3/17 Update: We’ve added a “Date Added” column to the sheet that allows you to more easily identify new entries to the tracker.
Baseball is a game of adjustments. Players are constantly tweaking and tinkering with their game to get an edge and take the next step to become a better player. In the current age of Statcast and baseball information overload, those changes are happening more than ever.
Some of them are more obvious than others, especially when it comes to pitching. It is easy (but still very useful) to see when there is an important lineup change, a pitcher adding a new pitch, or gaining a tick of velocity, and there are a lot of great tools out there to track pitching changes.
But hitters are ever-changing, too! New technology, the launch angle revolution, and the pursuit of the barrel have taken over the game and batters are making more changes more than ever, but we can’t always see it as clearly as a pitcher’s increased velocity or a new pitch. These deserve our attention just as much, though, and to that end, we’d like to introduce a brand new resource!
Our new Mechanical Adjustment Tracker for Hitters (MATH) will be a one-stop-shop for all the changes hitters are making to their body, their swing, their approach, and everything in-between. Scott Chu, Ben Palmer, and I, Steve Gesuele, will be updating this sheet throughout the spring by scouring the news, listening, and watching hitters make adjustments. We will then consolidate it all on one handy spreadsheet, which we’ve already populated with changes dating back to last season.
Hopefully, this will be another great tool to use to have some insight into the changes hitters are making and if they are leading to improved results.
Check out MATH here.
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