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## Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math212

An anonymous reader writes "The fastest route around the bases, mathematicians show, is one that perhaps no major-league ball player has ever run: It swings out a full 18.5 feet from the baseline, nearly forming a full circle. 'I would definitely experiment with it,' says former American Major League Baseball outfielder Doug Glanville, who last played with the Philadelphia Phillies. 'There's no question in my mind that runners could be more efficient.'"
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## Rounding the Bases Faster, With Math

• #### 1st page of the proof: (Score:5, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 23, 2010 @11:33PM (#34001284)

1st page of the proof:
Consider a spherical runner in a frictionless vacuum.

• #### Re:only if you know you're in-route to a home-run. (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday October 23, 2010 @11:37PM (#34001306)

Of course if you're only trying to get to first, a straight line might be advised.

Huh? You're trying to get to who?

• #### I'm sorry guys but... (Score:1, Funny)

<pizzach&gmail,com> on Saturday October 23, 2010 @11:47PM (#34001350) Homepage
Does this not seem like a round-about answer to anyone else? *hides under a desk*
• #### Re:Maybe for a home run... (Score:3, Funny)

on Saturday October 23, 2010 @11:47PM (#34001352)

On the other hand, if it works, maybe high school jocks with start to find it counterproductive to bully the math geeks.

• #### Re:only if you know you're in-route to a home-run. (Score:5, Funny)

on Saturday October 23, 2010 @11:51PM (#34001376) Homepage

naturally!

• #### Guess I'm confused (Score:4, Funny)

on Saturday October 23, 2010 @11:58PM (#34001412)
I thought a 'home run' was something else entirely. Involving a girl. A naked girl. I didn't know running in a circle was part of the process. Or running at all, for that matter.
• #### Re:Baseball is still a shitty sport. (Score:3, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24, 2010 @12:04AM (#34001432)

All I'm hearing out of you is "watching tall lanky guys", "bouncing balls", "putting it in a guy's hole", "playing with a guy's stick", and "left hand tugging a guy". It makes me think that you might be a user of Apple products.

• #### Re:1st page of the proof: (Score:5, Funny)

on Sunday October 24, 2010 @12:23AM (#34001500) Journal

Consider a spherical runner...

Baseball players are approaching that these days.

• #### Re:Maybe for a home run... (Score:1, Funny)

by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 24, 2010 @12:42AM (#34001584)

They didn't account for all the variables. Kicking each basemen in the nuts buys you more time. Also swinging slightly wide and hitting the Catcher in the face mask can buy you the seconds need for an in field home run while they revive him. If that fails just aiming your cleats for his knee cap can have the same affect. Variables are critical to any equation. I mean what if your base hit beans the pitcher on the head and his lifeless body falls on the ball? That can easily turn a base hit into a home run if the pitcher is over 250 lbs.

• #### Re:Maybe for a home run... (Score:2, Funny)

on Sunday October 24, 2010 @12:52AM (#34001616) Homepage

when they know they've hit doubles

Right. The players will hit the ball, then watch carefully and verify its path, do some quick back-of-the-envelope calculus to verify the fielders' maximum speeds, apply their doctorate-level psychology knowledge to anticipate the fielders' actions, then once they know it's a double, they'll start running a longer path that's faster if their bodies work according to various assumptions.

Or, they'll just run, and figure out what's best as they go.

It's baseball. It's not rocket science.

• #### Re:Maybe for a home run... (Score:5, Funny)

on Sunday October 24, 2010 @01:16AM (#34001724)

Well, if the math geeks can find a significant increase in efficiency, and they don't tell the jocks, then guess who gets the ladies?

(The jocks. But it was worth a try.)

• #### Re:only if you know you're in-route to a home-run. (Score:5, Funny)

on Sunday October 24, 2010 @02:32AM (#34001964)

No, Who is on first, What is on second. I Don't Know is on third. FFS what do they TEACH you kids these days?

Now get off my lawn!

• #### Re:Hitting the brakes slows you down. (Score:5, Funny)

on Sunday October 24, 2010 @02:34AM (#34001970)
It is thus obvious that this rule should be repealed, and, furthermore, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" should be replaced in all occurrences with "Yakety Sax".
• #### Re:I'm sorry guys but... (Score:2, Funny)

on Sunday October 24, 2010 @03:14AM (#34002100)
Surely an example of circular reasoning...

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