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Discussion: Location of HRs

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June 15, 2014
garyheifner
354 posts
Location of HRs
When recently watching the USSSA M and A teams play, I saw well over 40 Hrs. Besides being young animals, I noticed the following:

If you were to place a cone at the fence in center and walk about 15 paces to each side of that center cone and place another--the vast majority of HRs went over the fence between those two outside cones.

My question is: If you are trying to go deep is there some physical-techniques-advantage- or whatever for so many of them in go out in this small area rather than the LF or RF fence. My question is really for the singles hitters benefit who when they get really squeezed by the OF-is this a prefered area to try and burn them?
June 16, 2014
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2634 posts
Could it be that they were trying to keep the ball out of reach of the outfielders if they were to mis-hit the ball? A line drive may be catchable if hit right at the outfielders. Maybe there is a bigger gap in the infield just to the right or left of second base. Or... maybe this is where the batters try to hit most ball during bp (reasons unknown)and this is where they have the most confidence.
I would think each batter may have his own reasons.
June 16, 2014
tg69
307 posts
Why do you think major league fields are much deeper in center than they are down the lines? Its called power alleys for a reason.
June 16, 2014
garyheifner
354 posts
Good points-thoughts
June 17, 2014
rabiddog
5 posts
Probably because they get greater arm extension going center.
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