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  1. David,

    Great stuff! I prefer these pitchzones over the other ones – they’re much easier to read.

    It would be interesting to break down these pitchzones by HRs (or doubles or any other stat) hit in each zone.

    You mention contact rates (I assume swings with contact divided by total swings); I wonder how the contact rate correlates (how much it increases/decreases) with each zone or if it correlates with any other stat. It might have some predictive power.

    What do you mean by swing percentages?

    I’m not sure major league teams break the zones down like you’ve done, but I wouldn’t be surprsied if advance scouts using something similar to what you’ve done when preparing their pitchers for batters of opposing teams.

    -Mike

    Comment by Mike — January 22, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

  2. I’d like to see one of these for Ichiro.

    Thanks!

    Comment by PositivePaul — January 23, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

  3. These charts are absolutely interesting. In my opinion you should use a different color coding: the color used for 0% has some red and some blue in it, so it’s a little difficult (for me) to get it right at first glance. I would suggest either you use blue as the lowest value (simply discarding the last 3 colors) or use a monochromatic scale (i.e. from white to red).

    Comment by Mqx — January 25, 2006 @ 9:03 am

  4. I’m sure I’m in the minority on this, but I actually preferred the original version. They look like computer art. Still, I do agree that these are much easier to interpret.

    I agree that the magenta for the 0% cells is confusing. White would work, but I think black is more appropriate. Darker = lower. Eliminating the violet probably would help too. The different shades of green are hard to distinguish too, at least for me. Could you add numbers to the boxes, so I could be sure I’m reading them right?

    Is “Inside” always to the left, or does it depend on whether the batter is L or R?

    Glad to hear you’re going to do swing rates and BABIP. My first reaction (until I saw Guerrero) was that all the boxes outside the strike zone SHOULD be in the 0-2% range because batters aren’t supposed to swing at those pitches. Yet obviously those rules don’t apply to Vlad (and some others). BABIP should provide much greater discrimination.

    Comment by F. James Mohl — January 25, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

  5. What do you mean by swing percentages?

    Basically this will be how often a player swings at a pitch in a certain zone. Hopefully this will help us identifiy where certain players like to chase balls they shouldn’t be swinging at.

    I would suggest either you use blue as the lowest value (simply discarding the last 3 colors) or use a monochromatic scale (i.e. from white to red).

    I like this idea, I also like the idea of using black as the lowest color. I’ll mess around with the color scheme and see if I can come up with something easier in the next itteration.

    Could you add numbers to the boxes, so I could be sure I’m reading them right?

    Unfortunately, no (it’s essentially a contractual agreement), but hopefully improving the color scheme will make it so that numbers aren’t much better.

    Is “Inside� always to the left, or does it depend on whether the batter is L or R?

    These charts are always from the pitcher’s perspective, so right-handed batters are on the right side and left-handed batters are on the left side. I’m going to be putting in a batter on either side to make this more clear, just need to find the right graphic.

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I think with one or two more revisions these PitchZone charts will be right where they need to be in terms of readability.

    Comment by David — January 25, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

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