then clearly the ball comes off the bat slower. They didn't change the ball to a wiffle ball.
60ft with hardly any air resistance effects vs a long ball with 320ft of horiztonal and 60-80ft of vertical. Just saying that the difference in the time it takes to get to the pitcher is practically infentessimal compared to the effects on the long ball, which are dramatic.
and the safety effects are totally cancelled out by infields playing further in and now closer to the batter's box. Because it's a wiser move if you want to win.
If they'd dumb the bats down even further, then the defense would just play in even further. The time from bat to player will always be the same, the coaches will just adjust the distance in order to make the play.
the fact is, most college players simply aren't good enough to hit with the news bats
and high school players are having an even tougher time with the new bats. The point of this dumbing down exercise is what? Safety? See the above answer.
Yes, in the worst case situation, a blazing fastball comes straight down the pipe to a gorilla hitter who lines it back to the pitcher. Whether its wood, old bats, new bats, etc, won't matter, the pitcher is going to get hit and won't have time to react to either scenario. That's the danger part of baseball that has to be accepted to preserve the game. Thankfully, it's very rare, and thus the tradeoff. The key here is do you make every other aspect of the game suffer to avoid this?
No one wants to see anyone get hurt for crying out loud. We're not saying use super balls and loaded bats. Just make the bats fit the field dimensions of the game. If the majors hit x.x homers per at bat, then make the metal college bats to a formula to generate the same x.x homers per at bat rate, Same with high school. The worse the overall hitter, the livelier the bat. Thus the game stays consistent on all levels.
This post was edited on 4/11 at 4:52 pm