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Month: March 2017

World Baseball Classic quick thoughts

2017 world baseball classic

  That was a hell of a tournament by pretty much any measure: frenetic crowd noise, record-setting attendance, impassioned play, close games and intriguing match-ups. The World Baseball Classic commenced with little buzz, but ended up being a home run for the game. Hopefully Major League Baseball rides this momentum to create an even better […]

How Marco Estrada overcame a slow fastball to become one of the top pitchers in the AL East

marco estrada spin rate

A brief glance at Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada would elicit little enthusiasm. With young pitchers seemingly all throwing 95+ MPH, Estrada is a bit of a unicorn in the modern league. Estrada, 33, throws one of the game’s slowest fastballs but has had tremendous success the past couple years regardless. How does Estrada manage to do […]

Stro Show: Marcus Stroman dominates in start for Team USA

Marcus Stroman WBC

While many big-name pitchers such as Clayton Kershaw eschewed the World Baseball Classic in order to prepare for the 2017 season, 5’8″ Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman stood up tall for the United States, hurling 4.2 scoreless innings Saturday against a vaunted Dominican Republic lineup. Stroman appeared in mid-season form, featuring an array of fastballs […]

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