The name “eephus” already sounds ridiculous, so it’s no wonder this rarely seen type of pitch looks the part, too. But the eephus pitch thrown by the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ Kazuhito Tadano against Hanshin Tigers hitter Mauro Gomez on Sunday was just plain silly.
No one knows what to do! Was it a ball? Was it a strike? The debate is still open on the Internet, but not on the field. Despite sailing slowly over the plate, Tadano’s eephus ended up being ruled a ball. The Tigers went on to win, 4-1.
What do you think? Is that a ball or a strike?