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20 March 2013

Via @Fangraphs: Coolest Baseball Article of the Day

The premise: 

The goal is expressed in the headline: I want to talk about who’s going to throw the fastest pitch in the upcoming baseball season. There’s no trophy for the achievement (yet), and the fastest pitch might not even go for a strike, but we’re a people who love us some fastball velocity, to the extent that we dress it up with fancy words like “velocity” instead of simpler, more accurate words like “speed”. Surely, a player would be honored to know if he threw the league’s fastest pitch in a season. Pitchers like velocity, too. We all think velocity is important, so let’s talk about the pitch with the most velocity.

The funniest line: 

Here’s Justin Verlander against Asdrubal Cabrera on May 24, with a fastball clocked at 101.5 miles per hour: 
Verlander1.gif.optThe next pitch, incidentally, was a curveball, taken for a called strike three. Justin Verlander isn’t real. He isn’t a real thing.

Enjoy the rest here. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's easy: Aroldis Chapman of the Reds.

Chris J