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# Baseball - How far is the pitching mound from home plate?

Question #86555. Asked by jeffhuff.
Last updated Jul 24 2021.

MonkeyOnALeash
MonkeyOnALeash

Currently voted the best answer.
I imagine it gets no more correct than this.

"The pitcherâ€™s plate shall be a rectangular slab of whitened rubber, 24 inches by 6 inches. It shall be set in the ground as shown in Diagrams 1 and 2, so that the distance between the pitcherâ€™s plate and home base (the rear point of home plate) shall be 60 feet, 6 inches."

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/official_rules/objectives_1.jsp

Sep 28 2007, 7:31 AM
geniusonwheels
geniusonwheels
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95 replies

Sep 28 2007, 7:52 AM
robboy
robboy
21 year member
941 replies

The mound distance is not the same as the distance from pitcher's rubber to home plate, and as it depends on from what point on the mound you are measuring. Using the dimensions given from the rule book, it'd be approx. 57.5 feet from the center of the mound to home plate. Given that the mound is 18 feet in diameter, one can figure out other distances from various parts of the mound to home.

en.allexperts.com/q/Baseball-Trivia-General-2552/Pitcher-mound.htm website has closeddown

Response last updated by gtho4 on Jul 24 2021.
Sep 28 2007, 8:35 PM
queproblema
queproblema
18 year member
2119 replies

"Installed 'to prevent trickery,' Rule 1, Section 2 required that....." from Robboy's link.

Years ago my husband built and maintained pitcher's mounds, and I can tell you some teams liked to cheat on the dimensions and distances. I was never sure if an inch gave a physical advantage or if it was mainly psychological.

More stories here:
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/columnists/20030606gene0606p2.asp

Sep 28 2007, 10:53 PM
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