Why It's Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball | WIRED

Published on Apr 12, 2018
More and more pitchers are throwing triple digits. The fastest of them tops out at 105 MPH. WIRED examines why the 110 MPH fastball is almost impossible.
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Why It's Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball | WIRED

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  • I am pretty sure Ted Williams said that about the slider, not the fastball.

  • Just because they can't do it doesn't mean we cant u even have no scientific explanation why it is u pricks

  • "Is there something different about them physiologically?" "That's one of the cool things about Baseball, the answer is no" *literally 0.1 seconds later* "They tend to be tall" So the answer is yes then...

  • Good thing it’s almost Bc forest whitney threw a 110 mph fastball on a pull down and Trevor Bauer threw 116 mph fastball on a pull down

  • Those computer simulations look like they were made back in the 90s.

  • 110 mph?? how many bananas per second is that?

  • So it’s still possible what was the point of this exactly to prove a person could possibly throw 110mph 😲

  • So, you’ve done 110mph fastball. What about 125mph or 130mph exit velocity? Stanton has hit 121+. How much faster can we get? Get that 110mph pitch vs Giancarlo?

  • The host throws like a girl (with a rotator cuff injury and a neurological disorder)

  • Babe Ruth was an outstanding pitcher. His first two years in pro baseball he pitched and barely ever went to bat. Hank Arron went to bat about 2000 more times than Ruth.

  • A, Chapman might actually can if he only works on his velocity

  • nothing is impossibru

  • someone jerks off at 110mph

  • Nothings impossible

  • Now try thorwing a ball at 100mph but without bending your elbow............and facing that ball on a 22yard pitch .........

  • Throws like a girl

  • thanks to my prosthetic arm, i can pitch well over 175MPH. MLB wont take me though cuz they cant handle the competition.

  • No more pictures.. Only machines... 125mph

  • Baseball is the shities sport ever.

  • Forrest Whitley did it he's an Astros starting pitcher prospect

  • Just contact shoaib akhtar,bret lee to bowl fast..... actually very fast

  • Is it that much harder to hit a fast ball than it is to catch a fast ball?

    • +Ł Catalyst That presumes that the pitcher can throw the pitch at the speed and direction he wants to everytime. I'm just trying to give the catcher a bit more credit than they normally get. But the fact that the umpire wears padding and face mask suggests that they do not trust the catcher 100%.

    • Sukhbir Sekhon yes cause the catcher knows what you’re throw is if you practice it

  • My mom is faster than chapman

  • This just isn't true because were talking about in the future and as we continue to evolve we won't be who we are today. Back in the fifties they said no one will ever throw 100. They'll be a day in the future when a pitcher will throw 120 mph and that again one day will also be broken through evolution.

  • Roldy Chapnuts throws the bean 138mph’s

  • Impossible? Nah son wait til I get my bionic arm. Ill be able to throw a fastball at 111mph and simultaneously give the middle finger.

  • Amazing thing happens when you're trying to hit a really fast fastball. The ball appears much bigger than it really is. It's a trick your brain plays on your eyes. I always got scared by a 80-90+ pitch even when it wasn't coming at me. When it did come at me I couldn't duck out of the way fast enough.

  • My fastest fastball was over 240 mph but i havent yet notifyed guinness..

  • Please make a video about the mechanics of bowling in cricket, and if there is any human limit to bowling the fastest ball.

  • 53 mph is my masturbation rate

  • Yo check out Michael Kopech of the white Sox. Hes hit 110 in workouts. Never in a game. But he's done it.

  • The greatest pitchers of all time, AL-Walter Johnson and NL-Christy Mathewson threw as hard as these VASTLY overpaid, over pampered pitchers who donn't know what a complete game is; Johnson and Mathewson threw OVER 30 complete games in a season 7 times, Mathewson over 300 innings in 11 seasons, Johnson in 9......the all time greats played YEARS ago, no one will ever be anywhere near the equal of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson......and they didn't pull a hamstring running to first or have rotator cuff and Tommy John surgeries.......baseball now is a BUSINESS, not a sport

  • This is the perception in cricket. You have bowlers maxing the pace out of the ball. The truth is that batsmen today are selected because they play the fast ball so well. In fact they play a ball at pace better than any other ball. Yet the bowlers keep bring more and more speed thinking they are some how going to get through. The reality is that the batsmen end up scoring off every fast ball and win. I wonder if this is the same stupidity which happens in base ball. Its not the speed, its the variation of speed.

  • Nolan Ryan is said to have been able to throw 111mph

  • Sorry man. What are you going to show me when you can't even throw.

  • what's that someone just threw a 110mph fastball

  • Those graphics look hilariously out of date.

  • I once threw a wiffle ball at 105mph

  • 50k and they couldn't program a better graphic? pathetic...

  • Lol my 11 pitcher on my team throws 61

  • Could the batters be making that decision based on the movement of the pitcher, instead of the actual flight of the ball?

