I'm guessing its the same reason I take tons of bp, because I want to be better at something I enjoy doing.
Also, like I said there are E players that are on PEDS, they aren't getting paid, they aren't performing at some elite level, and by the looks of watching they aren't taking the amount of BP that upper level players are.
Yes someone could pitch around Andy but you are again focusing on one facet of the game. The speed of the game at Conference level and consistency of performance is vastly higher than lower level teams/players. This is in part because of the level of work it takes to get to the upper levels. A level of work at the game that you yourself put in.
In your playing day of REAL SOFTBALL MEN, with the amount of work you had to put in to be at that level, would you have been on board with a director telling you to restrict your team to let a lower level team have a head start against you, or that someone who did not put in the level of work off the playing field as you did?
Face it Tim, the majority of society does not want to put in the work you did to get to the level you got to.
I would argue the elite softball player in general is a more well rounded player than the elite softball players of yesteryear. The technology has evened out the game offensively and to win now requires more players with all tools of the game. Gone is the day of hiding a defensively liable power hitter at 2nd base. Outfielders now play 3 man instead of 4 man and have to be capable of covering more area than those of the past.