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  • Brundidge passes budget, pay raise for employees

    first_img Email the author Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Book Nook to reopen Brundidge passes budget, pay raise for employees Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The Brundidge City Council approved the city’s FY2021 budget totaling $10,471,338 at its Tuesday meeting.Linda Faust, city clerk, said the city’s approved budget of $10 million-plus was a very healthy budget for a city of 2,076 residents.Faust gave a breakdown of the FY2021 budgeted expenditures at: General Fund, $3,067,906; Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County schools recognize teachers of the year The Pike County School System’s Teachers of the 2020 School Year were honored Wednesday at the Central Office in Troy…. read more Skipcenter_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Wright also reported that he met with representatives of the Boys and Girls Club to gain information related to the establishment of a Boys and Girls Club in Brundidge.“A club would be of benefit to our students in that it would give them more opportunities for exposure,” Wright said. “We want something to benefit the kids but we don’t want it to be anything that will conflict with school programs.”Wright said the renovation of the city’s building on North Main Street is near completion.“A lot of interest has been shown in the opportunities for those who are interested in a start-up business,” Wright said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content General Fund debt, $142,761; Special Revenue, $71,000; ADOT TAPS, $8,300; CDBG Water Rehab and Demolition, $333,168; LWCF, $229,366; Utility Fund, $6,016, 604; Debt Service –Utility Fund, 1 percent, $548,333.Included in the budget was a 5 percent across the board raise for city employees totaling $110,841.Brundidge City Manager Willie Wright reported on the status of the city’s rehabilitation project that is replacing old water lines and fire hydrants. Wright said work is underway to stop the erosion of a drain on Caldwell Street caused by Hurricane Sally. Published 11:13 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Mayor Isabell Boyd said she is talking with the Brundidge Business Association about an opportunity for Santa Claus to come to town“Cornelius Griffin and his family will have the community Thanksgiving dinner as they have for several years,” Boyd said. “The dinner will be on Tuesday. All of the plates will be take-outs and the Rotary Club will help deliver the plates.”The mayor encouraged the council members and those in attendance to use white lights to decorate the city during the Christmas season.Prior to its regular monthly meeting, the Brundidge City Council held a public hearing to consider the rezoning of properties located at 121 and 123 Galloway Road from B-1 neighborhood commercial to R-1 low density residential. Sam Green, property owner, said he plans to build a small house on the lots that will be an enhancement to the area.No one in attendance opposed the rezoning request. The city council voted in support of the city planning commission’s recommendation to approve the rezoning the properties at 121 and 123 Galloway Road.Council member present were Douglas Holland, District 1; Latisher Hall, District 2; Margaret Ross, District 3; Byron Gaynor, District 4; and Marilyn Rodgers, District 5.The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.last_img read more

  • Morgantown, West Virginia

    first_imgIn the fall, being a Mountaineer in Morgantown usually means congregating at Milan Puskar Stadium to watch West Virginia University’s beloved football team battle it out with Big East rivals. But if your outdoor passions go beyond pigskin, this revitalized small city on the edge of the Monongahela River has plenty of options to whet your adventure whistle.COLORFUL COOPER’S ROCKThe fiery hues of fall are especially vibrant in Cooper’s Rock State Forest. The 12,000-acre expanse just east of town is a one-stop shop for adventure. The state park has 50 miles of winding forested trails that are available for a fat-tire fix or an afternoon hike. There are also trails designated for cross-country skiing when the snow starts to fall. Climbers covet Cooper’s Rock for its hard sandstone (known as “gritstone”) cliffs that provide an array of crack and face routes above the Cheat River Gorge.PADDLERS’ PARADISEMorgantown doesn’t typically get widespread cred among paddlers, but the town has a plethora of easy access options for both high-intensity whitewater action and flatwater fun. Big-water boaters should head to the Cheat River. The 13-mile stretch of Cheat Canyon from Albright offers remote class-V action on wild rapids like Big Nasty and Tear Drop. More moderate class II-IV flow can be found winding through the massive boulders of the Cheat Narrows. Cheat River Outfitters leads whitewater rafting trips on both sections through November. Adventures on Magic River leads slow-paced kayaking tours on the Monongahela right from downtown. Mellow waters can also be found on the 1730-acre Cheat Lake, publicly accessed at Cheat Lake Park.RAIL-TRAIL RECREATIONThe 48-mile Mon River/Caperton/Deckers Creek Rail-Trail system runs right out of downtown Morgantown in three directions. The former railroad grades with mostly crushed limestone and some paved surfaces are popular trails for running, cycling, and cross country skiing. Deckers Creek is the site of the fastest (mostly downhill) half-marathon in West Virginia every summer.ESSENTIAL EATSFor casual grub, grab a creatively rolled concoction at Black Bear Burritos, which has live music most nights of the week. For more upscale fare, try the Caribbean and Asian fusion flavors of Sargasso.last_img read more

