Re: Pro M ball history on how it came to conference and batches
Posted by southpaw15 on September 21, 2020, 2:05 pm, in reply to "Pro M ball history on how it came to conference and batches"
I'll bite on this one. I don't think there are different batches of balls, and that is coming from a Dudley representative. |
The major difference is how the balls are being stored, placed on the fields, and containers being used for storage. For example, in Cincy, the buckets were in the sun baking the balls in direct sunlight for one team to use, and in the shade for another team. 2 completely different sounds and results for the teams playing. Similar sounds and feel to the ball in Columbus, balls were stored in a hot trailer, baking in a bucket on the turf, and the ball was not performing. VA, the temps were down, but the balls were inside a cooler area for storage, the balls were in a bucket, but an effort was made to keep the balls in a shaded area during play, and the performance was completely different.
With all this being said, the ball is definitely too much for 300' fields, but fine for complexes that are larger and play more true to something closer to 325' and above. The response time for pitchers, infielders are not safe in many situations, especially if players are asked to keep playing Dual events and double-digit games in a short amount of time. The reflexes just aren't the same in games 10+ as they were in games 1-5, and someone will eventually be seriously hurt.
Testing the new 240 bats, I'm not sure there is a dramatic enough difference, especially on 300' fields, to justify using the Pro M. The exit speeds will still be elevated enough to affect reactions of pitchers and infielders. I know we all sign up to play at this level, but we also put the trust in the leaders of each organization to provide us with a platform that is safe for each of us to return to work the following week after a tournament.
If you want to get the max results out of the balls, store them in a cool environment, elevate the balls off a heated surface, and potentially use something other than a bucket to allow heat to escape. At the Major, or Stadium the last few years, the balls were stored in a netted device used mostly for BP at facilities. I know these are expensive, but definitely an alternative to a bucket where balls seems to bake in the heat, and heat is not displaced lowering the compression of the balls.
My .02 of the balls being used, and possible alternatives. We can keep complaining about the balls/equipment being used, but we should also be suggesting ideas on how to improve/change things that we see could help the game as well.
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