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Mechanical Bonds


August 6, 2007 02:59 PM PST

We don't normally post about sports here (as I don't think any of us follows them), but this is an interesting technical article: EXCLUSIVE: Barry Bonds' Home Run Record Tainted by Mechanical Device.

I've never seen Bonds at bat, but I was immediately suspicious after reading the article, and grabbed some pictures of him. Wow - that contraption on his arm sure seems like an unfair advantage. It's like one of those training apparatuses used to straighten your golf swing. How does MLB allow him to wear that? More pictures after the jump.

Comments (4)

John, August 6, 2007 10:46 PM:

Well I guess if they let him wear one, everyone should be able to wear one. Let the arms race begin. It won't be long until we have a fully bionic league.

J, August 7, 2007 03:39 PM:

Meh... requires a subscription to view the link. I don't want to overhype this article or claim that it's correct that the elbow brace gives him an unfair advantage. But just like the steroid use, it's just another thing that throws questions into his record. If he was just a normal guy with normal gear with this accomplishment, it would be much more impressive. And regardless if the article is crap, I think it's at least reasonable to think that it gives him a lean-in advantage that others don't have.

GW, August 8, 2007 08:40 AM:

What it does do is allow him to move closer to the plate or "hang over" the plate without worrying about the impact of being hit. The gear will accept the impact. So, for a guy that likes to hit inside pitches this means that the closer he can get to the other side of the plate then the more inside pitches he'll get per at bat. So, yes it does provide an advantage but it's hard to prove.

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