In baseball, what’s the fastest way around the bases?
If you hit a long ball and know you can reach at least second base, then rather run in a straight line towards first base, you should veer towards the dugout in a circular fashion. The optimal baserunning path is one that is studied by Williams College math professor Frank Morgan. He claims that by cutting off the corners, an average runner can reach the home plate 4 seconds earlier!
In the above picture, home plate is the bottom dot and going counterclockwise we have 1st, 2nd and 3rd base. If you watch baseball, you’ll see that most of the time the players run in a straight line towards first, even if they hit a long ball.