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  1. ¡Tony Batista!

    Comment by JD — June 29, 2011 @ 9:16 am

  2. A phenomenally strange error.

    Comment by sgolder06 — June 29, 2011 @ 9:32 am

  3. I should most certainly get this, but I never have. “Left side of the plate”–that’s from the catcher’s perspective or the pitcher’s? I always thought it was from the catcher’s, i.e. left side=right-handed and vice versa, because the alternative wouldn’t make sense–left-handed and left side would be interchangeable and only serve to lead to this kind of confusion.

    But then Headley has to go and talk about “getting so many more at bats from the left side than the right side.” Switch-hitters bat left-handed more often since there are more right-handed pitchers, though. But that would be the right side of the plate, the way I’ve always thought of it.

    Would somebody please help out the dumb guy?

    Comment by not you — June 29, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  4. “left-hander” side of the plate. That’s what it means. It’s becomed shortened to “left side” of the plate.

    It can be confusing, especially when claling pitch location. If I tell my catcher that I want the ball on th el;eft side of the plate, he doesn;t know if that means his left, the pitcher’s left, or the left-handed batter side of the plate. We don’t use right or left, we use in or out.

    But when a batter says he’s going to take swings from the “left side of the plate”, he is essentially saying “as a left-handed batter” (the lefty side of the plate).

    These interviews are interesting. They do show what players look at and value, and what they see from their perspective.

    I’m very interested in “letting the ball travel”. I know what it means, and I understand and agree with the philosophy. What I want to know is if it looks any differently than any other style in regards to “where” (in relation to th eplate) batting contact is made? My guess is that all batters essentially strike the ball in the same spot in front of the plate, whether they “let the ball travel” or not.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 29, 2011 @ 9:51 am

  5. Tony Bautista displayed a drastic increase in power when he went to Toronto as well.

    Although you wouldn’t look at Tony’s batting mechanics and think that he has “figured something out”. He is extreme;ly wide open.

    I can’t tell if Chase is talking about Tony or Jose.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 29, 2011 @ 9:54 am

  6. left side of the plate simply means he’s hitting left handed. whereas right side of the plate means he’s hitting right handed. so basically from the perspective of the hitter

    Comment by seth — June 29, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  7. left side of the plate just means batting lefthanded

    Comment by jessef — June 29, 2011 @ 10:03 am

  8. if you’re letting the ball travel you are making contact closer to the catcher as opposed to out in front of the plate. generally speaking a guy that lets the ball travel will be more likely to hit the ball to the center/opposite field. whereas a guy that hits the ball out in front of the plate (take jose batista for example) will be pulling the ball more.

    Comment by seth — June 29, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  9. Thanks for the clarification, everybody.

    Comment by not you — June 29, 2011 @ 10:07 am

  10. I want to see the data that supports this. In other words, I want to see an overhead view of the plate, and a “little blue dot” placed on the screen/graph where contact is made. I want to see if the the situation really is as the players think.

    I want to see just how “far” some batters let the ball travel as compared to the league average.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 29, 2011 @ 10:13 am

  11. i’d also be very interested in this. especially the average distance of say a fly ball struck at the different locations.

    Comment by seth — June 29, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  12. Pretty clear it’s Jose Bautista…

    Comment by bill — June 29, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  13. Love these Q&A’s, as always – please keep ‘em coming!

    Comment by mcbrown — June 29, 2011 @ 10:47 am

  14. Let’s hope so. *grin*

    I was just saying it “could” be Tony: He had 67 HR in 1000 AB in TOR.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — June 29, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  15. This is the best Q&A so far. Good stuff, and I’m not a big Chase Headley fan.

    Comment by Derek — June 29, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  16. now*

    Now a big Chase Headley fan.

    Comment by Derek — June 29, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  17. These Q&A sessions are phenomenally interesting, and enlightening.

    Thanks again for posting them.

    Comment by Dave S — June 29, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

  18. Chase Headley is quietly having an all-star caliber season. Part of that is how terrible NL 3rd basemen are, but he’s also an OBP machine. Last year he was nearly a 5 WAR player, almost entirely based on his defense. This year he’s on pace to be a 4 WAR player, this time in spite of his defense. This is probably owed to his ability to make adjustments in his game in the off-season. Last year he was one of the worst hitters in the league as a RHB, and this year he’s actually hitting better as a RHB than as a LHB. This off-season, maybe he’ll focus on his defense again. Big fan of Chase, hopefully he’ll remain a Padre for several years to come.

    Comment by The_NV — June 30, 2011 @ 2:15 am

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