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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Physics of Broken-Bat Homers – The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

The ball doesn’t even know or really care that it broke the bat. It behaves just as if the bat didn’t break and flies off without a care in the world. However, a ball directly responsible for breaking the bat near the handle slinks off as if it has a guilty conscience.

So, next time you see a broken bat result in a weak dribbler, check out the replay. It will most likely show the batter hit an inside pitch near the handle. On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to see a broken-bat homer, the replay will show a ball hit further up on the barrel. Oh, and make a note for your new authoritative list of broken-bat homers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spitball Bearings: Baseball and the Unruly World - Edge Effects

Don’t have time to read this at the moment but it looks interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2015 at 01:56 PM | 2 comment(s)
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