VIDEO: Carlos Pena explains hitting mechanics through “Effective Velocity”

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Former major league slugger Carlos Pena joined MLB Network as a studio analyst in December. He recently did a segment for MLB Tonight about hitting mechanics using Perry Husband’s concept of “Effective Velocity.” I guarantee you’ll learn something:

Pena is a natural at this TV thing. Hope to see a lot more of him and more cool stuff like this in the future.

If you want to learn more about “Effective Velocity,” read this excellent piece by Jason Turbow of

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Video: Mets offer predictions for Best Picture

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Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Travis d’Arnaud offer predictions for tonight’s Academy Awards …

Not that anyone cares, but I’ll guess “Boyhood” has a huge night, taking Best Picture and a few others.

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Pocket Radar- Radar Gun

Looking to measure how fast you throw? Searching to find your ball exit speed ? If so, Pocket Radar offers radar guns that do just that. Pocket Radar offers two models. The classic radar gun and the Ball Coach. The Ball Coach is what I would recommend for ballplayers who are looking for a more accurate reading. The Ball Coach won “The Best of Show” in the 2014 ABCA Convention.


“The new Ball Coach model is the result of direct feedback from top coaches on their specific needs. The ball tracking technology in this model is specifically designed
to automatically find the fastest speed of a ball in flight. It can measure the speed of the incoming pitch and outgoing hit.” (From “Best of Show Winners” Article)

Full article here:

The Ball Coach is listed at a reasonable price of $299.99. Compared to other radar guns that can cost you upwards of $1,000 , this is a great deal for a quality product. If you’re looking for something that is reliable, and affordable, then the Ball Coach is for you.

So what’s the difference between the Ball Coach and Classic?




So let’s take a look at a video comparing the Ball Coach to higher priced radar guns!

As you can see, the Ball Coach hangs right there with the $500-$1,000 radar guns.

-Andy Lopez, University of Arizona
3 Time Div. 1 National Coach of the Year
2 National Championships (1992 and 2012)

Check out our YouTube video featuring the Ball Coach: 

First hand, the Ball Coach is very convenient because you are able to throw it in your pocket and it’s right there when you need it. It’s simple to use. Once I showed it to my teammates they were able to use the product in minutes. Due to its capability of holding the last twenty five pitches in memory, I was able to locate the fastest pitch during my teammates bullpen session. We also used it to record our ball exit speed. In addition, we will continue to use it throughout the winter to see our progression as the season approaches.

More Details About The Ball Coach:


Range: Ball Speed from 120 feet Away 25 to 130 MPH (Accuracy +/- 1 MPH)

Recall Memory: 25 speed readings

Size: 4.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches

Weight: 4.5 ounces with batteries

Battery Life (Typical Use): Manual Trigger Mode > 2,000 Readings Constant-On Mode > 1 Hour with 2 new alkaline AAA batteries (included) or 2 new NiMH rechargeable batteries (not included)

Product Includes: Belt Holster Case, Wrist Strap, Quick Start Guide 2 Year Warranty

If you are looking to see how many miles per hour you gained on that fastball or how fast the ball is coming off the bat, I would highly recommend checking out Pocket Radar.





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Brett Anderson just learned what his uniform number will be on Twitter

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Every athlete needs to be on Twitter. You learn more about them and their sport and the world they inhabit from some random tweets than you do in any sort of formal interview. Ask Marshawn Lynch.

Or ask Brett Anderson, who just gave me my chuckle of the day:

The link in that tweet reveals that Anderson’s number will be 35. Bob Welch wore that, so that’s some pretty good company. Beyond him it was mostly journeymen and kids. Anderson wore 30 and 49 at his previous stops in Colorado and Oakland.

The Dodgers are, no doubt, saving those in case they need to retire them in honor of Jerry Sands and Carlos Marmol.

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Athletic Recon- Performance Products for the Modern Athlete

Athletic Recon is a modern apparel company fit for the athlete. They design all their clothes for someone who is an active person. Some apparel is more towards street wear, while some of their apparel could be worn during an intense workout.

