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What does Gary Sanchez Feel When Catching?

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AaronSwims

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Yankees catcher,  Gary Sanchez, takes some abuse at his position. Not only from public criticism of his struggles blocking pass balls, but also the constant force of catching baseballs for 9 innings of play. In this blog I will examine the force that Sanchez has felt while catching Chapman.

First, Aroldis Chapman can throw 105 mph (47 m/s) fastballs at Sanchez.

p=mv

p= (.145 kg)(47m/s)

p= 6.8 kg*m/s

Say the time it takes for Sanchez to stop the ball is .1s

F= p/t

F = (6.8kg*m/s)/(.1s)

F= 6.8 N 

 

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Wow, that's really cool! Gary Sanchez is one of my favorite Yankees, but he does need some work behind the plate for next season.

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Now I understand why catchers gloves are typically so much thicker. That's got to hurt after a while.

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