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Re: Baseball

Postby Simple Minded » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:52 pm

Nonc Hilaire wrote:Perhaps Harrison is forgetting to compensate for the rotation of the earth.


Maybe his batting coach was a Dao-ist.... and he misunderstood the lesson of "be the bat."
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Re: Baseball

Postby noddy » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:00 pm

NapLajoieonSteroids wrote:Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates may have experienced something never before seen in major league baseball: in four consecutive at-bats, he was hit by a pitch.

Records for hit-by-pitches is a bit spotty when sussing out when they occurred in a game (or games as in this case), so it can't be said for certain; but it hasn't happened in the last 40 years and there is only one other recorded occurrence of a batter getting hit four times in the span of two games-- and that was in the mid 1920s and considering the first game was a rather wild extra-inning affair, the player's last at-bat was likely not when he got hit.

Getting hit by a pitching (and being rewarded first base) is a rarer occurrence than hitting a home run. But even so, some players, due to crowding the plate or diving into the strike zone, do get hit at higher clips. Brandon Guyer is the leading "hitman" among active players, he has been hit in 6.15% of his career at bats. That itself is unusual as it exponentially higher than the average which hovers under 1% of all at bats. But Guyer stands on the very border of the batter's box, straddling the line between uncomfortably close to the plate and technically (though seldom enforce) a violation of the rules. Harrison too stands rather close in, but his is more of dive "into&over" the plate that usually leaves him right on the line itself. Even then it has amounted to him getting hit in a little over 1% of his at-bats for his career.

So it was quite bit of random luck to be hit in 4 consecutive at bats; against two different teams, three different pitchers, all in the general spot of his lower left leg and none of it intentional.


its funny how peoples luck goes in bat and ball sports but this is one aspect of baseball that is completely different to cricket.

aiming at the body is encouraged because the main strike zone is behind the batsmans legs.

if you have enough skill and speed as a bowler to get away with it (and not get smashed out of the park) then aiming at their chest and head to scare them into making mistakes is a legitimate approach.

the only restriction is going for the head is limited to 2 out of every 6 deliveries.
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Re: Baseball

Postby NapLajoieonSteroids » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:44 am

Simple Minded wrote:
Nonc Hilaire wrote:Perhaps Harrison is forgetting to compensate for the rotation of the earth.


Maybe his batting coach was a Dao-ist.... and he misunderstood the lesson of "be the bat."


Maybe because of the way he was teaching it- players aren't so clever, saying, "let yourself become one with the ball" is a recipe for disaster. ;)
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Re: Baseball

Postby NapLajoieonSteroids » Thu May 04, 2017 9:25 am

Yankees are off unexpectedly to a scorching 17-9 start with a +45 run differential. (For those of you following who are not bat&ball game enthusiasts; the run differential doesn't count towards the record but is a decent measure on true talent of a team and will generally comport to what the final win-loss record over the full 162 game season.)

They trail the National League Washington Nationals by 1/2 a game for best record in baseball and they have the best run differential over all.

It is likely they will be falling back to earth a bit-- the starting rotation is not that great and has been showing signs of correction with poorer starts through the last two times through the rotation-- and the hitters, even the good ones, aren't all twice as good as the league average.

Right now they have a handful of hitters who are <150 +WRC [where +100 WRC is average], a starting rotation keeping them in games, and a true talent shut-down bullpen.

They do not need to play out of their minds the whole season, but a few more weeks of this and they could cruise at a mediocre .500% pace the rest of the way and right into the playoffs.
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