Major League Baseball is back, and the On Deck IC team is looking forward to the 2018 season. After a thrilling 2017 post season and a few changes to pace of play, we hope that baseball sees a jump in numbers this season. To kickstart your excitement, we’ve pulled some outstanding statistics from The Fastball documentary. While baseball often gets knocked for being a slow sport with lengthy games, its important to remember some aspects are so fast that they literally shouldn’t be humanly possible.
Here are some impressive takeaways from this mindboggling sports and interesting documentary:
- It takes a 100 mph fastball 396 milliseconds to cover the sixty-feet, six-inch distance between the mound and home plate.
- The 50-millisecond difference between trying to hit a 92 mph fastball versus a 100 mph fastball is immense: “At 92 miles per hour, you can see the seams and MLB logo on the ball, at 100 mph it becomes a golf ball,” says Cleveland Indians second baseman Brandon Phillips.
- Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson’s 1968 season ERA of 1.12 is 35% lower than any other number in the live-ball era.
- The Cuban Missile, Aroldis Chapman, may have thrown a 105.1 mph fastball in 2010 to set a Major League record, but (SPOILER ALERT) when you correct for radar gun placement, Nolan Ryan’s legendary 1974 heater clocked at 100.9 was really the top speed ever, at a blazing 108.5 miles per hour.
- And that, folks, is about the outer limit of human ability; any faster and the force required would literally rip the pitcher’s arm off. (Whoever said physics wasn’t cool?).
Read the full article from Sports Illustrated, here.