We like to promote sportsmanship and a spirit of fair play. But when it comes to identifying the world’s best athletes, what’s agape got to do with it?
Home runs and scoring in college baseball dropped precipitously after the N.C.A.A. reduced the pop in aluminum bats in 2011. And the ball doesn’t carry at TD Ameritrade Park, which opened the same year the new bats were introduced, as it did at Rosenblatt Stadium, the old site.
“There’s an encompassing organization called the Vintage Base Ball Association, but it’s basically for informational purposes — it sends out rules and lets you know how you can start a team if you’re interested.” But “they’re not telling anybody what to do,” Mr. Shaw said.