Comments on: Power Stats For 2011 Home Run Derby Participants http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: BSK http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127491 Sat, 09 Jul 2011 05:50:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127491 11-

I'm not sure that is much of a concern. First off, I've read that the idea of the HR derby messing up swings is a bit of a myth. Yes, some guys have tailed off after big first halves, but these were guys who were anomalies as HR hitters to begin with. Second off, while I'm sure there is the possibility that some guys throw their swings out of whack in the Derby, Bautista's regular swing seems tailor made for it. He takes a healthy rip every time up, so it's not like he's going to be making major adjustments.

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127474 Sat, 09 Jul 2011 02:46:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127474 @14
Sorry "...IS the wild card .....

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127473 Sat, 09 Jul 2011 02:45:27 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127473 @3
Zachary, Fielder picked Weeks and Ortiz picked Gonzalez. So it's a wash there. Gonzalez is having an MVP season but not in terms of home run power. Did Granderson turn down the opportunity?

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Matt, I've got a fiver says the AL wins. 🙂 I think Bautista in the wild card in the whole thing. He does have a fly-ball swing, but .......

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By: Matt http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127465 Sat, 09 Jul 2011 02:01:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127465 The National League wins this.

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By: Evil Squirrel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127459 Sat, 09 Jul 2011 01:38:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127459 @7 - That was a JFF suggestion, of course, but if any pitcher had a legit chance in the homerun derby, it would be Big Z. And they certainly let him turn it loose in BP, at least at both games I've seen him start....

@10 - That was my thinking as well, which is why I'm sure Prince picked him for the team. I imagine there would have been a discussion had Pujols been healthy and he still bypassed him for Holliday, because I'd take Matt over Albert if I were picking the team as well having seen them both take BP many times.....

If I were picking a HR Derby team and I wanted to win, I'd go strictly by observing who can put the ball out of the park consistently during batting practice, since those are the conditions the HR Derby are held under, not who hits for the most power in game situations. Contrary to popular belief, they are two entirely different animals....

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127437 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 23:26:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127437 @5 @9
Kenh and Doug, I also am surprised by Bautista being brought back to the pack by park factor in isolated power.

I wish he wouldn't have entered the HR derby because of the risk of screwing up his swing.

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By: Dan Berman4 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127436 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 23:24:18 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127436 The Brewers announcers report that Weeks is the best batting practice power guy. They say he stops the show every night with his blasts.

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By: kenh http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127402 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:37:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127402 @5 Doug

Bautista has hit 16 of his 29 homers at home and 13 on the road. He doesn't hit many cheap ones. Except for this week in Boston when his high fly ball to left just landed over the Green Monster.

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By: Neil Paine http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127393 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 20:06:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127393 #5 - Yeah, I was surprised too. Rogers' PF for HR is 1.317 this year (and that's no outlier -- it was 1.358 last year). Compare to Dodger Stadium's 0.796, and it's easy to see why Matt Kemp's park-adjusted isolated power is basically equal to Bautista's despite a massive difference in raw unadjusted rates.

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By: Tom http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/12695/comment-page-1#comment-127386 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:33:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=12695#comment-127386 @4 I idea of throwing in the biggest power threats (no matter the position) is an interesting one and Big Z could possibly possess one of the more powerful swings, BUT...

...he's on a rehab assignment in Peoria, IL tonight for a tweaked lower back. There's speculation that he won't be allowed to even take BP. And as a ballhawk in Peoria, this is disappointing to learn, but I understand the Cubs' reasoning.

...which begs the question... Why would any GM in their right mind allow one of the team's pitchers to take place in such an event? It would be like letting Jose Canseco mop up on the mound in a blow out and then have him six weeks later go under the knife for TJ surgery. Oh wait, I think that happened.

http://miscbaseball.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/jose-canseco-pitching-in-1993/

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