Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lacking Baseball Specs Leads to Offensive Explosion (and MLB Scouting Problems)

“Home runs in the (Cape Cod Baseball) league have increased in a stunning manner, with the teams combining for 140 percent more homers this summer. In 2011 Cape Cod Baseball League batters totaled 159 home runs for the season; the year before that the number sat at 158. This year, with the regular season (each team plays 44 games) having concluded on Tuesday (August 7th), CCBL hitters jacked 382 balls over the fences of the 10 league ballparks.”

As Cape Cod Baseball League Commissioner Paul Galop puts it, “I’ve been with the league for a long time, since 1980, and I’ve seen some balls that didn’t go that far with aluminum bats…obviously something’s going on.”

The issue is, apparently, the baseball:

In addition to the harder baseball core, there were some other interesting results coming from these experiments.

“It was also found that the diameter of the pills was slightly different. The diameter of last year’s core was 1.31 inches while the newer model was 1.375 inches.”

With overall baseball diameters outside the leather covers being more rigorously checked, that means there is less yarn between the core and the leather cover to deaden a bat’s impact.

Between the slightly larger core (providing a bigger hitting surface transferred through the leather and yarn) and a harder core material (that doesn’t compress and deaden as much upon impact), it stands to reason (and require further testing) that these newer baseballs will travel further when hit.

I don’t agree with the conclusion that Chad Walters draws, however:

By not receiving viable statistical data for analysis, Major League Baseball will struggle to accurately assess college player performances in the summer wood bat leagues.

because I think that scouts and analysts can, and will, develop appropriate adjustments to account for the effects of the ball change.

Mike Emeigh Posted: August 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: college, player development, prospects, summer leagues

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Moeball Posted: August 21, 2012 at 03:58 PM (#4214051)
Has Victor Conte moved to Cape Cod? (Just kidding, folks)

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPedro Martinez: Manny Ramirez spiked Red Sox drinks with Viagra
(7 - 3:37am, May 07)
Last: Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class

NewsblogVotto Ejected, May Face Further Discipline.
(1 - 2:23am, May 07)
Last: Tuque

NewsblogRight-hander Stephen Strasburg of Washington Nationals leaves start after three innings
(40 - 2:17am, May 07)
Last: Squash

NewsblogMitch Williams, Lenny Dykstra clash during Philly Sports Roast (Video) | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
(37 - 2:10am, May 07)
Last: Meatwad misses Vincennes

NewsblogOTP - May 2015: Jeb Bush would like to watch baseball with Teddy Roosevelt and Pitbull
(1097 - 1:53am, May 07)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogHow far will Statcast's reach extend? | MLB.com
(5 - 1:49am, May 07)
Last: ptodd

NewsblogConfirmed news on Rays' Alex Cobb: Partial tear in elbow, will try to pitch through it | Tampa Bay Times
(25 - 1:37am, May 07)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

NewsblogSeventeen years ago, Kerry Wood threw 20 strikeouts and rendered the letter 'K' meaningless
(54 - 1:34am, May 07)
Last: Cabbage

NewsblogBryce Harper Hits 3 HRs in 3 ABs Before Grounding Out - NYTimes.com
(12 - 1:16am, May 07)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - May 2015
(468 - 12:54am, May 07)
Last: MikeOberly

Newsblog5-6-15 OMNICHATTER
(263 - 12:44am, May 07)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(194 - 12:38am, May 07)
Last: zack

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 5-6-2015
(14 - 12:09am, May 07)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogJoc Pederson homers in fourth straight game as Dodgers beat Arizona, 6-4 - LA Times
(14 - 11:56pm, May 06)
Last: akrasian

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(936 - 9:22pm, May 06)
Last: The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)

Page rendered in 0.1528 seconds
50 querie(s) executed