter rooted in Japanese Pacific League game

- June 2nd, 2014

Japanese pitcher Kazuhito Tadano recently threw an eephus pitch that took three seconds to get to the plate.

In a recent Pacific League game, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters righty, who had a brief stint in the majors, tossed a majestic lob that left a batter rooted to the dirt.

Truth be told, this rain-maker looked more like something out of slo-pitch softball.

Strangely enough, these things are usually pretty difficult to hit – or generate any power on.

… Other than that one time Alex Rodriguez crushed an Orlando Hernandez offering.

Here are a few others, beginning with former Yankees pitcher Steve Hamilton’s “Folly Floater”.

And here’s a “curve ball” from Dave LaRoche.

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