The four greatest home run hitters of all-time: A video analysis of their swings
. The top ten swings
of 2006 and more from swingtraining.net
. More on the mechanics of crushing baseballs from The Batter's Eye
. The Physics of Baseball
highlights an academic paper studying "optimum baseball bat swing parameters for maximum range trajectories", or more to the point, "How to Hit Home Runs
" (warning, last link is PDF).
Baseball fans were treated on Sunday to the rarest gem in the sport, a confluence of chance and circumstance which had only occurred twelve times previously in modern major league history. If you blinked, you may have missed it. Colorado Rockies rookie shortshop (and subject of future trivia questions) Troy Tulowitzki turned an unassisted triple play.
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
- Jackie Robinson
This Sunday April 15, 2007, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the breaking of baseball's color barrier
. For one
and managers throughout
as well as entire teams
will be saluting his memory
Robinson's retired number 42
for his tremendous leadership
and off the field (previously),
he is remembered
for his determination
, and for his post-career activities as a civil rights advocate
. Perhaps the highest compliment is to say simply that Jackie Robinson
of the greatest players
to ever grace
a baseball diamond
, but his contribution to baseball, and to equality in America
was far greater than statistics and pennants.
, do you want a ballplayer who is afraid to fight back?" "I want a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back!" See The Jackie Robinson Story
, starring the man himself. (1:16:29, Google video)
In their book The Secret of the Miracle Pitch
, Japanese researchers using supercomputers modeled a potentially unhittable breaking pitch called the "Gyroball"
. Baseball has been simmering with debate
over whether anyone
can actually throw it
. Seekers of the elusive pitch claim that Japanese superstar
and MVP of the 2006 World Baseball Classic
Daisuke Matsuzaka throws one, and cite this high-speed video (YouTube)
as an example. Another video exists, of high school ace Joey Niezer purported throwing it
. If it actually exists, the Gyroball would be the first new pitch developed in almost 40 years.