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DISCLAIMER: I have very bad hitting form. Baseball was never my thing :)

Special thanks to:

The Round Rock Express
Sharp End Baseball (Ben Himes, Aaron Smith, Jamie League)
Genevieve Nauhaus, Ph.D and Michael D. Mauk, Ph.D. for research help

References:
Rob Gray “Intercepting Moving Objects: Fundamental Principles Learned from Baseball” Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics, June 2009 http://rev.sagepub.com/content/5/1/114.abstract

Rob Gray “A Model of Motor Inhibition for a Complex Skill: Baseball Batting” J Exp Psychol Appl. June 2009 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19586249

Sean Müller & Bruce Abernethy, “Expert Anticipatory Skill in Striking Sports, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport” 2012 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2012.10599848

Dr. Daniel Laby, Dr. David Kirschen & Tony Abbatine “A Visual Profile of Major League Hitters”
http://xtremesight.com/documents/A%20Visual%20Profile%20of%20Major%20League%20Hitters.pdf


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