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#311863 - 01/13/08 08:56 PM #1000 Thread on Baseball
tyler Offline
Prairie Warrior

Registered: 01/30/07
Loc: Lawrence
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#311864 - 01/13/08 08:57 PM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: tyler]
gquinn225 Offline
Prolly Thinks U Dumb

Registered: 06/02/06
Loc: Mile High City
attention w hore. good job though. didn't notice.

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#311865 - 01/14/08 08:42 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: gquinn225]
sevenyearhawk Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 08/28/07
why isn't college baseball as big as college football and college basketball ... it really just can't be because of the minor league farm system, can it?
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#311866 - 01/14/08 10:24 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: sevenyearhawk]
JQKS Offline
John Brown

Registered: 02/03/07
7 year, I suspect it is because of the lack of television games. The only way to really follow the sport is getting down to the ball park or listening to the radio.

That said, most people are surprised at how many fans college baseball does have. Texas, aTm, Baylor, Nebraska,etc. all average three to five thousand fans for home games. Even schools with less developed programs, like KU, still draw an average of over a thousand a game.

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#311867 - 01/14/08 10:42 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: JQKS]
jayhwk01 Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Loc: Mt. Oread's Shadow
Baseball especially college Bball is a lot like hockey I think. It is awesome live but for some reason does not translate well on television.
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#311868 - 01/14/08 11:03 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: jayhwk01]
sevenyearhawk Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 08/28/07
thanks for the responses ...

I wished college baseball would get more TV time!

might the use of aluminum bats affect interest as well?
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"7 Year ... probably has more balls than 90% of the people on here." - gutter, 10/24/2010

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#311869 - 01/14/08 12:17 PM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: sevenyearhawk]
Born2Shock Offline
Big Dipper

Registered: 02/17/06
Just go watch it. It is far more entertaining than minor league ball anyways.

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#311870 - 01/15/08 12:22 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: Born2Shock]
JQKS Offline
John Brown

Registered: 02/03/07
I hate the aluminum bats but you do get used to them after a bit.

In my interview with Mike Zagurski he said one of the reasons he was in favor of the continued use of metal bats was because they made for more exciting games and thus were good for the fans. It was an unexpected response.

I suspect the days of metal bats are numbered. They have been linked to increased risk of head injury in games. Balls come off metal bats faster than they do off wood bats, giving pitchers and third baseman almost no time to react to line drives. High schools and colleges are very responsive to issues of player safety. If they do not phase out metal bats on their own I am sure they will if lawsuits from injured players start gaining traction.

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#311871 - 01/15/08 07:17 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: JQKS]
Born2Shock Offline
Big Dipper

Registered: 02/17/06
Aluminum bats are about money. It is expensive to use wooden bats due to them breaking.

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#311872 - 01/15/08 08:55 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: Born2Shock]
JQKS Offline
John Brown

Registered: 02/03/07
I know using aluminum bats saves money. I don't know how much the difference is but I am sure it is in the thousands of dollars per year range.

This is a very big deal for smaller programs who are fighting for every dollar, but for programs like KU and Wichita the cost of moving to wood could easily be absorbed.

Anyway, this is why I think law suits might eventually get the metal bats out of college baseball. If universities think the continued use of them is putting the players at risk and the universities at risk of having to pay for these injuries, I think they will do the right thing and switch to wood. Maybe I am wrong, but I think high school and NCAA baseball will move to wood at some point. I guess well see.

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#311873 - 01/15/08 09:12 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: JQKS]
Born2Shock Offline
Big Dipper

Registered: 02/17/06
Perhaps at some point, but the expense still weighs heavily on this, especially at the high school level. Also, the recent regulations on the bats has brought the probability of injury down due to overpowered bats.

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#311874 - 01/15/08 11:20 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: Born2Shock]
JQKS Offline
John Brown

Registered: 02/03/07
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#311875 - 01/15/08 11:51 AM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: JQKS]
Born2Shock Offline
Big Dipper

Registered: 02/17/06
I have, thank you. Pretty generic write up, but its nice to see.

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#311876 - 01/15/08 12:12 PM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: Born2Shock]
JQKS Offline
John Brown

Registered: 02/03/07
Born2, when you have a chance, can you send me an e-mail message. jqku at hotmail dot com.

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#311877 - 01/15/08 12:17 PM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: JQKS]
sevenyearhawk Offline
Max Falkenstien

Registered: 08/28/07
I think I'd like wooden bats better ...

one complaint I hear is that players can tell where the ball is going by the sound of the hit, you don't have that with aluminum, the hits all sound the same!
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#311878 - 01/15/08 12:24 PM Re: #1000 Thread on Baseball [Re: sevenyearhawk]
JQKS Offline
John Brown

Registered: 02/03/07
Here are a few excerpts from my interview with former KU pitcher Mike Zagurski which touches on the use of metal bats in college. Zagurski pitches for the Phillies now:

I have read that the level of play in the Big-12 roughly equates to that of High-A minor league baseball. Does that sound correct to you?
Yes, I think so. The quality of the players is comparable. High-A baseball might be easier on pitchers because a lot of the hitters at that level are still getting used to using wooden bats.

What do you think about the use of aluminum bats in college?
You might be surprised but I am in favor of using them. I am a fan of baseball and I think aluminum bats are good for the college game. They make the game more exciting for the fans. Not many casual fans like 1-0 games and the aluminum bats create more runs. Speaking as a pitcher I didn't like making a good pitch only to see it turn into a hit but on the whole I am in favor of the aluminum bats.

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What are some of the adjustments you had to make after becoming a professional player?
I was lucky and my coaches liked most of what I was doing and didn't make a lot of adjustments. In professional ball I attack the strike zone a bit more. I was always encouraged to do this but it works a bit better in professional ball because of the wooden bats. I try to throw strike one right away and challenge the batters. Getting a guy out in three or four pitches works a bit better in professional baseball.

The full interview can be linked here.

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