Still more on Little League age change

Friday we brought you the story about the new Little League age requirement and yesterday posted some of the comments we’d read from individuals who did not like the change. Here are some additional comments we’ve seen, not necessarily pertaining to the age cutoff, but to rule changes in general:

Bigger issue: LL needs to move the pitchers mound back to 50′. Kids having to react to a pitched ball like a major leaguer to a 95-98 MPH fastball is ludicrous. AND, Babe Ruth 13 should pitch from 55′ (the most boring baseball on the planet is Babe Ruth 13 y.o.). The move from 46′ to 60’6″ is too much for 95% of 13 y.o. kids. Also, move the basepaths in LL to 65′. Give them a decent chance to turn a DP.

What they should do is phase out the high performance bats. The championship game was a total joke. More like a Home Run Derby than a ballgame. Then there’s the danger they pose to the pitchers.

Little League Rules

We’ve been watching a lot of youth baseball, mostly Little League, over the past couple of months. And, at nearly every game and practice we observe, there are rules infractions taking place. While many Little League rules seem overly-strict, they are there for a reason and should be followed. An example that keeps popping up is when a catcher is not ready with his gear on at the end of the inning. Maybe he was on base, or on deck, but now as the pitcher stands on the mound waiting to take his warm-up tosses, the catcher is in the dugout strapping on the equipment. Suddenly, the coach emerges with a catcher’s mitt and squats behind the plate to warm up the pitcher. Meanwhile, three players who are on the bench this inning sit and do nothing. Give these kids something to do! Have one of them put on a mask and catcher’s mitt and take the warm-up tosses. They want to have fun and play ball, not just sit idly on the bench. Plus it is good practice for them. But maybe more importantly…it is a rule. Grownups are not supposed to warm up a pitcher, outfielder, or any player.