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  1. Who is that outlier who absolutely murdered the ball @ approx 40* ?

    Comment by FairweatherFan — June 26, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  2. Perhaps a dumb question, but it seems to me that HRs balls generally leave the bat at around 100mph. If this is the case, is it feasible for a pitcher who can throw that speed to “throw” a home run? Seems ridiculous when you think of it, but the numbers suggest it is true… Would they throw less hard if releasing at an upward angle?

    Comment by Nick — June 26, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

  3. According to Wikipedia, Glen Gorbous threw a baseball 445 feet in 1957.

    I think a lot of pitchers could ‘throw’ a home run. Think about out fielders throwing a baseball to the home plate. They often do it on one bounce.

    Comment by Davidceisen — June 26, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  4. Wow. That’s impressive.
    Yeah, I thought about the outfielders and realize that they can do one bounce whilst throwing on a flat trajectory, but I doubt they do that right from the wall (and getting it over the wall would require significantly more distance). Anyway, I suppose it is possible then. I should have searched for the record before posting. Thanks!

    Comment by Nick — June 26, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  5. I play d1 college baseball and I can throw a ball from home plate over a 330ft left field wall pretty routinely whenever I attempt it after long toss. I know Andy Benes could throw one out to center standing on home plate, and I have heard of hard throwing pitchers playing foul pole to foul pole long toss. I bet Justin Verlander or any of the hardest throwers in the MLB could throw some pretty impressive tape-measure shots.

    Comment by colbyjack — June 26, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  6. Very interesting stuff Dave. Not a ton of surprises, but it’s nice to see the data support what most people think. Looking forward to a whole lot more Hit f/x awesomeness.

    Comment by Michael — June 26, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

  7. Yeah, I’m curious who hit the ball at ~ (40, 120), too.

    Comment by Matt Harms — June 26, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  8. That was the double that Adam Dunn hit off of Ricky Nolasco on April 6th, 128mph. He also hit a home run that day that left the bat at 106mph at 31°. It is so much higher than the others I am not sure if it correct or a mistake with the system.

    Comment by Dave Allen — June 26, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

  9. As an engineer I can say w/ confidence that a ball travelling at a given angle and speed will go the same distance, regardless if it came off the bat or out of someone’s hand.

    I think the real challenge would be throwing with that kind of velocity at the appropriate angle. Most of a pitchers velocity is tied up in their lower body/delivery. I’m not sure how feasible it is to harness that power while trying to throw up.

    Comment by FairweatherFan — June 26, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

  10. I was about to say that myself, colbyjack. I was a lowly d2 outfielder in my playing days, but was always blessed with an above average arm. I threw “homers” down the right field foul line every now and then, so I know MLB outfielders with famous arm strength could do it to bigger parts of the field.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — June 26, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  11. Here’s Vladimir throwing a home run before a game at Yankee Stadium (sorry for the lack of HTML):

    Comment by Kendall — June 26, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  12. Robert Fick threw a ball a few years back from relatively deep in right field into the backstop in Spring Training.

    Comment by gnome — June 26, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  13. “I’m not sure how feasible it is to harness that power while trying to throw up.”

    I’m sure that it is quite difficult to throw a HR while vomiting.

    Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

    Comment by Poseidon's Fist — June 27, 2009 @ 3:04 am

  14. Whoa, it was automatically formatted into HTML. Never mind then.

    Comment by Kendall — June 27, 2009 @ 5:07 am

  15. Back in the 1970′s it was said that Pedro Borbon, a relief pitcher for Cincinnatti, had thrown a ball from home plate over the centerfield fence, about 400 feet.

    Playing right field in a college summer league, once an inning I would like to throw a liner over to the left fielder.

    Playing outfield, one of the amazing things our brain does is being able to know what angle to throw the ball, at the maximum velocity, to hit the target up to 300 feet away.

    Comment by Brian Cartwright — June 28, 2009 @ 12:20 am

  16. Hit tracker has that hr on 4/6 at 32 degrees, 107 mph. The highest speed off the bat is pujols at 119. I think you’d need a metal bat to get 128.

    Comment by Brian — June 28, 2009 @ 3:05 am

  17. Don’t you need to account for top spin, side spin and under spin?

    Comment by neuter_your_dogma — September 14, 2009 @ 9:57 am

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