  • Ben Williams plagued by inconsistency in ACC tournament loss

    first_img Published on May 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco DURHAM, N.C. — Syracuse never knows which Ben Williams it will get at the faceoff X.Sometimes, it’s the All-American and SU’s career faceoff wins leader. The one that teams are afraid to play. Other times, it’s a mediocre senior battling inconsistency and poor form, beaten up from years of repeatedly jawing with the opposing faceoff specialist for seconds at a time.In top-seeded Syracuse’s Friday night 16-15 loss to No. 4 seed North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, SU glimpsed both of Williams’ personas. In No. 3 Syracuse’s (11-2, 4-0 ACC) season highlighted by a nine-game win streak, 10 one-goal games and three overtime periods, each faceoff is crucial. Against UNC (8-7, 1-3), Williams finished slightly above 50 percent (winning 16-of-31). But his first-half collapse proved deadly for a Syracuse team that, since joining the ACC, had never lost in the first round of the conference tournament.“Carolina really played well especially in the first half … got some really big goals off the faceoff,” SU head coach John Desko said.Since transferring to SU in 2014, Williams’ faceoff percentage has decreased each year. His success rate has dropped 10 percent from his first year at SU through his senior season. He’s even fallen deep out of the top 10 in faceoff percentage where he finished the previous two years, and has won only 54.8 percent of faceoffs, 28th in nation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the opening faceoff — a win and eventual Jamie Trimboli goal — something changed. UNC’s Stephen Kelly won the next faceoff. Then the next. Then 11 more in a row. For 21 minutes, 16 seconds, Williams failed to pick up a single faceoff win.Desko made a lineup change and brought in Danny Varello — he too lost three faceoffs. Desko went back to his senior, hoping to end the Tar Heels domination. He lost again.In the 21 minutes, 16 seconds, North Carolina rattled off 11 goals. Syracuse matched that with only one — a transition goal when senior midfielder Sergio Salcido was caught playing defense, forced a turnover and broke free to find a cutting Peter Dearth.But after Williams’ 10th loss and North Carolina up nine, a switch flipped. Williams won all four faceoffs to end the first half.“It’s something with Ben,” said senior attack Jordan Evans, who had a career-high six assists against UNC. “All of these guys that talk at halftime, Ben doesn’t need a talk … When he wants to put on that switch he’s going do it. He needs to get in his groove.”To open the third quarter, Williams beat Kelly. The ground ball scrum ended up being pushed all the way back to fifth-year senior goalie Evan Molloy, who picked up the ground ball. Twenty-three seconds later, Salcido found junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry. Then, Williams walked back onto the field.Unlike after the opening faceoff of the first half, Williams didn’t fall into a hole. He rattled off seven more wins and lost only once. His success translated to the offense, which rattled off an 8-0 run. A seemingly lost game suddenly looked like Syracuse could pull of its largest comeback in program history, dating back to at least 1981, when SU started making detailed stats available.“You’re just trying to go out and win,” Williams said on April 15 after SU’s first matchup against North Carolina. “You’ve got to keep at it and eventually you’ll come out on top.”As the Syracuse run thinned out and the fourth quarter entered full swing, Kelly and Williams began back-and-forth play at the faceoff X. While Kelly won the final quarter (4-for-7), he dropped the most important faceoff of the game — the last.A four-second battle at the faceoff ended with Williams popping up with the ball. Syracuse had one final shot, down one, to send the game into overtime. While a Salcido feed was batted down as time expired, the opportunity wouldn’t have been present without Williams’ second-half turnaround.“For (Ben), it’s such a psychological game out there,” Desko said. “We just tried to get him to relax at halftime and get back to what he does well.“Fortunately, he did.”The turnaround showed that Williams still has some left in the tank. But, the All-American’s motor took nearly two quarters to start up. The Orange can’t afford that time with the NCAA Tournament two weeks away. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Help make South Africa a success: Zuma

