Sunday, July 5, 2015

Here's the Japanese side armer who wants to pitch in MLB

His name is Shunsuke Watanabe, and he's 37 years old.

Here's the Japanese side armer who wants to pitch in MLB

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His name is Shunsuke Watanabe, and he's 37 years old. 

His first appearance in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan was a complete game shutout, but that was back in 2001. Since then, he's become the Japanese national record holder for skipping stones, and given up the longest home run in Tokyo Dome history to - gasp - David Ortiz. It was 525 feet.

He is also the owner of the world's lowest release point for a pitcher. With a 75-80 mph fastball, he's not blowing anybody away, but his sinker is apparently effective and his big, dumb curveball, around 10 mph slower than his heater, has also been cited as an effective weapon.

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