The radar gun pops as a Felix Hernandez fastball hits the high 90's. A little on the inside half perhaps, but with Kenji Johjima's reputation, his pitchers will get a close call every now and again. Strike one. This heat-gunning phenom began what seems like ages ago (late 2005), and is now a Major League veteran at the age of 23. He sure seems like one. This year, the ever-smiling righty struck out 217 batters in 238 innings pitched. He would usually rack up punch outs in single games instead of being orthodox about his totals. What separates him from the league, as well as other elite hurlers is that he's unorthodox. From his sideways cap to his and Lincecum's funky deliveries, unorthodox is becoming the norm for the Major Leagues. In an era where the batter who lets his stick rest at t ...
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Article written by Eli Nachmany