    first_img30 April 2012 South Africans celebrate Freedom Day in order to ensure that the present does not erase the past, and in order to protect the future, President Jacob Zuma said as the country marked its 18th year of freedom on Friday, calling on all citizens to work together to make the country a success. “We must put the country first in everything we do, and work together to make a success of the second phase of struggle, that of working towards a prosperous South Africa.” The President was addressing the national Freedom Day celebrations held at the Union Buildings. The day commemorates the first democratic elections held in the country on 27 April 1994. “Together we have built from the ashes of apartheid a country that is dedicated to patriotism, nation-building and reconciliation,” Zuma said, adding that South Africa had been able to tackle its socio-economic development challenges through the creation of a stable democratic system. “It has been a short but very meaningful road from a pariah state to a peaceful, stable, vibrant non-racial, non-sexist, democratic country that is working hard to achieve prosperity for all,” Zuma said. “On Freedom Day we celebrate our victory over racial bigotry.” He the government was working towards eradicating unemployment, inequity and poverty. “The challenge has been to ensure that more of our people benefit from economic growth whilst maintaining and indeed building on the strength of our economy.” South Africa was recovering from the effects of the global financial crisis of 2008-09, with the past 18 months having seen a substantial economic recovery, Zuma said. “The challenge now is to accelerate our gains, to ensure above all that growth supports increased inclusion, employment and equity.” The proportion of the population living below the R422 a month poverty line had decreased from 50% in 1994 to 34.5% in 2009, Zuma said, while in 2011, 75.8% of the country’s households had access to electricity compared to 51% in 1994. “Most importantly, primary health care is now accessible to all South Africans regardless of race, background and nationality,” said Zuma. Efforts to improve social conditions in the country include an R8.2-billion allocation for school infrastructure, while 43 regional bulk projects for water infrastructure will be completed by 2014, benefiting 3.2-million people. South Africa was also working to support unemployed young people through the expansion of public employment programmes, Zuma said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • Rise and Fall photo exhibition captures the scars of apartheid

