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The new regulated BBC Core baseball bats used by high school and college baseball teams have killed most teams potential to hit for power and higher batting averages. All high school and college teams have to use these bats now, and the consensus is that these bats are very similar to using a wood bat.
Remarkably, in college baseball last year, over 90% of the teams' power numbers and batting averages fell significantly. The university of Texas was the top hitting homerun team in the nation in 2010 with 87 homeruns and in 2011 with the new BBC Core bats they hit only 19. In the Big Ten, teams homeruns totals were cut in half and each team averaged a 30-40 point reduction in team batting average. This year the new bats will be implemeted into the high school and they will have to deal with the same challanges.
According to team hitting specialist and author of the book, Tapping into the Spirit of Ted Willliams, Mike Huber believes that teams will now have to learn more scientifically proven techniques that will get hitters to hit just as well with the BBC Core bats than they did with the original ones. Huber, who is recognized by Ted Williams for his ability to get teams to hit for signifantly more power while increasing their batting average, has had the same success with wood and BBC Core bats than he has while training the teams with the more powerful bats previously.
"It is about swinging the bat so efficiently that the sweet spot of the bat hits the ball more often. There is not that much different in the sweet spots of aluminum, BBC Core, and wood bats." Huber goes on to say that if Ted Williams were alive today he would think that this bat problem just proves that there is a lack of understanding out in the baseball world about how to swing the bat. Ted Williams had some very unconventional thoughts about hitting that have not yet been fully realized and accepted. Huber believes this problem will force teams to take a look at the Williams philosophy more closely.
It is no wonder to Huber that teams like World Series contenders Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals are league leaders in team batting average and slugging percentage. His research has indicated that teams need at least 4-6 star hitters in their line-up in order to contend and slug their way through the line-up.
This concept also applies to travel, high school, and college teams looking to be championship contenders. These new BBC Core bat regulations will affect the game and how it is played if new measures of techniques like that of Ted Williams are not explored in the near future. Most managers are already preparing to use more small ball tactics to score runs when Huber believes that more time should be spent exploring newer options on how to hit better with the new bats to create championship hitting teams.
About Mike Huber: Team Hitting Specialist and Confidence Trainer, Mike Huber, has traveled the country to help baseball teams improve their hitting skills at a record breaking pace with the Hubie Magic Training System. This training system has helped teams set over 60 state, national, and/or team hitting records since the late 1990s. He is the author of the book, Tapping Into the Spirit of Ted Williams. Mr. Huber, a Chicagonative, has been a radio show analyst of ESPN radio, is a public speaker, and has written many articles on the subject of hitting.
Press Inquiries: Mike Huber is available for television, radio, newspaper, magazine and on-line interviews, articles and speaking engagements.
Contact: Mike Huber
Phone: (847) 312-1061