This entire San Diego Union-Tribune profile on Tony Tufano — the motorcyclist run over last spring by former major leaguer Matt Bush — is worth a read. But here’s the part that really sticks out:
Because of the damage his body incurred — because of all the muscles, bones and organs that caught hell in the crash — his every day is filled with pain.
Which makes it all the more remarkable that his heart is filled with mercy.
“People argue with me about this, but I would like to see him make it. I just want to see him straighten his life out,” said Tufano of the man who hit him — a man currently serving a 51-month prison sentence in Jasper, Fla. “He’ll only be 30 when he gets out, and if he can still throw a ball 99 miles an hour, someone will pick him up.”
Bush, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, was charged with driving under the influence and inflicting serious bodily injury. It was his third DUI and he will be in that Florida prison until 2016.
Tufano, a 74-year-old lifelong marathon enthusiast, will never run or ride a motorcycle again.
We’re not talking the 100 meters here. We’re talking practical baseball sprinting. That’s defined by the StatCast folks at MLB as “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window,” while sprinting for the purposes of, you know, winning a baseball game.
StatCast ranked all players who have at least 10 “max effort” runs this year. I won’t give away who is at the top of this list, but given that baseball’s speedsters tend to get a lot of press you will not be at all surprised. As for the bottom of the list, well, the Angels don’t pay Albert Pujols to run even when he’s not suffering from late career chronic foot problems, so they’ll probably let that one go. I will say, however, that I am amused that the third slowest dude in baseball is named “Jett,” however.
Lately people have noticed some odd things about home run distances on StatCast, suggesting that maybe their metrics are wacko. And, of course, their means of gauging this stuff is proprietary and opaque, so we have no way of knowing if their numbers are off the reservation or not. As such, take all of the StatCast stuff you see with a grain of salt.
That said, even if the feet-per-second stuff is wrong here, knowing that Smith is faster than Jones by a factor of X is still interesting.
All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.
Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.