Nye: Sliding into first base makes you slower! As soon as you leave your feet, you have no propulsion. You're slowing down.
SI: Any good home experiments?
Nye: Find the sweet spot of your bat by suspending it from a hanger bent into a narrow loop. Hit the bat with a mallet. When it moves back without rotating, you've found the center of percussion. The sweet spot is about half a ball's width up from that point.
SI: Several teams have hired statistical consultants. What could you offer as a scientific consultant?
Nye: Oh, wow! We would measure the revolutions per minute of each guy's curve, then measure the length of his fingers and arms and come up with a way to put more and less spin on the pitch. Also, I've got some kooky exercises for visualizing the strike zone while you're doing everyday things. I'd make sure everybody could count steps on the warning track without looking. And based on the length of a guys' legs, I'd figure out the fastest way to round a base.
SI: Any way to cut down on those high-scoring games?
Nye: Get rid of the DH, but only after Edgar Martinez retires.