A Study of the Interaction between Batting Cage Baseballs and Pitching Machine†
AbstractBatting cage pitching machines are widely used across the sports of baseball and softball for training and recreation purposes. The balls are specifically designed for the machines and for the environment to ensure high durability and typically do not have seams. Polymeric foam balls are widely used in these automated pitching machines for batting practice in a cage environment and are similar in weight and size compared with the regulation balls used in leagues. The primary objective of this paper is to characterize the polymeric balls and their interaction with the pitching machine. The paper will present measured ball properties and measured relationships between various pitching machine parameters such as wheel speed, and the ratio of wheel speeds on the ball exit velocity and rotation. This paper will also characterize some of the effects of wear on the baseballs and wheels from their prolonged use.
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Drane, P.; Dhavale, P.; Hansen, C.; Kelley, R.; Burke, J. A Study of the Interaction between Batting Cage Baseballs and Pitching Machine. Proceedings 2018, 2, 203.
Drane P, Dhavale P, Hansen C, Kelley R, Burke J. A Study of the Interaction between Batting Cage Baseballs and Pitching Machine. Proceedings. 2018; 2(6):203.Chicago/Turabian Style
Drane, Patrick; Dhavale, Prachi; Hansen, Christopher; Kelley, Ryan; Burke, Jacob. 2018. "A Study of the Interaction between Batting Cage Baseballs and Pitching Machine." Proceedings 2, no. 6: 203.
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