Still going back and admiring that Yadier Molina putout last night. Just wonderful.
In the post about it I wondered how hard he threw that ball. There have been at least two attempts at explanations so far. The first one I saw came from commenter Ryan:
And a radar gun would be way better, but some back-of-the-envelope math suggests he threw it around 85 mph.
distance from home to 2nd base: ~127 feet; the throw was caught a little short and off of 2nd, so ~125 feet
timing with a crappy cellphone stopwatch: ~1.0 seconds from release to catch
125 feet/second = 85 mph
A lot of potential error in the timing measurement, but mid-eighties is probably about right. I wonder any catchers can throw any harder?
Then commenter dan1111 added:
It’s even more impressive when you consider that pitch speed is measured at the release point. 85 mph average over that distance is at least a low 90s fastball.
Another attempt at measuring the velocity came from Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus. Well, smart people he asked about it, but he published it. It comes in at a much lower, but still impressive speed: out of the hand at 83, averaging 72 m.p.h. Click through to see his methodology.
Either way: damn impressive for a catcher who did not have the benefit of a mound, a fully upright position, a big stride and a windup.
Ken Rosenthal has found out the ten teams on Yu Darvish‘s no-trade list per his contract. They are the Orioles, Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, Rockies, White Sox, Tigers, A’s, Pirates and Blue Jays. He has no right to veto trades to any other team.
As we’ve noted in recent days, the Dodgers are said to have a “strong interest” in Darvish. It’d not be at all surprising to see other contenders in on him too, at least as long as the Rangers keep listening to offers. In the no-trade category, it would seem that the Cubs and Indians would have a need, but it’s doubtful the Indians would make that kind of deal. The Cubs may, but of course they’d have to sweeten the deal for Darvish in order to get him to agree to waive his no-trade rights (which is often the point of having a no-trade provision).
Beyond the Dodgers, the Yankees and Astros are obvious potential suitors.
Darvish is 6-8 with a 3.44 ERA and has struck out 143 batters to only 43 walks in 133.1 innings.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Kansas City Royals are in talks with the Toronto Blue Jays about a trade for Francisco Liriano.
Liriano is not having a good year, but an arm is an arm I suppose. Liriano’s arm has posted 5.99 ERA and 70/42 K/BB ratio through 76.2 innings across 17 starts. He’s a free agent to be, so he shouldn’t cost too much, of course.
Earlier this week Kansas City picked up Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer, and Ryan Buchter from the Padres. They’ve also won seven in a row and are just a game and a half behind the first place Indians. They’re going for it with whatever help they can find.