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(Major League Baseball)   No, it's not a typo, Aroldis Chapman actually threw a baseball 104 mph   (wapc.mlb.com) divider line 86
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2014-07-29 09:11:47 AM
A win would've been nicer.

Why the hell is J.J. Hoover not back in Triple-A?
 
2014-07-29 10:28:23 AM
Or, as Aroldis Chapman calls it, "Monday."

/loved watching him play AAA ball in Louisville
/Coach took a while to realize he only had enough control to last 2, 3 innings tops. But, gads, what speed!
 
2014-07-29 10:35:37 AM
I think they said on Olbermann that he threw 12 pitches in the inning and averaged 102 mph for the inning....crazy.

/there was also a video of one of the D-backs fouling one of those pitches straight back into the catchers chest.  The catcher was trying hard not to cry.
 
2014-07-29 10:35:57 AM
If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?
 
2014-07-29 10:44:25 AM

MattStafford: If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?


not as long as there are 45-60 seconds between pitches to letthe hitter adjust his batting gloves and package
 
2014-07-29 10:48:54 AM
God it's craycray to watch him huck the ball like that.  Unreal.

/me = would not step in the batter's box
 
2014-07-29 10:53:15 AM

Gulper Eel: A win would've been nicer.


This. Glavine couldn't break 90 but knew how to change velocity and locate.
 
2014-07-29 10:56:47 AM
This guy had tremendous speed, too.  Clocked at well over 100.  Got stronger as the game went on.

a.espncdn.com
 
2014-07-29 10:58:30 AM

MattStafford: If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?


Four hour games? A three hour game is about the norm. If you like triple digit heaters look up Ventura from KC. He's a young fireball.
 
2014-07-29 11:06:22 AM
I'd rather watch a winning team.
 
2014-07-29 11:07:03 AM

Crewmannumber6: Gulper Eel: A win would've been nicer.

This. Glavine couldn't break 90 but knew how to change velocity and locate.


Derrick Turnbow could hit 103, and was awesome for a season and a half. After that, he lost control and couldn't throw a strike if the strike zone was the size of Texas
 
2014-07-29 11:08:14 AM

johnny_vegas: MattStafford: If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?

not as long as there are 45-60 seconds between pitches to letthe hitter adjust his batting gloves and package


As long as he's wearing gloves.
 
2014-07-29 11:09:55 AM
Saw him top 107 several times at AAA Louisville.  It was incredible.
 
2014-07-29 11:13:54 AM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: Four hour games? A three hour game is about the norm.


Certainly feels like four hours.
 
2014-07-29 11:17:09 AM

MooseBayou: This guy had tremendous speed, too.  Clocked at well over 100.  Got stronger as the game went on.

[a.espncdn.com image 850x1062]


You talk about a classic "what-could've-been", man.  Sad that he had a stroke at such a young age and essentially never pitched again.
 
2014-07-29 11:19:02 AM

MattStafford: If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?


The average length of a Red Sox baseball game (used merely because it's the longest in the league) is 3 hours, 11 minutes.  The average length of an NFL game (any NFL game) is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

During the game, the ball is in play a total of 11 minutes in an NFL game. The "action" portion of a baseball game is higher than that.

Football games are longer, and contain less actual play than baseball.
 
2014-07-29 11:35:44 AM
Saw the stat on Sunday's game: Chapman leads the league in most 100mph+ pitches at 240.  The second most is 50.

As soon as Hoover came in in the 15th, I knew the game was over.
 
2014-07-29 11:39:20 AM

WinoRhino: The average length of a Red Sox baseball game (used merely because it's the longest in the league) is 3 hours, 11 minutes.  The average length of an NFL game (any NFL game) is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

During the game, the ball is in play a total of 11 minutes in an NFL game. The "action" portion of a baseball game is higher than that.

Football games are longer, and contain less actual play than baseball.


That's why I watch soccer and basketball.
 
2014-07-29 11:41:40 AM
So, mentioned during that was he's struck out 20 batters in his last 8 innings of work.

