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  1. It’s surprising how quickly his numbers plummeted.

    However, he did have some bright spots during the 2009 season.

    It will be interesting to see if he can bounce back next year.

    Comment by scarpgarph — December 14, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

  2. The color coding looks messed up to me.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — December 14, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

  3. and/or the numbers.

    Comment by Gabriel — December 14, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

  4. I believe the darkness of the color is based on the BABIP in that zone and the number is the fraction of balls in the air

    Comment by CSJ — December 14, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  5. CSJ’s got it. Sorry it was not clear in the text.

    Comment by Dave Allen — December 14, 2009 @ 5:59 pm

  6. It’s a little hard to get a hold on what areas these zones represent. Are the first two “rings” only the infield? I ask because that would suggest to me that 27% of Atkins balls put in play as FB/LD were on the infield. Is that a correct conclusion to draw?

    Comment by Greg — December 14, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

  7. Yeah I should have put a scale, I will do that if I use the figure in any future posts. The first ‘ring’ is 122 feet out, about the location of the outfield grass. Then each ring after that is 100 feet farther, so the next one at 222, the third at 322 and final at 422 (well actually there is no end to the last one because I put all hits that went farther than 322 in those bins).

    Comment by Dave Allen — December 14, 2009 @ 6:29 pm

  8. I wouldn’t touch the guy. There is always the suspicion of chemistry being involved in patterns like Atkins has shown. Not saying there is.

    Comment by Walter Guest — December 14, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  9. Look, can we *please* get over thoughts like this? It disturbs me on two levels:
    1) It’s obnoxiously passive aggressive. “All i’m saying, maybe he did roids. But I’m not saying he did.”
    2) I think it’s been solidly proven (years ago, in fact) that we can’t statistically determine if somebody was doing steroids, or not. More in-depth analyses have shown insignificant correlations between statistical fluctuations and known steroid users (matched with their known usage periods).

    So please stop writing crap like this.

    Comment by Travis L — January 7, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

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