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    great action in the world series tournament - enjoy every minute but i think the sport is too pitcher dominate - makes it boring to a point as in there is nearly no offensive strategy other than to swat and hit

    anyway, i have one question that keeps bugging me - why do the batters keep faking bunt when everyone in the world knows it is not a bunting situation and that there is really no intention to bunt - to me the hitters are at such a disadvantage anyway why would they keep their bats so busy to the point that they are at a greater disadvantage - i.e. they fake bunt, have to draw the bat back and have to make a good swing at the ball, make contact and drive it - i just think the batters are depressing their % of success - what am i missing?
    Last edited by Brian McKenna; 06-10-2006, 06:58 AM.

  • #2
    it would seem to me since it's such a pitcher dominated game... to throw the pitcher off to change the pitch, to bring the field in closer to attempting getting a single on a long fly ball.

    Problem with that is it's now so common and expected, the pitches dont change and the field doesnt move. I saw a game once a few years ago where every batter bunted.

    And I agree... it's been rather boring for several years now.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bkmckenna
      great action in the world series tournament - enjoy every minute but i think the sport is too pitcher dominate - makes it boring to a point as in there is nearly no offensive strategy other than to swat and hit

      anyway, i have one question that keeps bugging me - why do the batters keep faking bunt when everyone in the world knows it is not a bunting situation and that there is really no intention to bunt - to me the hitters are at such a disadvantage anyway why would they keep their bats so busy to the point that they are at a greater disadvantage - i.e. they fake bunt, have to draw the bat back and have to make a good swing at the ball, make contact and drive it - i just think the batters are depressing their % of success - what am i missing?
      Georgia Tech actually won a game in the ACC tournament with this play. it was extra innings against Clemson and the hitter showed bunt twice (I think actually tried laying down a bunt once) on the third attempt the 1B and 3B charge, the hitter pulls it back and lines on over the 3Bman head. Tech wins and forces asecond game. There is strategy involved in the game, but much like lower level minor leagueball theoverall talent is lower resulting ina morw swinghard and put th ball inplay mentality. Hey when 6 of your 8 starters are hitting well over .300 it is hard to argue with that mindset. Just my own opinion from haveing watched college ball for nearly 10 years.
      I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.~Bob Uecker


      "While he had a total of forty home runs in his first two big-league seasons, it is unlikely that Aaron will break any records in this department." ~ Furman Bisher, Atlanta Journal and Constitution "journalist"

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      • #4
        I remember in the 90's the offenses dominated College Baseball The LSU,Miami and USC squads had awesome lineups The 97 or 98 Title Game finished with a 17-14 score with SC beating Arizona St. But since about 2002 with Texas, Rice and Cal St Fullerton the dominated programs now pitching is key. All three programs have had unbelievable college pitchers and still have them this year.

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        • #5
          Who are you guys pulling for? I've always been a Nebraska fan, watched their game on webcast today and they just got completely shutdown by Manhattan's Chris Cody, ridiculous. I really like that about regional play though, how a 4-seed with a solid pitcher can knock off a 1-seed in the first round, I just don't know why it had to be my Huskers. On the plus side, Kansas and Wichita State both won their first round games. How about you guys?

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          • #6
            Georgia Tech actually won a game in the ACC tournament with this play. it was extra innings against Clemson and the hitter showed bunt twice (I think actually tried laying down a bunt once)
            I saw a similar situation at a Kansas State/Chicago State (didn't even know that was a college, let alone had a baseball team beforehand). Runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, batter shows bunt, CSU did the wheel play with third charging and shortstop going to third, but the pitcher threw two balls. So on the next pitch he squares around again, but when the shortstop heads to third he pulls back and hits a groundball right where he was standing and scored a run. Heads up play imo.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sluggerrr
              Who are you guys pulling for? I've always been a Nebraska fan, watched their game on webcast today and they just got completely shutdown by Manhattan's Chris Cody, ridiculous. I really like that about regional play though, how a 4-seed with a solid pitcher can knock off a 1-seed in the first round, I just don't know why it had to be my Huskers. On the plus side, Kansas and Wichita State both won their first round games. How about you guys?
              1. Cal Golden Bears
              2. Any Pac 10 Team expect for Stanfurd or U$C
              3. Any Southern California school
              4. Texas -I love Garrido as a coach he is a living legend in the game

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jpenrod
                . Hey when 6 of your 8 starters are hitting well over .300 it is hard to argue with that mindset. .
                yeah, i noticed that but have seen relatively few hits - i guess it's harder to get them against the top pitchers in the tournament

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                • #9
                  saw more hitting action today - guess i was watching cat osterman too much - she doesn't give up much

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                  • #10
                    I just realized you guys were talking about the WCWS, I didn't even notice this was the women's baseball/softball forum, I just saw College World Series as the title. My bad.

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                    • #11
                      I made the same mistake................

                      Interesting fact every player who has played all 4 years at UCLA has won at least one Softball College World Series

                      Bigger dynasty than Wooden's basketball teams

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sluggerrr
                        Who are you guys pulling for? I've always been a Nebraska fan, watched their game on webcast today and they just got completely shutdown by Manhattan's Chris Cody, ridiculous. I really like that about regional play though, how a 4-seed with a solid pitcher can knock off a 1-seed in the first round, I just don't know why it had to be my Huskers. On the plus side, Kansas and Wichita State both won their first round games. How about you guys?
                        The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech!
                        Last edited by jpenrod; 06-04-2006, 07:56 AM.
                        I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up.~Bob Uecker


                        "While he had a total of forty home runs in his first two big-league seasons, it is unlikely that Aaron will break any records in this department." ~ Furman Bisher, Atlanta Journal and Constitution "journalist"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jpenrod
                          The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech!

                          You gotta love the Jackets! 5-0 over C of C today. One more win, and it's off to Omaha!
                          I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a Hell of an Engineer!

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                          • #14
                            Cal ST Fullerton 2006 Champions RIGHT THAT DOWN
                            Angels 2002 World Champions 1979 1982 1986 2004 2005 AL West Champs

                            Southern California is covered in Red now

                            5 Straight Series Win



                            The saviors
                            Jered Weaver 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA and a Sub 1 WHIP with 17K to 3Walk ratio
                            Kendry Morales 279 AVG 3 HR'S 11 RBI
                            Mike Napoli 323 AVG 4HR'S 11 RBI

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                            • #15
                              this is a women's baseball forum - female

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