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Major League Rotation
Jeff Pearlman
March 06, 2000
With three aces, Stanford has the most dominant pitching staff—again
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March 06, 2000

Major League Rotation

With three aces, Stanford has the most dominant pitching staff—again

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At the time, Young had two passable pitches. One was a fastball in the low 90s that he couldn't always control. The other was a big-time curveball. Marquess and Dunton have long required their pitchers to have three options, so Young picked up a changeup. After much experimentation he settled on a split-fingered grip, which spreads his ring and middle fingers apart. It looks much like Mr. Spock's famed Vulcan salutation. Hence, Young has taken to calling the pitch the Vulcan.

"It's deadly, that Vulcan," says Kunis. "When a batter faces Jason, he gets all geared up to hit a mid-90s fastball. Then the Vulcan comes in 12 to 15 mph slower. How do you hit that?"

The answer, Cardinal opponents will agree, is simple. You don't.

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