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One Great Catch Deserves Another – Aaron Hicks’ Catch and the Greatest Catch Ever

Coley Harvey shared this gem on Twitter:

Aaron Hicks ran at 27.4 feet/second on the game-ending catch, according to @statcast. That’s the fastest he has run on an out he’s recorded this season. Also covered a distance of 74 feet on the play. — Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) July 24, 2019

Sometimes people complain about all of the stats in baseball, with some being meaningless. That can be true to a certain extent, but the information, like this, that Statcast produces is amazing.

(As a quick aside, it was a GREAT night for Aaron Hicks, as, in addition to this catch (“the fastest he has run on an out he’s recorded”), his homerun also produced the highest exit velocity on any ball he has hit since Statcast began tracking this stuff:

Aaron Hicks’ go-ahead HR in the 9th inning came off his bat at 111 mph. It’s the highest exit velo he’s produced on any batted ball since Statcast began tracking in 2015. — Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) July 24, 2019


Back to the point…

In many ways, because of these advanced metrics baseball can be more fun and better understood than in the past.

Modern technology also helps us better understand events of the past – like Willie Mays’ legendary catch in the 1954 World Series.

I was going to save this video for a Sunday Night Special, but with all the excitement around Aaron Hicks’ catch, it seemed better to share it today. (Enjoy!)


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