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Comput Biol Med. 2007 Jul;37(7):1001-8. Epub 2006 Nov 7.

Describing baseball pitch movement with right-hand rules.

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Systems and Industrial Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721-0020, USA. terry@sie.arizona.edu

Abstract

The right-hand rules show the direction of the spin-induced deflection of baseball pitches: thus, they explain the movement of the fastball, curveball, slider and screwball. The direction of deflection is described by a pair of right-hand rules commonly used in science and engineering. Our new model for the magnitude of the lateral spin-induced deflection of the ball considers the orientation of the axis of rotation of the ball relative to the direction in which the ball is moving. This paper also describes how models based on somatic metaphors might provide variability in a pitcher's repertoire.

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