Archive for June 2018

When a ballpark goes boom, how exactly does it work?

A change in the baseball’s drag coefficient is responsible for the home run spike, but what exactly is a drag coefficient?

Infielders excel at the geometry of triangles and likely don’t even realize it.

A look at the physics behind Bryce Harper’s latest feat of strength.

The physics of the home run boom offer many explanations, all of which are worthy of investigation.

What effect will the adoption of the humidor have on league-wide home run rates?

How do the atmospheric conditions of Arizona and Florida influence preseason stats?

Can a machine really call balls and strikes more accurately (and quickly) than a human?

Is the ball carrying more at Dodger Stadium?

Topspin, backspin, sidespin? What in the heck does this pitch do?

Practice makes perfect. So what are we trying to perfect?

Just like baseball, the bat flip is a simple thing that becomes wonderfully complex.

Well, of course it’s late – and here’s why.

How much rise could a fastball rise if a fastball could rise up?

The night-game times are a-changing as new lighting technology hits big league fields.

Exactly why do players choke up on the bat?

Well-known old scientists, meet lesser-known major league players.

Let’s compare the talents of pitchers and pilots.

Is the follow-up to the humidor doing its intended job?

What are the physics behind some of the best hit balls in the game?