Baseball’s Home Plate Is Impossible Mathematically

Home base is defined by a geometric construction. Take a square whose side is 17″ and then remove two corners. The adjacent sides are 8.5″, and the two remaining sides are 12″ and meet at a right angle. The only problem: this is an impossible* shape mathematically! How can we fix baseball? In the video I solve for the correct measurements of the two remaining sides.

*impossible in the standard Euclidian plane. I mean who would play baseball in any other kind of geometry any way? 😉

My blog post for this video
https://wp.me/p6aMk-5lt

Rule 2.02 in 2017 MLB handbook
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2016/official_baseball_rules.pdf

Now I know
http://nowiknow.com/why-every-baseball-game-breaks-the-rules/

Via NY Post
http://nypost.com/2016/10/05/americas-pastime-is-based-on-impossible-math/

MathWorld
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/HomePlate.html

Math on the McKenzie
http://mathonthemckenzie.blogspot.com/2013/05/pythagorean-geometry-confounds-home.html

The Mathematical Tourist
http://mathtourist.blogspot.com/2010/06/pythagoras-at-plate.html

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