09 April 2010

New baseball stat: Butt Shape

Apparently, a ballplayer's butt shape can help predict his success. From Tom Verducci's Sports Illustrated article on Phillies' ace pitcher Roy Halladay:

There is an adage among scouts that the shape of a player's butt helps project what the prospect will become. Kids with flat butts generally don't fill out much. Kids with a curved butt will add strength to their frame—what the scouts call good weight. "Roy looked like he could easily carry another 15 to 20 pounds," says Mike Arbuckle, who ran the draft for the Phillies then and now is a senior adviser to the general manager in Kansas City. "That kind of frame with good arm speed, those are two rare elements."
(via Slate)

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