Contact Us

Science Says No One Should Be Able to Hit a Fastball

Jose Abreu
Getty Images

Hitting a fastball delivered by a Major League pitcher is about as likely as the Seattle Mariners winning a World Series — it just doesn’t seem possible.

How, exactly, does this happen, then?

This helpful video from Business Insider sheds some very interesting light on the subject. It’s pretty remarkable hitters are able to foul off balls, let alone drill them 400 feet for home runs, when you consider it takes an average fastball 400 milliseconds to get from the pitcher’s hand to the catcher’s glove. That’s quicker than instantaneous.

Add in other important factors hitters must deal with, like recognizing the ball, deciding to swing and then physically swinging the bat in the hopes of getting a hit and the odds of putting a ball in play seem as minuscule as those Mariners hoisting a World Series trophy come October.

When you look at all that’s involved, you can have an even greater appreciation for someone being labeled great when they succeed only 30% of the time.

Best of 101.5 KNUE

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://knue.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KNUE Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KNUE Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.