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Entries in espn (4)


UPDATE: MLBPA Statement Issued

Michael Weiner, MLBPA Executive DirectorMichael WeinerMajor League Baseball Players Association Executive Director has issued the following statement regarding the recent Biogenesis report from ESPN:

“The Players Association has been in regular contact with the Commissioner’s Office regarding the Biogenesis investigation. They are in the process of interviewing players and every player has been or will be represented by an attorney from the Players Association. The Commissioner’s Office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed. It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations.


The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner’s Office shares these interests.”
Aug292011 A Look at Hughes' Return

Zack Singer of ESPN's Stats & Info team provides an interesting look at Phil Hughes' return and the impact of his fastball.

After a nearly three-month quest, Hughes has regained most of the velocity he lost. In seven starts since returning to the Yankees, Hughes’ fastball velocity has averaged 91.5 mph, with an even higher average velocity in his past three starts. Overall, Hughes’ fastball velocity is up nearly three mph from where it was prior to his trip to the DL. 

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ESPN Covers Josh Johnson

ESPN examines Josh Johnson and his breaking ball:

Watch Baseball Tonight any time Johnson pitches and you'll hear our announcers marvel at that pitch location. Those pitches are almost impossible and the numbers bear it out. 

Righties and lefties have made 68 outs in at-bats that ended with a Johnson breaking pitch, and gotten just four base hits. 

Hitters are missing on 40 percent of their swings against that pitch, a rate that puts Johnson among the best major league starters. They're also chasing pitches at a similar rate. 

Read More... (source: ESPN, Mark Simon)