On Sept. 3, Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer was struck by a ball traveling 115.6 mph. Here’s what that play and others tell us about human perception. 

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Sam MillerESPN.com


ESPN baseball columnist/feature writer
Former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus
Co-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work”

On Sept. 3, Michael Fulmer left a sinker up in the zone, and Daniel Palka lined it back up the middle. The ball hit Fulmer in the shin and was redirected to the first baseman Niko Goodrum. As Fulmer tumbled to the ground, Goodrum picked the ball up and stepped on first base for the out. Fulmer stood up and circled back to the mound. The Tigers’ trainer came out to check on him, and without asking Fulmer to throw a practice pitch, manager Ron Gardenhire replaced him. Fulmer walked to the dugout without a limp.

“He got hit pretty good,” Gardenhire said afterward.

On Sept. 8, 2000, the Yankees’ Ryan Thompson lined a ball back at Red Sox pitcher Bryce Florie. It hit Florie in the face. Florie fell to the ground, then sat up with blood streaming from his nose and mouth and

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