Pitchers are throwing harder.
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Couldn't you calculate how hard guys were throwing 30, 40, 50 years ago by watching video, clocking the pitch from the pitcher's hand to the catcher's glove, and converting that into MPH?
Is this a real phenomenon or a change in measurement methodology?
I was an English major in college, so forgive me if this is ridiculously ill-informed, but: Couldn't you calculate how hard guys were throwing 30, 40, 50 years ago by watching video, clocking the pitch from the pitcher's hand to the catcher's glove, and converting that into MPH? Do people already do that and I just don't know about it? Or is it just a bad idea and that's why people don't do it?
And yet, maybe the most effective reliever was the 38 year old japanese guy throwing 89 mph.
Also of particular interest was Bouton's obsession with the Win
Doug Jones is the first closer I remember who wasn't a flamethrower.
Also, WTF happened in 1989? Butler got MVP votes for a 105 OPS+ and hit .283 with four homers.
1989 World Champion Giants???
I think that I could throw faster than Stu Miller and he was an All Star reliever at one point.
Butler was the leadoff engine on base ahead of Kevin Mitchell (#1 in MVP votes in '89) and Will Clark (#2 in MVP votes in '89) for the World Champion Giants that year. Moreso, those three were more or less the entire offensive engine of that WS winning team. Their next best hitter might have been a part time used Ken Oberkfell. So a 17th rank showing in the MVP race isn't terribly hard to explain. For comparison, the 17th place vote getter for MVP in the 2012 NL award was Ian Desmond.
If I had a good look at a few fastballs from a pitcher, I think I could do a decent job. Average-out the results.
I can't speak for any other teams, but the Pirates have focused significantly on adding hard-throwing pitchers since Huntington took over. The staff and system today are VERY different than they were five or ten years ago.
Apparently that is the latest O'Dowd plan for the Rockies' bullpen.
Interesting. I didn't know that was a thing.
Somewhere, Daniel Moskos is crying and he doesn't know why.
Trevor Hoffman played for the Red Sox?
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