MLB.com's Advanced Media division took a look at Joe Panik's remarkable double play in Game 7 of the World Series in a segment called Statcast.
With the game tied 2-2 in the third inning, and Lorenzo Cain perched at first base, a red-hot Eric Hosmer came up to bat for the Royals.
Hosmer put the barrel on it, driving a Jeremy Affeldt pitch up the middle toward the gap at an exit velocity of 106.1 MPH upon contact.
With incredible effort and guile, Panik laid out for it, getting a jump on a ball that appeared as if it were heading toward the outfield.
According to Statcast, Panik's reaction time was recorded at negative-0.03 seconds, exhibiting unrivaled anticipation.
The Giants' rookie second baseman completes the stop and glove-flip in a total of 0.83 seconds -- less than one second.
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was also credited for moving to his left with great awareness, preparing for the toss to second base in negative-0.91 seconds.
Cain, running at a top speed of 18.7 MPH, was out by a half second.
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Crawford then fires to first at 72.2 MPH.
The most telling part of the play is that Hosmer, who was barreling toward first at a max speed of 18.1 MPH, lost 2.3 MPH on his top speed by sliding into first (out by .02 seconds).
Had he run it out, it might not have been a double play.
World Series Science: don't dive into 1st base. Instant a runner leaves his feet, he slows down. May have cost Royals a run and the game.— Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) October 30, 2014