Why It's Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball | WIRED


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  • Daniel Hooper
    Daniel Hooper Day ago

    Forrest Whitley did it he's an Astros starting pitcher prospect

  • BAli Baba BABA
    BAli Baba BABA 2 days ago

    Just contact shoaib akhtar,bret lee to bowl fast..... actually very fast

  • Sukhbir Sekhon
    Sukhbir Sekhon 4 days ago

    Is it that much harder to hit a fast ball than it is to catch a fast ball?

    • Sukhbir Sekhon
      Sukhbir Sekhon 3 days ago

      +INTL Celestial
      That presumes that the pitcher can throw the pitch at the speed and direction he wants to everytime. I'm just trying to give the catcher a bit more credit than they normally get. But the fact that the umpire wears padding and face mask suggests that they do not trust the catcher 100%.

    • INTL Celestial
      INTL Celestial 3 days ago

      Sukhbir Sekhon yes cause the catcher knows what you’re throw is if you practice it

  • G - idle x TWICE
    G - idle x TWICE 5 days ago

    My mom is faster than chapman

  • Johnny .Bravo
    Johnny .Bravo 6 days ago

    This just isn't true because were talking about in the future and as we continue to evolve we won't be who we are today. Back in the fifties they said no one will ever throw 100. They'll be a day in the future when a pitcher will throw 120 mph and that again one day will also be broken through evolution.

  • Pete Patraglia
    Pete Patraglia 7 days ago

    Roldy Chapnuts throws the bean 138mph’s

  • TechNick
    TechNick 8 days ago

    Impossible? Nah son wait til I get my bionic arm. Ill be able to throw a fastball at 111mph and simultaneously give the middle finger.

  • martino amello
    martino amello 8 days ago

    Amazing thing happens when you're trying to hit a really fast fastball. The ball appears much bigger than it really is. It's a trick your brain plays on your eyes. I always got scared by a 80-90+ pitch even when it wasn't coming at me. When it did come at me I couldn't duck out of the way fast enough.

  • MsUncleKevin
    MsUncleKevin 8 days ago +1

    My fastest fastball was over 240 mph but i havent yet notifyed guinness..

  • satyakrishna
    satyakrishna 8 days ago

    Please make a video about the mechanics of bowling in cricket, and if there is any human limit to bowling the fastest ball.

  • Im A Fanboy
    Im A Fanboy 9 days ago

    53 mph is my masturbation rate

  • metalheadmnw
    metalheadmnw 9 days ago

    Yo check out Michael Kopech of the white Sox. Hes hit 110 in workouts. Never in a game. But he's done it.

    ITILII 10 days ago

    The greatest pitchers of all time, AL-Walter Johnson and NL-Christy Mathewson threw as hard as these VASTLY overpaid, over pampered pitchers who donn't know what a complete game is; Johnson and Mathewson threw OVER 30 complete games in a season 7 times, Mathewson over 300 innings in 11 seasons, Johnson in 9......the all time greats played YEARS ago, no one will ever be anywhere near the equal of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson......and they didn't pull a hamstring running to first or have rotator cuff and Tommy John surgeries.......baseball now is a BUSINESS, not a sport

  • Dizy Tizy
    Dizy Tizy 10 days ago

    This is the perception in cricket. You have bowlers maxing the pace out of the ball. The truth is that batsmen today are selected because they play the fast ball so well. In fact they play a ball at pace better than any other ball. Yet the bowlers keep bring more and more speed thinking they are some how going to get through. The reality is that the batsmen end up scoring off every fast ball and win. I wonder if this is the same stupidity which happens in base ball. Its not the speed, its the variation of speed.

  • John Rambo
    John Rambo 10 days ago

    Nolan Ryan is said to have been able to throw 111mph

  • Robin
    Robin 10 days ago

    Sorry man. What are you going to show me when you can't even throw.

  • Boy Zao
    Boy Zao 10 days ago

    what's that someone just threw a 110mph fastball

  • Nicholas Macdonald
    Nicholas Macdonald 10 days ago

    Those graphics look hilariously out of date.

