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Subject: Why is low & inside the 'home run' pitch?

Date: Tue May 26 13:20:58 1998
Posted by Matt Miklas
Grade level: nonaligned
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City: Boston State/Province: MA
Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
ID: 896206858.Ph

As I've been taught & observed, the easiest pitch to hit a home run 
off of is low and inside. It would seem that a pitch farther from the 
fulcrum of the swinging bat would be easier to hit a home run on since 
the farther out on the bat that the ball makes contact, the more bat 
speed there is at that location on the bat, thus there's more force 
that the bat would be exerting on the ball when the two collide.

Why is it that the center of the bat, where there's less motion on the 
part of the bat while swinging, results in a greater force being 
exerted on the ball? 

Re: Why is low & inside the 'home run' pitch?

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