Mar. 30, 2011

The Science of Third Base

by Leslie Taylor

Video by rockboy1138
To celebrate the fact that tomorrow is opening day of the Major League Baseball season, enjoy this video in which The FSN Sports Science Team explains the astounding quickness required to play Third Base.

A major league fastball launched over the plate travels 60 ft 6 inches in 395 milliseconds. When the hitter strikes the ball, it comes off the bat at 120 mph, traveling the 95 ft to Third Base in 500 milliseconds. So, it is less than 1 second from the time the ball leaves the pitcher's hand to when the ball arrives at Third Base!

Test your fastball reaction time at the Exploratorium's online exhibit about the Science of Baseball

About Leslie Taylor

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