the reason they do is because it's better than hitting lazy flies. Nothing is more frustrating than going down in order with 3 pop ups to the outfield on the 3 straight pitches. with little kids most fly balls end up as easy pop ups, esp. when they result from bad contact or hitting out front.
Originally Posted by coops
at least with GBs something can happen.
Of course this is not the real solution. the best thing would be to teach square, deep contact and hitting line drives. But since most are not able to do this, they choose the easy route and teach to slap the ball on the ground.
I think walks are overrated unless you can run. If you get a walk and put the pitcher in a stretch, that helps, but the guy who walks and can’t run, most of the time he’s clogging up the bases for somebody who can run. – Dusty Baker.