Last week I linked to a study by Vanderbilt University researchers which concluded that player fatigue leads to poor decision making on their part as the season wears on. Swinging at more pitches out of the strike zone and whatnot. The research goes further to suggest that baseball’s crackdown on stimulants exacerbated this.
Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus, however, is not so impressed:
… while a sleepy player might suffer from impaired performance, it’s a stretch to say that the league as a whole has worse plate discipline due to fatigue later in the season, and an even greater stretch to suggest that the amphetamine ban has produced a marked uptick in player fatigue. Those things might be true, but this study hasn’t shown them to be true.
Ben digs in to the plate discipline numbers and the data before and after the stimulant crackdown and comes away unconvinced by the study’s conclusions.
Certainly worth your time if this stuff interests you.
Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)
Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.
Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:
Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.
Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.