So actually running through some numbers I am simply flabbergasted once again why the NCAA felt the need to change the bats. The NCAA says safety, which the NCAA didn't exactly have statistically more significant injuries due to balls hitting people than MLB that I've ever seen. So we all realize that's likely not the real change.
The real change seemed to be from the pressure of MLB and scouts which said the BESR bats had more power than wood bats, which they absolutely did, but going to the new bats has nearly neutered college baseball to the point of having less than half the power game MLB has now...but wait a second, I thought going to the new bats would help even things out there? Yep, just running over some numbers I found out that this years college 0.42 HR/gm average (per team) is less than half
of the MLB 0.985 HR/gm average (per team). Whoa, wait a second. So MLB teams average just over twice the amount of HR/gm as college teams?
Well, I guess we need to find out what BESR bats were doing. Well, BESR bats in their final season (2010) produced ~.945 HR/gm (per team). In fact that was close to the HIGHEST HR/gm (per team) produced by BESR bats in a season which stood at just over 0.95. So, now I'm saying BESR bats (with the current college baseball) produced basically very similar amounts of home runs per game (per team) as wood bats do in MLB? Yep, numbers speak for themselves.
So what in the frick was the NCAA really thinking by neutering the college power game so much? College baseball simply isnt as fun to watch now as it was with those BESR bats. The summer wood bat leagues are all the scouts needed really, hell they draft high school kids who use much less regulated bats than the college BESR bats. By all means I'll never give up on college baseball because IMO we have greatest program in history (
)...but I think the grand majority of folks do agree the power game is simply not even close to where it needs to be in college.
I really dont like the fact it seems like the NCAA has bent its knees over for MLB. I have a very hard time believing changing to the MLB baseball would produce numbers similar to that of MLB teams in HR/gm too. Maybe it will raise it significantly to 0.6 or 0.7 per game, but shouldn't it be pretty similar to MLB, not just better than currently? Like it was before?