  • G Marru4
    G Marru4 11 days ago

    I once threw a wiffle ball at 105mph

  • Fehler37
    Fehler37 13 days ago

    50k and they couldn't program a better graphic? pathetic...

  • jonathan yang
    jonathan yang 14 days ago

    Lol my 11 pitcher on my team throws 61

  • T1Oracle
    T1Oracle 16 days ago

    Could the batters be making that decision based on the movement of the pitcher, instead of the actual flight of the ball?

  • Steve McMillan
    Steve McMillan 16 days ago

    I think a 900 series in bowling is harder

  • Mr Logical
    Mr Logical 17 days ago

    Bro you throw like I imagine *PARIS HILTON OR THE OLSEN TWINS would throw.*

  • Kennyaa 6000
    Kennyaa 6000 18 days ago +1

    I be throwing 50 or 30 mph

  • uselessjoe
    uselessjoe 20 days ago

    there's no explanation why Nolan Ryan played a billion years and had millions of strikeouts... except that he stayed in shape year round...even during a game he would go in the locker room and pedal on the stationary bike..

  • Teresa hikes
    Teresa hikes 21 day ago +1

    you gonna tear up your arm doing that

    • Michael Graham
      Michael Graham 19 days ago

      Exactly. Look at Greg Maddox. Not an overpowering fastball. He's won more games than any modern day picture. Striking out hitters takes at least 3 pitches. This rarely happens. Isn't a 1 pitch groundball out better than a strikeout? The less pitches you throw the better in my opinion.

  • Kristoff Adriano
    Kristoff Adriano 21 day ago


    *_Throw it in a tornado_*

  • Maka Subritzky
    Maka Subritzky 21 day ago

    Teenage girl can throw 110mph somewhere in your country guys

  • Ankit Singh
    Ankit Singh 22 days ago

    One word, cricket!!

  • Joey Estridge
    Joey Estridge 22 days ago

    Didnt explain why its impossible.....

  • Aaron Walton
    Aaron Walton 23 days ago

    i know mark jupina lol

  • William H
    William H 23 days ago

    Didn’t Kopech throw 112 mph off of a crow hop

  • Cristian Jaramillo
    Cristian Jaramillo 23 days ago

    Fastest pitch was 106

  • eskimolord
    eskimolord 23 days ago

    why does glenn lowkey look like nick cage

  • Anthony
    Anthony 24 days ago

    I mean it is the MLB and steroids are legal, the upper limit is going to be a slight bit higher than for normal humans.

  • Colin Bird
    Colin Bird 25 days ago

    Good thing he throws softball speeds

  • Kzee
    Kzee 26 days ago


  • Miss Fox
    Miss Fox 26 days ago

    What if we give them a foam bat in the pitching simulator

  • TrVp Tino
    TrVp Tino 27 days ago


  • kaosbrot
    kaosbrot 28 days ago

    0:52 you can always draw a line through two datapoints. ez data analysis.

  • Sunny Gogna
    Sunny Gogna 29 days ago

    Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Shoaib Akhtar literally bowled the 100mph ball and its nerve-racking.

  • Terpene Torpedo
    Terpene Torpedo Month ago

    Ted Williams is absolutely correct

  • Pegleg Noid
    Pegleg Noid Month ago

    Fencing is faster.

  • WeirdWorld
    WeirdWorld Month ago +1

    Can someone check my music, thank you

  • DinnerBells
    DinnerBells Month ago

    Hasn't it been confirmed Ryan threw a 108.something??

  • Shasanka Sekhar Dasgupta

    Cricket is much bigger in whole world than baseball

  • helicopter weewee
    helicopter weewee Month ago

    Black guys throw faster, run faster, etc...Chapman is Latino-black.

  • Kerron
    Kerron Month ago

    Jeans.. Where did you get them?

  • Mxat1hew M&M
    Mxat1hew M&M Month ago

    U r a trash player

  • 日西ディエゴ
    日西ディエゴ Month ago

    please translate to international system of distance

    • James Hedlock
      James Hedlock Month ago

      日西ディエゴ no. The United States owns the world.

