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Devilishly effective pitch

Chad Gaudin started throwing a slider in Little League, and the Devil Rays' reliever has been perfecting it ever since.

Originally Published: April 20, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

The failure to tame the slider has doomed the careers of hundreds and thousands of pitchers, who got lost in their long journey to control and command the subtle pitch. Their hands might have been too small, or they could never quite get the arm angle right, or they just couldn't put enough torque into the spin.

Then there is Chad Gaudin, a 21-year-old right-hander for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Slider Master.

Gaudin was in Little League when a coach named Johnny Reynolds showed ...

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