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Blue Jays blog since February 2007. More than 500 posts.


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4,000 Word Essay on the Final Inning of the Jays’ 2015 Season99999

By Jon Hale

Published: Oct 24, 2015, 4:36 am EDT

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Added: Feb 10, 2016, 12:32 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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How the Blue Jays Changed David Price’s Cutter99999

By Jon Hale

Published: Oct 19, 2015, 8:38 pm EDT

Quick little rant to start this off: even with 3-D pitch data, analyzing pitchers is really hard. And your average stathead is really bad at it. The problem is that much more than hitters, pitching results have to be taken in context and results are based on a lot of luck and just as many […]

Added: Feb 10, 2016, 12:32 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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More on the Wind vs. Dickey’s Knuckleball99999

By Jon Hale

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...

Added: Oct 14, 2013, 3:12 am via bjays.wordpress.com

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Does closing the dome help R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball?99999

By Jon Hale

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...

Added: Oct 13, 2013, 1:12 am via bjays.wordpress.com

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But they were OUR Mercenary Juicers!99999

By Jon Hale

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...

Added: Aug 12, 2013, 3:02 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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From Bad Calls to Worse Articles99999

By Jon Hale

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? […] ...

Added: Jul 27, 2013, 2:59 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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A Quick Fix for JP Arencibia’s OBP99999

By Jon Hale

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 […] ...

Added: Jul 21, 2013, 5:12 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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Jose Bautista vs. The Umpires99999

By Jon Hale

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

I wrote that! ...

Added: Jun 24, 2013, 9:12 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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The Jay Land99999

By Jon Hale

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 [...] ...

Added: Apr 29, 2013, 8:02 am via bjays.wordpress.com

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Softer, Worse, Slower99999

By Jon Hale

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 [...] ...

Added: Apr 8, 2013, 2:03 pm via bjays.wordpress.com

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