ry over the Cubs http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , the Dodgers are the last remaining undefeated team in the Cactus League."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2019 Spring TrainingProspectsCommentaryNews and NotesDodgers Game Recaps2019 Spring TrainingDodgers win third straight to begin Spring Training New,184commentsPSTShareTweetShareShareDodgers win third straight to begin Spring Training Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsAnd then there was one. With Monday’s 11-2 victory over the Cubs, the Dodgers are the last remaining undefeated team in the Cactus League. Yeah, they’re only 3-0, and it is only Spring Training, but there’s still things to be excited about, right? Things looked as if they were about to get ugly early on. Brock Stewart, seeing his first action of the spring, loaded the bases with no outs to start the game. A double play from center fielder D.J. Peters, who threw Trent Giambrone out at the plate helped Stewart leave the inning untouched.For the third consecutive day, the Dodgers jumped ahead in the first inning. Joc Pederson walked to leadoff the game Jose Altuve Jersey , and then Justin Turner followed with his first homer of the spring. Paulo Orlando would double a few batters later, and would then come home to score on a single from Matt Beaty, giving LA a 3-0 lead. Turner added another RBI in the fourth, doubling to right field to give LA a 5-2 lead. He would come home to score on a single from Austin Barnes, giving the Dodgers a four-run cushion heading into the fifth. Some of the Dodgers’ top prospects helped tack on some more, as back-to-back hits from Will Smith and Gavin Lux would make the score 7-2. LA would score four more runs over the course of the final three innings. They scored a run in every inning except for the second. On the pitching side of the things, the Dodgers were able to keep the Cubs in check. LA pitchers allowed only two runs on four hits for the afternoon. Over the last three innings, they held them hitless.Some familiar names, such as JT Chargois and Josh Fields, saw their first action. Chargois threw a scoreless inning, where Fields allowed a walk and a home run in his inning of work. Justin DeFratus and Layne Somsen both threw two innings each http://www.astrosfanproshop.com/authentic-justin-verlander-jersey , striking out two each, respectively. Luis Vasquez threw a scoreless sixth, getting all three of his outs via the strikeout. The Dodgers will travel for the first time on Tuesday, as they’ll head to Surprise to take on the Kansas City Royals. First pitch is at 12:05 p.m. PT, but won’t be on television or radio. How far did it really fly? Let’s Go Tribe investigates."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsAnalysis & EditorialsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesGame RecapsTransactionsAnalysis & EditorialsA close examinationA close examination of Abraham Almonte’s “505-foot” home runNew,8commentsHow far did it really fly? Let’s Go Tribe investigates.EDTShareTweetShareShareA close examination of Abraham Almonte’s “505-foot” home runKen Blaze-USA TODAY SportsOn July 16th, 2017, Abraham Almonte blasted a home run into the right-center field bleachers of the Oakland Coliseum.The alleged 505-foot distance would have made it the longest home run hit in the Statcast era up to that point. News outlets and social media spread the news of the blast throughout the next 24 hours, and much of those articles and posts are still available for your perusal. Almonte’s longest career dinger up to that point traveled 435-feet. How did he manage to blast one 70-feet farther?Well, about thatIt didn’t seem possible that Almonte could blast homers as far as Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton. But how far did it really go? I decided it was time to finally go through the information and find out. I booted up Baseball Savant, started clicking my way through the data George Springer Jersey , and noticed that they no longer list it as the longest home run of 2017. Good, I figured. They’ve gone ahead and revised the number.Except it turns out there isn’t a number for the distance at all.There are only two home runs listed for Abraham Almonte on the Baseball Savant web page when you query the length (“distance projected”) of each of his home runs in 2017. The only one missing in the search results is the July 16th, 2017 home run. We know that he hit three home runs in 2017. It also felt strange that the home run shows up when you ask it to tell you the launch angle of every home run he hit in 2017.So, yes, the home run still exists according to Statcast. It just went (null) feet instead of 505.Why is the data just gone?A conspiracy theorist could come up with all kinds of juicy ideas:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL is manipulating the DATA for certain PLAYS to make sure only SUPERSTARS have the longest DINGERS.Real Statcast exists in a bunker outside Cooperstown along with the undoctored video of all games ever played. We’re fed a stream of edited video and reams of fake statistics because MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL thinks that we can’t handle the TRUTH. If we could only access it we’d know that Almonte is one of the great hitters of our generation and the lizard people running the league would have to ANSWER TO OUR DEMANDS.There is no system of cameras and radar equipment. All numbers are simply generated by an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of computers watching MLB.TV in a sick ploy to boost subscription numbers.BASEBALL HASN’T EVEN EXISTED SINCE 1999, COINCIDING WITH THE CREATION OF THE HOLOGRAM MOON TO REPLACE THE REAL ONE THAT WAS DESTROYED BY NASA.Fortunately the truth is a straightforward, though a little unsatisfying when it comes to our pursuit of the home run’s true distance.What actually happened here?I reached out to MLB Statcast Guru Mike Petriello to figure out what happened regarding Almonte’s home run. He offered the following explanation:I sympathize with the level of frustration felt by Mike and others that work on the system when the inaccuracy got out. Even we weren’t immune to the hype. Imagine if Tycho Brahe accidentally calculated a collision course between Jupiter and the Sun, but before he could scratch out the numbers it got reported to everyone in the world instantaneously. The good news is that any conspiracy theories surrounding this or any other absence of data can be put to rest. I also think it’s reasonable for Statcast to simply remove values that its team knows are inaccurate rather than trying to estimate it after the fact. Having information in the system that appears to have been a direct measurement but actually isn’t would be a quick way to undermine faith in the entire project.For our purposes, the sad fact of the matter is that we will never know how far Almonte’s blast carried. That doesn’t mean we can’t try to get to the bottom of it ourselves.A completely scientific approach to discerning the true distance of Abraham Almonte’s home run on July 16th, 2017Please take a gander with me at where this ball strikes the seats in Oakland.The ball appears to strike the seat or area of the wall within the red circle that I’ve added to the screenshot above. We can dial in to the approximate location in Google Earth and figure out how far it is from home plate: 422.98 feet. Remember that: POINT. NINE. EIGHT.Now, how high up did the ball land? That should give us some additional room to estimate how much further it would have flown. Based on the fact that the fences at the Coliseum are 8 feet high all the way around and my impatient frustration at failing to find a more accurate way to measure Evan Gattis Jersey , I’m going to offer a rough estimate of 40-45 feet. When we review the home runs that have been hit with the same exit velocity and launch angle as reported by Statcast for Almonte’s home run, there is a fairly tight clustering in the 440-460 foot range. Putting his blast somewhere within that window seems pretty reasonable to me. All of which is to say this:Let’s Go Tribe’s rigorous research methods and arduous minutes of review lead us to officially estimate the distance of the home run at 445.07. It is the longest home run of Almonte’s career, and regardless of how far over the fence it carried it would have been worth the same number of runs. Should we be worried about information just... missing from Statcast?I honestly thought so at first, but the more I dug into things the crazier I started to feel for even considering that this was more than a glitch. Statcast is just a new attempt to objectively view and measure a messy, subjective game. As Mike’s response and ongoing work on the project shows, they continue to refine it so that we can have a deeper understanding of the game we love. It’s one of the best tools we’ve ever had, but it’s important to remember that it isn’t perfect. Or, if you want to be romantic about it: there will always be a little bit of mystery in baseball, and we should embrace it instead of expecting these ever-more-helpful sources to someday have all the answers.