PITTSBURGH – The biggest change SwingTracker users will see with the most recent mobile app update is that foot and load calibrations are now taken into account when rendering the 3D view. Because of this, the 3D plane more clearly represents what the player is doing in relation to the field.
PITTSBURGH – The latest version of the SwingTracker app (3.0.5) has been released today, highlighted by a new and improved 3D view.
With the new and improved visuals, the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of the web app is now similar to that of the iOS app. Very few functional or structural changes have been made, but almost every User Interface (UI) element – widgets, forms, buttons, icons – has had a change in appearance.
While DiamondCLUB has undergone a stunning cosmetic change, it is important to note that none of the logic behind DiamondCLUB has changed. Users will still have the same top-notch experience they experienced with the previous version of the web app, but with a new GUI.
PITTSBURGH – After multiple injuries to superstar players (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich), firing their manager in-season (Mike Redmond) and overall poor performance by a host of veteran and free agent acquisitions (Mat Latos, Dan Haren), the emergence of prospect-turned-everyday-player, J.T. Realmuto has been a bright spot in the midst of another lost season for the Miami Marlins.
Over the course of 114 games, Realmuto has hit 10 home runs to go along with 45 RBI, 46 runs and seven stolen bases, while slashing .253/.284/.404. In September, he is hitting .368/.366/.658 with three home runs, including a 10-game hit streak dating back to August 31.
The 10 home runs over the course of the year are tied for 12th-most amongst everyday catchers (i.e. – those who only play catcher and not another position), while the seven stolen bases are the most of any catcher this year.
PITTSBURGH – Yesterday a lively discussion took place on Twitter centered around the physics of baseball, relative to bat speed versus pitch speed.
In his story on St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty, FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris linked to a study done by Diamond Kinetics’ Technical Advisor Alan Nathan entitled “Regulating The Performance of Baseball Bats”.
The key takeaway, or line, used by Sarris in his story was Dr. Nathan’s assertion in his study that, “bat speed is six times more important than pitch speed.”
From there, we retweeted Sarris’ FanGraphs story with that line as the quote tweet.
The following discussion ensued…