  • I think a 900 series in bowling is harder

  • Bro you throw like I imagine *PARIS HILTON OR THE OLSEN TWINS would throw.*

  • I be throwing 50 or 30 mph

  • there's no explanation why Nolan Ryan played a billion years and had millions of strikeouts... except that he stayed in shape year round...even during a game he would go in the locker room and pedal on the stationary bike..

  • you gonna tear up your arm doing that

    • Exactly. Look at Greg Maddox. Not an overpowering fastball. He's won more games than any modern day picture. Striking out hitters takes at least 3 pitches. This rarely happens. Isn't a 1 pitch groundball out better than a strikeout? The less pitches you throw the better in my opinion.

  • *_Ez_* *_Throw it in a tornado_*

  • Teenage girl can throw 110mph somewhere in your country guys

  • One word, cricket!!

  • Didnt explain why its impossible.....

  • i know mark jupina lol

  • Didn’t Kopech throw 112 mph off of a crow hop

  • Fastest pitch was 106

  • why does glenn lowkey look like nick cage

  • I mean it is the MLB and steroids are legal, the upper limit is going to be a slight bit higher than for normal humans.

  • Good thing he throws softball speeds

  • DEKU!

  • What if we give them a foam bat in the pitching simulator

  • 🧔🏾

  • 0:52 you can always draw a line through two datapoints. ez data analysis.

  • Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Shoaib Akhtar literally bowled the 100mph ball and its nerve-racking.

  • Ted Williams is absolutely correct

  • Fencing is faster.

  • Can someone check my music, thank you

  • Hasn't it been confirmed Ryan threw a 108.something??

  • Cricket is much bigger in whole world than baseball

  • Black guys throw faster, run faster, etc...Chapman is Latino-black.

  • Jeans.. Where did you get them?

  • U r a trash player

  • please translate to international system of distance

  • If pitchers in general could throw faster, the mound would be further away

  • my brother threw 55 mph in 8th grade, this guy is a pansy.

  • Could they find a less athletic person?

  • Chuck Norris can hit his own 118mph fastball.

  • Beta throws 53mph... wow, do you feed and dress yourself?

  • almost impossible means possible right

    • Bruce Lee could do it with a kick or nun chuck.

  • You baseball fans don't know the terror of Brett Lee. A fast pitch is nothing compared to fast bouncer of cricket ball... 😂 😂

  • I was clocked throwing a fastball at 113 MPH.

  • If I may explain, why 'it seems impossible' that the BATTERS are able to hit the balls travelling at such a high speed... It is because the brain is very, very good at estimating motion (as long as you have both eyes functional). There is in fact, a moment where the ball cannot possibly be 'looked at' (the "keep your eye on the ball" joke) - it actually 'disappears' to the human eye. This is because the human eye can only respond at about 200ms, the amount of time it takes to initiate a movement to track an object (known as a “saccade”). So, at the sharp incoming angle, the eye MUST lose sight of the ball for a short period of time. This is when the batter’s brain makes the calculation on where the ball is going to be and when. It is truly a wondrous thing that our brains and eyes can do this, as it is literally estimating where something will be - that it can no longer even ‘see’ - and when to move the arms/bat/etc, to connect with the ball, and how to do it all. This is likely why there are so little ‘really good’ batters in the world. [I am not one lol - although if I may boast for a moment, I can throw at over 83 mph (133 km/h) - well, when I was younger, heh] HTH

  • THE TRASH MAN IS UNDER ME

  • You don’t need slow motion analysis to show that guy doesn’t pitch right

  • Lol the fastest I’ve ever thrown was 64 miles per hour

  • yea of course it's going to be impossible for a guy with that attitude. This guy literally said at the beginning people were getting faster, and people shouldn't be able to hit it, but it seems to be getting easier for baseball players so.... this dude is just trying to discourage everyone!!!

  • 3:51 WHAT 53 MPH HOW I throw like 51 at 11 that's crazy

  • i remember "major" (anime)

  • I call this move the “ ball breaker”

  • I wonder what it feels like to get hit in the nuts with that

  • forget about the curveball ricky... give em the heater!!

  • He was short arming the ball. And also I am 11 and I could throw high 50s

  • I am a ten year old and I can throw 62mph

  • Make a giant stadium and create a vacuum then throw the ball

  • bading

  • Dude throws like a girl, lol.

  • I think MLB should train chimps how to throw a baseball. Their muscles and ligaments are much stronger than humans'.

  • Trump throws 110 foreigners/hour

  • I watched the game when Aroldis Chapman threw that 105mph fastball. The announcers were gushing about it, but failed to mention that it was a foot outside and two feet high. His catcher had to jump up awkwardly to get it. I'd like to know how many of those 1,000+ fastballs at 100+mph in 2017 were strikes and how many of them were balls.

  • Is this another garbage video that doesn't answer the question?

  • Nolan Ryan would pitch 107-108

  • Eat McDonalds to throw 120 mph fastball You’ll love it

  • Well it wasn't all that long ago that throwing a 100 MPH fastball was "almost" impossible, so let's revisit this topic in another generation or so. When I was a kid there were only a few dudes that had EVER hit 100 on the gun. Now there's a guy on every team that can do it, basically.