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(Next Impulse Sports)   Japanese baseball player tries to hit a 186mph fastball from a pitching machine. His reaction? Priceless. His reaction time? Not so much   (nextimpulsesports.com) divider line 41
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2014-08-30 08:07:59 AM
Next up:

Kicker tries 120 yard field goal

Basketball player tries to dunk on a 19' rim
 
2014-08-30 08:56:21 AM
He has brought great dishonor to his family. Now he must perform sudoku or sepultura or whatever the fark it's called.
 
2014-08-30 09:05:10 AM
Would've been nice if they'd got someone who actually wanted to try, instead of someone who just wanted to fark around and be on TV.
 
2014-08-30 09:08:22 AM
I understand the Japanese techno-nationalistic belief in gadget infallibility but a helmet might have been in order.
 
2014-08-30 09:28:51 AM
I could do that, but I don't wanna.
 
2014-08-30 09:42:22 AM
Let's see the machine avoid me as I storm the mound!
 
2014-08-30 09:44:50 AM

Mugato: He has brought great dishonor to his family. Now he must perform sudoku or sepultura or whatever the fark it's called.


Bukkake.
 
2014-08-30 10:12:28 AM

brap: I understand the Japanese techno-nationalistic belief in gadget infallibility but a helmet might have been in order.


No shiat.  Helmet and a mask.  Had he made contact on that bunt, it could have easily ended up in his face.

Anyways, interesting to see that by time he even made the decision to swing, the ball was already past him.
 
2014-08-30 10:16:37 AM
I could hit a 186 MPH fastball.

No, wait,  make that 18.6
 
2014-08-30 10:19:36 AM
I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.
 
2014-08-30 10:54:41 AM

mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.


I'm thinking it might break the bat or the arm of the person who hits it.
 
2014-08-30 11:20:38 AM
The guy made some pretty good points at the start, and then engaged in the (standard) tongue-in-cheek ass-covering at the end.  But, seriously, unless he absolutely KNEW he had zero chance of connecting, he should have worn some kind of protection.

Reminds me of how much I miss the show Hokko Datte.  Where the best XXX would be put up against the best YYY.  They'd have put the BEST baseball player on the planet against that pitching machine.  And it would have been glorious.
 
2014-08-30 11:20:40 AM

lindalouwho: I'm thinking it might break the bat or the arm of the person who hits it.


I foul tip off the leg might end your walking days.
 
2014-08-30 11:26:05 AM

mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.


Use an aluminum bat...

/or perhaps titanium?
 
2014-08-30 11:27:09 AM

mr_a: The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.


There is a display of a pitcher that gives you an idea of when the ball is about to be fired. You'd have to start your swing before the ball is fired.
 
2014-08-30 11:43:37 AM
Well he's obviously not ready for Sidd Finch.
 
2014-08-30 11:47:25 AM
 
2014-08-30 11:49:27 AM

unyon: Had he made contact on that bunt, it could have easily ended up in his face.


You're not kidding. You can see him get out of his bunt stance and pull his bat away just a bit, right before the pitch came. There is no way he wanted to connect with that thing. Can't say I blame him.
 
2014-08-30 12:00:54 PM
He would be able to see the ball if he didn't squint so much.
 
2014-08-30 12:11:26 PM
I'm a bit confused about why this machine is able to throw the ball that fast to begin with. There's no legitimate or practical use for it, so I don't know why anyone bothered.
 
2014-08-30 12:12:07 PM
DrewCurtisJr:

There is a display of a pitcher that gives you an idea of when the ball is about to be fired. You'd have to start your swing before the ball is fired.

That display probably throws the batter off. It's like the pitcher is winding up and then as he's just about to release, someone shoots a gun at you.
 
2014-08-30 12:18:59 PM

dave2198: mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.

Use an aluminum bat...

/or perhaps titanium?



A baseball weighs 149g, moving at 186 MPH, that's 379.9 ft/lbs of force (515J).
To give you an idea of the energy that equates to, it's the same as many 9mm and .45 caliber handguns.

There are basic rules of thumb when it comes to calculating how far a ball would go, based on it's 'exit speed' from the bat. Assuming Pujols was batting against this, and hit it (with an unbreakable bat), his exit speed would be about 185mph. The ball would go somewhere between 750 to 800' out.
 

However, I have strong suspicions that hitting a ball at that speed might break your hands/wrist.
 
2014-08-30 12:31:43 PM

DrewCurtisJr: lindalouwho: I'm thinking it might break the bat or the arm of the person who hits it.

I foul tip off the leg might end your walking days.


I got a contusion from a 80ish mph ball in high school. I imagine 186 would just fark you up.
 
2014-08-30 12:35:05 PM

dookdookdook: Would've been nice if they'd got someone who actually wanted to try, instead of someone who just wanted to fark around and be on TV.


He did try, the ball was by him before he even could even start his swing. He basically never saw the ball.
 
2014-08-30 12:36:27 PM

ongbok: dookdookdook: Would've been nice if they'd got someone who actually wanted to try, instead of someone who just wanted to fark around and be on TV.

He did try, the ball was by him before he even could even start his swing. He basically never saw the ball.


That's what he kept saying. *I can't even see it!"
 
