Home Run Damage Report May 21st, 2012

For an intro to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2012 home runs, read this page.

Most Damaging: Giancarlo Stanton, 6.61 - #1 in 2012, #11 overall

Stanton’s HR last night was the 11th most damaging out of over 30,000 home runs hit since 2006. It was the fastest off the bat of the entire data set, just edging out Wladimir Balentien’s 122.3 mph on October 2nd, 2009. However, the distance was “only” 462 feet, so it gets 2.5 points of damage for distance and 4.1 points for speed.

Least Damaging: Jed Lowrie, -1.89

Fastest off the Bat: Giancarlo Stanton, 122.4 mph, 6.61 Damage – Fastest off the bat in 2012

Slowest off the Bat: Jed Lowrie, 97.5 mph, -1.89 Damage

Highest Apex: B.J. Upton, 117 feet, 0.49 Damage

Upton’s HR went up in the air and hit “something” and came down deep in center field. The umpires actually used deductive reasoning to call this a home run, since they knew it went past the B ring, which is in play. They knew it didn’t hit the D ring, so they deduced that it hit either the C ring or a catwalk, which is ruled a home run.

Lowest Apex: Ian Desmond, 60 feet, 2.04 Damage

Closest to straight center: B.J. Upton, 90.6 Degree Exit Angle, 0.49 Damage

Walk-off: None

First Career Home Run: Mike Leake, -1.35 Damage

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report Weekend of May 18th, 2012

For an intro to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2012 home runs, read this page.

 

This report covers all home runs from Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th.

Most Damaging: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 4.98 – #3 in 2012, #121 overall

Least Damaging: Jose Bautista, -4.52

Fastest off the Bat: Yan Gomes, 116.4 mph, 4.21 Damage

Slowest off the Bat: Jose Bautista, 93.2 mph, -4.52 Damage

Highest Apex: Asdrubal Cabrera, 137 feet, -2.82 Damage

Lowest Apex: Raul Ibanez, 51 feet, -1.29 Damage

Closest to straight center: Josh Reddick, 90.6 Degree Exit Angle, 1.24 Damage

Walk-off: None

First Career Home Run: Yan Gomes, 4.21 Damage, Scott Van Slyke, 0.40 Damage and Stephen Strasburg, -0.67 Damage

 

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report May 17th, 2012

For an intro to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2012 home runs, read this page.

 

Most Damaging: Andrew McCutchen, 2.31 - #109 in 2012, #3109 overall

Least Damaging: Jed Lowrie, -4.36

Fastest off the Bat: Joey Votto, 111.1 mph, 1.48 Damage

Slowest off the Bat: Jed Lowrie, 93.4 mph, -4.36 Damage

Highest Apex: Freddie Freeman, 123 feet, 0.63 Damage

Lowest Apex: Welington Castillo, 57 feet, 0.60 Damage

Closest to straight center: Yadier Molina, 89.9 Degrees, 0.94 Damage

#WeirdMeat Special (Most Damaging Opposite Field Home Run): Justin Morneau, -0.04 Damage

Walk-off: None

 

Data from ESPN HomeRun Tracker


Home Run Damage Report May 16th, 2012

For an intro to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2012 home runs, read this page.

Most Damaging: Jose Bautista, 4.29 - #11 in 2012, #349 overall – Fastest off the bat in 2012

Least Damaging: Dustin Ackley, -3.70

Fastest off the Bat: Jose Bautista, 117.5 mph, 4.29 Damage

Slowest off the Bat: Dustin Ackley, 96.1 mph, -3.70 Damage

Highest Apex: Travis Hafner, 137 feet, -1.15 Damage

Lowest Apex: Alfonso Soriano, 58 feet, -0.56 Damage

Closest to straight center: Todd Frazier, 91.7 Degrees, 1.44 Damage

#WeirdMeat Special (Most Damaging Opposite Field Home Run): Todd Frazier, -1.29 Damage

Walk-off: None

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Brett Lawrie’s Kerfuffle and the Pitch Framing Wizard

Last night, Brett Lawrie had a run-in with the umpire. Lawrie is a very high-energy player and responded to a called third strike with…lots of energy. He threw down his helmet, which bounced on the ground and hit the umpire, most certainly leading to a suspension, regardless of intent. There are lots of arguments about his intent, about how you can’t justify his response because of a bad call, blah blah blah. I’m not into that kind of stuff. Fact 1: Umpire called two pitches outside the normal strikezone strikes. Fact 2: Brett Lawrie didn’t like it. Fact 3: Brett Lawrie took his helmet off, spiked it on the ground and it hit the umpire. Moving on.

My first response to hearing about this was “Jose Molina involved in another controversial called strike? Seems to be a pattern there.” I then entered into a good conversation with Mike Ferrin on Twitter about catcher framing and how much we both love it and how undervalued it still is.

Here is the Brooks Baseball strikezone plot for right-handed hitters from Bill Miller last night. The three circled pitches are the Ball 1, Strike 2 and Strike 3 in the Lawrie PA.

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Home Run Damage Report May 15th, 2012

For an intro to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2012 home runs, read this page.

 

Most Damaging: Miguel Cabrera, 4.59 - #7 in 2012, #233 overall

Least Damaging: Hunter Pence, -3.06 and Curtis Granderson, -3.06

Fastest off the Bat: Miguel Cabrera, 115.8 mph, 4.59 Damage

Slowest off the Bat: Curtis Granderson, 95.4 mph, -3.06 Damage

Highest Apex: Brandon Snyder, 117 feet, -0.40 Damage

Lowest Apex: Hunter Pence, 55 feet, -2.02 Damage

Closest to straight center: Brian LaHair, 88.8 Degrees, 0.76 Damage and Mark Ellis, 91.2 Degrees, 0.25 Damage

Walk-off: Hunter Pence, -2.02 Damage

 

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


Home Run Damage Report May 14th, 2012

For an intro to Home Run Damage along with a list of all 2012 home runs, read this page.

 

Most Damaging: Nelson Cruz, 2.82 - #59 in 2012, #1,910 overall

Least Damaging: Marwin Gonzalez, -3.95

Fastest off the Bat: Nelson Cruz, 110.9 mph, 2.82 Damage

Slowest off the Bat: Marwin Gonzalez, 94.2 mph, -3.95 Damage

Highest Apex: Curtis Granderson, 120 feet, 0.64 Damage

Lowest Apex: Mark Teixeira, 67 feet, -0.99 Damage

Closest to straight center: Bryce Harper, 91.6 Degrees, 2.00 Damage

Walk-off: None

 

Bryce Harper (along with Marwin Gonzalez!) hit his first career home run last night. It was hit to almost straight center (91.6 Degrees) and was 1.2 standard deviations above average in distance and 0.77 standard deviations above average in speed off the bat.

 

Data from ESPN Home Run Tracker


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