Baseball is a harder sport than tennis.
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The first statement I will make is the fastest baseball ever pitched was 105 mph. The fastest tennis ball hit was 163 mph. Just by looking at these facts you would think that it would be much harder to hit the ball going 163 mph, but you have to take into account what you are using. MLB Rule 1.10(a) says "The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood." The diameter of a baseball is 2.9 inches. That means for you to be able to get a solid hit the baseball has to hit the bat almost exact. Now on the other hand, a tennis ball's diameter is two and a half inches, a little bit smaller. But you have a racquet that can be up to 12" inches wide. That means that you have almost a 5-inch margin from the middle, 2 and a half inches on each side of the middle, to be able to get a solid hit. Now on to the distance. A baseball mound to the back of the plate is 60 feet and 6 inches. Most batters stand about a foot in-front of the back of the plate. That would make the distance somewhere around 59 feet 6 inches. That is being measured by you back foot. In most batters stances there is about 2 to 3 feet between their feet. That means at the place where the ball would be best hit would be the middle of their stance so add another 1 to 1 and a half feet closer. Pitches will also stride towards the play when they pitch. Most pitchers strides are 100% of their body length. The average pitchers" height is 6"3". So take away another 6 feet. That means that the ball is traveling around 52 and half feet. Now that would make the ball traveling 146.666667 Feet Per Second. Distance divided by feet per second give you time. 58.5 ft / 146.66667 ft/s = 0.3579 seconds = time pitched ball to reach batter. That gives you less than a half a second to react to hitting the ball. Tennis players would stand around 78 feet apart. I got this from adding the two base lines. Now when the tennis player hits the ball and it the ball hits the ground it is going to slow down significantly. It"s called friction. After a hit the tennis ball would slow down about 26 mph(http://tt.tenniswarehouse.com...). That would make the 163 mph serve now is 137. Again distance divided by feet per second 78 feet/ 198.000 feet per second = 0.4105. The baseball player will have much less time to react to the pitch and he will still have to hit with a considerable less surface area, which is to remind you 2 " inches. For all of these reasons I uphold the affirmative.
Another detail in tennis is we're you want to hit it. You do not want to hit it where the person is if you can. You want to hit it on the opposite side with a certain type of spin. In baseball you have to time it but there is not spin you have to hit the ball with.
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Vote Placed by imabench 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: all pro had to do to win this debate was provide stats about how baseball hitters only make contact with the ball about 25% of the time while Tennis is much much higher, however the pro did give other mathematical arguments showing that baseball is indeed a much harder sport to play.
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