2014-08-30 12:54:10 PM
So did the pitch look like this?
i628.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-30 01:05:24 PM

Arkanaut: Well he's obviously not ready for Sidd Finch.


Or Steve Dalkowski

/said to have thrown 105-110 with zero control
//the reason Bull Durham exists
 
2014-08-30 01:57:59 PM
Meh, Barroid could've hit it half a mile.
 
2014-08-30 02:21:23 PM
If that was Ryne Duren with his Coke-bottle glasses, throwing 186mph, the batter would never step to the plate.

waswatching.com
 
2014-08-30 02:48:24 PM
It says 190kph. That's actually 118mph.
 
2014-08-30 02:59:04 PM

nicoffeine: It says 190kph. That's actually 118mph.


It said 300 kph
 
2014-08-30 03:36:04 PM
He was taking all the way.
Dude-iko wasn't even wearing a helmet.
 
2014-08-30 04:56:23 PM

mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.


==========================================

Did you not see the digital picture of the pitcher?

You just have to start your swing before he actually 'pitches' it.  It would take a lot of timing and a tremendous amount of luck, but it's certainly doable.

Of course, if you'd probably shatter your arm and/or bat in the process.
 
2014-08-30 04:58:10 PM

phimuskapsi: dave2198: mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.

Use an aluminum bat...

/or perhaps titanium?


A baseball weighs 149g, moving at 186 MPH, that's 379.9 ft/lbs of force (515J).
To give you an idea of the energy that equates to, it's the same as many 9mm and .45 caliber handguns.

There are basic rules of thumb when it comes to calculating how far a ball would go, based on it's 'exit speed' from the bat. Assuming Pujols was batting against this, and hit it (with an unbreakable bat), his exit speed would be about 185mph. The ball would go somewhere between 750 to 800' out.
 

However, I have strong suspicions that hitting a ball at that speed might break your hands/wrist.


For reference, that's only a bit shorter than Pujols' moon shot off Brad Lidge. It's pretty far.
 
2014-08-30 05:29:42 PM

jake3988: mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.

==========================================

Did you not see the digital picture of the pitcher?

You just have to start your swing before he actually 'pitches' it.  It would take a lot of timing and a tremendous amount of luck, but it's certainly doable.

Of course, if you'd probably shatter your arm and/or bat in the process.


Actually I was thinking that the pitching machine might make some noise as it loaded the ball into the "thrower". The time from that noise to the ball passing the plate should be pretty constant. still would take lots of practice and some luck.

No idea if you would break anything-
 
2014-08-30 06:13:08 PM

Uncle Pooky: I'm a bit confused about why this machine is able to throw the ball that fast to begin with. There's no legitimate or practical use for it, so I don't know why anyone bothered.


I would guess that it was Tim Taylor Tool Timed just for this, or because Japan. Perhaps a little from Column A, a little from Column B.
 
2014-08-30 06:39:08 PM

phimuskapsi: dave2198: mr_a: I would bet that with enough practice, someone could learn to hit it.

The machine probably makes some sort of noise that would give you a cue of when to swing-and likely always delivers to the same spot. If you could figure it out, imagine the fun trolling MLB hitters.

Use an aluminum bat...

/or perhaps titanium?


A baseball weighs 149g, moving at 186 MPH, that's 379.9 ft/lbs of force (515J).
To give you an idea of the energy that equates to, it's the same as many 9mm and .45 caliber handguns.

There are basic rules of thumb when it comes to calculating how far a ball would go, based on it's 'exit speed' from the bat. Assuming Pujols was batting against this, and hit it (with an unbreakable bat), his exit speed would be about 185mph. The ball would go somewhere between 750 to 800' out.
 

However, I have strong suspicions that hitting a ball at that speed might break your hands/wrist.


hell, there is a batting cage nearby that tops 100mph, and just hitting that (sheer luck) nearly puts my elbow out. it weighs a lot at that speed, like hitting a bowling ball.

/fer realz
 
2014-08-30 07:11:12 PM
I bet the conversation for setting that up went something like this:

"Hey, that's a nice pitching machine.  How fast can it throw?"
"190 mph."
"Wow, that's good."
"Yeah, and you're going up against it today."
"...No, I'm not."
"We'll pay you a thousand bucks."
"Fark you."
*snicker* "OK, OK.  Seriously, we know you're not going to hit anything off of this.  But aren't you at least curious as to what that looks like?"
"...Well...yeah, I am.  OK, I'll give that a shot."
"Cool.  See you in 10."
"OK...um, this isn't going to blow a hole in my gut, is it?"
"Nah...hopefully."
"God damn it."
 
2014-08-30 07:20:43 PM

Krustofsky: So did the pitch look like this?
[i628.photobucket.com image 256x239]


No , this.

metsmerizedonline.com
 
2014-08-30 09:56:51 PM

Mugato: He has brought great dishonor to his family. Now he must perform sudoku or sepultura or whatever the fark it's called.


Harry Carrey.
 
2014-08-31 08:48:01 AM

unyon: brap: I understand the Japanese techno-nationalistic belief in gadget infallibility but a helmet might have been in order.

No shiat.  Helmet and a mask.  Had he made contact on that bunt, it could have easily ended up in his face.

Anyways, interesting to see that by time he even made the decision to swing, the ball was already past him.


Helmet and a mask...while inside a tank.
 
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