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Stolen Base Physics
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1.For a fun three-minute video on the science behind stolen bases, check out ESPN Sport Science at www.youtube.com/ watch?v=xgz5-XToJIw&feature=related.
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4.G. Wagner, “The 100-meter dash: Theory and experimentPhys. Teach. 36,144146 (March 1998).
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The velocity-time graph for the kinematic model. It is the shape of the curve that describes the kinematic model, so units are omitted.

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The resulting position-time graph from the velocity-time graph of the kinematic model. Units are again omitted. Note the time axis is shifted from Fig. 1 due to the lead-off distance.

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A frame from the video of Crawford's stolen base.

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Fig. 4.

The position vs time for the Crawford stolen base. The red line is a fit based on the kinematic model.

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Fig. 5.

The velocity vs time for the Crawford stolen base. The red line is a fit based on the kinematic model.

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2013-04-08
2014-04-24

Abstract

Few plays in baseball are as consistently close and exciting as the stolen base. While there are several studies of sprinting, the art of base stealing is much more nuanced. This article describes the motion of the base-stealing runner using a very basic kinematic model. The model will be compared to some data from a Major League game. The predictions of the model show consistency with the skills needed for effective base stealing.

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