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Friday, November 17, 2017

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. Statcast has revealed the whole truth of Aaron Judge, and the truth is that, at least in the American League, he is one of a kind. That might make it harder to see the future, but then, maybe, it doesn’t make it harder at all.

And he just might cut down on those strikeouts.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Year Three of xStats–A Review | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

This is interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

Friday, October 27, 2017

Toolshed: Fall League lessons from Statcast | MiLB.com News

More minor league Statcast, please.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, statcast

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Statcast of the Day: Turner’s HR helped by heat

As we noted before the game, research has shown that every 10 degrees of temperature can add approximately 3.3 feet of distance to a batted ball, and the average temperature in Los Angeles at this time of year is 77 degrees. Because the temperature at the start of the game was 26 degrees higher, it was fair to expect that a fly ball on Tuesday could possibly go seven or eight feet farther than it might have on a regular Southern California evening.

Kind of surprising how big of an effect the temperature can have on how far the ball travels.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 25, 2017 at 01:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, statcast, world series

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ

Byron Buxton, the human vacuum cleaner who patrols center field for the Minnesota Twins, reached a frightening conclusion last winter: Even with his sprinter’s speed, superhuman instincts and unparalleled fearlessness around the wall, his defense could still be better.

He arrived at that belief thanks in part to Statcast, Major League Baseball’s sophisticated player-tracking technology that counts Buxton as perhaps its prototype player. With data provided by Statcast and the Twins’ coaching staff, Buxton learned that his first step—how quickly he reacts after the ball connects with the bat—wasn’t as quick as he would have liked.

So over the offseason, he spent a couple weeks at his old high school in Baxley, Ga., focusing intensely on trying to improve an area that not long ago couldn’t have been quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, statcast

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcast™ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Daren Willman:“Breaking down the quality of contact chart (exit velocity / launch angle)

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 07:25 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Moncada joins the leaders.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2017 at 08:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Statcast Sprint Speed Leaderboard | baseballsavant.com

Love the way the data is presented.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Eric Hosmer crushing with fewer ground balls | MLB.com

Interestingly enough, Hosmer has done all this by hitting the ball with less authority. That 43 percent hard-hit rate has dropped to 40 percent since April 26, and just 33 percent over the past month. While hitting the ball hard is the most important thing a hitter can do, Hosmer appears to have found a nice middle ground, trading some exit velocity for elevation and location. Since hard-hit balls on the ground don’t help him, this is better.

Now whether or not this is a hot streak or “the new Hosmer” remains to be seen. After all, we saw Daniel Murphy have his breakout late in the 2015 season, and no one really believed it, since he received just a three-year, $33 million deal from the Nationals. Hosmer still has to keep this up for two more months, and even then questions will remain. But we always knew the talent was there. Now, finally, we’re seeing the high-level production follow.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eric hosmer, royals, statcast

Friday, July 21, 2017

Statcast takes a look at top trade candidates | MLB.com

More, more, more Statcast, please.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, trades

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Statcast Lab: Where do great fielders showoff more than the rest of the field?

Here’s an interesting look at some Statcast data.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2017 at 11:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, statcast

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sprint Speed Helps Tell Us Who’s Good At Baserunning And Who’s Just Fast

As you might suspect, I have been searching for stuff comparing Sprint Spead to Baserunning Runs. Here’s a pretty interesting look from a week ago.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, statcast

Evaluating the St. Louis Cardinals baserunning with Statcast – THE INTREPID STL

Just stumbled onto this. Here’s an interesting look at the Cardinals baserunning using advanced metrics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, sabermetrics, statcast

Friday, June 30, 2017

Statcast Sprint Speed shows speed peaks young | MLB.com

When data confirms what you already know.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sprint Speed shows fastest at each position | MLB.com

None of them would beat Speedy Gonzalez in a race.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2017 at 06:00 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tangotiger Blog: Statcast Lab: Is playing CF about opportunities or degree of difficulty or both?

Some of the most interesting work being done right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 25, 2017 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hitters show change in laying off non-strikes | MLB.com

You’ll notice that in recent years, swings out of the zone peaked in 2015 and have fallen since. As you surely know, baseball’s recent home run surge began in mid-2015 as well. While work continues to understand why exactly home runs have increased—theories, with varying amounts of validity, range from players trying to hit home runs to changes in the ball to hitters hunting fastballs—it’s hard not to notice that fewer swings that are unlikely to lead to home runs follow the same timeline.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 08:46 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Aaron Judge sets Statcast exit velocity record | MLB.com

Big man hits another ball very, very hard.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, statcast, yankees

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Statcast: Gennett’s four homers | MLB.com

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: four homer games, reds, scooter gennett, statcast

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

How Statcast has changed MLB and why not everybody seems all that happy about it - CBSSports.com

Don’t be talkin’ bad about Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 03:27 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Barrel FIP Leaderboards – RO Baseball

One of my favorite new stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

MLB air ball revolution requires hard hit ball | MLB.com

This is simple common sense. Like I asked yesterday, who is trying to get all hitters to hit alike?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Friday, June 02, 2017

Park Factors and Other Early-Season Statcast Fun | FanGraphs Baseball

Park factors are an endeavor fraught with peril.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2017 at 11:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: park factors, statcast

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dodgers’ bullpen throwing most high fastballs | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 05:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: relievers, statcast

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