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Possibilities

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka: Familiar with the gyroball, Matsuzaka has stated that he can throw the gyroball, however cannot do so on a consistent basis. A careful computer analysis of Matsuzaka's pitches for the Boston Red Sox for the first half of the 2007 season by Dan Fox of Baseball Prospectus suggests that while Matsuzaka commands a dazzling array of pitches, the gyroball is more myth than reality. However, Daisuke has said he is trying to learn to throw the trick pitch.
  • C.J. Wilson: He has claimed that he throws the gyroball. However, just as his two-seam ball, it is sometimes very similar to a slider or sinker in spite of his adoption of Tezuka's theory; he cannot control it. He guesses because the gyro axle is inclined in irregularity. But while trying to learn the gyro, Wilson developed a new hybrid pitch, which he calls the Cork. The Cork, described by Wilson, is a "rising cut fastball." He uses this as his out pitch against left-handed hitters. In the ALCS 2010 Game 1 press conference on October 14, 2010, he said he doesn't believe it's very good for the arm, so he doesn't throw it very much. His two surgeries took place after he began throwing it. However, he does throw it if he feels confident and is having a successful outing.
  • Hideo Nomo: Tezuka thinks that his fastball is probably a gyroball.
  • Jered Weaver: His fastball is considered the four-seam gyro.
  • Pedro Martínez: Tezuka thinks he throws it accidentally.
  • Roger Clemens: Kazuo Matsui reckons he may throw it because his fastball has a gyroball-like rotation.
  • Steve Palazzolo: Former CanAm and Minor League pitcher is attempting to learn the pitch from Will Carroll, a columnist for Baseball Prospectus. *Note: Let it be known that Will Carroll has admitted to the fact that the pitch that he had taught to Joey Niezer and Craig Stutler, and wrote an article about in the Baseball Prospectus, was not in fact the gyro (or at least, the same gyroball which is taught by Tezuka and Himeno)
  • Kids: For example, Akinori Otsuka said his nine-year old kid throws a gyroball-like ball even though Otsuka himself cannot throw it. Tezuka thinks many kids throw it unconsciously before their instructors modify their natural pitching form.

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