Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Can Chris Berman Get Any More Annoying?

The Sultan of Swat
He has a great voice and he is certainly enthusiastic, but someone has to get Chris Berman to stop wetting himself over every ball hit more than 350 feet in the Home Run Derby.

Obviously his job is to make the event exciting for the television viewers but come on, many of the 'shots' hit during the competition do not really travel all that far. And the guys are hitting batting practice pitches thrown exactly where they want them or they don't swing at them. 

In last night's competition there were a few balls hit more than 400 feet. That is pretty impressive. By comparison you can check out how far Babe Ruth hit balls during league play, with grey, four inning old, spat on baseballs and remember that opposing managers absolutely forbade their pitchers from throwing a ball in the strike zone to the Bambino.

Here are the lengths of some of Ruth’s consecutive home runs hit over spans of a few days in various years.

May of 1921 - 460 feet, 450, 490, 520, 460
June of 1921 - 490, 500, 510
August 1924 - 475, 460, 425, 355, 500, 510
July of 1925 -  470, 450, 575, 440, 560, 435, 465
May of 1926 - 475, 515, 365, 545
Harmon Killebrew

Frank Howard
How did those puny 355 and 365 foot ones get in there? The Babe mustn't have gotten much of them.

Wouldn't it be fun to see former sluggers – as they were in their primes – in a Home Run Derby.

From the 30s we would have Ruth take on Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott.

From the 50s we would have Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, and Eddie Matthews.

From the 60s we would have Willie Mays, Dick Allen, Willie McCovey, Frank Howard, and Harmon Killebrew (Aaron didn’t hit them all that far).

We couldn't have guys from the 90s ’cuz needles aren't allowed on the field.