Month: December 2016

It’s time to put The Boss in the Hall of Fame

When George Steinbrenner lorded over the Yankees, a local businessman would often show up at Yankee Stadium as the guest of The Boss, to sit in the owner¡¯s box, take in a ballgame and chat. It made sense that long before Donald Trump ran for office, he and Steinbrenner were friends. Because back in the ¡®70s and ¡®80s, it was as if Steinbrenner created the mold through which Trump¡¯s national image would flourish two decades later: a pushy, attention-starved millionaire who operated temperamentally and lived on the cover of the New York tabloids — Steinbrenner

Authentic Kids Leodis McKelvin Jersey Before the politics — just take the politics out of it, please — Steinbrenner was Trump before Trump became Trump. Decades before the first episode of The Apprentice, Steinbrenner made famous the phrase ¡°You¡¯re fired¡± in a national beer campaign, guest-hosting “Saturday Night Live,” posing on horseback as King George for the cover of Sports Illustrated, making the rounds on late-night talk shows. Steinbrenner¡¯s personality was so ingrained in popular culture that Jerry Seinfeld made Steinbrenner a recurring character in arguably most famous sitcom in television history.

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All metrics “get” the value of the strikeout and the walk, and the role played by park effects. What they are missing is a precise measurement of pitchers’ ability to manage contact.

Cris Carter Elite Jersey Frequency is a key; for most pitchers, the frequency of most BIP types allowed correlates well from year to year. Starting pitchers’ popup, fly ball and grounder rates allowed tend to stay about the same; not so line-drive rates, which are relatively volatile.

This is where a couple of my metrics come in. Adjusted contact score expresses a pitcher’s contact management performance based on the exit speed and launch angle of each ball put in play, on a scale where 100 equals average. Then, you add back the K’s and walks to get each pitcher’s “Tru” ERA, which can then be compared with his ERA and FIP.

The extraordinary measures of Giannis Antetokounmpo

Early in the 2012-13 season, 18-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo landed on the radar of NBA scouts, shrouded in mystery. He didn’t attend the combine or team workouts, so he had never been extensively measured. He had played mostly in Greece’s youth system and second-tier pro league, so no one could agree on how he’d best be used in the NBA. There was only one consensus: His body was among the best scouts had ever seen.

The Bucks drafted Antetokounmpo 15th overall that year, feeling he combined big-man length with the agility of an elite guard-. Their instincts were quickly proved right: Thanks to his unique biomechanical and physiological qualities, he is one of just three players in the past decade to average 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1 block per game in his age-21 season.

To understand how Antetokounmpo’s form gives way to function, we recently spent a day measuring the 6-foot-11 forward, then asked Marcus Elliott, M.D., the founder of P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center that specializes in advanced athlete assessment, to help break him down. Welcome to our tour of the NBA’s ideal body.
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Authentic Kids Michael Jordan Jersey WINGSPAN: Basketball is a game of angles; a defender isn’t so much guarding his man as he is reducing the size of his angle to drive to the basket or pass to teammates. That’s where wingspan factors in for Antetokounmpo, whose outstretched arms measure 7-foot-3, 4 inches more than his height. “If you have long arms, it allows you to get places faster, without having to move your feet or your center of mass,” Elliott says. Antetokounmpo ranks in the top 10 in rebound rate among small forwards. The leader? Quincy Acy, whose wingspan is 9 inches longer than his height.

LATERAL MOVEMENT: “To be a great lateral mover in the NBA, you’ve got to have great hips,” Elliott says. “That means high force, very stable and flexible.” That can be challenging for an NBA big man, who can rarely get his hips low enough to create the lateral force to move like a wing player. But Antetokounmpo isn’t a typical big man. He displays great hip extension and high abduction and adduction velocities, which means he’s able to handle lateral motion (say, sliding side to side while defending a ball handler) faster than other athletes his size.

HEIGHT: “When we first drafted Giannis, we measured him at 6-foot-8?,” Bucks GM John Hammond says. But at midseason, the Bucks’ strength and conditioning coach walked into Hammond’s office. “He told me, ‘The kid is still growing and I don’t think he’s done.'” By season’s end, he was 6-11. Even more remarkable is that the basketball gods gifted Antetokounmpo those extra 2? inches of height without exacting any payment. The 6-11 Giannis is every bit as stable and agile as the shorter version. If he remains at the small forward position, he’ll do so as the tallest wing in the league.