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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Oakland A’s All-Star Jed Lowrie’s Career Has Been Fueled by Data

“As a player, all you can do is hit the ball hard. Sometimes that’s easier said than done when, at the end of the day, you’re still being evaluated on batting average, on-base percentage. You want to see those results, but sometimes you have to have a long-term view point and know that if you hit the ball hard consistently, you’re going to have those results.”

“I check [Statcast] regularly. We have our system upstairs in the clubhouse, so if you see me leaving the dugout, 99 percent of the time it’s to go up and look at either video or exit velocity and launch angle. I use that information more as a debriefing. I can figure out that if I take the swing that I wanted to mechanically on a pitch that I know I can hit hard, but the exit velocity wasn’t what I expected it to be, then maybe it’s because my legs aren’t underneath me.

“I had a collision earlier in the year that forced me to cut back on a lot of my lower-body workouts. The next two, three weeks, I was hitting balls that I thought were hard, but Statcast said [they were] not as hard as they should have been. I realized that I don’t need to change anything mechanically—my mechanics look good—I just need to get my legs back underneath me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

MLB trade targets: Top 20 players who could move by the deadline

13. Adam Jones, Orioles, center fielder: It was the trade that sent the Mariners spiraling, and in the 10 years since Jones and four others including pitcher Chris Tillman was traded to Baltimore, the Mariners still have not quite recovered. The Orioles love Jones, who has become the face of their franchise, but he’s a free agent in November.

Prediction: The Mariners, who lost All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to a PED suspension and center fielder Dee Gordon to a broken toe, finally right a wrong and brings back Jones.

A lot of Orioles are on the list.


 

 

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