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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

WSJ: Biderman: Who Hits Baseball’s Shortest Home Runs

Bah~! More Patech nonsense…

Joe DiMaggio once thanked the good lord for making him a Yankee. Dustin Pedroia needs to thank someone for putting him in a Boston Red Sox uniform, otherwise many of his home runs may not have cleared the fence.

Since 2006, the average Pedroia homer traveled just 369.7 feet. This is the shortest average distance of any player with at least 30 homers in that span, according to Greg Rybarczyk, an engineer who tracks the distance of all homers hit with software that accounts for trajectory and atmospheric conditions. Boston’s Fenway Park is perfect for pull-hitting righties like Mr. Pedroia—the left-field pole of the Green Monster is only 310 feet away from home plate, nearly 23 feet less than the major-league average. (Granted, the wall out there is 37 feet high.) But the unique dimensions of Fenway can only take partial responsibility for Mr. Pedroia’s short homers. The second-baseman still only averages 373.7 feet per homer away from Boston. In fact, by Mr. Rybarczyk’s count, Mr. Pedroia has never hit a home run to center field or right field in any park in his entire career.

Repoz Posted: July 29, 2009 at 05:07 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ValueArb Posted: July 29, 2009 at 06:04 AM (#3271900)
He's like the Derek Jeter of Toon Town!
   2. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: July 29, 2009 at 06:06 AM (#3271903)
Mr. Pedroia has never hit a home run to center field or right field in any park in his entire career.


Too busy polishing his trophy, I'm sure.
   3. Jeff K. Posted: July 29, 2009 at 06:24 AM (#3271909)
David Eckstein!
   4. StillFlash Posted: July 29, 2009 at 06:38 AM (#3271915)
As far as I can tell, Pedroia has never hit a ball 400 feet in his major league career, but still managed 17 HRs in 2008 by being able to pull them to the shortest part of LF, regardless of the park.
   5. JoeHova Posted: July 29, 2009 at 07:15 AM (#3271926)
nm.
   6. Craig Calcaterra Posted: July 29, 2009 at 09:59 AM (#3271942)
I've been saying this for years: it's not the length of your dinger that matters, all that matters is that it clears the fence.

/best regards
   7. Jeff K. Posted: July 29, 2009 at 11:49 AM (#3271960)
Take it to the Wang thread.
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 29, 2009 at 01:56 PM (#3272042)
Interesting idea for an article.

Why are all the top 9 players he lists in the American League? Further evidence of the NL's massive superiority I must assume.
   9. Rally Posted: July 29, 2009 at 02:12 PM (#3272066)
Have pitchers been pitching Pedroia outside more this year?
   10. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: July 29, 2009 at 02:18 PM (#3272082)
Robinson Cano laughs at Dustin Pedroia's puny homers!
   11. tfbg9 Posted: July 29, 2009 at 03:46 PM (#3272251)
9-yes.
   12. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: July 29, 2009 at 04:01 PM (#3272282)
I'd love to see a discussion of other park effects that might affect the distance of a hit ball--wind effects, etc. I know there are several on the new Yankee Stadium, but I haven't seen any on the other parks. I don't doubt that most of Pedroia's homers barely clear the fence, and that he's not really a power hitter, but I'd love to know how many hits are shorter or longer than they should be based on the actual talent level of the player.
   13. villageidiom Posted: July 29, 2009 at 06:57 PM (#3272684)
Clearly Biderman is acting here as a media mouthpiece for the Red Sox front office. Take this as a sign that the Red Sox are trying to unload Pedroia, and are looking to tear down public opinion of him so they'll look good when they drop him.
   14. Dylan B Posted: July 29, 2009 at 08:45 PM (#3272878)
Why are all the top 9 players he lists in the American League? Further evidence of the NL's massive superiority I must assume.


Because aside from Pujols, nobody else in the NL has hit 30 HR's in the past 3 years.
   15. Dunn Deal Posted: July 30, 2009 at 02:53 AM (#3273316)
Because aside from Pujols, nobody else in the NL has hit 30 HR's in the past 3 years.


Maybe, but Arroyo and Harang are doing their best to remedy that situation...

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