  • phyto12
    phyto12 Month ago

    If pitchers in general could throw faster, the mound would be further away

  • Morgan Ruiz
    Morgan Ruiz Month ago +2

    my brother threw 55 mph in 8th grade, this guy is a pansy.

  • squeezer24
    squeezer24 Month ago

    Could they find a less athletic person?

  • Jim Steele
    Jim Steele Month ago

    Chuck Norris can hit his own 118mph fastball.

  • YooTooobJeff
    YooTooobJeff Month ago +1

    Beta throws 53mph... wow, do you feed and dress yourself?

  • Humayra Malida
    Humayra Malida Month ago +5

    almost impossible means possible right

  • Uncharted Unspoken
    Uncharted Unspoken Month ago

    You baseball fans don't know the terror of Brett Lee. A fast pitch is nothing compared to fast bouncer of cricket ball... 😂 😂

  • quiflington
    quiflington Month ago

    I was clocked throwing a fastball at 113 MPH.

  • Tesityr
    Tesityr Month ago

    If I may explain, why 'it seems impossible' that the BATTERS are able to hit the balls travelling at such a high speed...

    It is because the brain is very, very good at estimating motion (as long as you have both eyes functional). There is in fact, a moment where the ball cannot possibly be 'looked at' (the "keep your eye on the ball" joke) - it actually 'disappears' to the human eye.

    This is because the human eye can only respond at about 200ms, the amount of time it takes to initiate a movement to track an object (known as a “saccade”). So, at the sharp incoming angle, the eye MUST lose sight of the ball for a short period of time.

    This is when the batter’s brain makes the calculation on where the ball is going to be and when. It is truly a wondrous thing that our brains and eyes can do this, as it is literally estimating where something will be - that it can no longer even ‘see’ - and when to move the arms/bat/etc, to connect with the ball, and how to do it all.

    This is likely why there are so little ‘really good’ batters in the world.
    [I am not one lol - although if I may boast for a moment, I can throw at over 83 mph (133 km/h) - well, when I was younger, heh]


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  • Giraffe Guy
    Giraffe Guy Month ago

    You don’t need slow motion analysis to show that guy doesn’t pitch right

  • Chase Mussetter
    Chase Mussetter Month ago +2

    Lol the fastest I’ve ever thrown was 64 miles per hour

  • T Bae
    T Bae Month ago

    yea of course it's going to be impossible for a guy with that attitude. This guy literally said at the beginning people were getting faster, and people shouldn't be able to hit it, but it seems to be getting easier for baseball players so.... this dude is just trying to discourage everyone!!!

  • Brett Fields
    Brett Fields Month ago

    3:51 WHAT 53 MPH HOW I throw like 51 at 11 that's crazy

  • Sinigang na Manok
    Sinigang na Manok Month ago

    i remember "major" (anime)

  • Smiley
    Smiley Month ago

    I call this move the “ ball breaker”

  • Smiley
    Smiley Month ago

    I wonder what it feels like to get hit in the nuts with that

  • Chad K
    Chad K Month ago

    forget about the curveball ricky... give em the heater!!

  • Joshua Luellen
    Joshua Luellen Month ago

    He was short arming the ball. And also I am 11 and I could throw high 50s

  • brad armstrong sr
    brad armstrong sr Month ago

    I am a ten year old and I can throw 62mph

  • Voltenic
    Voltenic Month ago

    Make a giant stadium and create a vacuum then throw the ball

  • Alvinson Panaligan
    Alvinson Panaligan Month ago


  • Tom Smith
    Tom Smith Month ago

    Dude throws like a girl, lol.

  • absoftitanium
    absoftitanium Month ago

    I think MLB should train chimps how to throw a baseball. Their muscles and ligaments are much stronger than humans'.

  • Danbob Stickpants
    Danbob Stickpants Month ago

    Trump throws 110 foreigners/hour

  • Mr. E's Mysteries
    Mr. E's Mysteries Month ago

    I watched the game when Aroldis Chapman threw that 105mph fastball. The announcers were gushing about it, but failed to mention that it was a foot outside and two feet high. His catcher had to jump up awkwardly to get it. I'd like to know how many of those 1,000+ fastballs at 100+mph in 2017 were strikes and how many of them were balls.

