Little League World Series: Today's Hitters Have Evolved

Brandon MoorContributor IAugust 25, 2010

WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 30: Pitcher Raul Rojas #18  of Mexico (Reynosa) bats against Texas (San Antonio) in the consolation game at Volunteer Stadium on August 30, 2009 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Mexico defeated Texas 5-4. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Baseball Tonight raised an expected query this evening pertaining to the Little League World Series.

Do the walls need to be pushed back?

By the looks of things, today’s participants turn out to be stuffing themselves silly with box after box of Wheaties.

That’s a good thing…it's healthy.

From home plate to the wall, the field dimensions run 225 feet from foul pole to foul pole.

If you’ve followed the Little League World Series over the years, the longevity of each home run have extended from barely clearing the wall to blasting senior league missiles up to the top of the hill or hopping over cars in the parking lot.

The Little League World Series is not a sham as few claim.  Williamsport’s late summer festival is worth the spotlight, but adjustments are long overdue concerning the dimensions of the outfield.

Today’s pitchers fire the ball across the plate sending the radar gun into a frenzy at 70 mph and higher.  Convert the 46-foot fastball from the pitching rubber to home plate to the MLB equivalent.  The speed levels out around 100 mph. 

Toss in a well-timed swing, and outfielders can forget about making the catch.

How often have home runs been measured and then talked about out loud? 

Think about it.  Given the opportunity to hear exact measurements, this conversation without question would take a curiously captivating turn if home-run distances in the LLWS were to be released to the media.

Exclude the physical size, the factor standing out among the many, is the well-rounded skill level each young man come equipped with.  In case you may not have noticed, today’s LLWS competitors play outside of their minds at such a high level.

Match their skill with consistently planting the fat part of the bat on a fastball equivalent to that of a 100 mph MLB heater, and then use your imagination speculating where the ball may land.

Both fields used in Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series are identical in the following dimensions:

Ø  60-foot base paths

Ø  46 feet from pitching rubber to home plate

Ø  225 feet from home plate to the walls at the foul poles

Ø  Wall short enough to stand next to and lean over

Dimensions on the infield are in no need of alteration, but the outfield wall distance from home plate is a situation of its own. 

Moving the wall back 30 to 40 feet is more than a reasonable request.  That would roughly modify the wall to be between 255-265 feet.

Another option is replicating the MLB-wall style.  Stick with moving the wall back 30-40 feet, but emphasize the 225 feet down each foul line, extend the wall back deeper to the power allies another 15-20 feet and or course expose center field as the deepest part of the park.

C’mon, toy around with some creative alternative options in exploring the space.

Otherwise, keep on keepin’ on, fellas.