Everyone is freaking out about the impact the new BBCOR bats are going to have on the game...Here's what I think...The impact will be nothing that will hurt the excitement, entertainment value or integrity of the game...In fact...it will help re-boot the college game back into the real world of baseball.
I have been always a bit appalled by the gaudy batting averages and high scores of many games especially on Sunday and weekday match-ups. Now...we are going to see baseball like it ought to be...pitchers duals...small ball...and yes the occasional bomb from a legitimate power hitter, not the diminutive 2nd baseman. In other words...we will see the game mimic the way they play it in the pro's...or way college players play it in the summer collegiate leagues...where, by the way...places like Madison Wisconsin sell out almost every game watching college players use wood bats.
Yes, there will be a drop off in power numbers. I do not think the BBCOR bats, alone, will create the "huge impact"; those who play in "band boxes" and in warmer regions will see a drop-off bombs, but not so drastic as in areas like California where it is cool and damp at night and the ball parks are huge.
I am looking forward to this season...the beginning of real baseball.