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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  • certain all cricket pace bowlers can throw 100mph plus with a round arm; they bowl 80-90mph with a straight arm

  • Thank you for not 10 minute video

  • hitting is possible springer hit like 115

  • Someone needs to get Isao Machii over there, in that VR room, asap!

  • I really like this host.

  • Drake?

  • If I remember correctly. J.R. Richards (Astros) threw a fastball past Dusty Baker (Dodgers) at 106 mph.

  • I'd hit 85 86

  • Look up Shaun Tait and Brett Lee highlights, now that’s fast

  • pitching speed has everything to do with tendon structure and arm length.

  • The person who is able to predict such a fast-ball can hit one.

  • 53mph lol im more better i throw 64mph and im only 14 but i can only throw fast and curve ball

  • Even hitting a ball at 70mph is difficult. Go to a batting cage and set the speed of the pitches starting at 40, then go up in fives till 80. Or if you really want a shock, start at 80 with no warm ups. Jesus.

  • I got drafted in the 37th round by the Seattle Mariners in 2005. I was throwing 93-95 in high school

  • dude throws like a girl

  • Why you guys don't use ? Metric system !! Wtf is mph !!

  • You really do throw like a girl. A hitch there at the end that is kinda girly.

  • i am a 5th grader and i can throw 62mph

  • I throw 65 and I'm 13

  • I threw a baseball 110 mph before. Just gunned it on the freeway when there were no officers around and tossed it up in the air a couple times.

  • The way this guy swings and throws doesn't look like he's played at all lol

  • Golf? lol

  • Tim Wakefield..... enough said

  • No, every pitcher isn't judged on 'their' fastball. Every pitcher is judged on HIS fastball. Last time I checked, every single MLB pitcher and in fact every single position player was a male; ie. a MAN deserving of the male pronoun. So, you sound like a total idiot.

  • Paste

  • They only throw fast for all the steroids they had been taking LMAO

  • can we get a guy who doesn't throw like a girl to host these videos?

  • now Jordan Hicks, (20 yrs of age) STL. Cardinals

  • Chapman threw 107

  • still not as fast as me running up the basement stairs after i turn the lights off at night

  • How about paper plane

  • I’m 12 and throw 60 mph

  • It's way harder to hit a knuckleball. If a MLB player knows he's getting a fastball then he can easily hit it better than when he knows he's getting a curve or knuckleball. Chapman is no where close to being the best pitcher in baseball. Buster Posey is hitting about .500 against him. And I love Cuban players. articles.latimes.com/1985-10-07/sports/sp-16727_1_phil-niekro www.thesportster.com/baseball/top-10-knuckleball-pitchers-of-all-time

  • I'm 12 and I pitch faster than him

  • Pitching in the 90mph range destroyed my elbow.. : (

  • how is this guy so un-athletic

  • Y’all seen that rookie Jordan Hicks? Faster than Chapman! And he gets movement on his pitches and doesn’t even look like he’s giving it his all in his delivery… he could do it!

  • Bro that full grown man threw 53 mph and I’m 8 and I threw 32 at a six flags game that timed your pitch

  • Should be a TV show!

  • ... Steve Dalkowski ... perhaps more than 110 mph ??? ... Ted Williams reportedly faced him once and said he did not want to face him again ??? ... a truly incredible story !!!

  • Batters pick up the ball IN the pitchers hand before they release it and start their swing before the ball is released, if you have ever played baseball you know this. Only a scientist could be stupid enough not to ask a baseball player where he picks up the ball

  • the dizzying picture movement during the Aroldis Chapman part almost had me turning off the video Great video though

  • Dis dude throws like a weenie

  • i'ma hit 115MPH

  • 5:57 You are not factoring that the "reaction time" dosnt start when the ball leaves the hand of the pitcher, but starts when the trow is started. You cant ignore bodylanguage.

  • It's only a matter of time before MLB, in an effort to generate excitement and reduce injury, starts legalizing cybernetic implants, like Tommy John surgery with a steel cable instead of a repurposed tendon.

  • The best pitch to throw is not a fastball. The best pitch to throw is a strike

  • With only 200ms to react for most people you have to predict where the ball will land as it's being thrown. Less than 1% of the population will have reaction speed fast enough to actually have time to think about where the ball will land while it's in the air. It's easier to predict where it will land after being thrown, but harder to perform because average human reaction speed is about 300ms.

  • More slow motion vids and less chi chat!! Lol...

  • i play HS ball. I Keep tearing my elbow ligaments. I play behind the plate.

  • Host has got some terrible form

  • Don't get me wrong but you throw what we call "girl balls". as a former state Champion at track and field throwing events in junior days i see the same flaw as the baseball coach. your arm needs more flexibility to convert momentum into movement. there has to be some sort of slingshot moment where your arm flails forward and whips the ball away with more speeds than your shoulder alone creates. that's why you - as a grown man - top out at 53 where i got close to 70 at age 13 and you could easily do 80 with the right form and technique. that's luckily all there is to it so practice makes perfect!

