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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ

Byron Buxton, the human vacuum cleaner who patrols center field for the Minnesota Twins, reached a frightening conclusion last winter: Even with his sprinter’s speed, superhuman instincts and unparalleled fearlessness around the wall, his defense could still be better.

He arrived at that belief thanks in part to Statcast, Major League Baseball’s sophisticated player-tracking technology that counts Buxton as perhaps its prototype player. With data provided by Statcast and the Twins’ coaching staff, Buxton learned that his first step—how quickly he reacts after the ball connects with the bat—wasn’t as quick as he would have liked.

So over the offseason, he spent a couple weeks at his old high school in Baxley, Ga., focusing intensely on trying to improve an area that not long ago couldn’t have been quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Friday, September 01, 2017

Area woman realizes how many of her kids she likes less than Byron Buxton - Twinkie Town

“I’ll be honest with you, my kids can be pricks,” said the Cottage Grove human resources administrator. “Cale’s got a busted arm from doing skateboard tricks on the stairs at the middle school, which I’ve told him 100 ####### times not to do. Buxton is carrying this team. He needs to be healthy, especially if (Miguel) Sano is still hurt.”

Hauser said her relationship with her children is far from strained, but Buxton’s injury has clarified some things.

“When I heard the news, I thought, ‘Why not Tyler? He’s a little #### sometimes.’ Same thing goes for Brendan, my youngest. Kid can’t stay out of detention. All three boys take after their dad (Hauser is divorced), so I assume they’ll just leave home for the next redhead who’ll give ‘em a beej in the Friday’s parking lot. Buxton seems he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

“That’s when I realized that I was pretty invested in this team. And that my boys, God love ‘em, are…”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton exits with hand injury | MLB.com

A possible left hamate bone injury. MRI was done this morning. Bummer.

Update: Bone contusion and not a break.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 12:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
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