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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kurkjian: The Most Unappreciated Baseball Trait? Strength.

The strength of the players, especially in their hands, wrists and forearms, goes largely unappreciated: I’ve never met a position player who wasn’t really strong in those areas, even dinky, little middle infielders. Indeed, after Michael Jordan’s one year in baseball in 1994, one of his many observations about the game was that virtually every player on his Double-A team was stronger than him from the tips of their fingers to their elbow.

Awesome MLB Feats of Strength anecdotes at link.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

ESPN: Buster Olney: Judge Should Hit Leadoff For The Yankees

Get the pitcher sweating bullets right from the start?

But Judge can bat leadoff because he has the primary skill of the best No. 1 hitters: He gets on base a whole lot. Judge drew 127 walks, easily leading the American League and breaking Ted Williams’ 78-year-old record for a rookie, and only Mike Trout had a higher on-base percentage than Judge’s .422.

Judge also led the AL in strikeouts, with 208, and between his combination of walks and strikeouts, he averaged 4.41 pitches per plate appearance, the most in the AL. Managers often prefer to have hitters who see a lot of pitches near the top of the batting order, so that the batters who follow can watch the opposing pitcher work and learn—about what the pitcher is throwing, what he is commanding, how he is attacking hitters.
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And if Judge bats first, there would be the potential for the instant ambush of the opposing pitcher, who would be under pressure immediately. If you make a mistake to Judge, and the Yankees would have a quick run on the board; if you pitched carefully, he might take a walk and set up the rest of the inning, with Stanton looming in the middle of the order.

Interesting, but I wouldn’t go there, and I doubt that Aaron Boone, who never coached or managed at any level, will start his tenure with such an unconventional approach.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, batting order, leadoff hitter, new york yankees

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. Statcast has revealed the whole truth of Aaron Judge, and the truth is that, at least in the American League, he is one of a kind. That might make it harder to see the future, but then, maybe, it doesn’t make it harder at all.

And he just might cut down on those strikeouts.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Monday, October 23, 2017

Aaron Judge Named Sporting News AL Rookie Of The Year

Something of a landslide:

1. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 138

2. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox: 1

3. Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros: 1

Only need to revoke two voting privileges. Pretty good!


 

 

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