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More on the Wind vs. Dickey’s Knuckleball

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Published: Oct 14, 2013, 2:28 am EDT

One more thing to add about the effect of a closed dome — there is another variable used to describe movement in pitch f/x, called “break length”, which is defined as: “…the greatest distance between the trajectory of the pitch at any point between the release point and the front of home...

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Oct 14, 2013, 2:28 am

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Does closing the dome help R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball?

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Published: Oct 12, 2013, 10:48 pm EDT

There was a lot of speculation last year about the effect of the dome on R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, to the point where the dome was closed on a perfectly lovely fall day for his last start after Dickey made some noise in the media about wanting it that way. While Dickey seems like a...

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Oct 12, 2013, 10:48 pm

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But they were OUR Mercenary Juicers!

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Published: Aug 12, 2013, 2:17 pm EDT

It’s mostly just Richard Griffin twisting his words into something bigger than they are, but the talk about how the Steroid Era hurt him and the Blue Jays is all rather rich coming from Pat Hentgen: “When I look back on it, no question about it, I definitely gave up more runs...

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Aug 12, 2013, 2:17 pm

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From Bad Calls to Worse Articles

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Published: Jul 27, 2013, 2:30 pm EDT

Sometimes you have to step back and think about what the data you’re crunching really means. Shi Davidi’s latest piece using pitch f/x comes to the conclusion that pitchers are “getting the calls” because more balls in the zone are called strikes than the other way around. But let’s think about that for a millisecond, shall we? […] ...

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Jul 27, 2013, 2:30 pm

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A Quick Fix for JP Arencibia’s OBP

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Published: Jul 21, 2013, 4:04 pm EDT

Some players simply will never have the ability to recognize and lay off tough pitches that start in the zone and wind out of it. I get that. It is entirely possible to have a reasonable career that is based on hitting first pitches and mistake very, very, far, and accepting that once you get […] ...

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Jul 21, 2013, 4:04 pm

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Jose Bautista vs. The Umpires

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Published: Jun 24, 2013, 8:37 pm EDT

I wrote that! ...

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Jun 24, 2013, 8:37 pm

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Jose vs. The Umps

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Published: Jun 24, 2013, 2:43 pm EDT

From Jon Hale of the Mockingbird, a look at the ball-and-strike calls for Jose Bautista, and whether his theatrics with umpires are justified.

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Jun 24, 2013, 2:43 pm

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The Jay Land

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Published: Apr 28, 2013, 7:50 pm EDT

The Jay Land (With apologies to T.S. Eliot) APRIL is the cruellest month, losing Games out on the cold land, freezing Ligaments and desire, whiffing Dead bats causing spring pain. Winter kept us warm, covering T.O. in forgetful snow, feeding Too much hope with press releases. The offseason surprised us, coming towards the ‘dome With [...] ...

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Apr 28, 2013, 7:50 pm

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Softer, Worse, Slower

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Published: Apr 8, 2013, 1:44 pm EDT

A quick post-mortem (literally) on Dickey’s start last night…remember from last post how sitting consistently around 79 mph was one of the keys to his Cy? Here’s a graph of his velocity (all types of pitches) from one of his stellar starts – a 12K one-hitter against the Rays as an example of how he’s [...] ...

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Apr 8, 2013, 1:44 pm

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Dickey’s Knuckler — Harder, Better, Faster

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Published: Apr 7, 2013, 12:03 pm EDT

To make a long story short, as soon as R.A. Dickey was acquired this offseason I set off to write the definitive work on why he was so great last year and what to expect in this one, and completely and utterly failed. It turns out quantifying and/or predicting the evolution of that damn pitch [...] ...

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