I know that Wood & Clemens had the K's game record at 20, but, what is the record for just most K's in 9 consecutive innings thrown?
 
2014-07-29 11:44:34 AM
It's also not a typo that that isn't even Chapman's personal best. Dude's a human flamethrower.
 
2014-07-29 11:45:18 AM
Aroldis isn't a typo?  Bullshiat, subby.
 
2014-07-29 11:47:23 AM
Sure, he's good. But he's no Sidd Finch.

Rwa2play: MooseBayou: This guy had tremendous speed, too.  Clocked at well over 100.  Got stronger as the game went on.

[a.espncdn.com image 850x1062]

You talk about a classic "what-could've-been", man.  Sad that he had a stroke at such a young age and essentially never pitched again.


I have a very fuzzy recollection of seeing him when he first came up. The velocity was there, but the control wasn't so much. For batters, a very scary combination.

One of the strangest pitching contrasts I ever saw was an Astros/Braves game in '78: Richards throwing 100+ mph for Houston and Jim Bouton in one of his very last appearances (in a comeback at that) throwing knuckleballs for Atlanta. Weird.
 
2014-07-29 11:53:32 AM

WinoRhino: Football games are longer, and contain less actual play than baseball.


On the other hand, many football games are effectively over at half time, or at least by the end of the third quarter, while a baseball game "ain't over til it's over".

This is an advantage to baseball, IMHO, though.  I've seen 9-0 wins turn into 10-9 losses in the ninth inning before.  The equivalent simply isn't possible in football (or basketball or hockey or soccer or any other timed game).  There comes a point where even with onside kicks and other stupid tricks it simply isn't possible for the team currently losing to win the game, as they are down by too many points (and those tricks almost always fail anyways, which is why they aren't used other than in desperate situations).  In baseball, you just need to not get out.
 
2014-07-29 11:57:11 AM

WinoRhino: MattStafford: If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?

The average length of a Red Sox baseball game (used merely because it's the longest in the league) is 3 hours, 11 minutes.  The average length of an NFL game (any NFL game) is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

During the game, the ball is in play a total of 11 minutes in an NFL game. The "action" portion of a baseball game is higher than that.

Football games are longer, and contain less actual play than baseball.


Still more exciting than baseball
 
2014-07-29 12:04:08 PM

MattStafford: WinoRhino: The average length of a Red Sox baseball game (used merely because it's the longest in the league) is 3 hours, 11 minutes.  The average length of an NFL game (any NFL game) is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

During the game, the ball is in play a total of 11 minutes in an NFL game. The "action" portion of a baseball game is higher than that.

Football games are longer, and contain less actual play than baseball.

That's why I watch soccer and basketball.


I'm not shocked. Soccer fans seem to always claim baseball is slow. At least in baseball no one simply quits trying to score once they do. That to me is boring. Enjoy what you like but don't say baseball is slow.
 
2014-07-29 12:06:36 PM

Geotpf: This is an advantage to baseball, IMHO, though.  I've seen 9-0 wins turn into 10-9 losses in the ninth inning before.  The equivalent simply isn't possible in football (or basketball or hockey or soccer or any other timed game).


Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=231006027
 
2014-07-29 12:14:27 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: I'm not shocked. Soccer fans seem to always claim baseball is slow. At least in baseball no one simply quits trying to score once they do. That to me is boring. Enjoy what you like but don't say baseball is slow.


Soccer games are rarely over in the football/basketball sense, though. Goals may be rare, but when they do come, it only takes seconds to turn a nothing situation from a team that thought it was out of it into 'wait holy shiat GO GO SHOOT IT YES WE GOT OURSELVES A BALLGAME AGAIN!' Low scores means margins stay relatively close. When a two-goal lead is considered significant, and the trailing team suddenly pulls one of those two back out of nowhere, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that the second goal they need could happen at any moment, even if it doesn't ultimately come. (See also: US/Belgium.)
 
2014-07-29 12:15:57 PM

Piizzadude: Still more exciting than baseball


For a lot of people, that's true. For a lot of people it isn't.
 
2014-07-29 12:17:33 PM

Piizzadude: Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.


