A nice infographic on how fast a 95-MPH fastball is and how long a hitter has to react

Answer: Not very long.

434.2 milliseconds

434.2 milliseconds. That’s about how long it takes a 95 MPH fastball to reach home plate.

It’s only about 34 milliseconds more than what it takes some people blink. Only 134 more milliseconds than it takes the slowest of us to act on reflex based on visual stimuli. Only slightly less time than it takes for a satellite communications system to receive and transmit information.

In the time it took you to read this blog post up to this line, about 13 seconds had past if you are an average silent reader. In that time, you could have had 28 fastballs go past you with another one about a third of the way towards you.

That sound you hear is your mind getting blown. Or maybe it’s of a fastball hitting the catcher’s glove.