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Time Traveling Pitches

Sunday, May 5, 2013 10:25 AM

With it being a nerdy holiday yesterday (Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you), I wanted to do a really nerdy article. The Star Wars Universe has warp speed, which allows characters to travel at speeds close to the speed of light, causing them to travel immense distances in a shorter amount of time.

Einstein discovered that the faster one travels, time slows down. This means that if a set of twins are on earth, and one leaves traveling at warp speed, returning seven years later, he ages seven years, but the twin who stayed on earth aged many more years. Essentially, the traveler traveled to the future, since he aged a “normal” rate, when earth aged at a faster rate.

What I originally wanted to do for this article was see how far into the future the fastest MLB pitches recorded went. However, since the fastest pitch recorded doesn’t even come close to the speed of light (which is the required amount of speed to allow significant results in calculations), I figured I’d just give you this cool info of the time dilation for fast MLB pitches. SCIENCE!

By the way, the formula to calculate time travel is:

Justin Verlander – Fastest pitch 102mph
Time to home plate – 0.40441 sec

Mark Wohlers – Fastest pitch 103mph
Time to home plate – 0.40049 sec

Joel Zumaya – Fastest pitch 104.8mph
Time to home plate – 0.39361 sec

Aroldis Chapman – Fastest pitch 106mph
Time to home plate – 0.38915 sec

Aroldis Chapman’s arm is a better time machine for baseball’s than Justin Verlander’s. Chapman’s pitches see more of the future. They also miss a lot of bats.

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