Tim Raines was such a weapon, but his skill isn’t appreciated enough.
“If they’re successful 70-something-percent, 80-something-percent,” Lopes said, “that’s a hell of a weapon to have.”
The focus on getting to 1.2 seconds is simple math, a triangulation of the time it takes for the catcher to make a throw to second and the time it takes the runner to get there. As a catcher, Matheny wanted his “pop time” — the time it took to go from his mitt to the middle infielder’s glove at second — at less than 2 seconds. Hundredths of a second mattered. Yadier Molina has been known to throw in the 1.80s. The time left over has to be covered by the pitcher, and most ...
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