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Cardinals’ reliever Hicks has torn ligament in elbow, could miss rest of season | Cardinal Beat | stltoday.com

An MRI examination Monday revealed that the 22-year-old Hicks has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

A Cardinals press release states that the team is determining the next course of action but it seems unlikely that Hicks would pitch much, if any, the rest of the season. Tommy John surgery certainly would rule him out for the rest of this season and part of the next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 06:27 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cardinals, jordan hicks, tommy john surgery

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   1. The Duke Posted: June 24, 2019 at 09:37 PM (#5855543)
Well that was fun while it lasted. Really too bad
   2. Bug Selig Posted: June 25, 2019 at 06:59 AM (#5855598)
Isaac Newton says Hi.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 25, 2019 at 08:31 AM (#5855604)
You just can't throw that hard on every pitch and last very long. 101 MPH (70's radar)/104-105 (today's tech) is basically the limit human ligaments can stand.
   4. The Duke Posted: June 25, 2019 at 05:38 PM (#5855833)
I felt like he really wasn’t maxxing out. He looked fluid and in control most of the time. I thought he might be able to defy the odds.
   5. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 25, 2019 at 05:54 PM (#5855837)
101 MPH (70's radar)/104-105 (today's tech)


Uh, the recent uptick in recorded velo doesn't have near as much to do with "tech", just where the speed of the ball is recorded*.

*it absolutely has something to do with conditioning and training and such, but the decision to change the point of measure flat out changed the readings ...
   6. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 25, 2019 at 05:58 PM (#5855840)


The scoreboard at Citi Field showed Jacob deGrom hitting 98 mph, and the ballpark buzzed with the Mets star back in top form.

In Seattle, fans surely thought the same when Felix Hernandez's fastball ticked up on opening day. And how about that extra juice from Detroit ace Justin Verlander?

All across the majors, pitchers are ramping up the velocity this season — or at least it seems that way.

Not so fast. They're actually getting a little help: Major League Baseball has changed the way it's recording and reporting pitch speeds, driving up readings all over the league.

After previously using PITCHf/x to provide velocities to broadcasts and ballparks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media is instead supplying numbers from its Statcast system. The key difference is that PITCHf/x calculates velocity at a set point — usually 50 or 55 feet from the back of home plate — while Statcast measures velocity directly out of the pitcher's hand.

Because of that difference, Statcast readings are faster than PITCHf/x by about 0.6 mph on average, according to MLBAM senior data architect Tom Tango.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 25, 2019 at 06:05 PM (#5855842)
Uh, the recent uptick in recorded velo doesn't have near as much to do with "tech", just where the speed of the ball is recorded*.

That's what I mean by "tech". The technology used to measure the speed of a pitch changed, and that changed the measurement point. Nobody today throws any harder than Ryan.
   8. Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: June 25, 2019 at 08:03 PM (#5855863)
Nobody today throws any harder than Ryan.


In the documentary, "Fastball", a physicist took the methods and measurement point of past pitchers then adjusted them to today's measurement point to come up with good comparison of who threw the fastest pitch.

Walter Johnson: Recorded in 1917 - 83.2 mph (Adjusted to 93.8)
Bob Feller: Recorded in 1946 - 98.6 mph (Adjusted to 107.6)
Nolan Ryan: Recorded in 1974 - 100.9 mph (Adjusted to 108.5)

Fastball Documentary
   9. Rally Posted: June 25, 2019 at 08:40 PM (#5855879)
I wonder if that was Feller’s peak velocity. 1946 was his best strikeout season, but he was 27 and velocity often peaks early. Might have been faster before WW2.
   10. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: June 25, 2019 at 08:53 PM (#5855884)
I felt like he really wasn’t maxxing out. He looked fluid and in control most of the time. I thought he might be able to defy the odds.


That's what people said about Mark Prior.
   11. The Duke Posted: June 25, 2019 at 10:59 PM (#5855926)
Fangraphs has an article up on this which suggests that throwing hard is not the issue, rather throwing lots of fastballs seems to be the higher correlation. He did both.
   12. Rally Posted: June 26, 2019 at 09:10 AM (#5855955)
From the day that Ryan threw 100.9, here is the scoreboard showing his top speed by inning.

It just jumps all over the place. I just don't think anybody had an idea of how to calibrate this stuff at the time.

Take the average of those and you get 94.8, so around 102 adjusted to out of hand speed.
   13. phredbird Posted: June 26, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5856029)

the measurement of velocity needs to be standardized once and for all.

every game from now on has to have that guy.

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