Greg S wrote:
But the 2 parks don't play the same. We changed the orientation of the field (so the ball going with and against the wind is different), plus Rosenblatt was up on the hill, where as TD is sunk down low.
Even with the new bats, Rosenblatt was fine. With the new baseball TD had more runs last year but this year was not the case. Has there been a HR hit to dead center during the CWS?
Rosenblatt never played with the new bats so we don't know that. You're right about orientation, but wind has been completely dead on some days and there still have not been home runs. It's also fair to say Rosenblatt had more wind aid being on the hill. The BBCOR bats were not implemented until 2011, the first year of TD Ameritrade Park. Also, the homerun derby allows them to use old bats and they smash them out.
To answer your second question, yes, there has been a home run to dead center. Peter Alonso from Florida.https://twitter.com/NCAACWS/status/612417148216958976http://espn.go.com/college-sports/news/story?id=6305746
This article was written in April 2011, before a single CWS game was played in TD Ameritrade Park about how homeruns were down 50% with the new bats.http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/ ... own-at-cws
This article, written in 2011 about the CWS, also highlights how homeruns were down across ALL college baseball from 0.94 per game in 2010 to 0.52 in 2011, a 42 percent reduction.
I read somewhere through CWS stats that this year was on pace to set the record for the most strikeouts across all college baseball. Not going to hit very many homeruns when you're striking out. I'm just saying, there are a lot of factors and blaming the park seems a little dumb to me and ignores the biggest reason, which is without a doubt, the BBCOR bats. That is the biggest reason there is a lack of more power hitting. Give me all the stats you want on the park and that's fine, but the bats are a bigger factor, period. The NCAA admitted that was the reason of going to the new bats, to specifically decrease home runs and runs scored, that was the point behind the move -
"NCAA Division I baseball statistics indicate increasing offensive performance, particularly in home runs and runs scored, and the Committee believes this is due, in large part, to the kind of bats in use today." (from http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/rules/baseball/ ... t.9.05.pdf
In the CWS when you're not only getting the best hitters, but the best pitchers, homeruns and offense will vary year by year. I still saw some bombs this year, at least one on to the concourse.