Ideal Speed Off Bat and Other Miscellany

The longest home run in the 2010 season was hit by Josh Hamilton. It was hit 483 feet long in True Distance. It went like this:

116 mph swing speed
24.2 elevated angle
82.6 horizontal angle
103 feet high at its highest point.

All of this comes care of Hit-Tracker and Greg Rybarczyk, creator of Hit-Tracker.

You’ll notice there are more home runs with higher speed off the bat, but there’s a complication with that.

Here’s Hamilton’s home run scatter plot:

Hamilton, Josh, 2010 home run scatter plot, c/o hittrackeronline.com

Hamilton, Josh, 2010 home run scatter plot, c/o hittrackeronline.com

Here’s Chris Snyder’s:

Snyder, Chris, 2010 home run scatter c/o hittrackeronline.com

Snyder, Chris, 2010 home run scatter c/o hittrackeronline.com

Here’s a bit on how to read Hit-Tracker, if you don’t know already:

  • True Distance is the distance the ball was hit with elevation, wind and temperature taken out of consideration.
  • Elevation (or vertical) angle is the angle the ball rose above the earth.
  • Horizontal angle is the angle the ball was hit between the foul poles (see above, 135 degrees is the left field foul pole, 45 degrees is the right field foul pole).

So here’s the deets on Snyder’s home run where the ball spit out at 121 miles per hour.

True Distance: 457
Speed Off the Bat: 121.0
Elevated angle: 23.6
Horizontal angle: 117.7
Apex: 76

So think of it this way: Snyder’s home run started at 117 degrees horizontal and landed at about 127 degrees.  Likewise, Hamilton’s entered at 82 degrees and landed at 75.  That seems like a pretty decent haul, but it’s amazing how much the distance was affected by the angle, if it truly was.  Snyder’s ball went a LONG way, but the extra 3 degrees it went from right to left and the extra 1 degree lost in elevated angle cost him 28 feet in distance.

 

All right, more on this tomorrow.

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