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Watch a pro baseball player try to hit a 180 mph fastball


This is what happens when a pro baseball player tries to hit a 180-something mph fastball.

Takeshi Yamasaki, a former star player with the Chunichi Dragons in Japan, was given the unenviable task recently on a Japanese variety show. A machine was created specifically for the segment.

The machine was wheeled out to the pitcher's mound and had an animation to mimic the throwing motion of a pitcher, but it did not help the retired slugger.

Yamasaki retired in 2013 after a 25-year career during which he claimed two home run titles and hit 403 dingers overall, but he could not get around on this high heat.

His reaction to the first pitch is priceless – he just laughs and drops the bat.

Most people wouldn't have the stones to step in for another, even former Rockies great Larry Walker switched to the other side of the plate to face Mariners flame thrower Randy Johnson, by Yamasaki stepped back into the batter's box.

He then asks how fast the pitch is and laughs when he is told more than 300 kilometers per hour (180 mph).

Strike two! The ball whizzes past him again, and again he laughs.

Yamasaki then decides to square around and bunt.

Again the ball whips past his bat and he doesn't even come close.

He may have struck out in the batter's box, but he hit a home run with baseball fans everywhere by standing in and facing those pitches.

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pm0501 August 30 2014 at 6:53 PM

I'd just like to see a Cubs batter hit a 45 MPH ball!

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Mike August 30 2014 at 5:31 PM

Don't have to speak Japanese to get the jist of that one. Anyone who played baseball would appreciate this. I like it.

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sothrnirsh August 30 2014 at 1:09 PM

Nobody ever said basball players are smart. Getting hit by something moving that fast, is going to cause some damage.

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cedw1528 sothrnirsh August 30 2014 at 5:07 PM

Pitching machines - new ones are pretty accurate and designed to train young hitters. After a while they are known to become less accurate and change speeds and have to be replaced. This one was specially designed for a show. Thus one measures the risks, in competitive sports.

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spudbays August 30 2014 at 3:17 PM

If he connected with that ball successfully, he'd break the bat, or his arms.

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zoumster spudbays August 30 2014 at 3:35 PM

Actually, if he hit it squarely, it'd feel much the same as a regular liner, as good students of Mechanics would attest.

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buffalofurniture zoumster August 30 2014 at 4:54 PM

why thank you albert zoumster

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Adam Jankowski zoumster August 30 2014 at 11:20 PM

Correct me if I am wrong but what I remember from physics is F=M*A now in the case of a normal baseball A would be from its initial travel speed to 0 and back up to the speed it leaves the bat in the opposite direction divided. This would be M/S^2. Keep the angular rotation omega of the bat identical. So since the mass of the ball and the omega of the bat are not changing but the acceleration is then the force applied to the bat would be higher. We also need to take into account where on the bat the ball hits as the moment of the beam would be affected. This is a paper written about BESR but you can see in equation (1) that the initial velocity of the pitch of the ball does affect the exit speed off the bat. The force for this extra propulsion must come from somewhere as the bat is not rotating faster than the initial omega. Enjoy and dont cite physics problems unless your an engineer who took the classes. http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/bats/besr/BESRWhitePaper.pdf

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frptkosak August 30 2014 at 10:12 PM

Finally, it took a machine to top the Mets Sid Finch, who threw 130 MPH back in the sixties.Never made it to the majors because there was no catcher willing to catch him. Old Met fans will remember the sad tale of Sid Finch.

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msanbaker August 30 2014 at 11:23 PM


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mgocean95 August 30 2014 at 11:23 PM

Next, the pitching machine will have Tommy John surgery

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mgocean95 August 30 2014 at 11:24 PM

Is the pitching machine on performance enchancing drugs?

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howie429 August 30 2014 at 11:33 PM

I wish they subtitled it, but a guess a WTF is universal.

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cenvalref August 31 2014 at 3:04 AM

He should just swing the bat and the guy shooting the ball should see if he can hit his bat

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