The Science of Baseball

Batting, Bats, Bat-Ball Collisions, and the Flight of the Ball

Authors: Bahill, A.Terry

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  • Maximizes reader understanding of batting based on human physiology, eye-hand cross-dominance, and bat-ball interactions
  • Elucidates the accuracy and margins of simulations, including MLB homerun distances
  • Illustrates design of an optimal baseball or softball bat
  • Explains models for bat-ball collisions using only fundamental mechanical principles from high school science
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About this book

This augmented, new edition adds discussion of the bat’s vertical sweetness gradient, eye-hand cross-dominance, models for the swing of a bat, and accuracy of simulations. The book retains its description of dynamic collisions between baseballs, softballs, and bats, and the intricate modeling of these interactions, using only basic math and physical principles. Veteran baseball science author Terry Bahill explains models for the speed and spin of balls and bats and calculations for bat-ball collisions at a level accessible to most students of the science of baseball. Demystifying the most important factors for understanding bat performance—bat weight, moment of inertia, the coefficient of restitution, and characteristics of humans swinging the bats—Dr. Bahill also explains physical aspects of the optimal bat and the sweet spot.

Praise for the First Edition

 “Dr. Bahill’s book is the perfect tool for teaching how to solve some of baseball’s basic science problems. Using only simple Newtonian principles and the conservation laws, Dr. Bahill explains how to model bat-ball collisions. Also, he derives equations governing the flight of the ball, and proceeds to show what factors affect air density and how this density affects the ball’s flight. And as a unique addition to his fine book, he provides advice for selecting the optimal bat—a surprising bonus!”

Dave Baldwin, PhD

Major League pitcher, 1966-1973, lifetime Major League ERA, 3.08

 “If I were the General Manger of a baseball team, I would tell my people to write a ten-page paper describing what this book contains that could improve our performance. I think the book provides the foundation for change.”

Bruce Gissing

Executive VP-Operations (retired)
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

“[I] had a chance to read your research, and I fully agree with your findings.”

Baseball Legend Ted Williams, in a 1984 letter to the author

About the authors

Terry Bahill is an Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of eight engineering books and over two hundred and fifty papers, over one hundred of them in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Bahill has worked with dozens of high-tech companies presenting seminars on Systems Engineering, working on system development teams and helping them to describe their Systems Engineering processes. He holds a U.S. patent for the Bat Chooser™, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight™ for individual baseball and softball batters. He was elected to the Omega Alpha Association, the systems engineering honor society. He received the Sandia National Laboratories Gold President's Quality Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon Missile Systems, of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the INCOSE Fellows Committee. His picture is in the Baseball Hall of Fame's exhibition "Baseball as America." 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Types of Bat–Ball Collisions

    Bahill, A. Terry

    Pages 1-11

  • Configurations of Bat–Ball Collisions

    Bahill, A. Terry

    Pages 13-22

  • Equations for Bat–Ball Collisions

    Bahill, A. Terry

    Pages 23-47

  • The BaConLaws Model for Bat–Ball Collisions

    Bahill, A. Terry

    Pages 49-108

  • Alternative Models

    Bahill, A. Terry

    Pages 109-149

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03032-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $49.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03031-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Science of Baseball
Book Subtitle
Batting, Bats, Bat-Ball Collisions, and the Flight of the Ball
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03032-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03032-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03031-5
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXXIX, 309
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations, 113 illustrations in colour
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