I think you missed the entire point of his statement. But we get it. You don't like baseball.
 
2014-07-29 12:29:16 PM
"baseball is boring" - says the guy who probably never made it past little league. Christ just shut the fark up already; go watch NBA, NFL or whatever wrestling you care for. I watch my share of sports; Premier league football, NFL and College Football - I don't find any of the sports "slow".
I can point out things in every sport that make it "boring"; if it bothers you that much why even bother to watch the farking sport?
 
2014-07-29 12:31:47 PM

Gosling: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: I'm not shocked. Soccer fans seem to always claim baseball is slow. At least in baseball no one simply quits trying to score once they do. That to me is boring. Enjoy what you like but don't say baseball is slow.

Soccer games are rarely over in the football/basketball sense, though. Goals may be rare, but when they do come, it only takes seconds to turn a nothing situation from a team that thought it was out of it into 'wait holy shiat GO GO SHOOT IT YES WE GOT OURSELVES A BALLGAME AGAIN!' Low scores means margins stay relatively close. When a two-goal lead is considered significant, and the trailing team suddenly pulls one of those two back out of nowhere, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that the second goal they need could happen at any moment, even if it doesn't ultimately come. (See also: US/Belgium.)


My beef isn't low scoring. My beef is games like Ghana vs USA 2006 & 2010. Ghana scored first and basically quit attacking. That bores me.
 
2014-07-29 12:33:41 PM

WinoRhino: Piizzadude: Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.

I think you missed the entire point of his statement. But we get it. You don't like baseball.


THe point of the comment was that it is not possible for a team to comeback in football from a huge deficit. I say/prove that it happens a lot.

I do not hate baseball. I like it a lot come August (I feel the season is too long). I think that maybe there should be a pitch/batter clock to speed things along. 20 seconds between pitches maybe...
 
2014-07-29 12:35:38 PM

WinoRhino: The "action" portion of a baseball game is higher than that.

Football games are longer, and contain less actual play than baseball.


It's like measuring the action of a Jane Austen movie vs. Saving Private Ryan, but only the minutes of explosions count in SPR while any time someone's talking at all counts in a JA movie. Baseball's "action" can hardly be termed such.

/wife likes 'em
//I find them convenient to have on when I'm working since there's zero desire to get distracted by 'em
 
2014-07-29 12:36:08 PM

johnny_vegas: MattStafford: If he throws every pitch that fast, will it make the games be less than four hours long?

not as long as there are 45-60 seconds between pitches to letthe hitter adjust his batting gloves and package


At some point the umpires will get the balls to to enforce that rule.


MooseBayou: This guy had tremendous speed, too.  Clocked at well over 100.  Got stronger as the game went on.

[a.espncdn.com image 850x1062]


A real shame what happened to him.  Him and Ryan would have been a scary duo in that rotation.
 
2014-07-29 12:38:56 PM

Piizzadude: WinoRhino: Piizzadude: Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.

I think you missed the entire point of his statement. But we get it. You don't like baseball.

THe point of the comment was that it is not possible for a team to comeback in football from a huge deficit. I say/prove that it happens a lot.

I do not hate baseball. I like it a lot come August (I feel the season is too long). I think that maybe there should be a pitch/batter clock to speed things along. 20 seconds between pitches maybe...


Baseball does have a rule about time between pitches if no ones on. Your are correct that comebacks do occur but they not the norm. That's why I hate college football. Loopsided games that the AD's set up to be blow outs.
 
2014-07-29 12:40:26 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: That's why I hate college football. Loopsided games that the AD's set up to be blow outs.


But there's 60 games on in a given day so it's not tough to find the ones that are close.
 
2014-07-29 12:44:53 PM
"What's that? Some guy threw 100 mph? Whatever" says Nolan Ryan:

s.hswstatic.com

Plus, could Aroldis Champman ever be this awesome?

www.sportsblink.com

/fark you ex-Dodger whore Buzzie Bavasi and your "We'll just have to find a couple of 8-7 pitchers to replace him" comment
 
2014-07-29 12:46:01 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: My beef isn't low scoring. My beef is games like Ghana vs USA 2006 & 2010. Ghana scored first and basically quit attacking. That bores me.


