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Postby LBJackal » Fri May 21, 2004 2:11 pm

slomo007 wrote:I guess hitting 100 and the ball hitting the bricks behind home plate at Wrigley still counts though.


No, Ankiel pitched for StL, not the Cubs :-b
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Postby Chopper » Fri May 21, 2004 2:14 pm

Interesting info here:
Fastest Pitchers

Looks like Wagner and Gagne so far this year.
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Postby Mudd » Fri May 21, 2004 2:17 pm

Chopper wrote:Interesting info here:
Fastest Pitchers

Looks like Wagner and Gagne so far this year.

Great link!! Thanks!!
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Postby jerrycantrell » Fri May 21, 2004 2:22 pm

dont forget tim wakefield!!! hahahaha
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Postby LBJackal » Fri May 21, 2004 2:31 pm

Wow, cool link. Wohlers was another one like Ankiel who lost total control of his fastball. He couldn't even hit the catchers mitt on a few occasions.......too bad he couldn't harness his skill.

And MacDougal isn't on that list, but he hit 103 in the minors, which I was reading an article about before he joined the Royals. The article also mentioned him throwing sinkers as fast as 97 MPH 8-o But obviously you require more than just speed to be effective....
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Postby trac02 » Fri May 21, 2004 2:36 pm

Notice the date Beckett hit 100 -- it was in the NLDS against Chicago as I recall and he was blowing away Sammy Sosa. What a dominant postseason.
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Postby Silver Slugger » Fri May 21, 2004 2:39 pm

i read an article on espn about this last year. it says that the two pitchers with the most fastballs over 100mph in 2003 were billy wagoner and bartolo colon.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/gammons/story?id=1659935
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Postby Tavish » Fri May 21, 2004 2:46 pm

Last year when lil Mac was the buzz of the Royals fans there was plenty of talk about the speed hit could register. He consistently pitched in the 95 range and during the first three games of the year hit hit 99 several times but no 100s*. As his control got worse, so did his velocity (perhaps in an attempt to regain the zone) and is now in the 93-94 range.

During this year's preseason I saw Lidge hit 98 on three straight so he might be another who can harness the century mark.


*Side note - one of the most strangest discussions during the magical 16-3 run was about Mac's 99 mph. A local sports radio host was pushing hard for the home town scoreboard operator to fudge a pitch or two from a 99 to 100 to excite the crowd. Made me wonder how many times this has been done before or if anyone has even heard of it happening.
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Fri May 21, 2004 2:56 pm

Tavish wrote:*Side note - one of the most strangest discussions during the magical 16-3 run was about Mac's 99 mph. A local sports radio host was pushing hard for the home town scoreboard operator to fudge a pitch or two from a 99 to 100 to excite the crowd. Made me wonder how many times this has been done before or if anyone has even heard of it happening.


i wouldnt be surprised if it happened. i think stadium radar guns can be pretty inaccurate sometimes partly because clocking the speed isnt an exact science. different brands of guns will give different results and there is a disagreement as to which location the speed should be measured (when the ball leaves the pitchers hand or closer to the plate).
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Postby LBJackal » Fri May 21, 2004 3:03 pm

I've been watching games with some pitchers throwing fastballs clocked ridiculously low (in the 50's) so I wouldn't trust them all the time. When Clemens was in TO he didn't allow them to show the radar speed on the JumboTron. Then they came out with a commercial of him hitting 130+ - the joke was that they didn't tell him it was KMPH :-D
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