Posted on 21 July 2016.
With so much emphasis on the fastball in today’s game, there is a new documentary out that tries to answer the question of who was the fastest of all-time simply called Fastball. Scouts are looking for kids these days that throw in the mid to high 90s. Bullpens are built with guys that all throw near triple digits. It has simply become a game built on power arms.
The film Fastball does a good job at not only taking a look at the new guys in the game who throw hard. Guys like Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Justin Verlander, David Price and others are looked at and talked to about what it is like to throw hard. But what I liked about the movie was how the film went back in time to discuss the guys that came before the new breed of flamethrowers.
Man for man I do not think there is any doubt that the guys of today throw harder on average than any other time in the game’s history. However, there were guys like Goose Gossage, Walter Johnson, Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, and Nolan Ryan that threw just as, or possibly even harder.
The most interesting thing that they did was some of the video and science behind it all. They compare a 92mph fastball with a 100mph fastball which is an interesting thing to see. If they were both released at the same time, by the time the 100mph pitch reaches the plate, the 92mph pitch still has 4.5 feet to travel. That may not seem like much, but it is a huge difference when hitting.
The film does some scientific calculations based on some old data to determine who exactly is the fastest of all-time. Aroldis Chapman has thrown the fastest recorded pitch at 105mph, but is that the fastest ever? I won’t reveal who they say the fastest of all-time is because I really think you should see the film. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, or Netflix.
Posted in Interviews/Reviews
Posted on 21 July 2016.
The Haarlem Honkbal Week (Haarlem Baseball Week) kicked off last Friday in the Netherlands. Five teams are competing for the title in the 28th edition of the event. The teams competing this year are Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Curacao. There will not be back-to-back titles won since the USA did not return for the event this year having won in 2014.
So far the Netherlands are leading the way with a 4-0 record. Right behind the Dutch is Australia with its only blemish coming form the Dutch yesterday. The two teams will square off once again today as well.
Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Australia
2016 Haarlem Honkbal Week Stadings:
- Netherlands 4-0
- Australia 3-1
- Japan 2-2
- Chinese Taipei 1-3
- Curacao 0-4
All games can be streamed online at http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=honkbalweek
Posted in Europe, Tournaments
Posted on 21 July 2016.
We all know the Little League World Series from what is shown on ESPN. But don’t forget that there are other levels of Little League Baseball that have their own World Series, and many of them are just as exciting as the big one shown on ESPN.
Below is the schedule for the tournaments. We will try to bring you updates on the tournaments. ESPN will be televising the championship games of all of them I believe starting August 2nd. They will also be televising 91 of the regional games from the LLWS making it a record number of games that they will be showing this summer.
- Big League Baseball (15/16/17/18-year-olds)
- July 26 to Aug. 2 – Easley, S.C. (Easley Recreation Complex)
- 16th season in Easley; 49th season overall
- 2015 Champion: Puerto Rico District 13 (Arroyo)
- Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball (11/12/13-year-olds)
- July 31 to Aug. 7 – Livermore, Calif. (Max Baer Park)
- 4th season in Livermore; 4th season overall
- 2015 Champion: West Seoul Little League (Seoul, South Korea)
- Senior League Baseball (14/15/16-year-olds)
- July 31 to Aug. 6 – Bangor, Maine (Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium)
- 15th season in Bangor; 56th season overall
- 2015 Champion: West University Little League (Houston, Texas)
- Junior League Baseball (13/14-year-olds)
- Aug. 14 to Aug. 21 – Taylor, Mich. (Heritage Park)
- 36th season in Taylor; 36th season overall
- 2015 Champion: Chung-Shan Little League (Taichung, Chinese Taipei)
- Little League Baseball® (11/12-year-olds)
- Aug. 18 to Aug. 28 – South Williamsport, Pa. (Lamade/Volunteer Stadiums)
- 58th season in South Williamsport; 70th season overall
- 2015 Champion: Tokyo Kitasuna Little League (Tokyo, Japan)
You can see the full schedule of what ESPN will show and on what channel from the link below. Everything kicks off with television coverage on August 1st.
ESPN to Showcase 137 Little League Baseball and Softball World Series Games, the Most Games ESPN Has Ever Covered for the Tournament
Posted in Tournaments, News