So do baseball games where a team jumps out to a 6-0 lead in the early innings and that turns out to be all the scoring for the day. I know football and basketball have their equivalents too. Run-away-and-hide games suck regardless of sport.
 
2014-07-29 12:51:03 PM

IAmRight: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: That's why I hate college football. Loopsided games that the AD's set up to be blow outs.

But there's 60 games on in a given day so it's not tough to find the ones that are close.


True. The marquee programs thou are the ones most scared of a close game. It leaves the Boise States size programs on the outside looking in. To big to play the BCS schools but to small to be allowed to play into the championship game.
 
2014-07-29 12:58:01 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: IAmRight: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: That's why I hate college football. Loopsided games that the AD's set up to be blow outs.

But there's 60 games on in a given day so it's not tough to find the ones that are close.

True. The marquee programs thou are the ones most scared of a close game. It leaves the Boise States size programs on the outside looking in. To big to play the BCS schools but to small to be allowed to play into the championship game.


I absolutely love college football; nothing wrong with watching two gunslingers go against each other who have both shiatty defenses and the score runs over 100 pts easily.
 
2014-07-29 12:58:53 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: Baseball does have a rule about time between pitches if no ones on


Has this been enforced ever? Like even once?
 
2014-07-29 01:02:42 PM

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: Piizzadude: WinoRhino: Piizzadude: Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.

I think you missed the entire point of his statement. But we get it. You don't like baseball.

THe point of the comment was that it is not possible for a team to comeback in football from a huge deficit. I say/prove that it happens a lot.

I do not hate baseball. I like it a lot come August (I feel the season is too long). I think that maybe there should be a pitch/batter clock to speed things along. 20 seconds between pitches maybe...

Baseball does have a rule about time between pitches if no ones on. Your are correct that comebacks do occur but they not the norm. That's why I hate college football. Loopsided games that the AD's set up to be blow outs.


I am guessing that the percentages are within 15% due to the number of games each sport plays.

I do agree with you about college games. Putting the cupcakes on the schedule are a problem, but in reality they benefit the smaller schools just as much as the larger (the money for the weaker, the rankings for the stronger)
 
2014-07-29 01:07:44 PM
It's always fun when these guys topping 100mph mix in the 80mph breaking ball and get a hilarious whif. Bat all the way around before the ball even reaches the dirt.  How do they keep a straight face?
 
2014-07-29 01:09:15 PM

Piizzadude: Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: Piizzadude: WinoRhino: Piizzadude: Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.

I think you missed the entire point of his statement. But we get it. You don't like baseball.

THe point of the comment was that it is not possible for a team to comeback in football from a huge deficit. I say/prove that it happens a lot.

I do not hate baseball. I like it a lot come August (I feel the season is too long). I think that maybe there should be a pitch/batter clock to speed things along. 20 seconds between pitches maybe...

Baseball does have a rule about time between pitches if no ones on. Your are correct that comebacks do occur but they not the norm. That's why I hate college football. Loopsided games that the AD's set up to be blow outs.

I am guessing that the percentages are within 15% due to the number of games each sport plays.

I do agree with you about college games. Putting the cupcakes on the schedule are a problem, but in reality they benefit the smaller schools just as much as the larger (the money for the weaker, the rankings for the stronger)


It's also a problem if your small and become good. Boise State being the prime example.
 
2014-07-29 01:12:22 PM

Frozboz: Saw him top 107 several times at AAA Louisville.  It was incredible.



A minor league park would  never do anything to artificially inflate interest, would they?
 
2014-07-29 01:14:37 PM

Piizzadude: I do agree with you about college games. Putting the cupcakes on the schedule are a problem, but in reality they benefit the smaller schools just as much as the larger (the money for the weaker, the rankings for the stronger)


Money and it's great for the kids who might have had a shot at playing at the bigger schools to have an opportunity to play in front of those huge crowds.

