Posted by bad_luck on 3/10/2014 11:19:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 3/10/2014 8:49:00 PM (view original):I'm sure. My softball team plays in the highest level offered. My baseball team plays at the lowest level in my age group.
Posted by bad_luck on 3/10/2014 8:25:00 PM (view original):Softball but are you sure that baseball is much, much more difficult?
Posted by MikeT23 on 3/10/2014 4:13:00 PM (view original):Softball or baseball?
So I'm playing 3B Saturday. Big dude hits a rocket in my direction. Takes a bad hop and drills me, not in the FACE, but in the chest. Left a bruise the size of a fist. Know what I didn't look like? This:
Moral of the story: Even 51 y/o weekend warriors can avoid getting hit in the face by a bad hop.
I play third in both and baseball 3rd base is much, much more difficult.
I'd have to look it up but I think baseballs exit speed is somewhere around 100 MPH at the BL level. I think softballs can exceed 80 MPH. Standing 30+ feet closer to the batter seems to give one pretty much the same time to react.
Playing defense in baseball, especially infield, is much harder. I think it's due to the smaller ball moving faster over a larger playing area.
Seems a bit anecdotal, doesn't it?
Seriously, it's largely a math question. 80-100 MPH traveling 65 feet vs. 100-120 MPH traveling 95 feet. Of course, there's more to it(mostly how much/quickly a ball slows after leaving the bat) but we are talking about a fraction of a second.
But, if we're just using anecdotal evidence, I think 3B in baseball is easier. The ball is on top of you immediately in both but, in baseball, you have an extra 30-40 feet to "see" the ball. I don't think the speed/size of the ball makes up for that.