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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  • loved the video but the editing when we saw the fastest thrower (don't remember his name) was horrible, who thought of showing it at like 6 frames per second? were you trying to give everyone seizures?

  • Hunter Greene was 17 years old and was throwing 103 mph. He wasn't even out of high school yet :o

  • Back in Jr. High I was throwing upwards of 88mph. I threw my arm out by 10th grade and would be lucky to throw 50mph now days lol.

  • title: why it's almost impossible to throw 110mph video: never explains why it's almost impossible ok

  • Then how is it that I was able to throw one for 112 a few years ago? I'm being serious here.

  • Forget the curveball ricky, give him the heater

  • I remember that nolan Ryan threw a 108mph fastball

  • I’m eleven and I throw 60 to 70

  • I throw 200 mph

  • The gaming tech nerd inside me was dying to find out what PC their using to run the Rift. Probably one with a GTX-1070 and like 16GB of RAM or something like that.

  • Try being a lacrosse goalie😂... hardest thing to do is hit a fastball.... yeah right

  • Its not impossible bc the old picture for the Cubs. When i went to their game he threw the ball at 112 mph 3×

  • Has this dumbo ever thrown a baseball

  • To be fair this guy couldn't swing a bat if his life depended on him lol i would crush that coaches pitches.

  • OK seeing how no one else is going to state the obvious I will, this guy throws worse than a little girl and his batting isn't any better. Actually he has absolutely NO baseball mechanics whatsoever and his up there trying to convince people that because HE can't do something no one else will either. At 6:20 when he squatted down on that 80 mph "Fastball" I thought for sure he was going to Tinkle. I want to apologize to all the little girls and women out there for comparing this pathetic excuse of man to you, it wasn't meant to be derogatory. I have been humiliated by girl/women's fast pitch Softball many times and I've played organized league baseball and softball for 40 plus years.

  • miles??? uh, I already know that I'lln't understand this video (metric)

  • You don't have to look or pay attention for defense precision, you can rely on your reflexes. When I play soccer to defend the goal I rely on reflexes. And the results are much better than paying attention or looking. Well this at least works for me...

  • His was 53 mph? No offense but this is what happens when you go full vegan.

  • Same but me Mostly 99 some times101

  • I got to like 65 or 70 then my shoulder said NOPE

  • But Trevor Bauer threw a ball at 116.9 mph so it’s possible

  • Im 11 and i probably throw faster than him

  • fake.. the earth and baseballs are flat. haha sorry been reading this crap everywhere.

  • how much smaller would the ball need to be to go 110 at the current force exerted?

    • so how much less mass then

    • peter wyatt middleton. Increasing mass increases kinetic energy, not speed. Making the ball heavier would make the pitch slower.

    • or...... how much heavier would it need to be to go 110 at current size and current force?

  • Chapman. He plays for the yankees. Check him

  • I wonder how fast I can pitch if I can throw a golf ball 90 metres(295.2756 feet) while standing. That needs a lot of acceleration.

  • i threw my phone for 10000mph when subaru said i love emilia

  • Does anybody know David miller.. He sometimes throws ball so fast that momentum takes the keeper down

  • I can throw my life away in about 137 mph

  • Genes are getting better every generation

  • What about returning John isners serve

  • Get some cricket batsman in there I think he'll hit it

  • I can throw paper at the speed of sound

  • 12 bowling balls! Holy crap!!!

  • how does that not destroy their arms and shoulder??

  • I’m twelve an i can throw a baseball at 75 mph

  • Nolan Ryan is the greatest pitcher that has ever lived.

  • i pitch at 54 ft and throw 65 mph that is equivilent to a 96mph mlb fastball

  • aroldis chapman sets the record at 107mph

  • i can throw 94 but that isnt aiming

  • What about softball

  • Maluma

  • Why can't cricket playing nations play baseball, it looks so much easier than cricket.

  • Fastest is a 106 I watched it it was a dodger pitcher

  • I remember little league through highschool levels I batted an 800 by watching the pitching hand, where the ball left the hand and hand position and just adjust for minor differentials

  • Daft punk can throw harder better faster and stronger than all those pros can

  • I’m only10 and I can throw faster I’m travel baller

  • Baseball, golf, and nascar aren’t sports, that’s a fact

  • 6:56 - 7:13 trippy

  • What i have thrown a sponge ball or tennis ball faster then that, over 165 to 170 KM per hour ( at a Museum ball testing place, which had a punching ball to test how much force you generated by hitting the ball, well over 250KG) and a baseball is a lot heaver than that, but throwing it all the time is a totally different matter, but try throwing a cricket ball which is so heavy and dense its not funny, now i have seen cricket balls going way over 100 miles per hour and thats throwing them like they do in the game, not a base ball throw which i have seen the ball going over 200KM per hour to hit the cricket stumps. :)

  • So we jist gonna ignore the fact he knew where the camera was with the oculus on

  • 53mph? That's not even High School that's T-ball pitching right there

  • What was the frame rate on that simulation?