I know at my FCS school, we had a few guys who were being recruited for BCS schools before getting injured in their senior years of HS and then suddenly we were the only school still offering them a scholarship. And, like you said, the money pays for the team for the season...plus the exposure by getting on a better TV level gets you better recruits and allows you to build.

And hey, sometimes you win - my school (EWU) has played within a TD of two Pac-12 teams in the past few years and beat a third last year.

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: It leaves the Boise States size programs on the outside looking in. To big to play the BCS schools but to small to be allowed to play into the championship game


Boise State is the Gonzaga of college football - they ride good records against awful teams to make people think they're good, but while they're capable of an occasional upset against a good team, they're not there.

Also, Boise State is a joke of a school. Their four-year graduation rate is SIX percent. Yeah, it's low enough that the number gets typed out instead of a numerical value. Six-year graduation rate bumps up to 26 percent. I guess that happens when 85% of applicants get in. They are one hell of a juco team, though.

/I'm aware that EWU isn't an academic powerhouse, but FFS, we have a four-year graduation rate over 3x what Boise State's is and the school is more selective
 
2014-07-29 01:14:48 PM

dascott: It's always fun when these guys topping 100mph mix in the 80mph breaking ball and get a hilarious whif. Bat all the way around before the ball even reaches the dirt.  How do they keep a straight face?


When you're throwing that fast, 90 mph is a "change-up." Crazy.
 
2014-07-29 01:18:43 PM

Piizzadude: Geotpf: This is an advantage to baseball, IMHO, though.  I've seen 9-0 wins turn into 10-9 losses in the ninth inning before.  The equivalent simply isn't possible in football (or basketball or hockey or soccer or any other timed game).

Your joking right? The timer makes it more exciting when you are down by 21 and come back to win. It happens at least once a year (give or take) like last year in the playoffs with the Colts and someone...I think that was 28 they came back from.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=231006027


I've seen football games when one team was down by 50 in the third quarter.  There comes a point where it is physically impossible for a team to come back and win.  That  never happens in baseball.
 
2014-07-29 01:20:00 PM

IAmRight: Piizzadude: I do agree with you about college games. Putting the cupcakes on the schedule are a problem, but in reality they benefit the smaller schools just as much as the larger (the money for the weaker, the rankings for the stronger)

Money and it's great for the kids who might have had a shot at playing at the bigger schools to have an opportunity to play in front of those huge crowds.

I know at my FCS school, we had a few guys who were being recruited for BCS schools before getting injured in their senior years of HS and then suddenly we were the only school still offering them a scholarship. And, like you said, the money pays for the team for the season...plus the exposure by getting on a better TV level gets you better recruits and allows you to build.

And hey, sometimes you win - my school (EWU) has played within a TD of two Pac-12 teams in the past few years and beat a third last year.

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: It leaves the Boise States size programs on the outside looking in. To big to play the BCS schools but to small to be allowed to play into the championship game

Boise State is the Gonzaga of college football - they ride good records against awful teams to make people think they're good, but while they're capable of an occasional upset against a good team, they're not there.

Also, Boise State is a joke of a school. Their four-year graduation rate is SIX percent. Yeah, it's low enough that the number gets typed out instead of a numerical value. Six-year graduation rate bumps up to 26 percent. I guess that happens when 85% of applicants get in. They are one hell of a juco team, though.

/I'm aware that EWU isn't an academic powerhouse, but FFS, we have a four-year graduation rate over 3x what Boise State's is and the school is more selective


Thank you for proving my point. Boise doesn't get to play the bigger schools except when they sneak into the BCS bowls. Which they win.
 
2014-07-29 01:20:15 PM

LessO2: Frozboz: Saw him top 107 several times at AAA Louisville.  It was incredible.


A minor league park would  never do anything to artificially inflate interest, would they?


All the time? And, then the major league parks would follow suit? I assume, when the Louisville Bats(the Reds AAA team) play on the road, Chapman's pitches were all shown to just be 92mph at best?

Look, call his skill into doubt all you want, but that speed is real.

The guy has a 98mph  slider.
 
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