How many people can throw harder than Jamie Moyer?

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Jamie Moyer not cracking 80 miles per hour with any of his pitches last night was noteworthy enough for me to write about it earlier today, but then I started thinking about his velocity as it relates to my own weak arm.

Which brought me to this question: What percentage of adult males can throw harder than 80 miles per hour? My initial reaction is “very, very few.”

Sure, if you count only former high school pitchers or good athletes the percentage will be much higher, but for the overall male population of, say, ages 20 to 60? And that’s including all the guys who’ve never played baseball, which is a significant percentage in itself.

After all, if you go to an MLB game where they have a booth set up with a radar gun someone throwing 80 mph would be met with amazement and would then be followed by dozens of guys blowing out their arms trying to duplicate the feat while actually topping out in the 60s.

So, my guess is one percent or fewer. What say you, HBT’ers?

The Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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The Boston Red Sox activated Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they made to make room for him on the roster was a big one too: they designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.

Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup. At the moment the Red Sox have the second best offense in all of baseball despite Ramirez’s performance.

Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however and, long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.