Longest Home Runs of the First Half of 2016

I saw an article about the longest home runs of the first half of 2016 on Cut 4, an MLB.com website today. It’s fitting because today is “National Tape Measure Day”. (Somehow I don’t think Hallmark greeting cards can cash in on this one…) Here are the longest home runs of the first half of 2016 and the distances. Also indicated if the player is a confirmed user of the Pow’r Wrap bat weight.

10. Cameron Rupp, July 10 – 465 feet; uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See: https://pressvision.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/dsc_0799.jpg

9. Eugenio Suarez, June 2 – 465 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight;  See: http://newsok.com/gallery/feedid/1021449/50/pictures/4281315?hideNav=false&dontTrackPage=false

8. Matt Holliday, May 30 – 466 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight;  See: http://a.fssta.com/content/dam/fsdigital/RSN/Midwest/2016/02/23/PI-MLB-Cardinals-spring-Matt-Holliday-022316.vresize.1200.675.high.43.jpg

7. Jordy Mercer, April 22 – 466 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See: http://cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-dfd6e2d29a404ddded6ca3feb4c71e7f.jpg

6. C.J. Cron, June 21 – 467 feet, could not confirm if C.J. uses the Pow’r Wrap

5. Hanley Ramirez, May 10 – 468 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See: http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Hanley+Ramirez/Los+Angeles+Dodgers+v+Arizona+Diamondbacks/-h-FPv-b0gk

4. Maikel Franco, July 10 – 471 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See:  https://nbchardballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptjizjhiy2m0nmnhodrjn2eyytfmn2q1zjdiztq3mzq4.jpeg?w=1200

3. Franklin Gutierrez, May 21 – 473 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See: https://cbsseattle.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/151230518.jpg?w=640&h=360&crop=1

2. Giancarlo Stanton, May 6 – 475 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See: http://www.powrwrap.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/GiancarloStanton1_9601.jpg

You can see Stanton’s blast here: http://m.mlb.com/video/v664708283/?c_id=mlb

Last year Stanton hit one completely out of Dodger stadium:

 

1. Nomar Mazara, May 25 – 491 feet, uses Pow’r Wrap bat weight; See: http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/003/591/943/hi-res-6352d196baf95187b410feca1998c67f_crop_north.jpg?w=630&h=420&q=75

You can see Mazara’s mammoth home run here:

 

It’s no coincidence that the players with the longest home runs in the first half of 2016 use the Pow’r Wrap. The Pow’r Wrap will work and develop the specific muscles used in hitting a baseball and with repeated usage will increase bat speed and thus give you the ability to hit the ball with more power.

You can see the list and view the videos of the home runs here: http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/07/14/189646982/the-longest-home-runs-of-the-first-half-in-mlb?partnerId=as_mlb_20160714_63818966&adbid=753653140046487552&adbpl=tw&adbpr=241544156

(Disclaimer: None of these players expressly endorse the Pow’r Wrap bat weight.)

Is Marco Estrada Delivering an Illegal Pitch?

Is Marco Estrada Delivering an Illegal Pitch?

This video clip is taken from the 2015 American League Championship Series. Pitcher Marco Estrada is facing batter Eric Hosmer. Estrada starts in the windup position then transitions to the set position before delivering the pitch. This seems to be against the rules and is an illegal pitch. Since he assumes the windup position, then shifts into the set position he is clearly interrupting his commitment to pitch the ball.

The rule, 5.07.8.01[a] and [b] seems quite clear to me:

The Windup Position
The pitcher shall stand facing the batter, his pivot foot in con-
tact with the pitcher’s plate and the other foot free. From this
position any natural movement associated with his delivery of
the ball to the batter commits him to the pitch without interruption
or alteration. He shall not raise either foot from the
ground, except that in his actual delivery of the ball to the batter,
he may take one step backward, and one step forward with his free foot.

The Set Position
Set Position shall be indicated by the pitcher when he stands
facing the batter with his pivot foot in contact with, and his
other foot in front of, the pitcher’s plate, holding the ball in
both hands in front of his body and coming to a complete stop.
Preparatory to coming to a set position, the pitcher shall have
one hand on his side; from this position he shall go to his set position.

If there were men on base this would be an attempt to deceive the runners and would surely be a balk. Since no one is on base I think it should be an illegal pitch and the batter awarded the call of a ball by the umpire.

So, what do you say? Is this an illegal pitch? Or is it legal? Give reasons for your answer.