Thursday, July 29, 2010
Give the Old Mind Grapes a Quick Memory Squeeze
Travis Snider is coming back and, sad as it is that we all need reminding from time to time, Travis Snider is fucking amazing.
Looking at the Jays Hit Tracker page for more fuel for the towering inferno of Jose Bautista traDebate, I came across one tidy tidbit of information. Whose home run had the greatest speed off the bat this year? Front Foot Down Jose? Vernon "Rope the High Fastabll that Nobody Else Can Touch" Wells? Adam Lind - the Lower Middleclass Man's John Olerud? Aaron "Bat Speed is all I Got" Hill? Nope - it was the Great Big Pasty White Hope.
Not only is it the hardest contact on a team that prides itself on hard contact, it is the fourth highest number (119.7 mph) in baseball this year. Interestingly, it is ranked as a "just enough" tater by the HTO gurus. Which, to me, suggests a laser beam sent out force enough to knock the wall down had the ball not cleared it.
Please ignore the clueless pundits (there are many) opining that trading the 8th youngest player in the American League is a good idea. The man can and will rake. If that comes at the expense of some of Fred Lewis' playing time (or all of Edwin Encarnacion's), fine. So be it. Tomorrow starts today.
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