The Nastiest Pitches of 2020 Tournament: Championship

And then there were two...

2020 was a shorter season than we all hoped it would be, but it was also one we will never forget. While it lacked longevity, it certainly didn’t lack excitement—and around these parts, one of the most exciting aspects of a season is, of course, the selection of nasty pitches. There was no shortage of options to choose from for this year’s iteration of the Nastiest Pitches tournament and it was incredibly difficult to whittle the selection down to only 16 pitches. Alas, we have gone through hundreds of pitches to bring you what you’ll see below.

Now, there are a few rules we must follow:

  • Please vote for whichever pitches you feel are the nastiest in each matchup. The best thing about Nastiest Pitches is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder—we all have different definitions of what we think a nasty pitch looks like, so there will likely be some surprises in the results.
  • You can only vote on a matchup once, so make sure you pick the one you absolutely want.
  • Voting will continue until 12:00 a.m. EST the following morning.

Without further ado, here’s how the 2020 bracket shapes up as we enter the final round:

Bracket Designed by James Peterson (Follow @jhp_design714 on Instagram & Twitter)


Sixto Sánchez‘ Changeup (1)






Tanner Houck’s Slider (2)




UPSET ALERT!!! Sixto Sánchez once again cruised to a victory over Yu Darvish’s slider, but it was Tanner Houck who stole the show in the Filthy Four. He DESTROYED Devin Williams in the last round, winning by over 130 votes. The results were shocking, especially considering that Williams has been a fan favorite all year and was (at least I thought) a shoe-in for the final round. Not so fast, my friend!

So, who will be crowned the Nastiest Pitch of 2020? Will it be the filthy drop of Sixto’s changeup, or the ridiculous movement of Houck’s slider? Vote below, and be sure to check out Twitter tomorrow morning for the results!


Sixto Sánchez’ Changeup vs. Tanner Houck’s Slider


Feature Graphic Designed by James Peterson (Follow @jhp_design714 on Instagram & Twitter)

Ben Brown

Ben is a lifelong resident of the great state of Maine who loves the wild and wacky intricacies of baseball. During the summer months, you'll find him either in the woods at a golf course or floating on the water upta camp, both with a local beer in hand and a game on the radio.

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