Baseball: Keeping your head in the game

Successful hitters adjust their head movements to track incoming pitches

By Stephen Ornes, 14:11 PM January 17, 2014

Every baseball player, from T-ball tots to major leaguers, has heard the same advice: Keep your eye on the ball. For big league batters, that’s no easy task. Pitches scorch in at 145 kilometers (90 miles) per hour. That means they reach the plate less than half a second after leaving a pitcher’s hand. For a bat to connect with the ball, players have to be fast and strong. And, it now turns out, they also have to use their heads.

 

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