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Brutus
10-10-2010, 06:41 PM
This was posted today in the Chapman thread, but I thought it was a significantly informative read. So if the moderators don't mind, I wanted to post this in a new thread so everyone might be more likely to see it.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5661690&categoryid=2378529

Tremendous video breakdown on ESPN's website detailing the science of Aroldis Chapman based on his release point, stride, follow-through and how that impacts the velocity (and perceived velocity) of his fastball.

RFS62
10-10-2010, 06:51 PM
Yep. A fantastic piece.

BoydsOfSummer
10-10-2010, 08:38 PM
Then he drops a slide-piece on ya to really bugger you up.

Homer Bailey
10-12-2010, 03:02 PM
Just saw this video, and was amazed. Just listen to how late Gonzalez was to the first three pitches. I haven't seen him in person yet, but to just hear the crowd react was amazing.

YouTube - Aroldis Chapman 105mph Sept 24, 2010.mp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbqnVaiJB4w)

paulrichjr
10-12-2010, 03:26 PM
Just saw this video, and was amazed. Just listen to how late Gonzalez was to the first three pitches. I haven't seen him in person yet, but to just hear the crowd react was amazing.



The flashbulbs going off Sunday night was just unbelievable. I sat there more amazed at that then anything else.

reds44
10-12-2010, 03:38 PM
Just saw this video, and was amazed. Just listen to how late Gonzalez was to the first three pitches. I haven't seen him in person yet, but to just hear the crowd react was amazing.

YouTube - Aroldis Chapman 105mph Sept 24, 2010.mp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbqnVaiJB4w)
Haha this is awesome. The AB in game 2 against Howard. He had no chance, and after he struck out they showed him walking back to the dugout shaking his head and he dropped a four letter word that starts with a d.

Homer Bailey
10-12-2010, 04:40 PM
Haha this is awesome. The AB in game 2 against Howard. He had no chance, and after he struck out they showed him walking back to the dugout shaking his head and he dropped a four letter word that starts with a d.

I forget who had the tweet, but someone said something along the lines of:

"Why was Howard/Chapman the matchup everyone wanted to see? Howard could face him 5,000 times and not touch the ball"

Hahahaha.

Edit: It was Posnanski:


@JPosnanski: How was Howard-Chapman the match-up fans "wanted to see?" Could face each other 5000 times , Howard would never touch ball.

Brutus
10-12-2010, 05:21 PM
Just saw this video, and was amazed. Just listen to how late Gonzalez was to the first three pitches. I haven't seen him in person yet, but to just hear the crowd react was amazing.

YouTube - Aroldis Chapman 105mph Sept 24, 2010.mp4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbqnVaiJB4w)

The reactions in the second half of that video to his 104 & 105 MPH fastballs were hilarious.

VR
10-12-2010, 06:31 PM
This was posted today in the Chapman thread, but I thought it was a significantly informative read. So if the moderators don't mind, I wanted to post this in a new thread so everyone might be more likely to see it.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5661690&categoryid=2378529

Tremendous video breakdown on ESPN's website detailing the science of Aroldis Chapman based on his release point, stride, follow-through and how that impacts the velocity (and perceived velocity) of his fastball.

That is amazing......great for aspiring pitchers to watch.

BoydsOfSummer
10-12-2010, 07:32 PM
Sound of the mitt pop before he even starts his swing...wow!

dougdirt
10-12-2010, 07:35 PM
The flashbulbs going off Sunday night was just unbelievable. I sat there more amazed at that then anything else.

I too was amazed. Turn your flashes off people. You aren't going to get any difference in your photos with your flash from the stands in a baseball stadium.