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A few random thoughts to throw out there:

  1. Instead of simply relying on MPH for velocity, I would like to see a metric called "Time to React" where we measure a few things
    1. Determine the average time it takes an MLB hitter to execute a swing, from the moment he decides to swing, until the moment the bat becomes perpendicular to the pitch line (parallel to the front of home plate).
    2. Subtract this Average Swing Time from the measured time between the ball leaving the pitcher's hand and the ball arriving at the front of home plate
    3. I feel that this metric would give us a better picture than simply using MPH, as it would take into account things like release point, which can increase/decrease the distance the ball has to travel, and also gives us a better representation for the layman of why a 100mph pitch is so much more difficult to hit than a 90 mph pitch (even though they're just 10% different in speed, the time to react will be greatly different).
  2. I think we overrate the HR. I would like to know a few things:
    1. Pitchers' effectiveness with the bases empty versus runners on base
    2. Pitchers' effectiveness on the next batter after giving up a run when the bases are empty versus having runners on (Is it possible that giving up a HR really rattles a pitcher? Or are they more calm having the bases cleared?)
    3. Can we build things like effectiveness on the basepath into a stat like OPS (without venturing full-on into WAR)? For example, if you have a guy who can get from first to home on the average double, versus a big lumbering DH who can't do that, can we account for that? What about the expected stolen base addition each time the runner reaches base safely (with the expected reduction for getting caught stealing)?
  3. I would like to see swing-and-miss rates broken apart by misses due to velocity, and misses due to movement.
While baseball is certainly the most advanced major sport out there right now with respect to advanced metrics, there is still so much room for improvement. The more data we get, the more chances there are to make better sense out of that data.
 

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A few random thoughts to throw out there:
  1. Instead of simply relying on MPH for velocity, I would like to see a metric called "Time to React" where we measure a few things
    1. Determine the average time it takes an MLB hitter to execute a swing, from the moment he decides to swing, until the moment the bat becomes perpendicular to the pitch line (parallel to the front of home plate).
It's an interesting idea, but how could you ever actually measure the bolded?
 

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It's an interesting idea, but how could you ever actually measure the bolded?
That's something you just need to clock once. Grab an average-aged MLB hitter, tell him to swing as soon as a light flickers (you don't even need a ball in this situation). Same way you judge response times in other arenas.
 

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That's something you just need to clock once. Grab an average-aged MLB hitter, tell him to swing as soon as a light flickers (you don't even need a ball in this situation). Same way you judge response times in other arenas.
Ah, got it.

I guess that would work then.
 

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... I am going through such a terrible slump.

Started 2 tournaments ago. 2 first ab were 330 foot hr. Then I hit 2 a mile (in the. Air) but they ended up getting just to the track and getting caught.

Then I lost it. 7 outs in a row.

Carried over into yesterday tourbament, 3/9. I'm a 750 hitter.

Tonight it continued. 13 more swings. I really do not know what I'm doing at the plate at the moment.

Game one 3/6, 2 ab I just went OPPO and missed one, think I tried cutting 3 and got on twice there, just kept my hands high for the last one and flew out 280 feet away. It was a low pitch, don't know what else to do on that.

Game two just tried OPPO 3 ab and missed all three, pop ups.

Game 3 finally hit a shot, a hr to lcf. Hit the ball hard enough on the other two to no one could field it.

This absolutely fucking sucks. I'm scared to just hit normally because I'm worried it's gonna be a fly ball. I am missing the ball going OPPO which is typically great at evening my swing out. I don't have much experience cutting the ball and it's real easy to miss thay way too. I just am not barreling many balls, missing everything. It does not feel comfy at the plate, nothing feels natural. And I feel like if I swing natural it's gona be a 280 foot fly ball.
 

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... I am going through such a terrible slump.

Started 2 tournaments ago. 2 first ab were 330 foot hr. Then I hit 2 a mile (in the. Air) but they ended up getting just to the track and getting caught.

Then I lost it. 7 outs in a row.

Carried over into yesterday tourbament, 3/9. I'm a 750 hitter.

Tonight it continued. 13 more swings. I really do not know what I'm doing at the plate at the moment.

Game one 3/6, 2 ab I just went OPPO and missed one, think I tried cutting 3 and got on twice there, just kept my hands high for the last one and flew out 280 feet away. It was a low pitch, don't know what else to do on that.

Game two just tried OPPO 3 ab and missed all three, pop ups.

Game 3 finally hit a shot, a hr to lcf. Hit the ball hard enough on the other two to no one could field it.

This absolutely fucking sucks. I'm scared to just hit normally because I'm worried it's gonna be a fly ball. I am missing the ball going OPPO which is typically great at evening my swing out. I don't have much experience cutting the ball and it's real easy to miss thay way too. I just am not barreling many balls, missing everything. It does not feel comfy at the plate, nothing feels natural. And I feel like if I swing natural it's gona be a 280 foot fly ball.
As Paul Harvey would say if he wasn't worm food - what's the rest of the story? I seem to recall you having better fortune at the plate recently.
 

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As Paul Harvey would say if he wasn't worm food - what's the rest of the story? I seem to recall you having better fortune at the plate recently.
Been hitting better but like this is still a problem. If I connect its a hr and there are restrictions everywhere. Even if you cut the ball, if it launches at over ten feet it can carry 240 and it's a hr (out). Yes, it's been going better, but I still don't have a solution.
 

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When I go OPPO sometimes I bar my left arm and don't snap wrists. When it's straight, it goes right over infield. Maybe do that
 

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