The other day David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox showed up for batting practice with a metal bat. Of course, these are banned in major league baseball, but he wanted to put on a show for the fans during batting practice. He supposedly hit several balls completely out of Fenway Park–even some over the scoreboard. Now you know why they are banned in pro baseball. However, that is only part of what I wanted to discuss today. In the early days of baseball, players literally brought lumber to the plate. The bats were huge from one end to the other. Babe Ruth supposedly used a bat so large that some major leaguers couldn’t even swing it. As the years have gone by, the bats keep getting smaller, lighter, and more slender. Couple this with the fact that ash is not readily available any more you constantly see bats being shattered. Ash wood has been affected by a beetle and no other wood has proven to be as good as ash was. Players say they prefer the new slender bats because they get the same effect with the narrow handle as a golfer gets when he uses a driver. You literally get a whiplash effect which carries the ball farther from the plate. With all of the technology in baseball today, you can see this in some of the slow motion camera shots. I have already discussed the controversy of metal bats and their danger to pitchers in the lowest levels of baseball. I doubt if anybody uses the Jackie Robinson model that was so popular in my high school baseball days.
UPDATED: Sept. 10, 2017 at 10:39 p.m.Syracuse safety Antwan Cordy is back at practice, head coach Dino Babers said Wednesday morning on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference. He declined to talk specifics.Cordy, 5-foot-8, 181-pound redshirt junior, left the season opener against Central Connecticut State in the first quarter, with SU up 14-0. He appeared to have suffered a lower right leg injury on the play. Cordy later returned to the sidelines using crutches, with a brace on his right leg.The redshirt junior apparently suffered a lower right leg injury after throwing himself into a tackling scrum. The Orange (1-0) lost him early in its 50-7 drubbing of Central Connecticut State (0-1). He did not return to the field in part because SU was in command of the game.Six-foot-three, 203-pound Toledo graduate transfer Jordan Martin replaced Cordy at safety, performing “just OK,” Babers said. Martin finished with three tackles, all solo.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Cordy’s one of the best players on our football team,” Babers said. “I think (Martin) came in and did a solid job.”Cordy tweeted Monday night a few dozen prayer emojis. Also on Monday, Babers declined to give an update on Cordy’s status, citing the Labor Day holiday limiting doctor availability. As a sophomore, Cordy started all 12 games at strong safety. He ranked second on the Orange with 68 total tackles and first with 12 tackles for loss. As a junior, he switched to free safety, and in the seven full quarters he played, he made eight tackles, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble. He broke his left forearm in the fourth quarter of Week 2 against Louisville and missed the rest of the season.Last Friday, he left the game in the first quarter. Until Wednesday morning, his status was unclear.“He’s been out there and we’re hoping for the best for Mr. Cordy,” Babers said. Comments Published on September 6, 2017 at 11:47 am Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo © Pixabay Cork City manager John Caufield says Alan Bennett should not have been sent off in last nights EA Sports cup semi final against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght.Bennett received a red card towards the end of the first half after getting involved in an off the ball incident.City kept the game scoreless until the dying minutes of extra time when 19 year old James Doona scored a deflected goal to send the Hoops through.