“Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher.”
It is unlikely that baseball player has a physical science degree, nor have they studied how objects move in space or how quickly objects move over a specific distance. Baseball striking and pitching are all about nature and the thrill of being able to predict how something will move.
A batter has only a fraction of a second to decide whether to let a 95-mile-per-hour fastball pass him by or take a swing at it. Though it may seem impossible, he has already swung at the ball twice within a fraction of a second.
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Would you be able to swing two times at one pitch?
The answer is yes and it occurs when the bat breaks upon contact with the ball. People regularly ponder if it is humanly possible to hit a baseball twice in a single toss without destroying the bat. In a 1940s Bugs Bunny cartoon, Bugs Bunny pitches a “puzzling slow-ball,” striking out each batter in turn as they swing the bat several times during each pitch.
In a genuine game situation, the response is that swinging at a pitch two times is beyond the realm of possibility. It is widely accepted that it takes the eye a good portion of a second to realize that something is moving towards them.
Because of their ability, discipline, and extensive training, baseball players make split-second decisions about where the ball will go and whether or not to swing at it. The time it takes for the ball to reach the plate isn’t exactly a fraction of a second.
Observing the ball rise nearly 400 feet over the right-field fence while clutching only the remaining handle of the bat, Harper was often seen clutching the remaining handle of the bat in his hands. More than 100 feet of the bat ended up in the foul territory, resembling a shot.