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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Track to the future: Baseball’s new metrics | MLB.com: News

I am going to love this stuff. It will be like having your won personal scouting assistant.

Hamilton vs. Recker:
The gaudy number here is Hamilton’s top speed, 18.71 mph, and yet it does Hamilton no justice. That’s because he was running on a wet track, slowing him down quite a bit.

Still, it projects to a mile in 3 minutes, 12 seconds, and 100 meters in 11.96 seconds. And that’s not Hamilton’s full sprint, given that he had only 78 feet from when he started his run (he had about a 12-foot lead) until he was at second base.

The end result was that Recker caught him. That’s in part due to a “pop” time, or release time, of 0.60 seconds. Getting the throw off at 78.84 mph was nice, as was that perfect location on the throw.

Recker was even working at one small disadvantage: Kyle Farnsworth’s pitch wasn’t a blazing heater. The ball came in at about 87 mph, docking Recker a small fraction of a second that he would have had on a faster pitch. He had the benefit of knowing that Hamilton, in the game as a pinch-runner, was likely in to run, but that’s been of little help to plenty of other catchers.

“You just hope that you get a decent pitch to handle and that the pitcher gives you a decent time, because all that stuff factors into it,” Recker said.

Hamilton credits Recker for a “great throw” but also notes that he didn’t fully get to show off his greatest tool.

“It was a wet night,” Hamilton said. “It was situation where a lot of guys wouldn’t go. I still feel like if I get a good jump, no matter how it is, I can go. ... I didn’t get a good jump and was hoping he’d make a bad throw. He ended up making a great throw, and I was out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, fieldfx, sabermetrics

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Billy Hamilton scores on infield popup

It’s ridiculous that this can happen at the major league level.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Real McCoy | Billy Hamilton is a blur but no mirage

Hal McCoy believes in Billy Hamilton.

Billy Hamilton won’t be a mirage.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2014 at 07:39 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, reds

 

 

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