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Josh Collmenter is teaching the Dbacks physics

Josh Collmenter

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Collmenter pitchers against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 17, 2015, in San Francisco. Collmenter threw a four-hitter as Arizona won 9-0. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


If you think pitcher fielding practice would get boring for you if you were on a big league roster, imagine showing up to spring training and sitting through a physics lecture.

That’s what the Dbacks are doing. At least some of them. And, to be fair, they’re doing it voluntarily, so it’s probably interesting to them at least. The most interesting part, however, is who is teaching it: pitcher Josh Collmenter.

Collmenter has some decent intellectual credentials. He was the salutatorian of his high school class and went to Central Michigan University. I can’t find what he studied there, but according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Collmenter spent part of yesterday going over Newtonian physics, relativity and buoyancy, among other topics, so I’m assuming science was his bag:

“We were sitting around talking about some history stuff and (I was) like, ‘I’m just going to start teaching you guys things,’” said Collmenter.

So he did, at a dry erase board:

Go read Piecoro’s story to see the funny swipe he took at position players too. Based on that I assume he’d prefer that they don’t think as they can only hurt the ballclub. The pitchers can think, though.