Brad Miller vs. Jesus Montero

Jeff Sullivan · August 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Jesus Montero

  • one career triple
  • estimated 13.0 seconds from contact to third base
  • no throw

Brad Miller

  • five career triples
  • estimated average 11.1 seconds from contact to third base
  • 10.9-second fastest
  • 11.4-second slowest
  • four of five with no throw

Estimated difference

  • 1.9 seconds

Significance of 1.9 seconds

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I’m going to stop short of openly praising Brad Miller right now, only because right after I wrote in praise of Nick Franklin he started to suck and I’ve done gone and spooked myself. Miller’s doing well and I’m just going to go ahead and leave it at that for the time being. We’ll see about adjustments and we’ll see about the smoothing-out process with his defense. One thing I will say is that, with Miller’s triple on Wednesday, he now officially has more triples in a Mariners uniform than Chone Figgins. Brad Miller’s all right, and I’m too afraid to go into any more detail. There’s value in them crazy legs.


16 Responses to “Brad Miller vs. Jesus Montero”

  1. Westside guy on August 14th, 2013 10:06 pm

    And right after you wrote about Danny Farquhar… we had tonight’s game. 😀

    I’m a little surprised the difference between Montero and Miller is only 1.9 seconds though – I’d have guessed about 5.

  2. PackBob on August 14th, 2013 10:50 pm

    Just one triple for Montero. He may have realized the significance of such a feat and kicked it into one-time-only surreal gear, resulting in his 13 second time. Or, maybe the 13 seconds was actually the time to go from a standstill to his top speed.

  3. Breadbaker on August 14th, 2013 11:02 pm

    The Figgins comparison hurts. Or at least hurts Jack Z.

  4. Sinking Away on August 14th, 2013 11:56 pm

    You don’t have to stop the love of Miller or Franklin, I’m with Westside though, I thought it would be much more than 1.9 seconds.

  5. hoser on August 15th, 2013 12:10 am

    Mariner MLB PA
    Miller 177
    Montero 687
    Figgins 1056

  6. terryoftacoma on August 15th, 2013 6:23 am

    Comparing a catcher to middle infielder speed is different. I thought the difference would be much more than 1.9 secs.

  7. eddie on August 15th, 2013 7:33 am

    So the gist of this is Jesus Montero is surprisingly fast.

    There’s nothing like a triple.

  8. MrZDevotee on August 15th, 2013 8:51 am

    Did Montero’s triple come on a particularly foggy day? Outfielder lose a contact lens?


    Did all 3 outfielders pull up with cramps, and the shortstop had to run to the centerfield wall and still made it a close play at third?

    A particularly effective PED he tried on that day? Bath salts?

    Only thing more surprising than their difference in speed was only 1.9 seconds is that Jesus Montero has a triple!

    (Jeff, given last night’s Farquhar post, can you write a positive review of all the other AL West team’s best players today… It might not be too late to save the season!)

  9. clemed on August 15th, 2013 10:58 am

    I remember when Montero hit the triple. I didn’t see the hit, but I did see him on third base. I figured he either just hit a single and ran the wrong way or he hit a home run and the umps made him stop at third because he was taking too long to run the bases.

  10. joealb1 on August 15th, 2013 12:36 pm

    Love this site although I don’t post often. Actually 1.9 seconds is a pretty large difference. Think of as if they were running a 100 meter dash. Each .1 seconds represents approximately 1 meter at full speed. That means Miller would beat Montero by about 19 meters. More actually if you crunch the numbers. 10 meters is a lot! 20 meters is HUGE!

  11. Paul B on August 15th, 2013 12:41 pm

    So Miller would be standing on third when Montero had just rounded second.

  12. jordan on August 15th, 2013 1:11 pm

    If you crunch the numbers, that would mean Montero would be half way between 2nd and 3rd when Miller would be just reaching 3rd.

  13. joealb1 on August 15th, 2013 3:24 pm

    More like 1/3rd to 3rd when miller arrived but whatever, it’s a HUGE advantage to be fast.

  14. jordan on August 15th, 2013 5:33 pm

    Well, its actually 43% of the way there… haha

  15. MrZDevotee on August 15th, 2013 6:32 pm

    Probably depends on which way the breeze is blowing? A wind-aided Montero might be 44-45% of the way to 3rd. Y’know, if the wind was blowing out to right field on his way to first and suddenly changed to towards the 3rd base dugout as he rounded 2nd…

  16. jrdo410 on August 16th, 2013 12:00 pm

    what about the righty/lefty penalty for Montero? doesn’t make up for anything, but he’s penalized for hitting from the right side.

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