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  • noun sports A spinning pitch thrown most commonly by Japanese baseball players.


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  • Then two years ago pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka -- celebrated for his "gyroball" -- set off a bidding war won by the Boston Red Sox with a payout of nearly $100 million.

    Made in Japan

  • It is called the gyroball, a Japanese pitcher, who is playing here in the United States, in the Major Leagues, brought a daunting new move that throws the game a curve.

    CNN Transcript Mar 26, 2007

  • "This so-called 'gyroball' is nothing more than a really good screwball, period."

    CNN Transcript Mar 26, 2007

  • It is more of a shuuto than a gyroball which is a nibbling pitch which when thrown properly keeps hitters from making proper contact as it moves sort of like a reverse slider.

    The House That Dewey Built

  • The "gyroball" is nothing more than when Daisuke fails to put sufficient spin on his cut fastball or sinking slider.

    The House That Dewey Built

  • Matsuzaka has command of all his pitches, but as the press conference dragged to an end the question of the gyroball came up.

    Dice-K's dream ready to roll for Bosox

  • Matsuzaka doesn't need the gyroball, but just the thought of a mysterious pitch from a pitcher most American League batters haven't seen adds to his mystique.

    Dice-K's dream ready to roll for Bosox

  • I saw one of my neighbors rolling down the block in a plastic bubble this morning, and damned if my personal gyroball isn't on its way.

    Patrick Sauer: Swine Flu: Who Benefits? And Why?

  • CLEVELAND There is little doubt Daisuke Matsuzaka mysterious gyroball is nothing more than a myth, and maybe so is his reputation as the biggest of big-game pitchers from Japan.

    In game of import, Matsuzaka falls flat for Bosox

  • He throws at least six different pitches, including one, the gyroball, that might just be an intimidating myth.

    The Nickname Has Gone to Hell


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