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First Pitch: The Most Important Pitch For a Pirates’ Pitcher?

First Pitch: The Most Important Pitch For a Pirates’ Pitcher?

Earlier today I wrote an article about the sinkerball. By that, I mean I wrote over 4700 words on that one pitch, which consisted of information I received from over a dozen interviews. I don't know if he reads the site, but I do want to give a public thanks to Charlie Morton for all of his insight with the article. The article was inspired by the initial conversation I had with Morton, then grew after a 15 minute interview with him, and I kept adding more as I kept following up with him and clarifying different things. I'd also like to thank Russell Martin, Jared Hughes, and Ray Searage, who all spent some time discussing the pitch and giving me good background info for the article. And of course a big thanks to all of the pitchers in the article for their time with the interviews, then again for their time when I decided to take pictures of the grips, then once again when I realized that I needed an additional picture of the bottom of the grip and the thumb placement.

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