Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/13/2013 7:33 PM EDT
In response to youkillus' comment:
In response to ampoule's comment:
Jid, I applaud your son. He certainly sounds talented, motivated, and hard working. And, he's a great size to boot! Will the old man let him sign with someone if it interferes with college?(laughing and crying at the same time).
I can relate to the difference in conditioning. Me, like some of us older gas-bags, chopped wood, played baseball from day till night like Moon, hauled bales of hay, or carried bundles of shingles up ladders as our form of exercise. Like you, I didn't know about weights at all.
It surprises me that Ryan, who's no kid and threw with longevity, can't share some of his conditioning techniques with Texas, if they were any different that the ordinary. Actually, I read posts here where the Texas staff doesn't go longer into games than any other team. It just surprises me.
If the balls are wound tighter and the mound is lower, why are there not any more 500ft. homers? If it's weights and conditioning, perhaps flexibility should looked at.
"500 foot homeruns"; Adam Dunn 504' 9-27-08, A. Ramirez 495' 9-21-07, W. Balentien 495' 10-2-09, G. Stanton 494' 8-17-12 According to ESPN hit tracker. Looks like it happens more than you might think.
Maybe I'm delusional, but 5 of them(1 actually) since 2008 doesn't, to me, seem like 'more than you might think'.
Mickey Mantle's 10 Longest Home Runs Index
(Click on the Distance to Go to that Home Run)
RANK DISTANCE DATE OPPONENT BALLPARK PITCHER HR SIDE
734 ft. 5/22/63 Kansas City A's Yankee Stadium Bill Fischer Left 2. 656 ft. 3/26/51 U.S.C. Bovard Field Tom Lovrich Left 3. 650 ft. 6/11/53 Detroit Tigers Briggs Stadium Art Houteman Left 4. 643 ft. 9/10/60 Detroit Tigers Tiger Stadium Paul Foytack Left 5. 630 ft. 9/12/53 Detroit Tigers Yankee Stadium Billy Hoeft Left 6. 620 ft. 5/30/56 Washington Senators Yankee Stadium Pedro Ramos Left 7. 565 ft. 4/17/53 Washington Senators Griffith Stadium Chuck Stobbs Right 8. 550 ft. 6/05/55 Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park Billy Pierce Right 9. 535 ft. 7/06/53 Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack Stadium Frank Fanovich Right 10. 530 ft. 4/28/53 St. Louis Browns Busch Stadium Bob Cain Right
P.S. This was with the higher mound, so the pitcher had an 'advantage'.