  • Kyle Boddy would’ve been a better authority to discuss pitching mechanics

  • Should have watched a video on how to throw a baseball w/o looking like a girl.

  • Baseball is so hard that if you fail 70% of the time you are considered good

  • Nolar Ryan. Fastest pitcher ever and for the longest time ever.

  • His mechanics suck

  • it's really hard watching this guy throw the ball.

  • you play ball like a girl

  • I throw a 56 MPH fastball and I am only 13 years old.

  • 106 is the fastest

  • I'm 14 and I almost throw 80mph

  • its not impossible i think, it starts with the frame and build of your body, Aroldis Chapman is 6'4'' and has a really long wingspan. And Its more about downhill Momentum and force, which Aroldis uses also to his advantage, than it is about brute strength, Thats why players like Tim Lincecum could pitch, he is 5'11'' not that short, but short for a pitcher, really skinny, but what makes him able to throw 92+mph is his mechanics and delivery.

  • i don't care for baseball but for some reason this is really interesting

  • But how fast can you throw shade though?

  • Have you ever heard of a guy named alordis Chapman

  • I'm 13 and I can throw faster than this grown man that can only pitch 53 mph.

  • Show this video to Michael Kopech lol

  • I dislike videos like this. i would rather see you interview a pro hitter and ask them to describe the process, show the process. A pro hitter see's 1000's of fast balls and over time the reaction times become fine and a batter becomes accustomed to the environment. As a former ref, at the beginning of the season the various pitches were difficult to see. By the end of the first game you become accustomed to watching the ball fly at you and it becomes easier to pick up. The major leagues are in a different realm as a profession, they will be accustomed to standing in the line of fire, far more than a layman who is just doing it as a hobby. The human body is amazing because of what it can become accustomed to, what it can adapt to. What humans are used to now is far different than what we were used to 10, 20 and 30 years ago, and vise versa. The 110 mph fast ball is coming, count on it.

  • I throw 60-70

  • This guy is what like 20-30 years old? And he is throwing 53 mph?Wow

  • Almost...

  • why didnt they get a guy who wasn't dyspraxic to test the throw?

  • When I was 11 I threw 60+mph in 12 now

  • Chapman also beats and intimidates women with violence and guns. Just reminding everyone.

  • Almost Impossible, until augmentations becomes a thing a la Deus Ex.

  • A big difference is only closers used to throw the 100+ fastball now that there is starters throwing them there career will be short compared to others it's a rear thing where someone can throw 100+ for a long season where they throw 75 pitches at 90+ miles and their arm will be garbage pretty quickly

  • Move the pitcher's mound further away, been doing it forever in golf as they become stronger and longer. People want to see the ball hit, speed is ruining that.

  • Speed is good. But it's all about movement

  • When I was 13 I could throw faster than 70

  • Crap sport.

  • almost

  • Lol I'm only 7 years old and can throw 103 Mph on average! This dude needs to step up his game!

  • I don't want a contract, there is a human who can pitch 115....me....

  • I would like to challenge the yankee pitcher with fastest ball currently.

  • I don’t want to be that guy who compares American sports with other sports, but a batsman in cricket has about 0.45 seconds to react to a fast bowlers delivery, and unlike baseball the bowler is allowed to aim the ball wherever he likes, including directly at the batsman’s head. In addition the batsman has to react to any inconsistencies in the bounce of the ball off the pitch. I would say that is much tougher than facing a fast ball in baseball. I would advise anyone interested look up Mitchell starc’s ball to James Vince earlier this year or look up ‘cricket bouncers’ on youtube.

  • i got a linedrive to the face the other day

  • Wish I had this information when I was in high school. I was throwing between 89 and 96 mph in grade 11 just messing around in the pitching cages. I threw my arm out and I can maybe get 3 to 5 pitches out before my arm acts up today. That's what having fun and no parental guidance does I guess.

  • He is not athletic at all

  • well.. throwing like a girl, no wonder you only manage to reach 50 mph

  • Kenny powers can throw 110 mph fast balls

  • Oh? But a joooosed up Barry Bond could SEE it and SMaCk it over center field!!!! If a drunk can show up and make Hall of Fame whacks...I got no problem with crackheads or juicers

  • That’s sad I’m 12 and I throw 62mph

  • the knuckleball is the best pitch in the game of baseball

  • I don't throw anything at MPH, I throw stuff at KMPH.

  • My arms hurts now

  • Its going to happen someone will pitch it

  • They should at least have a bat handle to hold to make it more natural on the VR system

  • Didn’t watch the video. It’s the same reason it’s impossible to run 35 mph or bicycle 50 mph uphill or clear 10 feet on the high jump. Humans are humans

  • This dude is so cringy to watch pitch and try and bat, literally not athletic at all😂