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Friday, May 15, 2009
The Secret of the Curve BallCurveballs: they're not just for junkballers anymore:
The three best visual illusions in the world were chosen at a gathering last weekend of neuroscientists and psychologists at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Florida. The winning entry, from a Bucknell University professor, may help explain why curve balls in baseball are so tricky to hit.
Click through for the animation, which is pretty spiffy.
After watching it, though, I can't help but wonder: if the key to slowing down the perceived break of a curveball is to view it head-on instead of with peripheral vision, why didn't Tony Batista hit better than he did?
(Thanks to The Diabolical Sara K for the link)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 8:55am
hah! Tony Batista swung at everything. Recognition is half the battle. Still gotta lay off.
Oh why did the Orioles sign that guy?
Posted 05/15 at 10:33 AM
The Ol Goaler said...
So that’s why I couldn’t “see” the curve as a hitter, but I could as an umpire… Hmmmm!
Posted 05/15 at 11:18 AM
Actually, if you looked at Tony Batista straight-on, he turned into Kelly Gruber.
Posted 05/15 at 12:57 PM
Aaron Moreno said...
Well, the optical illusion just piles on to the fact that curve balls actually curve. It’s a genuine wonder how anyone can hit baseballs at all, let alone do it at a high level.
Posted 05/15 at 01:08 PM