Ryan Heuser (Founder/Athlete) on his brand:

“As a marathoner, triathlete and overall endurance geek I found that there was a gap between my technical apparel needs and my need to look stylish. I found that the technical apparel often lacked good design and the stylish apparel often lacked functionality. So I asked myself a simple question, “ Why can’t I have both technically sound athletic apparel combined with great design? ” Athletic Recon is my answer. Athletic Recon strives for technically designed athletic apparel with a nod to street fashion.”

Athletic Recon is worn by many professional athletes. Nick Ramirez (Brewers ), Keenan Allen (Chargers), Javier Pineda (IronMan) and more.


(Nick Ramirez)



Recently, I was sent some of Athletic Recon’s gear. The quality is nothing less than amazing. As an athlete, I want apparel with versatility. Athletic Recon gives you the ability to go out with some stylish street gear. Then, when you’re at the gym, you could be wearing Athletic Recon’s performance gear. The gear is made very well and you will not sweat through your shirt during your workout. Athletic Recon’s shorts have a compression short element where they will not slide up during your workout and work as both compression shorts and actual shorts.


If you are an athlete looking for some stylish and performance gear check out Athletic Recon at

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Max Scherzer has a seven-year deal with the Nationals

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Update #2 (12:43 AM ET): Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for more than $180 million.

Update (12:20 AM ET): William Ladson of confirms the deal.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Nationals have a seven-year in place with starter Max Scherzer. The amount of the deal is not yet known, though it’s likely to be north of the $144 million, six-year offer (and the $24 million average annual value) he rejected from the Tigers in the spring. It was reported earlier that the Nationals were one of two teams in talks with the right-hander.

With Scherzer in the mix, the Nationals may explore trading either Jordan Zimmermann or Stephen Strasburg according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Scherzer, 30, has been one of baseball’s best starters over the past two seasons, owning a 39-8 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 492/119…

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Scherzer to Nationals On Seven-Year Deal

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By: Ben Leonard

The rich are getting richer in Washington, as the talent-laden Nationals signed former Detroit Tigers’ right-hander Max Scherzer to a seven year deal, according to Jon Heyman. The financial details of the deal are not known at this point, but could be worth more than Justin Verlander’s $180 extension inked in 2013.

Max Scherzer (37) will be in red, white, and blue for the next seven seasons. (Image: By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Max Scherzer) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons) Max Scherzer (37) will be in red, white, and blue for the next seven seasons. (Image: By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Max Scherzer) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons) The 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner bet on himself in 2014, rejecting a massive contract extension in the 2013 offseason from Detroit to try to get an even bigger deal. It seems to have paid off very well, as he likely signed a much bigger deal after this season’s efforts. Scherzer posted a 3.15 ERA in 2014, backed up…

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Indians prospect arrested for aggravated burglary and underage drinking

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Indians prospect Justus Sheffield was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated burglary and underage drinking. From the Tullahoma News:

According to Tullahoma police, Sheffield was arrested for allegedly breaking into a residence on Cumberland Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Monday . . . According to police, Sheffield had a “strong odor of an intoxicating beverage on his person and admitted to having a few drinks of alcohol.”

According to the police report, Sheffield broke into the house after no one would answer the door when he knocked. Then he confronted one of the residents when he “ran into his room and started yelling and threatening to beat him up for messing around with his girlfriend.”

Sheffield is 18. He was the 31st player selected in this past summer’s draft. No word on what the scouting report said about his makeup.

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Ranking the top 25 general managers in history

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Two incredibly smart dudes — one of whom is an occasional HBT commenter — have a book coming out. The dudes: Mark Armour and Dan Levitt. The book: In Pursuit of Pennants, which examines how front offices have historically found innovative ways to build winning teams. A process that, contrary to popular belief, did not begin with Billy Beane and “Moneyball.”  The book comes out April 1. You can pre-order it here.

In anticipation of the rollout of that book, Mark and Dan have a blog about it all, and today they have begun counting down the top 25 general managers in baseball history. Today is 25: Andy MacPhail. Here is an explanation of the top-25 project. Here is the post on Mr. MacPhail.

We analyze everything else in baseball, but front office moves — especially historical ones — are often overlooked because front offices usually aren’t…

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