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Monday, September 30, 2019

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago.

Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta’s Grant Dayton that lifted the New York Mets over the NL East champion Braves 7-6.

Oakland’s Steven Piscotty started the barrage on March 20 in Tokyo against Seattle’s Marco Gonzales, the sixth batter of the season.

This year’s total was 11% above the old record and 21% higher than last year’s 5,585.

That was the season that was- and here are the numbers that go with it.

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home run spike, milestones, numbers

Friday, September 27, 2019

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred: ‘We Need To Make A Change To The Baseball’

With the massive increase in the number of home runs, could changes be coming to baseballs used in Major League Baseball and the Minors for the upcoming season? That was a question I asked MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as part of an exclusive interview for Forbes.

To date there have been 6,590 home runs in MLB; a new single-season record, and the home run rate in Triple-A, where the MLB baseball has been used, was up 50% for the season. For more than two years, the league has addressed questions from not only the media, but pitchers about changes to the construction of baseballs that have been partly attributed to a spike in the number of home runs in the game. The league gathered a group of scientists that examined the ball as part of the increase in home runs starting in 2015. The league’s report showed that at least part of the increase was due to reduced drag on the ball. Additional research by Dr. Meredith Wills showed that changes to the lace thickness has created a rounder baseball as a likely reason for the change in drag.

Manfred said that the league is going back and taking another look at the baseballs.

“We have reconvened the group of scientists that worked with us before [on the initial study],” he said. “We’ve asked them to take a fresh look at everything that is occurring with the baseball. We expect to get this new report shortly after the World Series.”

Given what we know about Manfred’s decision-making processes, I wouldn’t get our hopes up…..

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, juiced baseballs, manfred is thinking about it

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A’s legend Mark McGwire has enjoyed watching power surge in baseball

OAKLAND—Much has been made of the massive home run totals across Major League Baseball this year, with several teams—including the A’s—setting franchise for most homers in a season.

In fact, the league itself set a record earlier this month, with nearly three weeks still remaining in the season.

Former A’s star Mark McGwire, who hit more than a few home runs in his day, weighed in on this year’s power surge across baseball.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “Obviously, there’s a difference (with the baseballs), but I don’t think that’s the only thing. Guys are throwing harder and guys are getting used to hitting velo(city). Guys are getting bigger and the way they’re generating bat speed, the ball’s coming in and when it hits it goes. There are a lot of factors. Maybe the ball has something to do with it. Some of these games I watch, I feel like I want to put a uniform on and go out there and play.”

Rather than face the (potentially) terrifying truth about the long-term consequences of this shift, turns out he’d rather watch people hit some dingers.

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 01:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, mark mcgwire

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Twins set MLB record as 5th player reaches 30-home run mark

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have set another major league home run record, becoming the first team in history to have five players go deep 30 or more times in one season.

Miguel Sanó gave the Twins the all-time mark with his 30th homer, a three-run shot to the third deck in left field off Chicago White Sox left-hander Ross Detwiler on Tuesday night. Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) all made it before Sanó.

Something to add to our collection of notes on the effects of the rabbit ball this season.

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, twins

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Triple-A homers increased by nearly 60% this season thanks to the juiced baseball

Minor league broadcaster and writer Tim Hagerty tweeted last night that the now-concluded Triple-A season absolutely shattered its all-time home run record. Last year there were 3,652 homers in the top minor league. This year: 5,749. The only significant difference between this year and last year: the introduction of the major league ball to the minors.

As Jayson Stark of The Athletic notes this morning, that number includes a 59 percent increase in homers in the Pacific Coast League over last year and a 57 percent increase in the International League.  Stark talks with a baseball executive who tells him that, from a development perspective, the PCL has now become essentially useless, and they are sending prospects to Double-A instead because the juiced ball is preventing clubs from accurately assessing players.

Something I can testify to from firsthand witnessing- and probably will have more data on in the next couple of days.

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home run spike, juiced baseballs, triple a

Friday, August 30, 2019

Twins break MLB record for home runs on road

CHICAGO—The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs on the road in a season, hitting three in Thursday’s 10-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox to lift their total to 141 away from home.

