Japanese Pitcher Freezes Batter and Umpire with 20-Foot-High 'Eephus' Pitch

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

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In a Nippon Professional Baseball game against the Hanshin Tigers, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters pitcher Kazuhito Tadano broke out one of the wildest pitches you will ever see. 

On a 1-2 count, the right-hander confused both the hitter and the umpire with an eephus pitch. The ball's high trajectory led to the umpire calling the pitch a ball, even though it looked like it ended up in the strike zone. 

The umpire didn't reward Tadano with a strikeout, which apparently left the catcher perplexed.

[Vimeo; h/t Reddit]