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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chili Davis ‘not going to blame myself,’ wishes next Cubs hitting coach better

About the time the Cubs announced the hiring of the sixth hitting coach in eight seasons of Theo Epstein’s front office regime, Chili Davis got in his truck and headed out of Chicago on Monday – still sorting out how he took the fall for a group of hitters unable or unwilling to hear his message.

“The driving gives me a little time think about things,” said Davis, who was fired last week after just one season into a multiyear contract. “I guess I need to make some adjustments in the way I deliver my message to the millennial players now. I need to make those adjustments for the next job I get, if there is one.

“But without losing my identity,” he added. “Because I know what I know. And I know what I bring is not wrong. I’m not going to blame myself for this. I’m not going to blame anyone. It didn’t work.

It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools…..

QLE Posted: October 17, 2018 at 06:04 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: blame, chili davis, cubs, hitting

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Using Swing Plane to Coach Hitters: a Deeper Look - Driveline Baseball

Science and data is helping pitchers. It can help hitters too.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Has baseball analytics killed the art of hitting?

Moments after being doused in celebratory suds last Wednesday, a soaked Christian Yelich was slapping on headphones and a microphone, settling in for a post-game interview. The 26-year-old National League MVP candidate and his Milwaukee Brewers had just beaten the St Louis Cardinals and booked their place in Major League Baseball’s playoffs which start on Tuesday.

It was a strange time for MLB Network personalities to get into a hitting discussion, but the hosts insisted on knowing Yelich’s thoughts on one of baseball’s newer stats: “the vertical angle at which the ball leaves a player’s bat after being struck,” also known as launch angle.

The stat is at the core of a debate concerning a philosophical shift in hitting. Over the past several seasons, hitters have increasingly abandoned the more traditional, contact friendly, line-drive swing, in favor of a riskier method that sends balls high into the air as often as possible. The chances of a home run increase but so do the chances of striking out. This during a time where hitters are already facing a never-ending stream of hurlers who hit 95mph or more on the radar gun and tally up strikeouts.

More or less the same thing we’ve seen millions of time- but usually not written for a British audience….

QLE Posted: October 02, 2018 at 09:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, hitting, yes, another of these columns

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Triple Crown Winners End Up In Hall of Fame

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich entered the final week of the 2018 baseball season as a much-discussed MVP candidate. He left Saturday’s game as an MVP lock and a threat to win the National League Triple Crown.

That’s an achievement—leading the league in home runs, batting average, and RBI—that hasn’t happened in the NL since 1937, when Joe Medwick of St. Louis did it.

Bote Man Posted: September 30, 2018 at 11:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, brewers, christian yelich, hitting

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72

NEW YORK (AP) — The most-heard sound at major league ballparks this year was “Strike three!”

A whiff of offense would be nice rather than all those nights filled with nonstop whiffs.

Strikeouts are likely to exceed hits over a full season for the first time in major league history. The overall batting average has dropped to its lowest level since 1972, the year before the designated hitter. Lefty hitters — facing smothering defensive shifts — have fared even worse, with their lowest average since 1968, before the pitcher’s mound was lowered.

The arguments as for the causes of this and any ways to solve it (or, for that matter, if it needs to be solved) continued long into the night.

QLE Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: batting average, hitting, strikeouts

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Diamondbacks hitting coach: Struggles due to improper approach, poor adjustments

When the Diamondbacks began a west-coast trip with a series in San Francisco in late August, hitting coach Dave Magadan recalls feeling pretty good about the state of his offense. It had struggled through the season’s first two months but had mostly found its footing into the middle of the summer, scoring the second-most runs in the league over a 75-game stretch.

And then, as Magadan put it, they came upon a “barren desert” of offensive output.

“Just all of a sudden it was shutout-shutout out of nowhere,” Magadan said, recalling the first two games of that series against the Giants. “It was flummoxing, to say the least.”

It isn’t that often that people encounter barren deserts AFTER they leave Phoenix…..

QLE Posted: September 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, hitting

Monday, August 27, 2018

Why J.D. Martinez could rebuild himself into a feared slugger, and others can’t – The Athletic

Nice insight into sometimes stubborn mind of a hitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2018 at 07:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, j.d. martinez, lars anderson, pay site

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

FG - Juan Soto Looks Like the Best Teenage Hitter in History

Jeff Sullivan is not even being hyperbolic to get clicks! Really!!

(Please don’t watch him play left field, though. TNX!)

Bote Man Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, hitting, juan soto, nationals

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MLB Hitters Explain Why They Can’t Just Beat The Shift

Or…won’t.

CC: Scott Boras

ESPN.com recently asked three lefty hitters who face varying percentages of shifts for their takes on the state of affairs. How do they try to attack defensive shifts, and do they think MLB can take any steps to address the problem—if there is, indeed, a problem?

Those hitters include Daniel Murphy, Kyle Seager, and Matt Carpenter.

Bote Man Posted: July 11, 2018 at 02:23 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, shifts, strategy

 

 

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