The Physics of Baseball – Fielding

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

How does a fielder know where to plant himself to catch a fly ball? It’s all about physics.

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leloodallasmultipass August 29, 2008 - 12:46 AM

I dont know how they used to play baseball before calculators. Now with portable PC's, the game has become much easier. Stupid Apple missed the boat on this one. Go suck an egg, Steve Jobs- your iphone wont save you here.

zzrokk September 6, 2008 - 3:06 AM

All you physics geeks can thank jocks like me for giving you a reason to do research on such a stupid and obvious thing like this and maybe get a C+ on it.

Blackrock18 September 6, 2008 - 3:30 AM

Baseball is fucking boring. you could be the laziest fuck and still be a great baseball player

LegoLandVideos September 6, 2008 - 8:36 AM

trust me they are. u just dont really recognize it becuz they do it so fast and probably without realizing it. but ever wonder how almost every time they are placed perfectly under the ball

Moot Ayton September 6, 2008 - 9:39 AM

your not numericly calculating the velocity. just relativly. if you can tell that the ball of the bat is hit hard and fast and as rising at a high angle, more often than not your going to realize its going over your head.

SSBMFAITE September 6, 2008 - 9:56 AM

now answer this
Football or Futball?

Jerry Garcia March 11, 2009 - 7:08 AM

man when u catch the ball in centerfield, if u dont how fast its goin then u dont no if its a blooper that will fall in front of u or if its goin over ur head

Robert Gosselin August 26, 2009 - 9:15 AM

haha, this video is great. Ofcourse, no one really cares about the actual physics of the game. Its all about learning things relatively, not numerically. Its not like an outfielder calculated the velocity of the ball is 10 feet deep and 15 feet left.

Andrew Wilson February 9, 2010 - 9:34 PM

This description is exactly what you don't do. Google papers on the LOT and OAC strategies and stop watching American 'science' TV.

tatomuck18 February 10, 2010 - 7:20 AM

who is that fat POS at the end of the video? IS that babe ruth?

TheStyrofoamPeanut August 13, 2010 - 4:50 AM

actually nobody is calculating velocities………theyre just saying "LOOK ITS GOING THIS WAY"

paintbasstard September 11, 2010 - 7:31 PM

It takes scientists to figure out "Hey, look! The ball's going that way!"

Btw I love playing baseball and I suck ass at math! D:
Awesome video though. I enjoyed it.

Also, was this their way of trying to get nerds into sports?? XD

Noah McDaniel November 27, 2010 - 11:51 AM

outfielders really just looks for three things. Loudness of the bat, how quickly it travels the first 100-150 feet or so, and how high it is. Judging whether or not the ball was pulled or sliced, or whether it's going to tail, sail, sink or cut is very advanced, but the easiest think to tell is when a ball is going to cut.

Lane Farmer April 28, 2012 - 5:34 AM

Of course you're not thinking about velocity. You're thinking about how hard the ball was hit.

Mike S May 18, 2012 - 10:33 AM

I like how they make a wood bat crack when they are using an aluminum bat

Vic Borgogno February 22, 2013 - 10:10 AM

Pedroia's speed to the ball can be attributed to his taking advantage of some trainable physical movements: 1) move towards the hitter prior to pitch 2) begin your hop before bat strikes ball 3) time your hop to be at 'top of hop' at ball contact 4) read the direction before hitting the ground 5) Load your offside leg before landing 6) Explode that loaded leg just before landing, 6) Practice, practice, practice with the Pre-Pitch Coach at Sports-Split-Step

TheKirbyKickFrans October 6, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Honestly For me; i don't know how. I just know where it is hit by instinct. Just like with instinct and adrenaline i can sometimes feel the strike zone.