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Running Speed in Professional Baseball

Coleman Eugene EdD CSCS
Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2007
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Research on running speed in professional baseball players indicates that (a) the fastest players do not always participate at the major-league level; (b) there is no significant difference in speed between right- and left-handed batters; (c) significant differences exist among positions; (d) Major League Baseball (MLB) players run to first base at less than 85% of maximum speed; (e) MLB players run “all out” to first base approximately 1 time per game; and (f) maximum speed does not change during the course of the MLB season. Examples of ways to utilize these findings with amateur athletes are presented.

Eugene Coleman is chair, Program in Fitness and Human Performance, University of Houston-Clear Lake and strength and conditioning coach, Houston Astros Baseball Team, Houston, TX.

© 2007 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association