Ichiro Not the Creature of Habit We Thought


I’m not going to bore you to death with stats. Oh no. I’m going to break down two recent Ichiro plays to prove to you a point. Baseless theories are lame afterall, right?

Join me after the jump, won’t you?

I’d like to present exhibit A to the court, which happened on Tuesday night.
I’d like to present exhibit B to the court, which happened on Wednesday night.

Two pretty similar plays. At first glance, in full speed, they look identical. Inside-out swings from right handed former center fielders to the track that required a leap, catch, wall thump and tumble.

Is Ichiro a true creature of habit? Has he lost a step? Let’s examine.

 

The Leap

His form on each is nearly identical. With enough room to leap before hitting the wall, he’s able to jump the way Ichiro jumps. Sideways, left leg kicked up high and eyes not even looking at the ball.

 

Hitting the Wall

We start to see some differences here. Tuesday’s catch saw a full body thump into the wall. On Wednesday, Ichiro was able to sneak his hands down to help brace for impact. Did he learn something Tuesday that allowed him to adjust last night? Did he eat two minutes later last night, causing a huge butterfly effect that shifted his entire style of play?

 

The Tumble

Okay, now we’re really diverting from the norm. Both tumbles started extremely similar. Backwards, feet up, crossing over with he left leg and putting his weight on the right side of his body. Instead of roll over and sitting on his butt like he did Tuesday, Wednesday saw him come up to his knees and stare at the ball in his glove. It’s kinda like he said “Ichiro 2. Ball 0.” Except in Japanese.

 

Is Ichiro not actually a drone? Is it possible for him to do something–anything–differently from one day to the next? Also, could the single season defensive numbers be off? Is Ichiro still a capable outfielder that doesn’t have to be relegated to DH?

I believe we now have evidence for all of the above, even if it’s the smallest of samples.

I have two pretty capable eyes! I can see and ignore the biases built into my brain! Ichiro is still Ichiro, dammit. You can keep your stupid Fielding F/X private, MLB. I’m capable of seeing without it. Especially when replaying video on your website over and over. And over.

  • maqman

    Thanks for clearing that up. I think.

  • maqman

    Thanks for clearing that up. I think.

  • AdamWong

    @maqman Ichiro could still be a drone. Maybe all the rain in Seattle finally fried his circuits.

  • AdamWong

    @maqman Ichiro could still be a drone. Maybe all the rain in Seattle finally fried his circuits.

  • maqman

    I that’s the case Nintendo should be able to update him with their latest version.

  • maqman

    I that’s the case Nintendo should be able to update him with their latest version.

  • maqman

    @AdamWong If that’s the case Nintendo should update him to their latest version.

  • maqman

    @AdamWong If that’s the case Nintendo should update him to their latest version.

  • AdamWong

    @maqman Wii sucks at updating itself. Goes to show you Nintendo is behind the times when it comes to that! Maybe we should look into Microsoft owning the M’s…

  • AdamWong

    @maqman Wii sucks at updating itself. Goes to show you Nintendo is behind the times when it comes to that! Maybe we should look into Microsoft owning the M’s…

  • lesmartin1957

    If one considers the September hitting statistical patterns for Ichiro the following is discovered:

    He averages 44 hits during this month of the season. Providing this statisitical average holds Ichiro will end the season with 203 hits. In fact, Ichiro has put 50 hits up during this month in September in the past. These facts aside, while having never met this person, as a casual observer I simply see a focused athlete that has during this season a weaker lower order of the lineup (notice rbi and runs scored by Ichiro this year) continued to perform at ahigh level. I think Seattle fans should be cheering this great hitting champion on during this month. Seattle should be proud that this person is on their team and committs himself to such a high level of excellence, even at this age of being 38 years old.

    FOr me, I llok forward to watching this rare combination of hitting, running and throwing perform at a high level of excellence. Let us all cheer this person of leadership and excellnce on to 200 hits and beyond befroe October comes……….. and we all will have no person like Ichiro to watch.

  • lesmartin1957

    If one considers the September hitting statistical patterns for Ichiro the following is discovered:

    He averages 44 hits during this month of the season. Providing this statisitical average holds Ichiro will end the season with 203 hits. In fact, Ichiro has put 50 hits up during this month in September in the past. These facts aside, while having never met this person, as a casual observer I simply see a focused athlete that has during this season a weaker lower order of the lineup (notice rbi and runs scored by Ichiro this year) continued to perform at ahigh level. I think Seattle fans should be cheering this great hitting champion on during this month. Seattle should be proud that this person is on their team and committs himself to such a high level of excellence, even at this age of being 38 years old.

    FOr me, I llok forward to watching this rare combination of hitting, running and throwing perform at a high level of excellence. Let us all cheer this person of leadership and excellnce on to 200 hits and beyond befroe October comes……….. and we all will have no person like Ichiro to watch.

  • AdamWong

    @lesmartin1957 Ichiro is a chronic slow-starter. I suppose what he’s doing now is just regression in a positive manner. I don’t mind that.

  • AdamWong

    @lesmartin1957 Ichiro is a chronic slow-starter. I suppose what he’s doing now is just regression in a positive manner. I don’t mind that.