Does pitching velocity matter?

The 100 mph club isn't as exclusive as it once was

Originally Published: May 3, 2014
By Hunter Atkins | ESPN The Magazine

AROLDIS CHAPMAN, HE of the 105 mph heater, might reign as baseball's velocity king, but several other young guns, including Trevor Rosenthal of the Cardinals and Kelvin Herrera of the Royals, are aiming to at least share the crown. Simply put, the 100 mph club isn't nearly as exclusive as it once was because pitchers are now larger, their arms are stronger and their fastballs are faster. "Guys are just throwing the dog crap out of the ball," says Cubs special assistant Tim Wilken. ...

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