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  1. Feels like inertia if you watch them all really fast.

    Comment by B — December 14, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  2. Why did Jeff Karstens do that?

    Some of us, not going to say who exactly, but some of us, while engaged in athletic activity, turn with the body’s current motion rather than against it even if it means losing track of the ball briefly because doing so allows one to get into position more quickly and into better position. Karstens wanted to be in the best position possible as soon as possible to watch the ball fly very far.

    Comment by LTG — December 14, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  3. That Wolf/Kottaras exchange is my favorite thing on the entire Internet right now.

    Comment by TheHoustonian — December 14, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  4. Also – hooray, the Astros won something!

    Comment by TheHoustonian — December 14, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

  5. Haha,fantastic. Simply fantastic.

    Comment by Wil — December 14, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  6. How did Sullivan not make a “Slow” joke about me putting Livan in those leverage spots in the first place?

    Comment by Fredi — December 14, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  7. Oh man, that pause by Greene is gold. He probably lost so much momentum and power and yet still managed to crush it.

    Comment by Jaker — December 14, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

  8. Well, Greene keeps back on the ball and doesn’t rotate his hips until he swings so I don’t think he lost much momentum at all.

    Comment by nolan — December 15, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  9. I most enjoy the pitcher who doesn’t look, or even looks away.

    Comment by james wilson — December 15, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  10. not how it usually works. while you obviously want to stay back on breaking balls and not over commit, you do lose some power when you stride and plant too early, regardless of whether or not youve started rotating

    Comment by jack — December 15, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  11. Unfortunately, your joke about the announcers for the Lawrie home run doesn’t count. Why? Because they’re the Jays announcers…and the Jays announcers are absolutely fucking terrible.

    Comment by MSpitz — December 15, 2012 @ 2:13 am

  12. awesome article. that last .gif with greene waiting is gold.

    Comment by tyke — December 15, 2012 @ 2:21 am

  13. “Which makes you think the title here should be different, since this seems to suggest we’re going to look at the home runs that were the slowest off the bat, according to the ESPN Home Run Tracker. That would indeed be a thing to look at, but that’s not what’s happening here, and it’s only titled this way to be consistent with the other home-run entries. The headline is already up there and there’s nothing I can do about it now. Once a word is entered on a computer, it cannot be erased by any means with which I’m familiar.”

    Why is that at Fangraphs–more often than any other media outlet I read–the journalists see fit to include themselves in the story? Don’t you guys have an editor? I sincerely do appreciate the actual analysis, just not the attempted-humor, meaningless fluff and self-aggrandizement. The news is the story, not the writer; it’s a terribly poor journalistic habit that has gone on too long and become far too common on this site. It is unbecoming for the unparalleled standard of baseball analysis here to be accompanied by such a sloppy standard of journalism. Thank you, folks, for bearing my rant; I hope you might consider this opinion.

    Comment by merizobeach — December 15, 2012 @ 2:49 am

  14. Maybe these writers include themselves in their articles because Fangraphs is, at heart, simply an extended paean to “Pearls Before Swine.” They don’t want to be self-aggrandizing, but they must, because they want to be true to the spirit of the comic strip. Paradoxically, the more self-referential they appear, the more selfless their intent.

    Despite this lofty if somewhat outre raison d’etre, you will note that just about all of these writers make every effort to be objective and accurate in their presentations. They generally apologize when they make mistakes. And they let you know if they have a bias (like Sullivan being a Mariners fan).

    Humor and drama and surprise are elements that all writers, including journalists, use to make their work appealing.

    The day Fangraphs becomes a succession of graphs and tables is the day I stop reading it.

    Comment by Nickname Damur — December 15, 2012 @ 4:45 am

  15. oh gosh. jeff, possibly i am stealing your thunder here, but the thing i find most interesting about this list is that (and i’m 95% certain this is correct) tyler greene was also the baseball player to hit the fastest-pitched home run of the season, on a 101 mph pitch by andrew cashner. and he did it for a different team!

    everyone: i’m sorry if i have ruined the surprise. :(

    Comment by tom — December 15, 2012 @ 5:03 am

  16. YOU MONSTER

    Comment by gouis — December 15, 2012 @ 6:17 am

  17. Did he wait for that one to get there, too?

    Comment by Haishan — December 15, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  18. clint eastwood has no use for these soundless internet images.

    Comment by Kris — December 15, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  19. Because it’s funny? And because this isn’t “news,” but rather just kind of a quirk piece?

    Honestly, I don’t think anyone agrees with you. Jeff’s a funny writer, and that’s a good part of what makes him worth reading. Not all of us are robots who communicate exclusively in FTP exchanges of SPSS datasets.

    Comment by Anon21 — December 15, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  20. You know not what you have done

    :(

    :(

    Comment by Jeff Sullivan — December 15, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  21. Because Jeff likes writing? Go sort the PitchFX tables yourself.

    Comment by Toasty — December 15, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  22. Good thing Wolf was so good at communicating with the personal catcher he demanded he have.

    Comment by Toasty — December 15, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  23. They do this mostly of stories that were written for fun, like this one. I don’t see much of this out of articles posted for the purpose of analysis.

    Comment by Bip — December 15, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  24. I most enjoy this reaction: http://www.fangraphs.com/not/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/CK1.gif

    Comment by Bip — December 15, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  25. Obvious troll is obvious.

    You are on a place that ends in .com. It is by definition a no-journalism zone. And this article was very funny.

    Comment by The Foils — December 16, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

  26. Sullivan’s a clever writer. It’s rare that I laugh out loud at baseball articles.

    Comment by garrett hawk — December 17, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  27. Isn’t Villanueva a pitcher? In the AL? As a Yankees fan who watched his beloved Chien-Ming Wang end his Yankee career on the basepaths, i kinda get where they are coming from.

    Comment by Ross — December 17, 2012 @ 11:17 am

  28. I enjoyed this.

    Comment by Matty Brown — December 17, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  29. No ‘slow homerun’ list is complete without the absolute monster crushed by Giancarlo Stanton, a grand slam off Jamie Moyer that scalded through the air and broke the Marlin’s new scoreboard this past season. Maybe Moyer’s pitch wasn’t quite as slow as these five listed but this one was at 72 mph and the ball is still orbiting somewhere, a few months later after Giancarlo was done with it.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21647105&topic_id=28242600&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_21647105&v=3

    Comment by Travis Snider's Lunchbox — December 19, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  30. That particular moron has to be Buck Martinez, famous for once saying that slow-running catchers “just clog up the basepaths”. I actually think this was a good catch here by Fangraphs precisely because it shows the total bogosity of Jays announcers. There are still Jays fans in denial about this who will try to tell you that all the other teams’ broadcasters are just as bad.

    Comment by Chris3173 — December 19, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  31. Actually, watching the video highlight, that particular moment of moron was brought to you by Pat Tabler.

    Comment by Spork — December 20, 2012 @ 12:09 am

  32. Now that’s what I call edgy

    Comment by Eric — December 20, 2012 @ 7:42 am

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