    first_imgPeter Magubane, Sharpeville Funeral: More than 5 000 people were at the graveyard, May 1960. (Image: Baileys African History Archive). • Museum Africa • African art scene blooms in South Africa • South African art: a history • South African art sets new record • SA art snapped up at UK auction• 1913 Land Act: images of lossLucille DavieNew York, Munich, Milan and now Johannesburg – the epic exhibition Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life opens in the city in February. It includes about 700 photographs by some of South Africa’s top photographers.On at Museum Africa in Newtown from 13 February to 29 June, the exhibition “offers an unprecedented and comprehensive historical overview of the pictorial response to apartheid”, according to the organisers. The exhibition opened in New York in September 2012, and moved to the other cities in 2013.Part of the celebration of 20 years of democracy, the exhibition will showcase the work of more than 70 photographers, artists and filmmakers, including Leon Levson, Eli Weinberg, David Goldblatt, Peter Magubane, Alf Kumalo, Jurgen Schadeberg, Sam Nzima, Ernest Cole, George Hallet, Omar Badsha, Gideon Mendel, Paul Weinberg, John Liebenberg, Kevin Carter, Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich.Pictures by the Drum Magazine photographers of the 1950s and the Afrapix Collective in the 1980s will be included, as well as by the Bang Bang Club, an informal group of four photographers who worked in the townships of South Africa in the early 1990s. A subsequent book of their experiences was made into a film entitled The Bang Bang Club.Work by contemporary artists who record the impact of apartheid as it continues to resonate today will also be included, among them Sue Williamson, Jo Ractliffe, Jane Alexander, Santu Mofokeng, Guy Tillim and William Kentridge. A new generation of artists and photographers will also be shown, including Sabelo Mlangeni, Thabiso Sekgale and the Center for Historical Re-enactments in Johannesburg.Eight years of researchThe exhibition took about eight years of research, although the idea first came to Okwui Enwezor, one of the curators, in 1994, he says. “In broad terms, the foundation for this exhibition evolved out of two interests of mine: the first was my intellectual and curatorial engagement with photography, with images of African photography. The second and related interest is how photographic images engender new possibilities for assessing what I call the African imaginary, particularly how Africans pictured and represented themselves and their social worlds,” explains Enwezor.It examines “the aesthetic power of the documentary form – from the photo essay to reportage, social documentary to photojournalism and art – in recording, analysing, articulating and confronting the legacy of apartheid, including its impact on everyday life now in South Africa”, say the organisers in their statement.“The exhibition argues that the rise of the Afrikaner National Party changed the pictorial perception of the country into a highly contested space based on the ideals of equality, democracy and civil rights.” It will bring together “a rich tapestry of materials that have rarely been shown together”.CuratorsThe exhibition has been curated by Enwezor and Rory Bester. Nigerian-born Enwezor is the director of the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich. He was previously the adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography in New York, and dean of academic affairs and senior vice-president at San Francisco Art Institute. He was the artistic director of La Triennale 2012 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and of many other international exhibitions.Enwezor served as the Kirk Varnedoe visiting professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and is the founding publisher and editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He is the curator of the prestigious Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition’s 100-year history. He has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art, according to Universes in Universe, the international art website. At the age of 20 he moved to New York, and lives there and in Munich.Enwezor says that “the end of apartheid laws could not ease the scars born of those laws. Those scars, a product of apartheid’s debilitating degradation of black lives, remain visibly inscribed in the social fabric of the country today.”Trilogy of exhibitionsAbout 10 years ago, he says, he proposed a trilogy of exhibitions focusing on photography and Africa. “I chose three specific conceptual and historical points of departure: a broad survey of photography and contemporary art by African artists in the 21st century. The exhibition that resulted from that was Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography in 2006.”The second focus was on the 20th century, looking at photography within the context of socio-political struggle and change. And the third focus, being researched at the moment, is for an exhibition entitled Sun in their Eyes: Photography and the Invention of Africa.Bester is an art historian and critic, as well as a curator and documentary filmmaker at the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he is the head of history of art.His teaching and research include archive and museum practice, curatorial studies, exhibition histories, photographic practice and post colonialism. He writes art criticism for South Africa’s top investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian, as well as for Art South Africa, Camera Austria and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and the US.Numerous visitsEnwezor says the research for the exhibition involved numerous visits to archives, museums, universities, libraries, photographers, artists, curators and galleries in South Africa, Europe and the US. He laments the fact that although they ploughed through thousands of images, there were times when they faced what he calls “the case of the missing negatives”.“On the one hand we had so many photographs, yet there were so many by different photographers that have been irretrievably lost,” he recounts.Asked what he is most satisfied with in the exhibition, he says: “I am most pleased not only by the scope and richness of the material in the exhibition, but what makes me very proud is that almost the entirety of the show is built on the brave and imaginative work of South African artists and photographers. The exhibition is a tribute to their immense photographic skill and political courage.”In an exhibition of this size there are a number of sponsors: Mark McCain and Caro MacDonald/Eye and I, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the ICP Exhibitions Committee, National Endowment for the Arts, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Deborah Jerome and Peter Guggenheimer, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.The Johannesburg exhibition is sponsored in particular by the Department of Arts and Culture and the Ford Foundation, supported by the City of Johannesburg, Museum Africa, the European Union, the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Embassy, the British Council, Eunic, the German Embassy, the French Institute of South Africa, the Swiss Embassy and Wits University.last_img read more

