This morning my friend AK from The Bat Shatters pointed out a great video by the New York Times on Mariano Rivera’s cutter. It may be old news to some of you, but I want to wholeheartedly recommend it anyway. It gives you a batters-eye view of what Rivera’s cutter looks like as it approaches the plate and you can get an idea of what “late movement” actually looks like. Starting at 1:45 they also do some very fancy stuff grouping together all of his pitches thrown in 2009 and showing how they came in to left-handed and right-handed batters. Here’s the link for the video, check it out. A related question: if you crouched down behind home-plate and he threw one cutter to you at full speed, with no practice catches, what would be the odds that you could actually catch it? I’m giving myself no more than 10% odds.
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