posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 01:23 PM
you would have less homeruns until people adjusted. You'd also have a lot more walks because the only way to get the plate into the strike zone with
accuracy is to ensure a certain amount of speed on the throw. El Duque uses the eephus from time to time. I watched him walk in a run as he tried
throwing it twice to a guy with the bases loaded.
Like golf, the bat and the ball have sweet spots. I once saw Hubie Brooks hit a check swing grand slam. The ball hit the bat in just the right spot
and took off for the fence. Of course there is the chance that the bat was filled with sosa balls or cork or some other substance.
Lastly, players today are stronger than they were back in the 40's. They work out and keep themselves (most of them) in excellent physical
condition. Players in the 40's were heavier, they drank, they smoked, they destroyed their bodies. Today's players crush the ball in batting
practice and in home run derbies as a result of their strength.
Imagine how players like Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, Williams, Cobb, Killebrew etc would have been had they worried about their bodies and the longevity
of their careers.