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Postby Yikes » Sat Apr 17, 2004 10:26 pm

I've been reading some snipets here and there, hope you guys can help fill me in on these knowledge gap:

1) Generally, do pitchers prefer warmer or cooler temperature to pitch in? I heard cold temperature make the ball tougher to grip for hurlers

2) Do balls travel farther in hotter climates? (e.g. hot air rises and carries the ball further)
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I have a feeling Hootie has some answers to this in one of his spread sheets
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Apr 17, 2004 11:58 pm

Not really sure about #1. Concerning #2, yes hotter air is less dense (ignoring air pressure and humidity variables) and the ball travels further because there's less aerodynamic drag.
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Postby Yikes » Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:07 am

Amazinz wrote:Not really sure about #1. Concerning #2, yes hotter air is less dense (ignoring air pressure and humidity variables) and the ball travels further because there's less aerodynamic drag.


but then concerning #2:
how do we explain the lighter/coor air where the Rockies play and how smaller air resistence allows the ball to travel farther?
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Postby Liberty30 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:10 am

excellent questions.

I am very curious myself.

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Postby Amazinz » Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:14 am

Air temperature at Coors field has the same effect on a baseball as anywhere. Above I said ignoring air pressure and humidity variables which can play a big part in air density. That's the case at Coors. Coors is about a mile above sea level which means (had to look this up :-b) 15% less air density than at sea level. The low air pressure results in less drag.
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Postby slomo007 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:16 am

I'm no physicist, but the higher the elevation, the less gravity drag that exists. The further away you are from the core of the earth, gravity's effect is least. That's why there is no gravity in space, and why Colorado is known for it's long distances in sports.
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Postby Pedantic » Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:22 am

slomo007 wrote:I'm no physicist, but the higher the elevation, the less gravity drag that exists. The further away you are from the core of the earth, gravity's effect is least. That's why there is no gravity in space, and why Colorado is known for it's long distances in sports.


Lol. The force of gravity at one mile above sea level would be ((Radius of the Earth [in miles])^2/(Radius of the Earth [in miles] + 1 mile)^2)*(Gravitational force at sea level). Obviously, negligible effect.
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Postby Andy1234 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:30 am

Pedantic wrote:
slomo007 wrote:I'm no physicist, but the higher the elevation, the less gravity drag that exists. The further away you are from the core of the earth, gravity's effect is least. That's why there is no gravity in space, and why Colorado is known for it's long distances in sports.


Lol. The force of gravity at one mile above sea level would be ((Radius of the Earth [in miles])^2/(Radius of the Earth [in miles] + 1 mile)^2)*(Gravitational force at sea level). Obviously, negligible effect.
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Postby slomo007 » Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:31 am

Yep, one instance where common sense doesn't pay off.
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Postby Green Monstah » Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:31 am

I thought balls went farther in Coors because the air is less dense at higher elevations. Less air = less air resistance = balls travel farther in flight.
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