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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Need for Speed: MLB’s Hardest Throwers Are Paying a High Price

First Luis Severino broke. Then Chris Sale. Now Noah Syndergaard. When it comes to pitching health, these are hard times for hard throwers.

All three were All-Star pitchers in 2018. All three were among the 20 hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the majors that year. Severino and Syndergaard ranked 1-2. Sale just made it inside the top 20, as did Michael Fulmer, Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl and Shohei Ohtani, if he had lasted long enough to qualify.

All of them had Tommy John surgery in the past 17 months to repair a torn elbow ligament. The breakdown rate is staggering: one-third of the 21 hardest-throwing starters blew out in less than a year and a half.

After the latest blowout, the one to Syndergaard, it’s time to ask some serious questions about the connection between velocity and health.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: arm injuries, pitchers, tommy john surgery, velocity, verducci

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Giants’ Buster Posey describes biggest MLB change since rookie season

SAN FRANCISCO—On a comfortable evening on Sept. 11, 2009, the world was introduced to 22-year-old Buster Posey.

The Giants catcher struck out against the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda in his MLB debut, but the team’s top prospect would have another chance against the team once again. This time, in Los Angeles on Sept. 19.

He went in to pinch hit for Eli Whiteside in the seventh inning and take over at catcher. Despite grounding out against Jon Garland in his first at-bat of the game, he would later hit a single to right field off Jeff Weaver.

That was 11 seasons and six All-Star selections ago. The game has changed quite a bit since then, Posey said.

 

QLE Posted: March 05, 2020 at 04:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, change, velocity

Astros’ Zack Greinke finds perfect combination for better velocity early in spring

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Zack Greinke seems to have found the solution to the velocity problems he’s experienced in past spring trainings: Work out less and throw more.

That’s what the Astros starter did this offseason and he credited that combination with hitting 91 mph on the stadium radar gun in his second Grapefruit League start Wednesday.

How many of us could make such claims without being called slackers?

 

QLE Posted: March 05, 2020 at 12:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: velocity, work ethic, zack greinke

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Why The Red Sox Don’t Give Radar Readings at Spring Training

But if you’re headed to JetBlue Park for any games in the next week or so don’t expect to get a read-out on velocity. The Red Sox are purposely trying to make their pitchers forget such things exist.

“We don’t,” said Roenicke when asked about the Red Sox not publicizing radar gun readings at home games. “You guys all see what pitchers do later on. They throw a pitch, then it’s rub here and the eye is right on the radar. Right now that’s not a good thing. So I think as much as we can stay, and I realize the fans want that radar up there, we’ll get it up there when Bushy feels like, ok, they’re beyond the point, we can start putting it up there. But yeah, it’s there. It’s real. You see it in every big league game. A pitcher comes into the game, he throws that first pitch, and those eyes are right up on the radar. When they don’t see what they are used to seeing, maybe if a guy is 95 and all of a sudden he looks up there and sees 92, he’s like, ‘Whoa.’ Whether he’s going to throw harder on that next pitch or what, it makes a difference.”

I think this is a good idea.  Frankly I’d do it at my minor league affiliates too.

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: February 29, 2020 at 07:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, spring training, velocity

 

 

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