12/31/2007 12:03:00 PM

Going-Going--GONE!!!

Posted by Mark McCray |

Have you ever wondered just how far out of the park one of Alex Rodriguez crushing home runs has traveled and at what speed? Well, now you can find out with a new website named Hit Tracker.

"Hit Tracker is a spreadsheet tool that takes as inputs atmospheric information and observation data, and gives as an output the true distance that the home run traveled, along with the initial speed of the hit off the bat and the precise angles at which the ball left the bat. It does this by creating as a starting point an initial “best-guess” three dimensional trajectory for the home run, and then modifying that trajectory, a little bit at a time, until the trajectory matches the observed data from the actual home run event."
In other words--they do all the work and you find out how far and fast a home run really went. Oh, and it links to video of pretty much all of the big home runs of the year.

Thanks to Bryan Hoch for the link.

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