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Feb 21, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 21, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) poses for a photo on photo day at George M Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Nobody has created more buzz early in Yankees camp than Adam Ottavino. Aaron Judge singled him out as the one free agent he was most pumped to see his team sign. Hitters whiffing against him in a simulated game a few days ago spoke as if they'd never seen a nastier slider.

And manager Aaron Boone only half-kiddingly said hitters are sometimes more relieved to be done with an at-bat against Ottavino than ticked off after a strikeout because his slider is such a wicked pitch.

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 (Kim Klement)
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Adam Ottavino was one of the hottest bullpen pieces on the free-agent market this offseason, and it was mainly due to one single pitch. 

Ottavino's signature pitch is his slider that has a ridiculous spin rate, and breaks across the plate like he's throwing a frisbee at his opponent. And his new Yankees teammates got to experience it during a simulated game down in Tampa at the team's Spring Training facility. 

The result? Lots of swings and misses...

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Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

Before joining the Yankees, veteran bullpen arm Adam Ottavino made a very bold claim about one of their most celebrated players not just in franchise history, but in the history of the game.

Ottavino said he would "strike out Babe Ruth every time" on MLB's Statcast podcast, and it made headlines pretty quickly. Well, Ottavino thought it smart to walk back those comments a tad during his first conference call with New York media on Friday afternoon. 

According to The Athletic's Lindsay Adler, Ottavino admitted that while explaining the evolution of baseball, he could have chose a better example than "The Great Bambino."

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