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Does the Base Stealer Take the Base from the Catcher or the Pitcher? *

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Use a stopwatch to time the pitcher's motion from the start of the windup to the release of the ball. Do this for as many pitchers as you can. Be sure to take several measurements for each pitcher in order to get consistent results. Is there a correlation between windup time and steals against? Useful data: good hard throw: 120 feet per second; fast runner: 30 feet per second; 90 feet between bases. Can you think of ways to control for the ability of the catcher to make a fast, accurate throw? (Barr, 1990, 58-59.)

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Bibliography

Barr, G., 1990. Sports Science for Young People. New York, NY: Dover Publications.

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