Baseball's Vulcan Changeup

posted by Pat Mars -

Yep it IS named after Star Trek's Spock

Actor and cultural icon Leonard Nimoy died at the age of 83 on Friday. So in small celebration of the man and in keeping with our stated mission, let's devote a few moments to the pitch Nimoy's Mr. Spock inspired: the Vulcan changeup. 

The famous Star Trek purveyor of wisdom and equanimity had a very particular way of greeting others 

Hello to you, as well. I find myself becalmed and open to suggestions.

Anyhow, that ... almost looks like a pitch grip! A pitch grip that affords sink and, when the ball is buried deep, deceptive velocity separation! Indeed, it became a pitch grip, much to the eternal bewilderment of Justin Verlander ... 

Novelty act? Hardly! Among others, Eric Gagne -- he of the record 84 consecutive saves -- used the Vulcan grip to great effect and prospered because of it ... 

These days, Ian Kennedy is known for going to the Vulcan on occasion. Then there's former big-league reliever Joe Nelson, who, while certainly not the best pitcher to throw the Vulcan, was perhaps the most devoted practitioner of same ...

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