• Hang Time

    Posted by on April 28th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    This was interesting.

    Although, I suspect, that there are outfielders who need less hang time to catch up with balls than others.

    Comments on Hang Time

    1. Raf
      April 28th, 2011 | 12:49 pm

      Nice find. I’m sure positioning plays a big role as well.

    2. MJ Recanati
      April 28th, 2011 | 12:55 pm

      Raf wrote:

      I’m sure positioning plays a big role as well.

      Especially for the guys that don’t have the blazing speed to get to a ball that might not hang up there forever.

    3. #15
      April 28th, 2011 | 2:18 pm

      @ Raf:
      I agree. Also, hang time and where the ball lands constitute a rather two dimensional metric of a three dimensional event. A slicing line drive versus a straight line drive might look the same in terms of hang time, but reading them off the bat and catching them are very different. We are just going to have to implant a GPS microchip or a radiowave generator in the ball to track all this great information… Hmmmmm, maybe I should apply for a patent on that.

      All that said, Swish probably doesn’t make either of those two plays from Tuesday night. Not many outfielders do. Tough loss, but a great night for that kid. Cano has that MVP swing going right now. A thing of beauty.

    4. MJ Recanati
      April 28th, 2011 | 4:04 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Cano has that MVP swing going right now. A thing of beauty.

      He does right now but, overall, his walk rate is alarmingly low and it’s showing up in his horrific OBP. We’re talking 2008-level atrocious.

      He’s not the same player thus far in 2011 as he was in 2010. He needs to be more patient and selective at the plate or else he’ll be prone to those long slumps of his.

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