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(Hardball Talk)   KC Royals rookie pitcher's fastball hits 103 mph on the radar gun. Smoke 'em if you got it   (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com) divider line 24
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2014-04-10 08:15:32 AM  
In before his arm explodes while playing Guitar Hero.
 
2014-04-10 09:25:07 AM  
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Can you still do it in 20 years?
 
2014-04-10 09:39:29 AM  
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"Come on, Rook. Show us that million-dollar arm, 'cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours. "
 
2014-04-10 10:18:12 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: In before his arm explodes while playing Guitar Hero.


Rays fan here, watching Ventura was insane. It's one thing if a 6-3/215 reliever comes in pumping gas for 15 pitches. It's quite another when a (listed) 6-0/180 guy does it for 6 innings, mixing in a killer curveball and throwing changeups for strikes in 1-0 and 2-1 counts.
 
2014-04-10 10:21:29 AM  
Thank God Don Baylor already has a job.
 
2014-04-10 10:22:37 AM  

ArkAngel: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 350x299]

Can you still do it in 20 years?


Depends upon his PED  mix.
 
2014-04-10 10:25:45 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: In before his arm explodes while playing Guitar Hero.


Tommy John surgery in three, two, one...
 
2014-04-10 10:55:00 AM  
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"Eh. Not too shabby."
 
2014-04-10 11:35:42 AM  
Nice velocity.
 
2014-04-10 11:37:19 AM  
Too bad the Royals couldn't give him any run support in that start. Allowing two hits in six innings (striking out six) should usually get you a win.
 
2014-04-10 11:45:21 AM  
Bob "Rapid Robert" Feller laughs at your 103 MPH.

/from beyond the grave
 
2014-04-10 11:57:04 AM  
The 103 mph fastball is cool, the 90 mph curve and 96 mph cutter is insane.
 
2014-04-10 12:00:19 PM  
Already heard some A-holes on TV calling him Ace Venture.
 
2014-04-10 12:34:42 PM  

RoyHobbs22: Already heard some A-holes on TV calling him Ace Venture.


That started last summer. Why does it make him an asshole?
 
2014-04-10 01:51:58 PM  

The Crepes of Wrath: Bob "Rapid Robert" Feller laughs at your 103 MPH.

/from beyond the grave


Steve Dalkowski laughs at 103, and he's still alive (although alcohol fried his brain).

/the inspiration for the pitcher in Bull Durham
 
2014-04-10 01:55:43 PM  
Someday you need to throw a pitch at a radar gun to understand just how insanely impressive this is.  I am a big guy, 6'2, decently strong (even when I was enormously fat...375+ I could still do a series of pull ups) and I tried one fo those radar gun traps at an MLB fan day in my mid twenties.  With my best wind up and giving the ball all the heave in my muscles I never broke 65 mph
 
2014-04-10 03:09:16 PM  

Magorn: Someday you need to throw a pitch at a radar gun to understand just how insanely impressive this is.  I am a big guy, 6'2, decently strong (even when I was enormously fat...375+ I could still do a series of pull ups) and I tried one fo those radar gun traps at an MLB fan day in my mid twenties.  With my best wind up and giving the ball all the heave in my muscles I never broke 65 mph


Big muscles are generally not advantageous to pitching. Pitchers generate speed by having a lot of torque in various places in the body. Big biceps would actually inhibit your shoulder from rotating at a rapid speed. Similarly, pitchers tend to have kind of short arms, since it helps with velocity. Because what's driving a pitch isn't the arm muscles - they only really play a secondary role in helping grip/aim/spin the ball. The parts of the body that really put velocity on the ball are the hips, shoulder, legs, etc.
 
2014-04-10 03:30:43 PM  

lacydog: Magorn: Someday you need to throw a pitch at a radar gun to understand just how insanely impressive this is.  I am a big guy, 6'2, decently strong (even when I was enormously fat...375+ I could still do a series of pull ups) and I tried one fo those radar gun traps at an MLB fan day in my mid twenties.  With my best wind up and giving the ball all the heave in my muscles I never broke 65 mph

Big muscles are generally not advantageous to pitching. Pitchers generate speed by having a lot of torque in various places in the body. Big biceps would actually inhibit your shoulder from rotating at a rapid speed. Similarly, pitchers tend to have kind of short arms, since it helps with velocity. Because what's driving a pitch isn't the arm muscles - they only really play a secondary role in helping grip/aim/spin the ball. The parts of the body that really put velocity on the ball are the hips, shoulder, legs, etc.


Agreed. When it comes to pitching form is WAY more important than muscle. For example lightweights such as Chris Sale on the White Sox,Tim Lincecum. Big, long legs and long body are ideal for the torque necessary to pitch well. I'm 6 foot even and a buck-fifty and I can usually hit 70.
/on a good day
//downhill
///with a tailwind.
 
2014-04-10 03:38:17 PM  

lacydog: Magorn: Someday you need to throw a pitch at a radar gun to understand just how insanely impressive this is.  I am a big guy, 6'2, decently strong (even when I was enormously fat...375+ I could still do a series of pull ups) and I tried one fo those radar gun traps at an MLB fan day in my mid twenties.  With my best wind up and giving the ball all the heave in my muscles I never broke 65 mph

Big muscles are generally not advantageous to pitching. Pitchers generate speed by having a lot of torque in various places in the body. Big biceps would actually inhibit your shoulder from rotating at a rapid speed. Similarly, pitchers tend to have kind of short arms, since it helps with velocity. Because what's driving a pitch isn't the arm muscles - they only really play a secondary role in helping grip/aim/spin the ball. The parts of the body that really put velocity on the ball are the hips, shoulder, legs, etc.


Strong lower body...that's why Nolan Ryan lasted so long.
 
2014-04-10 03:42:30 PM  

phimuskapsi: The 103 mph fastball is cool, the 90 mph curve and 96 mph cutter is insane.


I have no idea how you would go about hitting a 96 mph cutter. It's just unfair at that point.
 
2014-04-10 09:32:15 PM  

Flappyhead: Nice velocity.


Sounded like it.
 
2014-04-10 11:25:30 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: RoyHobbs22: Already heard some A-holes on TV calling him Ace Venture.

That started last summer. Why does it make him an asshole?


I thought I had something witty for this, but all that I can put together is... something something AAALLLLLLLLLLRIGHTY THEN
 
2014-04-11 12:28:19 AM  

Orgasmatron138: phimuskapsi: The 103 mph fastball is cool, the 90 mph curve and 96 mph cutter is insane.

I have no idea how you would go about hitting a 96 mph cutter. It's just unfair at that point.


Psychic powers.
 
2014-04-11 03:51:31 PM  

Magorn: Someday you need to throw a pitch at a radar gun to understand just how insanely impressive this is.  I am a big guy, 6'2, decently strong (even when I was enormously fat...375+ I could still do a series of pull ups) and I tried one fo those radar gun traps at an MLB fan day in my mid twenties.  With my best wind up and giving the ball all the heave in my muscles I never broke 65 mph


heh.  this!!!  i did it at a county fair...three times.  high of 56 mph.
 
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