Jake Cave went deep twice, including a leadoff shot in the third against Dylan Cease that gave Minnesota 139 homers on the road, eclipsing the previous mark of 138 set by San Francisco in 2001.

C.J. Cron, the Twins’ next batter, followed with a drive to center to give Minnesota back-to-back homers in the third.

Cave added a shot in the seventh for his second career multihomer game, increasing the Twins’ overall total to 261, which leads the majors and already is the third most in a season in MLB history. The record for homers in a season (267) was set last year by the New York Yankees. The 1997 Seattle Mariners hit 264.

Exhibit #413 involving the excesses of the home run spike this season, ladies and gentlemen.

 

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:04 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home runs, twins

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Previewing the 2019 Home Run Derby | FanGraphs Baseball

Jay Jaffe is a Home Run Derby witch.

Given that you’ve read this far, you might want some predictions, and while I’m not going to claim to be an expert in prognostication, I will point out that I picked Harper to win last year. So here goes: Guerrero (in something of an upset), Pederson, Alonso, and Bell to advance, with Alonso besting Guerrero in a very entertaining all-rookie finals that hopefully will bring both sluggers back for more in the coming years.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2019 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Pete Alonso wins 2019 Home Run Derby | MLB.com

They finally have the format right. Very entertaining!

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2019 at 07:47 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, joc pederson, peter alonso, vladimir guerrero jr.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Giants must alter evaluation approach due to changes in minor leagues

SAN FRANCISCO—Andrew Suarez looked up during one of his minor league starts earlier this year, saw that the Sacramento River Cats were down five runs, and thought, “We can still win this.”

The thought process wasn’t simply about being optimistic. It was about being realistic in the Pacific Coast League.

The league has always been offense-crazy, but this season has seen new levels of production. The PCL started using MLB balls and lineups have taken off in a league where altitude was already an issue for pitchers. Teams are averaging 5.62 runs per game and an OPS of .816, and the league-wide ERA is 5.29.

“It’s a little bit like playing in Coors Field everywhere you go,” Suarez said.

A reminder of why having offensive explosions in AAA isn’t necessarily a good idea.

 


Friday, May 24, 2019

MLB roundup: Twins hammer eight HRs in rout

The Minnesota Twins slammed eight home runs, including two each by Miguel Sano and Jonathan Schoop, on their way to a 16-7 rout over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday afternoon in Anaheim, Calif., completing a three-game sweep.

The game was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday, but a rainstorm made the field conditions unplayable. The wait was worth it for the Twins, whose eight home runs tied a single-game club record. It also tied an Angels record for most home runs allowed in a game.

The Twins have scored a major league-high 289 runs this season, and they battered Angels pitching Thursday for 17 hits and six walks. Former Angel C.J. Cron had five hits, including a home run and two doubles.

Besides Sano, Schoop and Cron, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario also homered.

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, home run derby, twins

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Orioles’ pitching crosses 100 homers allowed mark in 48th game

The Orioles’ pitching staff is on pace to obliterate the Reds’ record of 258 homers allowed in the season. When O’s starter David Hess yielded a three-run home run to Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game, that marked the 100th homer given up by a Baltimore pitcher this season. They have played 48 games so far, putting them on pace to allow 338.

The homer was Frazier’s second of the night. He had also gone yard with a runner on in the third inning. Gary Sánchez opened the scoring in the first inning with a three-run blast of his own. As of this writing, the Yankees are leading 11-3.

On the bright side, they all have a promising future in pitching batting practice….

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: bad pitchers, home run derby, orioles

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Triple-A Game features 33 runs, cycle, four-homer game from Yasmany Tomás

The Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) and Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) played a wild one on Monday. The game featured 33 runs on 39 hits and 16 walks with 10 homers. Four of those homers were hit by Yasmany Tomás. Matt Szczur hit for the cycle while Kevin Cron knocked in six runs and hit a pair of homers, giving him 21 on the season. Reno won 25-8, by the way.

The Triple-A hitting boom of this season, epitomized in one game.

 

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting for the cycle, home run derby, matt szczur, triple a, yasmany tomas

 

 

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