Maybe Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle can help deliver what’s been missing from the AL East for a full decade — an honest-to-goodness, down-to-the-wire AL East race between the Yankees and Red Sox.
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Mens Andrew Nicholson Jersey All of these measures were being taken in the name of keeping the game moving, of ensuring nine-inning contests stay in the magical 2-hour, 30-minute range, of keeping bored fans’ noses out of their phones for more than a few seconds.
Let’s go back to the top of this column: Why does it even matter how long it takes to play a game? Why did time of game even become a thing in the sport’s early days? Did clubs want to entice 20th century fans by telling them they could spend just an hour or two at the park? Or was the exercise a fruit of the sport’s obsession with bookkeeping?
In my case, it was the latter.
The contest I watched went 11 innings. The final score was 4-3. Time of the game: 2 hours, 57 minutes.
Of the 13 home runs he has hit off of fastballs, which can also be affected by lowered seams, pitchers missed their spot 11 times, while six pitches would have hit the glove had Judge not put a charge into them.
Here’s the thing though, with all of that being said and all of the conjecture about juiced baseballs in MLB this season, his power surge this year can be explained by one simple thing: analytics are aiding the Yankee star, and not any analytics the Yankees are encouraging him to pay attention to.