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'13 CWS Breaks All-Time Attendance Record, But Cries For More Offense Continue
Published June 27, 2013
MISSING THE PING? The AP's Eric Olson reported despite the "lack of offense, most notably home runs" during the '13 CWS, "no immediate changes are planned in an attempt [to] bring up the numbers." Some have suggested that the fences at TD Ameritrade Park "should be moved in." NCAA Dir for Football & Baseball Damani Leech said of that notion, "All of that costs money, and we would do that why? So there would be a few more home runs? Is it worth it? We've only had three home runs, yet we've had the highest average attendance in the history of the College World Series." Leech "officially takes over as lead administrator for the CWS on July 1, replacing the retiring Dennis Poppe." The fences at the park "are 335 feet down the lines, 375 in the power alleys and 408 to center field." Those are "identical to the dimensions at the old Rosenblatt Stadium." Not only have the bats "changed since the CWS was played at Rosenblatt, so has the field orientation." Batters "faced the northeast at Rosenblatt and were able to launch flies into the prevailing south wind most days," but they "face the southeast at TD Ameritrade, meaning they usually hit into the wind" (AP, 6/26). In Omaha, Steven Pivovar writes of decreasing the field's dimensions, "Talking with NCAA officials during the series, I see that as only a last-resort move." A switch to a professional model of baseball could "help solve some of the problems, but that wouldn’t come until 2015 at the earliest" (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 6/27).