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Charlie Blackmon: Renaissance man

Charlie Blackmon: Renaissance man

Photo by John Fisher/ He’s said he’s resistant to being a designated hitter, but the numbers suggest he’s very good at it. Charlie Blackmon was never a fan of the designated hitter. In a 2020 interview with MLB Network Radio, he said of the position, “I personally don’t like DH’ing a whole lot. I feel like I’m not like a legitimate part of the team that day.” This year, however, Blackmon has found himself used more as a DH than as a right fielder, and it turns out, the change suits him. How Much Time Has He Spent as a DH in 2022? Quite a lot,...
Jul 27, 2022
Ryan McMahon’s patience at the plate

Ryan McMahon’s patience at the plate

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ When McMahon is batting, he sees a lot of pitches. Last week, I wrote about Ryan McMahon’s increased number of stolen bases this year. (TLDR: He says it’s a new part of his game he’s been working on — and some friendly competition with Connor Joe doesn’t hurt.) I appreciated the comments on that piece, which led me to to explore a different topic: the number of pitches he sees in a typical at-bat. That is, how patient is Ryan McMahon at the plate? How patient are the Colorado Rockies as a team? That’s an easy...
Jul 21, 2022
Ryan McMahon’s base-stealing frenzy

Ryan McMahon’s base-stealing frenzy

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/ Okay, five is not really a “frenzy,” but McMahon says it’s a new facet of his game Ryan McMahon is not known for his foot speed. In fact, here’s how he compares to other Colorado Rockies as measured by Baseball Savant. (The league average is 27 ft/sec.) Baseball Savant 2022 Colorado Rockies Baserunning Sprint Speed McMahon has registered a fairly tame 25.9 ft/sec. On the Rockies, only Alan Trejo and CJ Cron are slower. With this in mind, it seems counterintuitive that McMahon is on track for his best...

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