Why It's Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball | WIRED

  • Published on Apr 12, 2018
  • More and more pitchers are throwing triple digits. The fastest of them tops out at 105 MPH. WIRED examines why the 110 MPH fastball is almost impossible.
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    Why It's Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball | WIRED
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  • Mike Lliteras
    Mike Lliteras 47 minutes ago

    Wait till Chapman blows his arm out and gets Tommy John surgery, he’ll be throwing 115 when he gets back

  • Mike Lliteras
    Mike Lliteras 49 minutes ago

    It’s not impossible but it’s hard to throw one for a strike or without hitting someone.

  • Tyler
    Tyler 2 days ago

    yeah until people start getting black market bionic surgery to replace their natural elbow ligaments with some new compound

  • R Coyote
    R Coyote 3 days ago

    I can throw a ball at 115 mph, but it slows down to 45 mph when it gets to the plate.... Never figured out what the problem was!

  • Ricardo Chavez
    Ricardo Chavez 3 days ago

    So we just waiting for a freak to be born

  • Zy Estes
    Zy Estes 4 days ago

    Hitting 110 mph is easy in anime.. All you need is abit of flashback, motivation and emotions during your turn to bat.. And you will definitely hit the pitch during 3rd strike

  • Lindsay Tang
    Lindsay Tang 9 days ago

    And someone how when I'm angry I can throw things at 140mph

  • mrgoodluck 33
    mrgoodluck 33 17 days ago

    Someone who is dumb: the answer to all questions is no one is strong enough

  • Sport clips
    Sport clips 18 days ago

    There’s one dude who hits baseball at 250 mph look it up

  • MarquisGod 14
    MarquisGod 14 18 days ago

    Wrong it’s 106

  • Jen Young
    Jen Young 19 days ago

    Aroldis Chapman through it that fast 105

  • Seb Reni
    Seb Reni 20 days ago

    The most unathletic or below average person to use as a demonstration for the public.

  • Marbhoy Valensoy
    Marbhoy Valensoy 22 days ago


  • Werner Smit
    Werner Smit 25 days ago

    Why is cricket players bowl average speed is 100 mph

  • Chad Sheridan
    Chad Sheridan 26 days ago

    You should be making the decision not to swing . Not making the decision too swing .

  • Donnybrook
    Donnybrook 27 days ago +1

    dude throws like a girl. Clearly too much soy

  • Vance Wesley
    Vance Wesley Month ago

    Flexibility matters a lot. If you can flex your wrist 180 degrees it's a big help with speed. I have terrible joints. Best I threw was 75mph

  • Russell Gibson
    Russell Gibson Month ago +2

    I throw 61 and I’m only 11 lol that’s sad you are fully grown and can only throw 53 😂

  • Aiden Chaplin
    Aiden Chaplin Month ago

    didn't nolan ryan throw 111

  • Jerry Adamczyk
    Jerry Adamczyk Month ago

    Thanks for this vertical jump program "Jumοnοz Azb" (G0OGLE it), in only two weeks I could dunk it easily with 2 hands! Which implies this program really works! I am now like a mini Blake Griffin on my team. .

  • Stay Frosty
    Stay Frosty Month ago

    That baseball virtual reality thing was prolly 50 grand 20 years ago... Now adays that thing is kind of a piece of crap

  • Geezle Puss
    Geezle Puss Month ago

    If the limit is the strength of tendons, then out of billions of people on the planet & many being born all the time, somebody will have the genetic material which yields stronger tendons - IMHO.

  • Jack A Boi
    Jack A Boi Month ago

    2:22 pause and look at his leg

  • Mythical Flame
    Mythical Flame Month ago +1

    Cricket players can smash that record easily
    Like a piece of cake

  • Loi Do
    Loi Do Month ago

    This is the reason why i always throw at 110 mph, no more :)))

  • Super Jesus
    Super Jesus Month ago

    Those graphics are embarrassing. HALO had batter realism in 1998.

