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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Yankees Stage Improbable Comeback Behind a Volley of Home Runs

Didn’t look good for the Yankees, down 9-1 in the 6th, and 11-4 in the 7th, but …

“He’s probably the most gifted baseball player I’ve ever been around,” said Matt Holliday of his 25-year-old teammate Aaron Judge, a rookie with all of 155 major league at-bats. “I mean, he’s 6-foot-8, 275 pounds. He moves really well in the outfield. I’m not saying he’s going to be the greatest player who ever played, but as far as when the guy hit a 97-mile-per-hour fastball that was a line drive that the shortstop jumped for and it went over the fence. He can do things that I haven’t seen, and I’ve played a long time.
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And it was especially high praise coming from the player who wound up striking the biggest blow Friday night, a game-ending, three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave the Yankees a highly improbable, and probably unforgettable, 14-11 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Holliday’s home run was just the final blast on a night in which Yankee Stadium 2017 played a lot like Yankee Stadium 2009, when baseballs regularly flew through air that somehow seemed too thin and soared over walls that appeared way too close.

A memorable game. Perhaps a special season?


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Elevator pitch: HR hitters share power points

The most popular theory, unsurprisingly, posited that something had changed with the composition of the ball itself, an interesting thought given that the home run surge seemed to start somewhat suddenly in 2015. A study by FiveThirtyEight went so far as to have a laboratory fire balls out of a cannon to test them, but the results were inconclusive. And not only did Commissioner Rob Manfred tell ESPN that nothing had been changed with the ball, but a well-respected college physics professor offered evidence in an article that didn’t support the theory, casting more doubt on that angle.

But what if Myers was on to something? What if part of it was as simple as a new generation of analytically savvy players simply trying to hit more homers? After all, we are seeing players talking about trying to elevate the ball, notably late-blooming sluggers like Josh Donaldson, Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and J.D. Martinez. Not to mention the fact that the average launch angle across MLB rose from 10.5 degrees to 11.5 in 2016. And as the Cubs like to say, “There’s no slug on the ground.”

That’s the kind of thing you couldn’t be sure of unless you asked them.

So that’s exactly what we did.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 30, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Friday, December 02, 2016

Homers steady with new Coors Field fences | MLB.com

Hit them far, hit them deep!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 06:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coors field, home runs, rockies

 

 

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