  • Learn how you can add 5-10mph to your fastball bit.ly/2Opb9fe

  • This guy never played sports

    • Clearly. The moment I saw him pitch, I was like man...there is a reach back and he's not really extending. It's like he's just lobbing it. Even the mechanics guy he was talking to was saying he maybe could throw between 70-80 and he only threw 53. Personally, I doubt I'd get to 53 myself, but at least I don't throw like him.

  • The fastest pitcher of all time was almost certainly Steve Dalkowski, an early 60s minor leaguer who was thought to throw about 110. Nolan Ryan later in his career could touch 100 mph. Early in his career looking at video he was NOTICABLY faster. 105-plus and possibly closer to 110. But it's tough to really know for pitchers pre-1980. Feller, Koufax, Walter Johnson, guys like that probably topped out at 95. But usually lived in the low 90s to save on wear and tear. What made Ryan unique was how long and how many innings he could throw at those speeds.

  • I’m 11 and I can throw faster than him XD

  • I don't throw like that

  • I'm 14 years old and I can throw 100mph

  • Sooo why is it impossible? "It's probably not gonna happen"

  • A R E L D I S chapman

  • So this is what jon bellion has been doing. Working on this youtube series.

  • This guy throws worse than a girl

  • 73 mph i forgot

  • Wow I'm stronger than you my fastball is73

  • Watching this made my arm hurt

  • It should be legal cause if you have that talent use it

  • That's easy: Nobody wants to destroy his arm like an idiot... Ignorants would wonder, those who can understand physics and anatomy know that throwing 110 MPH is destroying your arm.

  • How fast could a pitcher pitch if a pitcher could pitch? If a pitcher could pitch, how fast could a pitcher pitch?

  • Little league kids can throw faster than this dude, haha not only his throwing motion is wrong, his batting mechanics is wrong.

  • Yup, same eggheads who said it's impossible to break the 4 minute mile, break Beamon's long jump record, yada yada yada. Somebody will throw beyond 110. Maybe not today, but it'll happen.

  • If you could throw over 110 mph constantly, you will need Tommy John Surgery every other game.

  • 4:38. Dont make a sound...... shooot, shooot, shooot.

  • Chuck Norris can throw 1000mph and same time he hit that ball to moon 😁😂

  • Pitching coach was polite with a guy who clearly throws like a girl.

  • I can literally throw faster than him but still liked the vid

  • haha their using a $50k system istead of a htc vive xD

  • us-tv.org/tv/video-KUDhuJfKIMk.html

  • Lo han de poner en español

  • Hole in 1's are probably harder

  • i have been clocked at 115 and i hate baseball

  • The answer:@5:19 The force required to throw that fast can also rupture arm tendons and ligaments.

  • Why does the "My mother wouldn't let me play sports as a child" guy do this? I mean, 50 mph is little league and he is a grown man. What kind of dude can't even throw?

  • I am a 3 year old female tabby and I can reach 49mph!

  • Im sure a tennis player could throw pretty fast too. The mechanics of a tennis serve and a pitch are basically the same. I never played baseball and one time, I pitched a baseball and it was clocked 61 MPH... I was 15 at the time. Im now older and much stronger. Im in shape and continued ot play tennis. ID be curious to see what speed i could pitch. Granted when they at 3:50 secs or so in the video talk about his arm not being perpendicular, that was the first thing i noticed. not enough "racquet drop" was we say in tennis.

  • Does anyone really need to watch this video to know that it's near impossible to throw 110mph? Lol

  • 女の投げ方で恥ずかしくないのか?

  • Get Tommy John surgery. You can't bulk up ligaments.

  • Well if you throw with the form of Mohammed here, you're never going to get high velocity (100+mph) and you'll need elbow surgery in a hurry.

  • I can probably throw it cuz I'm a pro fastball pitcher.

  • It doesn't matter if you throw the baseball 200 miles per hour they'll still hit you. You have to have movement on the ball.

  • charlie sheen did it after a month of training.. all he needed was some steroids. It can be done.

  • 60 feet, 5 inches? Graphics need to be corrected.

  • Im not saying Im perfect but you can tell that guy never played baseball. He has absolutly no follow through. And he is griping the ball like it weighs 2 pounds, he has all his fingers wrapped around it, instead two.

  • Dude throws like my sister.

  • i can't wait to play all sports in VR, will make them way more fun and person friendly :)

  • Cool stuff!

  • how about you put people who can actually throw and hit

  • cave batting system cost $50,000 and does not have anti-aliasing?

  • Leading authorities on pitch mechanics says...what?