  • Cyclist to rack up the Ks to help the elderly

    first_img17 April 2014The aQuelle Tour Durban, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s and South Africa’s premier road cycling races, is a tough enough challenge for the average participant, but for David Kleynhans this year’s race will be part of an epic 3 300km journey to raise funds and awareness for the elderly.Epic journeyKleynhans, 42, an avid road cyclist, will ride from his home in Welgemoed in Cape Town to Durban, covering the 1 600 km trip in seven days, to arrive in Durban in time to start the 105km aQuelle Tour Durban road race on Monday, 28 April.After the event, he will set off on his return journey to his home in the Cape.While Kleynhans is very fit, the trip is more about raising money and drawing attention to the difficulties facing the elderly through his FRAIL charity.‘My first Tour Durban’“This will be my first aQuelle Tour Durban,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.“After I started to cycle, I saw the need to support others. Over the last 10 years I have done one or two tours a year, sometimes three tours in a year.”Kleynhans grew up in the Addo area of the Eastern Cape before moving to Cape Town as a teenager, and spent time in the care of the elderly, and was moved by their plight.‘Heartache’“Through family I was shown the heartache that some seniors have to live with,” he said. “I was shown love, and now I wish to share it with our seniors, who cared for me when I was toddler.”“I am able-bodied and able to care for myself, but who cares for those less fortunate to have any family members?” he asked.FRAILKleynhans’ FRAIL (Friendship, Relatives, Acceptance, Involvement, Love) programme will benefit from his fundraising efforts, which will be driven by sponsorships and the sale of raffle tickets.“I am asking people to sponsor me four cents per kilometre. That’s R65 one way,” Kleynhans explained. “Every R65 sponsorship will get an entry into the raffle.”He will also be interacting with community and local government leaders on each stage of his trip to seek support.Charity driveThe aQuelle Tour Durban has a very strong charity drive, and through Club Cappuccino the race supports the Domino Foundation, which serves the Amaoti community. Numerous individual riders use the race to either raise funds for charities of their own, or simply ride to raise awareness of these organisations and causes.KLENYHANS’ SCHEDULE20 April: Cape Town to Laingsburg. 275km21 April: Laingsburg to Beaufort West. 200km22 April: Beaufort West to Graaff-Reinet. 204km23 April: Graaff- Reinet to Queenstown. 280km24 April: Queenstown to Qumbu. 280km25 April: Qumbu to Port Shepstone. 250km26 April: Port Shepstone to Durban. 120km28 April: aQuelle Tour Durban. 105km29 April: Depart Durban for Cape Town.5 May: Arrive in Cape Town.To learn more about Kleynhans’ ride, or to support him, please visit the following websites: The Hub Cycling Forums, Frail Cycling to Help Old Age Homes on Facebook, Frail David Kleynhans on Facebook, or Frail Kleynhans on Twitter.last_img read more

