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09-03-2005, 11:07 AM
and they said size doesn't matter
09-04-2005, 04:46 AM
Saw the article in the Journal Friday. It strikes me as pretty dumb. I never understood the fascination with HR distance. McGwire hit some moon shots in '98, but No. 62 barely cleared the fence in the corner at Busch; it counted just the same. I haven't heard anyone calling for measuring the length of liners in the gap that fall in for doubles or triples. And for all the displays on scoreboards, pitch speed is basically a freak show stat. I can think of a bunch of measures (starting with batter RBIs vs. expectation given base/outs situation) I'd rather see first.
09-06-2005, 10:57 AM
I never understood the fascination with HR distance. McGwire hit some moon shots in '98, but No. 62 barely cleared the fence in the corner at Busch; it counted just the same.
True, but there's something about seeing someone hit a ball to the LF bleachers @ Yankee Stadium, or clear out of Tiger Stadium, or off the opening of Stade Olympique. Maybe it's the power, or the brute force?
Over the years, I've seen many hr's hit to Monument Park, but one that stands out in my mind was the one hit by Dave Winfield during the pine tar game.
09-06-2005, 02:02 PM
I think when we see a titanic shot we would like to know how far it traveled, but it isn't very important.
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