Justin Upton demolished baseballs in 2-homer game against Red Sox
Just absolutely obliterated.
Bryce Harper is pounding the ball into the ground
He’s gotta figure out how to elevate more despite pitchers giving him few pitches to elevate.
Stanton is the favorite to win the Home Run Derby
The odds are in his favor, but not by much.
Lorenzo Cain robs a home run with an unbelievable catch
Cain's arm looks a little like jelly after making this catch, but Royals fans are used to seeing Cain make plays like this. Cain ranks second only to Leonys Martin in defensive runs saved among center fielders since 2014, and he ranks eighth overall. According to Jeffrey Flanagan and Statcast, Cain's route efficiency was 98 percent on a batted ball that goes for a hit about 89 percent of the time.
Bettors somehow think Bumgarner will be in HR Derby
A pitcher competing with sluggers? Yes please.
Byron Buxton shows off speed on lightning-fast triple
10.69 seconds. Home ➡️ 3B. #BuxtonSpeed #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/RusNFEI689— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 4, 2016
I'm pretty sure my home to first speed would be right around his home to third speed.
J.T. Realmuto hits homer, gets a single
Longest single of the season. Easily.
Andrew McCutchen gets a dinger hat trick
He blasted the first two, but the last one just barely made it out.
Javier Baez shows Twister skills in stealing a base
Mike Trout's low launch angles produce best outcomes
.@MikeTrout posted career-high power numbers with this launch angle profile.— #Statcast (@statcast) February 16, 2016
Charted by @darenw, with #Statcast. pic.twitter.com/Y55TMeYn6e
Trout got a hit roughly 81 percent of time when he launched the ball at 10 degrees. His launch angle distribution also contains more contact where he does the most damage. For everyone's sake, please follow Daren Willman's work (@darenw). As if anyone needed another reason to swoon over Trout.
2016 Spring Training report dates
2016 Spring Training first workout dates announced for all 30 Clubs. pic.twitter.com/VCZwnlnLAp— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) January 11, 2016
Minnesota and Toronto players get a few extra days.
2015 Grammar rankings of sports fans
GET IT TOGETHER KC pic.twitter.com/SoleUBt79B— Kevin Ruprecht (@KevinRuprecht) December 22, 2015
Baseball fans in general are pretty bad with grammar. Indians fans have it together though. Study from Grammarly.
Here is the hardest-hit ball recorded by StatCast this year
Known masher Giancarlo Stanton is responsible, of course. It's not a dinger though. It had a launch speed of 120.3 mph on a 79.2 mph pitch.
Salary lost due to injury
Revealing Infographic Via @Forbes read article here https://t.co/ApYhTjUtA0 #BOSSummit #sportsbiz pic.twitter.com/GuTZ10qdSu— BOSS (@BOSSummit) November 18, 2015
Don't have a shoulder, an elbow, or be a pitcher. Got it.
Rasmus vs. Cespedes
2013-15 Colby Rasmus: .343 wOBA, .228 ISO, 117 wRC+, 8.8 fWAR (1,319 PA) Yoenis Cespedes: .338 wOBA, .216 ISO, 116 wRC+, 12.4 fWAR (1,895)— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) November 7, 2015
Their offense has been similar overall for the past three years, but Cespedes gets a lot of value from his arm.
How much a baseball game proposal costs
How much it costs to propose at every Major League Baseball stadium. pic.twitter.com/NpjYOdTQ4g— Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) July 23, 2015
You should expect to spend something in the neighborhood of a fortune to propose at Dodger Stadium. This is a well-designed infographic.
The Chapman Filter
.@statcast leaderboard features “Chapman Filter” for the fastest non-@AChapman_105 pitches: http://t.co/KP3Ech7lN8 pic.twitter.com/Bk9XcivltU— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 14, 2015
You know you skew the data when there has to be a filter built specifically for you.
Brandon Crawford hit a home run, then hit it again
StatCast's measurements on Brandon Crawford's home runs were nearly identical on his two opposite-field blasts in Atlanta. ESPN's Home Run Tracker disagrees just a bit.
The Astros score almost half their runs off home runs
#MLB @KevinRuprecht Pct of runs teams score on home runs this year: pic.twitter.com/sr3eDrIv11— Scott Lindholm (@ScottLindholm) August 2, 2015
The Yankees, Dodgers, and Mariners are close to the Astros as well. The Royals and Braves, on the other hand, do not rely much on home runs.
Trade deadline madness? Yes...and no.
#MLB @KevinRuprecht Number of trades and players involved, 2000-2015--2015 thru 7/30 pic.twitter.com/mtV1sqqXR1— Scott Lindholm (@ScottLindholm) July 31, 2015
There are fewer trades this year, but a lot of players are still on the move. There have been about 3.5 players on the move for each trade in 2015 compared to about 3.0 players last year and about 2.6 players per trade in 2013.
Twins decide to test StatCast
LOL Twins! https://t.co/BSpMGSxIQU— Conrad McGorkin (@ConradMcGorkin) July 29, 2015
I'd love to see the StatCast data for this play. "Third baseman accelerates backward at rate of 13.2mph after colliding with other center of mass"
The value of defense
Over the past calendar year… Hanley Ramirez: .339 wOBA, 116 wRC+, 0.1 fWAR Chris Coghlan: .342 wOBA, 116 wRC+, 3.1 fWAR— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) July 27, 2015
Despite similar offensive output, Chris Coghlan far outpaces Hanley Ramirez in fWAR.
Home Run Derby 2015: The longest bomb of Round 1
Off the bat of Joc Pederson, this home run was the longest measured home run of round 1.
Chris Sale is really good at getting whiffs
Chris Sale was the only pitcher in #MLB to induced 300+ first half swings and misses. He had 318. #WhiteSox— Beyond the Box Score (@BtBScore) July 13, 2015
Chris Sale leads all starters in whiff and whiff rate (minimum 500 pitches).
Why our brains have difficulty processing curveballs
Humans are about as good at perceiving peripheral motion as a GPS in downtown Pittsburgh is at pinpointing your location.
Gabe Kapler changing MiLB players' thoughts about stats
Pedro Moura describes which statistics Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers' director of player development, wants his minor leaguers to pay attention to. Via ocregister (h/t Neil Weinberg)
The Venditte Diagram
@jay_jaffe Did you by chance see this piece of brilliance by one of my @BtBScore co-writers @jacksontaigu ? pic.twitter.com/psJOyDDvuE— Scott Lindholm (@ScottLindholm) June 11, 2015
Matt Jackson, @jacksontaigu, has the appropriate visualization of Pat Venditte.
BREAKING: Per source, 3B Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 15, 2020
Gabe Kapler has been hired as manager of the San Francisco Giants, sources tell @MarlyRiveraESPN and me.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 13, 2019
For the first time in 95 years, the #WorldSeries champions are from Washington, DC.#STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/wxYc9XbQYo— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 31, 2019