  • Heres What Happens When A Pitcher Throws A Meatball

    Hitters swing at meaty fastballs, on average, far more frequently than at off-speed meatballs. That feels intuitive, since hitters look for fastballs over the middle, so speedy meatballs are already where hitters expect them to be. With the pitcher ahead, hitters swing at meaty fastballs 93 percent of the time, but at non-meaty fastballs 80 percent of the time. We don’t see these gaps with off-speed pitches. In every case, the rates are just about even, suggesting that breaking balls, on average, may be as deceptive when they’re meaty as when they’re not. Alternatively, batters might not be able to track off-speed pitches as well as they track fastballs.Swinging is one thing, but we mostly care about swing results. We can also look at whether hitters make contact with meatballs more often.When hitters are swinging at off-speed pitches, they’re doing better on the meatballs. In every case, fastballs are struck somewhere between 87 percent to 90 percent of the time. But with off-speed stuff, there are clear differences in the contact rates — the mistakes are getting hit. There’s a reason hanging breaking balls have a bad reputation.So we know that hitters like to swing at fast meatballs and make better contact on off-speed meatballs, but what really matters is which bad pitches are most exploited.It’s no surprise that meatballs are turned around with more success than other, higher-quality strikes. What’s interesting is the extent to which that’s true. The biggest difference is with off-speed pitches in even counts — meaty ones have yielded a slugging percentage 119 points higher than non-meaty ones. In those situations, hitters are neither sitting on a fastball nor looking to swing at anything close.That’s indicative of the main discovery: There’s a far bigger difference for off-speed pitches than for fastballs in every type of count. The average overall fastball gap is 48 slugging points, while the average overall off-speed gap is 104 points.Off-speed pitches lead to more home runs, too. Here’s a table showing home runs per swing attempt:Of course, my analysis isn’t perfect. Meatballs and non-meatballs could probably be separated with greater purity, given infinite hours of time, and a meatball to Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t work the same as a meatball to Ben Revere. Under few circumstances should a pitcher ever want to throw a pitch up in the zone and down the middle of the plate. But as the evidence shows, most meatballs still don’t get punished. Pitchers get away with the majority of their mistakes because hitting is incredibly difficult and the fate of a mistake depends in part on the context. The way pitches are woven together can make a pitch down the middle surprising and effective, even if it wasn’t actually supposed to go there.What a meatball really is presumably changes with every situation. Meaty pitches are hit out of the park more often than non-meaty pitches, and the biggest difference is, yet again, with off-speed pitches in even counts, where a meatball is almost twice as likely to be hit out of the park as a non-meatball. (Note that these home run numbers were included in my earlier slugging-point analysis.)But all types of meatballs hurt somehow. The off-speed ones aren’t swung at as often, but when hitters do make contact, they’re clobbering the ball. The fastball variety, meanwhile, do entice a hitter to take a swing, leading to a ball that’s more likely to find its way around the defense. And whether it’s a fastball or an off-speed pitch, meatballs are still the most homer-friendly pitch I’ve seen.The more I looked into the meatball, the more it confirmed my suspicion: no matter the particulars, it’s the bad pitch we assumed it was. It was the middle of April, and the score was tied between the Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners. It was the bottom of the ninth, the bases were loaded, and nobody was out. Marlins masher Giancarlo Stanton was at the plate against Mariners reliever Yoervis Medina, and Medina was ahead one ball and two strikes, in position to put Stanton away and extend the inning. But then he made a terrible mistake with a breaking ball, and Stanton knows what to do to with mistakes.Your browser does not support iframes.That pitch, that was a meatball — a pitch so appetizing a hitter can’t help but think of devouring it whole. And big league batters can eat; they don’t leave many meatballs on the plate.There’s only a limited understanding of what a meatball is. One general definition: “an easy pitch to hit, thrown right down the middle of the plate.” Major League Baseball’s official lingo agrees. Brooks Baseball defines “grooved pitches” as pitches thrown in the middle-middle of the plate, regardless of movement or velocity.But there has been no available resource that shows what happens to meatballs when they’re served up. So I looked at 1.7 million pitches over about six and a half seasons since 2008, culled from PITCHf/x and Baseball Savant, and found that off-speed meatballs lead to the kind of slugs that make highlight reels, but fastballs get swung at and hit more often.Meatballs are subjective enough that there’s no way to separate them from non-meatballs with 100 percent accuracy. But to analyze them I had to at least approximate a definition, so that I could create two buckets: one presumably containing mostly meatballs, the other presumably containing mostly non-meatballs.I’m defining a meatball as a pitch over the middle of the plate, between the thigh and the belt, and one that doesn’t hang around the bottom of the strike zone (because pitchers often throw low on purpose). So my data set includes pitches over the middle third of the plate, in the upper two-thirds of the strike zone, meaning 22 percent of the strike zone is meatball territory. But not all pitches that land in that area are meatballs. I’ve excepted knuckleballs, whose movement is usually too erratic,1Admittedly, a flat, undancing knuckleball can be a meatball made out of filet mignon. and also fastballs over 95 mph, under the assumption that at high enough speeds, meatballs don’t really exist. If Aroldis Chapman lays a 100 mph pitch down the pipe, a hitter barely catches a whiff of meat before the ball’s in the catcher’s glove.This definition includes about a quarter of the homers hit so far this season. But homers aren’t the only reason meatballs are interesting: They’re a vehicle to find out more about a pitcher’s worst mistakes, and how different those mistakes are from his peak performance.Take the chart below, which shows whether batters are more enticed to swing when they see a meatball coming toward them, as we suspect they are. I’ve split up fastballs and off-speed2“Off-speed” refers to both traditional off-speed pitches (e.g. change-ups), and breaking balls (e.g. sliders). pitches to show how they’re thrown and treated differently. The data is also broken down by how the count looks from the pitcher’s perspective3I separated pitches by count-types because hitters vary their aggressiveness depending on the count.: “ahead” refers to pitcher-friendly counts4Those are: 0-1, 0-2, 1-2, 2-2.; “behind” classifies pitcher-unfriendly counts5Those are: 1-0, 2-0, 3-0, 3-1.; and “even” encompasses counts where neither hitter nor pitcher is in the power position.6Those are: 0-0, 1-1, 2-1, 3-2. read more