Posts Tagged ‘mlb’

Does Your Grip on a Baseball Bat Affect the Trajectory of the Ball?

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Baseball Grip StrengthI saw this nifty little video on ESPN today about the effect of your grip on the trajectory of a baseball. Nomar Garciaparra gets wired up with electrodes to conduct this experiment. He used to be a pretty good ball player.

Essentially what happens, is this:

  • Pitcher throws the ball. In this experiment it is a 90 MPH pitch.
  • Bat comes in contact with the ball. Nomar swings the bat 67 MPH.
  • Shockwaves from the contact between bat and ball travel down the bat to the hands.
  • Some shockwaves are reflected and bounce back up the bat towards the ball.
  • The ball leaves bat before shockwaves bounce back.
  • Therefore your grip on a bat doesn’t directly influence the trajectory of the ball when hit.
  • … with a couple possible exceptions.


Manny Ramirez Uses hCG, Has Elevated Testosterone, Gets Suspended for 50 Games

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Manny Ramirez hCG
Manny Ramirez hCG

Manny Ramirez, former Boston Red Sock, current LA Dodger, and president of the D-bag Hall of Fame is at it again. This time the guy gets suspended for 50 games for testing positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a female fertility drug. He was also found to have artificial elevated levels of testosterone in his bloodstream.

What is the significance of hCG?

Specifically, hCG is often used in post cycle therapy (PCT) when cycling off the juice. It basically helps to restore and maintain testosterone production, which is also useful for combating impotence (eg. hCG helps men who can’t ‘get it up’).


Manny Ramirez Ass Just Got Traded to the Dodgers

Thursday, July 31st, 2008
The Fall of Manny Ramirez
The Fall of Manny Ramirez

All hail the baseball gods for they have seen fit to respect my wishes. Mangina Ramirez is now officially an LA Dodger! Unfortunately the Red Sox will have to pay the remaining $7 mil of his bloated contract, but that price is well worth being rid of him once and for all. Let the Pirates deal with his options.

The Red Sox Get Jason Bay

Two-time All-Star slugger Jason Bay is coming to the Red Sox as part of the 3-way deal that will also send 4 minor leaguers to the the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates also get Brandon Moss, which stinks because Moss seems like a decent outfield prospect, and Craig Hansen, who is a crappy bullpen pitcher that mostly plays in losing games or gives up a bunch of earned runs and loses the game anyway.