  • Randy Tpd
    Randy Tpd Month ago

    Your wrong, Nolan Ryan has the fastest at 108 in the 80s not sure what year. Number 2 is Bob Feller in 57 107.3 before steroids

  • Vazquez Videos
    Vazquez Videos Month ago +6

    Ok, where is the comment that says: "So that's why my fastballs only went 109 MPH

  • Jasper
    Jasper Month ago

    @wired why is it impossible to cut an object ball off a short rail into the corner pocket when the cue ball is lined up with the object ball. (billiards/pool)

  • Gus Redfern
    Gus Redfern Month ago

    Oh so this is why my pitches are always 109mph ok I get it now

  • MaxamillianMus
    MaxamillianMus Month ago

    I just turned twelve, and throw 62

  • FBI Agent
    FBI Agent Month ago

    Dude that form in the thumbnail... theres no way u could get over 75mph with that kinda form..

  • ツTrixzy
    ツTrixzy Month ago +1

    I was on there team

  • ツTrixzy
    ツTrixzy Month ago +1

    He was at SFBA

  • _noname273_
    _noname273_ Month ago

    Fastest pitch: 105 mph in 2010
    Wired in 2018: Why it's almost impossible to throw a 110 MPH fastball

  • Mac Watson
    Mac Watson Month ago

    Why do they get this guy who is clearly a terrible athlete to try all these very athletic challenges.

  • Iron Wolf4000
    Iron Wolf4000 2 months ago

    Technically wasn’t Chapman clocked at 106.2 as his fastest fastball

  • Isaac Fleisig
    Isaac Fleisig 2 months ago +1

    Finally someone i find has my last name.

  • Jerry Pacheco
    Jerry Pacheco 2 months ago

    Ok we just need to come up with better Sports.

  • Jon Klinkel
    Jon Klinkel 2 months ago

    Nolan Ryan - 108 MPH ;) He threw very hard for a very long time, even at the end of games..

  • mohammad mirza
    mohammad mirza 2 months ago

    Ask Jeff Thompson that mate

  • Charles Whitlock
    Charles Whitlock 2 months ago

    50,0000! I have an htc vive that cost $500 and a vr baseball game for $10......problem solved

  • Tuck Davenport
    Tuck Davenport 2 months ago

    That form though

  • exiledrabbit
    exiledrabbit 2 months ago

    It's crazy that they threw 100mph back in the 40's

  • Nolan Heath
    Nolan Heath 2 months ago

    Just throw it off a plane straight down and get at least 200MPH

  • If you don't like it I don't care

    I can, but I won’t

  • BloonzRebornXD
    BloonzRebornXD 2 months ago

    *Arlodis Chapman threw around 345 triple digit basketballs*
    Ok subtitles

  • Jinik
    Jinik 2 months ago

    53 bruh im 14 and throw 62

  • Alex Hurtado
    Alex Hurtado 2 months ago

    Ooo the deadly fastball. I say deadly because because r.i.p the 🐦 that Randy Johnson blew up with a fastball

  • henryboy credo
    henryboy credo 2 months ago

    Di he just sa ju pines Tim stamp 9:46

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    He doesent ball you can tell

  • Matthew Anthony
    Matthew Anthony 2 months ago

    Go the other direction. How slow can a pitcher throw a ball and have It still be called a strike?

  • papstblue
    papstblue 2 months ago

    I am a fetus and i can throw 210 MPH.

  • michael kelley
    michael kelley 2 months ago

    “Probably not” doesn’t really answer the question does it?

  • John Gotte
    John Gotte 2 months ago

    maybe vampires intervening?? that do call it the vampires favorite sport for some reason

  • Martin Mwangi
    Martin Mwangi 2 months ago

    I believe am one the best thrower out there ...

  • depressedsupressed
    depressedsupressed 3 months ago

    Okay Indian Hugh Jackman

  • The
    The 3 months ago

    106 mph*

  • Aj All Day
    Aj All Day 3 months ago +1

    Now y’all know your mom can a throw a flip flop at you at least 500 mph

  • Danny Chaney
    Danny Chaney 3 months ago

    You can tell you’re a mathlete not an athlete just by the way you throw lol nothing wrong with it just saying....