Leaderboards for Communists: Pitcher Velocity by KM/H

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A typical, run-of-the-mill European.

Living in Europe, the author has become acquainted with a population of this world for whom baseball, strangely, isn’t a daily concern. Because they’re otherwise occupied with punishing the most ambitious and ingenious of their race, is perhaps one reason why. Because they haven’t been properly introduced to the sport, is another possible reason, however.

With a view towards addressing the latter contingency, the author has produced below the top-10 leaders in baseball this season by velocity — as rendered in kilometers per hour, however, so that the European mind might more readily comprehend it. What else the author has done is to capture video of Dodger relief prospect Jose Dominguez throwing a fastball in June at 163 km/h to then-Phillies outfielder Delmon Young.

First, here’s the aforementioned velocity leaderboard:

# Name Team IP KM/H
1 Jose Dominguez Dodgers 8.1 158.5
2 Aroldis Chapman Reds 63.2 158.4
3 Bruce Rondon Tigers 28.2 157.6
4 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 28.1 157.1
5 Kelvin Herrera Royals 58.1 156.4
6 Blake Wood Indians 1.1 156.4
7 Henry Rodriguez – – – 22.0 156.3
8 Duke Welker Pirates 1.1 156.3
9 Yordano Ventura Royals 15.1 156.3
10 Craig Kimbrel Braves 67.0 155.9

Next, here’s the aforementioned footage of Jose Dominguez — first, in real time:

JD to DY 101a

And also in slow motion:

JD to DY 101b

Credit to Jeff Zimmerman, for bringing this pressing issue to the author’s attention.



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Damaso's Burnt Shirt
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Damaso's Burnt Shirt

Karl Marx per Hour?

A eskpert
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A eskpert

As my father might say, you couldn’t hit that with a billboard. Though presumably if one is capable of wielding a billboard, one is a gentleman of such strength that your batting line might be something similar to 0.110, 0.100, 0.440

Maverick Squad
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Maverick Squad

“The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that’s the way I likes it.”

Matt
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Matt

kph is clearly better, as it removes the need for IP minimums.

I am not an an American (nor a European), but I think 40 rods to the hogshead is somewhere over 1000 gallons per mile. Sounds reasonable for a thirsty american car.

Matt
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Matt

Actually, I left out the 40, and I used the wrong sort of hogshead. 40 rods = 5 miles. 1 hogshead = 63 gallons. It’s only 12.6 gallons per mile. Much simpler than the metric system, and I’m sure metric cars use more fuel, too.

Bartolo Colon
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Bartolo Colon

146.8 km/h
146.8 kg

Coincidence? I think not.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Marcus Tullius Cicero

You forgot to convert IP into metric, Carson. Quel dommage.

hamjenkinsIII
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hamjenkinsIII

Dose Jominguez

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