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  1. Shocking that Vlad isn’t on the bottom list.

    Comment by BJsWorld — November 19, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

  2. Is batter pace on player pages?

    Comment by AK707 — November 19, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

  3. Sorry, but at this point it isn’t.

    Comment by Dave Allen — November 19, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

  4. Now A’s fans know why Beane picked up E5. Beane wants shorter at bats so that he can spend more time watching soccer!

    Comment by Krog — November 19, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

  5. Would’ve bet Swisher to be top 5 slowest.

    Comment by Locke — November 19, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

  6. …. memories of “the human rain delay” at the plate. Of course, I am meaning good ole Mike Hargrove, while he was playing. Of course, this also might belong in the article about nicknames.

    Comment by Cidron — November 19, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  7. he swings at everything, so he gets into a lot of two strike counts, which means longer between pitches. also he comes up with men on base a lot, so again the pitcher slows down. so that evens out with his free swinging.

    Comment by phoenix — November 19, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

  8. I wonder if you controlled for situation (count, runners), how much of a spread there would be…

    Comment by Hejuk — November 20, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  9. Ok here is try at controlling for situation. I just took pitches from plate appearances against starters, no runners on base and only counted pitches when there were not two strikes. I think this should be fairly good at controlling for situation. The numbers are lower (as expected), but there is still a big range:

    24.1 Adam Lind
    23.9 Carlos Pena
    21.9 Ryan Braun
    21.7 Chase Utley
    20.9 David Ortiz

    14.9 Austin Jackson
    14.8 Jose Tabata
    14.7 Asdrubal Cabrera
    14.7 Jason Heyward
    14.6 J.J Hardy

    Pretty similar list at the top, though a few new names and our friend David Ortiz makes an appearance. The bottom of the list has some surprising names, with lots of rookies. Maybe young players are less likely to step out of the box as much?

    Comment by Dave Allen — November 20, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

  10. Could we use the pitcher’s pace to better estimate how hard a pitcher is being worked? There’s a belief that some pitches are more stressful than others during a game, so sticking to a strict pitch limit is undesirable. I’d also suggest that pitchers slow down during particularly stressful situations. Can we use this pace data to account for the stress of the situation and better assess when it is time to pull the starter?

    Comment by badenjr — November 22, 2010 @ 11:32 am

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