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The Science of a Home Run | Andy Andres

The MLB’s Home Run Derby is a thrilling display of batting prowess, but Andy Andres, an award-winning biologist and baseball analyst, says that in reality, only 1 in 70 swings results in a home run. Hitting a homer calls for an instant when power, skill, physics and biomechanics work together perfectly. Andres leads the MIT Science of Baseball Program every summer, which helps students learn advanced physics, mathematics and biology by playing off of their intrinsic interest in baseball. Slide into this thrilling TEDxBeaconStreet talk, as Andres outlines how this unique program takes a swing at building students’ baseball skills and hits their future academic success out of the park.

Andy Andres is an award-winning biologist and baseball analyst from Boston University who also teaches Sabermetrics at Tufts University and has led the MIT Science of Baseball Program during the summer for the past five years.