Thursday, December 05, 2013
That’s one long biography—800-plus pages. Although the review is largely complimentary, it makes it clear that there is some deadwood. Can’t tell how much new information is presented. Williams seems to attract extended biographies.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Recently, the wonderful data-crunchers at FanGraphs showed us that swing rate on first pitch has dropped significantly since 1988, when pitch sequence data first became publicly available. In recent seasons batters have offered at the first pitch just 26 percent of the time, compared to the far more aggressive rate of 33 percent from the late ‘80s.
This shouldn’t really surprise us, since there has been a definite movement toward patience at the plate in the last few decades. Tom Verducci famously bemoaned this loss of hitter aggressiveness earlier this season, and many continue to echo his concerns.
But batters have consistently shown that laying off that first pitch can lead to better results— or, more accurately, better results are observed in cases where the batter did not swing at the first pitch. From 1988-2012, the ultimate wOBA of all plate appearances where the batter swung at first pitch has remained consistently lower than those when batter did not offer at the first opportunity:
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 08:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
Monday, June 17, 2013
To counteract the Manmohan Singh Primer… the search for objective knowledge about hitting mechanics.
I compiled a list of the top 50 hitters from the 2012 season according to Fangraphs’ Batting component of WAR. I then looked at side views of each of these hitters from highlights of the 2012 season in which each player hit a homerun. In the case of switch hitters, I used the side of the plate where they were most successful. In all but Melky Cabrera’s 2012 stats, that described their left-handed swings. I then took a series of over 60 discrete, objective measurements of each player’s swing using Don Slaught’s Right View Pro video analysis software to ascertain ranges of values. I also wanted to see if any of these moves had even a slight correlation to the kind of hitters they were last season.
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