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  1. You buried the lede in this story, which is: Jason Marquis is still in baseball? And has a position in an ML team’s starting rotation? That ISN’T as the #5 guy? What?!?

    Comment by Esoteric — March 27, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  2. Pirates make the most sense to me of the teams mentioned. Young seems best as a lottery ticket, as opposed to someone you could count on to fill in for someone else who got injured. Mets are always up to stupid things, though.

    Comment by Cardinology — March 27, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  3. Chris Young: An absolute embarrassment to pitching efficiency. When Jamie Moyer at your age threw harder than you are, something is wrong.

    Comment by derp — March 27, 2013 @ 10:20 am

  4. The Mets Broadcast used to theorize that because of Young’s 6’10” frame, he was able to make his release point much closer to home plate then your average pitcher would and because it had less distance to travel, it would make 85mph visually seem more like 88-89 mph.

    Comment by Derek — March 27, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

  5. The tall thing didn’t pass examination over at SABR: http://sabr.org/research/does-pitcher-s-height-matter

    Comment by Michael Barr — March 27, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  6. I believe somebody did a study on pitchers and which of them were closest to the plate upon the release of the ball and Chris Young certainly was at (or near) the top of the list and completely maximized his length. If memory serves.

    If you are throwing 82 MPH but releasing the ball a foot to a foot and a half closer than a guy throwing 94, that has to make up some of the difference, no?

    Comment by ElToroStrikesAgain — March 27, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

  7. Jeff Locke just named #5 for Pirates. So they’re apparently out.

    Comment by Michael Barr — March 27, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

  8. Rangers would be yet another possible reunion, since that is where Chris Young started his career. And saying he went to HS in TX doesn’t mean much given the size of the state. It would be more informative to note that he is from Dallas (Highland Park).

    The idea of Chris Young to the Rangers makes sense in that Texas wouldn’t need to be so concerned about his health. Rangers would just need him to make approximately 8 starts until Colby Lewis returns. However, it seems that the club is dedicated to Tepesch in that fifth spot.

    Comment by El Vigilante — March 27, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

  9. For every foot closer to the plate, it is perceived as 2 mph faster. I saw that on Sports Science, which uses dubious methods. So it wouldn’t make that big of a difference. He does have deception in his delivery though which helps.

    Comment by Steven — March 27, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

  10. Made up a little spread sheet on this for myself and it seems to come out at to ~1.6-1.7mph per foot closer at release. Assuming typical stride length relative to height, 8in of height will result in a release point ~6in closer and therefore “perceived” as ~0.8mph faster.

    It’s not a big difference, but can be hypothetically relevant. His deception certainly helps more, methinks.

    Comment by Dag Gummit — March 28, 2014 @ 7:38 am

  11. As a fair criticism, that study investigated completely different phenomena. It looked at the durability and overall effectiveness of pitchers relative to height, not the more isolated phenomena of “perceived mph” (iow: travel time from release to plate).

    Comment by Dag Gummit — March 28, 2014 @ 7:48 am

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