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October 25, 2013 9:52 am

Raising Aces: How Long Home Runs Happen


Doug Thorburn

What went wrong for the pitchers who surrendered the longest homers hit in 2013?

Two months ago, I introduced an article dubbed Elevator Action, which was inspired by the tendency for elevated pitches to leave the yard. The concept behind the piece was that it can often be more damaging to miss targets within the strike zone than is to sail pitches out of reach. Pitchers who pound the zone but lack the command to places pitches on its periphery will suffer the consequences.

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