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Friday, April 07, 2017

MLBers’ Al Jazeera Suit Could Chill Future Doping Coverage

A D.C. federal judge last week raised eyebrows by allowing defamation claims by two Major League Baseball stars to move forward against Al Jazeera over a 2015 investigative documentary that included claims they had used banned performance-enhancing drugs, sending a warning to reporters covering the underworld of doping to more thoroughly scrutinize sources.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to toss defamation claims by Ryan Zimmerman, who plays for the Washington Nationals, and Ryan Howard, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies, over allegations in the controversial documentary “The Dark Side,” which aired in late December 2015, that they use a banned performance-enhancing steroid known as Delta 2…..

It is clear that Zimmerman and Howard are public figures, meaning that Al Jazeera and Davies are protected from defamation unless there is a showing that they published the alleged defamatory report with a reckless disregard for the truth in their reporting, the standard from the famous U.S. Supreme Court decision in the New York Times v. Sullivan case, according to professor Jane Kirtley, who teaches freedom of the press and mass communications law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

The question for the judge here, she says, is whether a jury could reasonably find Al Jazeera and Davies had done just that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: al jazeera, defemation, legal, peds, ryan howard, ryan zimmerman

Monday, January 23, 2017

Ryan Zimmerman hits hard but needs to add lift | MLB.com

I would have liked to see a comparison to his 2014-2015 results. (If I have time later today, I check out their handy new tool to investigate myself.) Anyway, this suggests it wasn’t a physical issue but was mechanical. It will be interesting to see if the coaching staff helps him correct the problem.

Though he hit the ball hard, Zimmerman had a pretty low launch angle, which is to say he was hitting hard-hit grounders. When viewed in this context, his numbers above make a lot more sense. While the Major League average for all batted balls 95 mph and up was .538, the average for batted balls 95 mph with a launch angle of 10 degrees and under was .470—just about exactly the .476 Zimmerman had.

So Zimmerman is doing himself no favors by putting his hard-hit balls on the ground, but he’s not being unfairly penalized for them, either. The real problem here, as it turns out, isn’t just what happens when he hits the ball hard. It’s what happens when he doesn’t. As we said before, 51.6 percent of Zimmerman’s batted balls go more than 95 mph. That means just more than 48 percent do not. If hard-hit balls on the ground aren’t helping Zimmerman out as much as you’d think, you can imagine what softly-hit balls on the ground are doing.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: ryan zimmerman, statcast

 

 

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