Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
That calculation is flawed because the batter has basically already decided--before the windup even starts--whether or not to swing on a given pitch based on the count, the runner positions, etc. The adjustments during the swing are about making contact, and you can estimate the batter's ability to make those adjustments by looking at the number of strikes. I think there is a bit of "OMG look how insanely awesome these batters are, who can break the laws of physics and/or physiology" about the discussion.

Obviously it is almost impossible to hit a batted ball, but then here is David Ortiz batting 0.733 in the World Series. That's not just ball contact 3/4 of the time he's up, it's getting on base.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/10/29/david-ortiz-leaving-his-teammates-awe/yYm68UXAeCC21RPae IgQ8I/story.html

by asdf on Wed Oct 30th, 2013 at 12:42:22 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Occasional Series