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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Process Report » Evan Longoria’s Contract

To calculate present value you need to discount future dollars. To do this we need the player’s salary, the number of years and an interest rate. After some discussion in the previously linked thread I have decided to use 5.3% for the discount rate due. Some legwork showed that his is a reasonable figure due to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.3% for the fifty highest paid players between 2000 and 2015 using the USA Today Salary Database. I’m also estimating that a dollar per win on the open market right now is $7.25M, which is somewhat arbitrary. Scale up or down as you see fit. This initial peg is inflated year-over-year using that same 5.3% inflation rate. While Evan is going to receive checks totaling $118.5M over this time frame he’s really “only” going to be able to buy a little more than $93M worth of AK47s or Camaros or kind bud. That’s still a lot of money, but you’re talking around 20% in savings because you’re paying so far away.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tripping Off the Power: Evan Longoria and the Sudden Decline of a Superstar «

Although it’s not much of a move, I can see how Longoria stands a little taller in the clip. I don’t see the change in hip movement. Does anyone else see it?

“In 2013, his front hip would get well out in front of his body,” Parker said. “This position primes the big muscles in his hips and legs to whip the top half of his body to the ball. In 2015, that angle isn’t as aggressive, so he hasn’t tapped into the same muscles to help power his swing.”

Parker also notes that Longoria “has pushed his hands forward compared to the still behind-his-back shoulder location of his 2013 swing.” In 2013, he says, Longoria “could save the strength in his upper body to drive through the baseball because his legs did all the work early in the swing. In 2015, his legs aren’t helping him drive his swing as much, so he has to push his hands to the ball, which is a less powerful movement pattern.”

In the following GIF of a 2013 Longoria homer, Parker sees the hitter’s hips acting as a hinge, with his shoulders closer to his knees than they are in the subsequent GIF of a 2015 homer, in which Longoria stays upright longer.

To my untrained eye, those differences seem slight, bordering on undetectable. To Parker’s, they’re significant but fixable. It’s possible, though, that any mechanical adjustment Longoria has made is an attempt to compensate for a loss of bat speed, which slows inexorably with age.[Emphasis added]

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
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