This week’s web pick is a video clip from the New York Times that explains how the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera has been able to dominate hitters throughout his career.
It’s insightful and contains excellent graphics that give you a sense of what it must be like to face the greatest closer of all time (i.e. it makes you wonder how anyone ever gets a hit off him).
Highlights for me are the concise explanation of the different ways he uses his cutter against left and right-handed hitters and the graphics that show the spin on the ball that hitters see when Rivera throws his fastball and cutter, compared to the spin of a slider.
Hat tip goes to Billy-Ball.com, another excellent site that will be a ‘web pick’ in its own right one week soon.