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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Calcaterra: Frank Thomas thinks the balls are juiced this year

The Big Feller has spoken.

Lets make sure this is Real!!! The Baseballs don’t fly like this in April!! Trust Me the Balls are Doctored!! Enough Said!!

Someone had better tell that to the Royals. They’ve yet to hit a homer in seven games.

Someone had also better ask Frank Thomas what was up in 1994, when he hit eight homers in the month of April. Or in 1996, when he hit nine homers in March and April.

Stuff happens. And yes, at times in history, baseball has messed with the baseball. But the mere fact of a bunch of homers in a week or two is not enough to justify conspiracy theories.

Repoz Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:16 AM (#4682691)
The last team to go homerless in its first seven games was the infamous 1990 Yankees.
   2. McCoy Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4682708)
Alas, I'm now entering into a period where the greats of my youth are now the cranky old bastards that embarass themselves by revealing they are human afterall.
   3. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4682716)
Frank Thomas believes that the only thing on Earth that isn't juiced is Frank Thomas.
   4. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:52 AM (#4682719)
The last team to go homerless in its first seven games was the infamous 1990 Yankees.


Could be a good sign, maybe within 10 years The Royals will be so successful the entire sport will have to change its economic structure to combat their dominance.
   5. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:52 AM (#4682720)
The Yankeees have 3 home runs this season.
   6. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:57 AM (#4682729)
I'm glad they have any!
   7. JE (Jason) Posted: April 09, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4682733)
The Yankeees have 3 home runs this season.

Gardner of all people hit the first and it wasn't until the sixth game of the season.
   8. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 09, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4682744)
Until yesterday, the Orioles had hit 3 in 7 games. This is a team that had 220 last year.
   9. Comic Strip Person Posted: April 09, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4682849)
2014 (through April 8)

Games: 115
HR per game: 1.695
2B per game: 3.58
3B per game: .391
XBH per game: 5.666

2013

Games: 2431
HR per game: 1.917
2B per game: 3.38
3B per game: .317
XBH per game: 5.644

Or, there have been 652 extra base hits. If the games had played at last year's rates for extra base hits, there would have been 649 so far.

So yeah, I'm with the Hurt on this one. Definitely juiced!
   10. bobm Posted: April 09, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4682869)
[9] rate stats for last April versus season to date really do not show much difference.

                                                                                   
Split           G Year    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS BAbip
April/March   786 2013 29805 26662 3350 6694 1343 128 800 .251 .318 .401 .719  .294
April/March   230 2014  8767  7823  964 1957  412  45 195 .250 .318 .389 .707  .299
   11. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: April 09, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4682906)
This is everyone's first 8 games of 2013 (240 games total) vs. 2014 to date (230 games total). The numbers are expressed per team, i.e., how many doubles (etc.) each team hits per game rather than the total for both teams.

-   2013  2014
2B  1.70  1.79
3B  0.17  0.20
HR  1.07  0.85
XBH 2.93  2.83 

Last year through 8 games, 40.4% of the time a team went homerless in a game. This year the number is 45.2%.
   12. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4682974)
Sigh, you'd think after getting the 1st Ballot HOF Frank would have brushed his shoulders off. Come on big fella, stop being bitter and petty. Let the current Sox enjoy their moment. This tweet was in response to CHicagos 15-3 drubbing of the Rockies last night, a game in which they slugged 6 HR.
   13. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: April 09, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4682987)
One of the great things about the early season is how quickly a player's batting line can get healthy. Avisail Garcia was struggling mightily going into yesterday (4 for 24 with 1 walk and no EBH). His OPS is now above .800.
   14. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4683026)
One of the great things about the early season is how quickly a player's batting line can get healthy. Avisail Garcia was struggling mightily going into yesterday (4 for 24 with 1 walk and no EBH). His OPS is now above .800.


One of the keys for Avisail becoming a great player is ability to turn on pitches inside and pull the ball with power. Last night he did just that, albeit against not the greatest pitching staff. But both his HRs were no doubters at any park. He has great plate coverage but so far in his career he's mostly been a slap hitter. For a guy that stands 6-4 230 the expecations are for more power as he develops -- so far so good this year. Hard to remember this is his age 22 season. He's been in the bigs for part of 3 seasons already.
   15. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: April 09, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4683040)
Damn. Frank is two years younger than me. When I think of all the kids that have been in my yard that I haven't chased away because I didn't think I was old enough...
   16. Jeltzandini Posted: April 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM (#4683050)
Perhaps too early to make the call, but Frank might age into a Bob Feller level cranky old man. Looking forward to it.
   17. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 09, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4683360)
Red Sox have 5 in 8 games.

Frank "I'm was never juiced, but everyone else who hits long balls is cheating" Thomas just really needs to shut up now.
Maybe he's just watching too many Brandon Belt highlights at this early stage...

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