  • Khashon Haselrig
    Khashon Haselrig Month ago

    Is this another garbage video that doesn't answer the question?

  • Pacific Northwest Nomad Give aways soon!!!

    Nolan Ryan would pitch 107-108

  • DankWolfie
    DankWolfie Month ago

    Eat McDonalds to throw 120 mph fastball

    You’ll love it

  • chris smith
    chris smith Month ago

    Well it wasn't all that long ago that throwing a 100 MPH fastball was "almost" impossible, so let's revisit this topic in another generation or so. When I was a kid there were only a few dudes that had EVER hit 100 on the gun. Now there's a guy on every team that can do it, basically.

  • Timmy Savge
    Timmy Savge Month ago +2

    The best pitch to throw is not a fastball it is a strike

  • chris p
    chris p Month ago

    It’s simple physics. Since kinetic energy = 1/2 X mass X velocity(squared), a 110mph isn’t about 5% more energetic than a 105mph, it’s about 10% more energy.
    A 110mph pitch has about 50% more energy than a 90mph pitch.
    Kinda like wondering why someone who can bench press 400lbs can’t hit 550 or 600.

  • Ed Kelly
    Ed Kelly Month ago

    Obviously, you've never heard of Steve Dalkowski, a pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system in the early 60s. So fast (and wild) that opposing teams would pull their team off the field for their safety! At a time when speed was measured by throwing the ball between two gauges at a distance of 60 feet (the same instrument that Bob Feller was measured at 98.6 on, TERMINAL VELCOITY, 60 feet away, not out of the hand) at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Dalkowski splintered the device before his fastball could be accurately measured, which Earl Weaver (his manager at the time) estimated at approaching 120 mph. How wild? Dalkowski's Minor league record shows an average of about 2 Ks per inning, but 2 walks per inning as well, and he once lost a no-hitter 9-8 (walks, balks, and wild pitches).

  • Lais F. Fernandes
    Lais F. Fernandes Month ago

    The hardest achievement in sports would be not to be knocked out by Mike Tyson or any other of these guys

  • Lais F. Fernandes
    Lais F. Fernandes Month ago

    You suck 😀

  • You're Right
    You're Right Month ago

    I threw a fastball once that went 206 mph. That virtual reality training device is cool.

  • Alex Holmes
    Alex Holmes Month ago

    1:27 “bassball” ??

  • Jesse Reyes
    Jesse Reyes Month ago

    Lol the guy throws like a girl

  • Noodles LM
    Noodles LM Month ago

    You're only throwing 50 cause you aren't extending your arm back. You're throwing like a catcher. Still, not bad form.

  • Johnny .Bravo
    Johnny .Bravo Month ago

    I heard this 20 years ago about throwing 105 mph. oops...

  • Eric Taylor
    Eric Taylor Month ago

    I saw Dave Dravecky's arm break. The guy had cancer and they tried to save his arm. He came back after having the cancer treated but in his first game he threw what looked like a wild pitch, then you see his arm flopping around.
    He ended up losing that arm.

  • BreezyQB9 tricks
    BreezyQB9 tricks Month ago

    Thats why im here I throw 78 at 14

  • Undertaker kane
    Undertaker kane Month ago

    stupid game compared to Cricket ! Fast Bowling in Cricket is scintillating !

  • YouTube SanShaker
    YouTube SanShaker Month ago

    Nothings impossible if you put god and your mind in it

  • Cast Inlead
    Cast Inlead Month ago

    Dude mispronounced Chapmans first name and Chapman threw a 106 fastball best.

  • vitriol or debate
    vitriol or debate Month ago

    Floor routine is harder.

  • J
    J Month ago

    Roids *cough cough

  • Noah Hassler
    Noah Hassler Month ago


  • End me Plz
    End me Plz Month ago

    Just get stronger to throw faster lol