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Discussion: Hypothetical on the HR's as outs and singles

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Dec. 29, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
Hypothetical on the HR's as outs and singles
I don't know if there is much of a debate that the value of hitting the ball over the fence has been seriously devalued, even the mere mention of it being the equivalent of a walk I think takes care of that argument. Let's say for argument sake that sometime in the future some balance is brought back and the HR becomes a valuable commodity again. What happens to all the hitters that have gotten used to the Crystal Meth that is now the ball over the fence. If no balance is brought back there is no issue but if somehow the magic formula is found then the 310 ft fence scrapers become outs. What happens in this new reality? I'll keep playing, I'm not advocating anything I'm just saying.
Dec. 29, 2008
firebird380hp
Men's 50
81 posts
I have only played senior ball one yr. but have played softball for over 30.And for the life of me I can't understand whats wrong with hitting hr's? Thats part of the game like anything else. And by making them singles would that also help to protect the pitcher? So thats kinda killing 2 birds with one stone.A lot of us work very hard at learning what pitch to hit and timing for the pitch throwing your hands shifting.etc... for it to be an out.
Dec. 29, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
The title is misleading I apologize, if you read carefully I made no mention of outs or equipment change. I merely stated what happens if hitting the ball over the fence becomes a reality for only a few players per team, maybe your one of them.
Dec. 29, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
While I'm on a role how about playing up a division or two where your skills would be really put to the test that your practicing for.
Dec. 29, 2008
firebird380hp
Men's 50
81 posts
No lecak I'm not what you call a power hitter I do have my moments...lol. But it's hard to find teams looking to be honest there are many very good players in the Ga area as I'm sure there are everywhere.
Dec. 29, 2008
firebird380hp
Men's 50
81 posts
I guess what I'm saying is if I was to come up to bat and a have couple guys on and I do have one of those moments I do see why I should be penalized for it. Thats all I'm saying
Dec. 29, 2008
Lecak
Men's 55
1005 posts
Firebird point well made. I remember the days when most guys couldn't hit HR's, I'm certainly not pining for the old days but the new reality is that balls over the fence are a little out of balance. I tried some 3/4 hole hitting yesterday in BP and it took awhile to figure out what I needed to do mechanically, that used to be my go to swing. The only answer I have is with my pocketbook and I really just want to play against the best and play the whole game. Enjoy your new year.
Dec. 29, 2008
taits
Men's 65
4315 posts
While I think the majority prefer to play against equal or better teams, there are those who prefer to play the lessor teams to have the overall edge.

I think here is where teams argue about a move up (especially) or down comes into play. Many teams have won big tourneys, yet never move up. I'd bet the same would apply to higher rated teams loosing and not getting a move down. A win is a win if by one run or 20. but it does show ability differences. Even if the other team had a no show for that game or tournament.
Playing better teams does make a lessor team better, if the players pay attention to the opponents players batting and defense. Chances are the also practice more.

As for HR's let them fly, w\o an out.
Almost every team has at least one who can or does. (AA AAA)
If your pretty consistant at it, you should also be able to control where you hit. (M M+)

Ka sir raw, sir raw. What will be, will be.
Not sure on that K.... spelling stuff...
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