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Reds Chapman’s 106-mph fastball was likely bogus

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Let’s start with the facts, sparse as they may be. Cincinnati Reds left-hander Aroldis Chapman(notes), the man who many believe hurls a baseball faster than anyone ever has, threw a pitch Monday night. This pitch was a fastball. This fastball zoomed high and inside and could well have decapitated the batter, Andrew McCutchen(notes). The facts end there.

Immediately after this pitch, three nuggets of information started to parade themselves as facts. The scoreboard at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati flashed the pitch’s speed at 106 mph. The box in the upper-right-hand corner of Fox Sports Ohio’s broadcast pegged the fastball at 105 mph. The PITCHf/x system, a scientific marvel in every major league stadium that uses three cameras to pinpoint a pitch’s velocity to the tenth of a mile per hour, said it left Chapman’s hand at 102.4 mph. At most, one is correct. None may be.

There's no doubt Reds' reliever Aroldis Chapman throws hard. Exactly how hard he throws is open to debate.

The hardest-throwing era of Major League Baseball’s existence is upon us, one in which teams have been caught jacking up their pitchers’ velocities and minimizing opponents’. Whereas 100 mph was once the threshold of legend, PITCHf/x last September clocked a Chapman pitch at 105.1 mph, and he commemorated it in the offseason with a tattoo of those four digits on his wrist.

Chapman may need some new ink, depending on what he believes. Unless one of Chapman’s fastballs voyaged through the Matrix, another in the Source Code and the third in reality, it leaves us with a question more appropriate for a philosophy class than a baseball discussion.

How can one pitch travel three different velocities?
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I'm just thankful that the batter didn't get hit in the head!
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If its 103 or 106 does it really matter? Its ****ing fast.


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