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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

MLB baseball drag data now available

Data on the drag of MLB baseballs is now publicly available on Baseball Savant.

The new Drag Dashboard shows how the drag on the balls used in Major League games—which affects the distance the ball travels—has changed both from season to season and within seasons.

The drag coefficient of a baseball is one of two main factors driving the ball’s performance. It impacts how far the ball will carry once it’s hit. (The other is the coefficient of restitution, or “COR,” which impacts the exit velocity of the ball off the bat.)

A decrease in drag coefficient will cause an increase in batted ball distance, and vice versa. The general rule of thumb is: for a decrease in drag coefficient by 0.01, a ball hit with an exit velocity of 100 mph will travel approximately five feet farther. An increase of 0.01 in drag coefficient will decrease the batted ball distance by five feet.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2022 at 09:55 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 04, 2022 at 10:18 PM (#6075250)
Despite the intro, the data linked in the article is actually drag on pitches (4-seamers) not fly balls. I assume the drag coefficient should be the same but I'm no physicist. Using pitches certainly increases the sample size.

Anyway, so far 2022 looks pretty much exactly like 2020-21. The coefficient was highest in 2016, lowest in 2019.

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