Jake Adams & The Woodpeckers

Discussion in 'Hawkeye Baseball' started by JG10Hawk, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. 99topdawg

    99topdawg Well-Known Member

    Yes, still much easier to hit with aluminum, even though the BESR is similar. I remember them doing the following change to the bat, which trickled down to HS, which no longer allowed teams to put up video game numbers.

    What Is The Maximum Allowed Value For The BESR (ball exit speed ratio)? When bats were first tested in 1999, an initial lot of baseballs was used. The tests were conducted by using a pitch speed of 70 mph and a bat speed (at a point 6 inches from the end of the barrel) of 66 mph. Under these conditions, the best major league wood bat yielded a BESR of 0.728, which the NCAA then set to be the maximum allowed value.
     
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  2. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    Haha, I’ll never get used to IL.
     
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  3. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

    I had to edit my post ... and added the Nebraska bit. :)
     
  4. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    The most important part to me though is pitcher safety. Before they altered the bats those things were fucking death machines.

    Not only was there zero reaction time, but when it hit you square in the face and ruined your life, it was going 20 mph faster on top of it.

    Hitters getting stronger, pitchers throwing faster, and bats getting livelier was total Russian roulette for pitchers.
     
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  5. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

    This was from today at Wrigley ... scary.

     
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  6. 99topdawg

    99topdawg Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I know a lot of schools don't even keep school records anymore, because nobody is going to beat the records set with 2 3/4", -5 bats. They were ridiculous. I even know of a school that started new records when the bats changed, which may sound ridiculous on the surface, but it's not any different than when the hurdles change heights or when things got switched from yards to meters, etc. Not sure if there's a -5 to -3 BESR/BBCOR conversion, though. ;)
     
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  7. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    He would have been seriously hurt had that been off an aluminum bat. I was shocked they left him in the game.
     
  8. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

    If MLB players had aluminum bats. the pitchers would need to pitch from 2B. :)
     
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  9. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member

    They should try adding an aluminum bat round for the HR derby. That would be fun to watch... Might need to get the kids off the outfield for that round though. :D
     
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  10. Fryowa

    Fryowa Well-Known Member

    I remember a video on YouTube a while back where they had a bunch of MLB power hitters try aluminum bats for funsies, I don’t remember who all was in it but I know Ortiz was one of them.

    Basically, they destroyed the bats right out of the gate and after one or two solid hits they were useless. They cracked and started to fold up almost immediately.
     
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  11. JG10Hawk

    JG10Hawk Well-Known Member

    Jake is killing the ball early on. He's recorded a hit in 8 of his first 10 games including going 7-9 in the last two.
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  12. Robowe

    Robowe Well-Known Member

  13. DDThompson

    DDThompson Well-Known Member

    NickG must've had some bad practice memories ... ;)
     
  14. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately Jake has really been struggling the past couple of weeks.
     
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  19. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    He's not striking out as much so far in AA, that will be the key for him to advance.
     
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  20. ssckelley

    ssckelley Well-Known Member

    Jake finished with a .248 .311 .446 line in the minors but his AA numbers were a little better .255 .306 .520. Hopefully he can make some adjustments this off season, he's gotta make more contact to have any hope of ever reaching the big leagues.
     
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