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Freddie Garcia Splitter

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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2011

Take a look at this high-speed .avi video of NYY Freddie Garcia throwing a split-fingered fastball from a game on April 29, 2011. Look particularly at how the ball is spinning and the direction of the break. For a normal Magnus effect on a spinning baseball, the ball breaks in the direction that the front edge of the ball is turning--in this case, to the pitcher's right. However, the ball actually breaks to the pitcher's left, presenting an interesting mystery.

UPDATE (2/9/2012): I have written an article that provides a possible explanation for the Garcia pitch. See http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/dis...

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