What I have said is we have studyís as well as basic math we use everyday in bat design that show the faster the pitch speed the faster the exit speed. Pretty simple math.
This hangs in every bat lab Iíve worked in::::::;
The speeds involved in the collision are:
Vpitch = speed of the pitched ball just before it collides with the bat.
Vbat = speed of the bat just before it collides with the ball. This is the bat
speed at the point of impact.
Vball exit = exit speed of the ball just after it leaves the bat.
My comment was based on all three major groups that have looked at this, none of them will make a blanket statement that just moving back is safer. There is no proof because of many variables. I understand the common sense part - further back should equal safer - but how far? How can you control pitch speed? A ump can call a illegal pitch or two fast - but how do you stop a hitter from swinging. The one thing that has been said by all three groups - if you raise the pitch height to allow longer ball travel that would equal greater reaction time. So if you really are only discussing safety, you should be focusing on 15í pitch height with a minimum of 12í or something like that.
Again: Iím not against a pitchers box or floating rubber: Iím against a narrative that says 100% itís safer and thatís why it should be used.
I told DW after the meeting, Iím all for looking at 53í feet. Iím all for looking at anything we can do to make the game safer, more fun and gives us the ability to attract more players.
And like always your comment on 40í shows you really donít take these things seriously, you just want to stir the pot for your own entertainment.