Lego Felix, meet real Felix.
Lego Felix, meet real Felix.
to your second place Mariners!
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As of 5/10/2013, Felix Hernandez owns the lowest ERA in the American League, and the second lowest in all of baseball at 1.53.
The Physics of Baseball Pitches
Five ounces of cork, yarn and leather is all it takes to produce high-velocity, mind-blowing physics. The movement of a baseball through the air is due to three things: The pitcher’s arm (moving it forward), gravity (moving it down), and air resistance from the spinning seams (which causes side-to-side, sinking and “rising” motion).
Gravity will always pull a pitch down as it travels to the plate, but back and side spin create areas of high pressure on one side of the ball (“The Magnus Effect”, named for its discoverer). This creates a force that pushes the ball in the opposite direction, whether it be sideways (likea slider), down (a sinker), or causing it to sink more slowly than normal (the “rising” pitch illusion).
- The physics behind 7 famous baseball pitches
- All about The Magnus Effect
- A 1959 paper studying the aerodynamics of a pitched baseball (where they wind tunnel shot above came from).
- A Science Channel video all about the physics of pitching
- For the truly curious, a REALLY in-depth and technical look into the physics of moving baseballs
Some believe that current pitchers have reached the biomechanical limits for pitch velocity and movement. When you consider the sheer neuromuscular perfection seen in this jaw-dropping overlaid GIF of the Rangers’ Yu Darvish, I can see how that might appear to be the case (via Reddit):
Perhaps more than in any other sport, baseball pitchers embody the astonishing combination of precision and power in the heart of our motor neurons: Producing unbelievable force and grace, with nearly identical repetition, a couple hundred times a week.
The AL West whitewashed the AL East tonight, not giving up a single run to the entire division. (Excluding the Astros)
He could … go … all … the … way!
Jesus Montero hitting his first (and possibly last) triple of his career.
Be jealous of this view!
Congratulations to Félix Hernández on achieving his 100th career win at the age of 27.
Baseball fans around the country react to the arrest of the second suspect in the Boston Bombings.
2013 Mariners Intro Video
This is some amazing editing.
It’s been an incredibly busy season already for the Seattle Mariners. Nobody could have predicted all that has happened so far. So here’s a quick recap of the moves that have happened in the past two weeks.
Have you ever seen a team fall apart so fast? Dealing with all of this, the team rests at a record of 6-8 as of 4/15/2013, which is their first off day of the season.
Former teammate Adrian Beltre congratulates Felix Hernandez on achieving his 1,500th career strikeout.