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Someone has never been to a bridal gown sale.
In 1928, the women running the Olympic 800 meter race could not finish because it was too far.
That appears to be a myth.
homerwannabee Posted: September 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4539031)
I think a huge problem is in general women tend to be less competitive than men. Don't know if that is genetics or just a cultural influence, but it's true.
Did you ever play a game against Eddie Feigner? There are many men who can become unhittable pitchers using fast-pitch softball methods, without all of those pesky balk rules. It's what killed that game for men.
Yeah, Google News brings up several contemporary newspaper stories that give the results. The Ottawa Citizen runs the AP story under the headline "World's Record 800 Meters for Women Smashed" and talks about how fast the pace was.
anyway, i think that because males are so much larger that we are afraid and grow up afraid to beat them at any sort of "male" game, or compete with them.
At it's most basic, the whole thrust of not balking on a pitch involves 1)no deceptive movements towards anything but home plate, and 2)constant contact with the rubber from the point of coming set up until release....
Fair enough, but I'm still willing to bet the gap between men and women back then was far greater than it is now.
At it's most basic, the whole thrust of not balking on a pitch involves 1)no deceptive movements towards anything but home plate, and 2)constant contact with the rubber from the point of coming set up until release.... If that's about right - 1) seems like no big deal.... It's really 2) that would be a problem - i.e., no multi-step "running" start.
I don't think it's a simple as not balking, though. A softball-style pitcher would be completely unable to hold runners or get the ball to the catcher in time to keep my grandmother from stealing on every pitch. A softball pitcher's delivery takes what - 3 times as long as a baseball pitcher's? 4 times?
Softball pitching being a neat trick doesn't mean women could conceivably pitch at the ML level. It is a completely distinct and inapplicable action that the best women don't do as well as the best men.
I feel pretty confidant that a woman could pitch at least Casey Coleman-level successfully professionally --
That's why I was thinking reliever... in our little exhibition, the elimination of balks stymied the running game.. but in the majors? Well, there are plenty of relievers that can't hold runners for ####.
Ultimately, I guess I'm just saying that if you can consistently get hitters to swing and miss, someone will find a way to use you at the major league level.
If I was a betting man... hey, wait... I AM a betting man... I bet I will see a female pitch in the major leagues in my lifetime. Might potentially be a Veeckian stunt, but I'm betting that we see a female record an official major league out/inning/whatever in the next 20-30 years.
I'd be very happy to take your money, but logistically I don't see how I can hold you accountable thirty years down the line.
My understanding of the DH rule is that you're not allowed to move your pitcher to a defensive position without losing the DH for the rest of the game. Is that right?
- i think it is cultural, especially if you are playing against males. there is no reason, NONE, why females should not be able to compete with males at pool/darts/bridge/chess
The Williams sisters have also turned down challenges from a 50+ John McEnroe. Knowing McEnroe's ego, you've got to think he's pretty damn sure he'd win.
Anyway, I don't expect the idea of women competing in baseball to be put to the test for the simple fact that the population of women playing baseball competitively is infinitesimal compared to their male counterparts thanks to softball.
You don't get to throw underhand playing baseball, from SS or the OF or as a catcher or etc etc. Find me a woman who throws as well as even Johnny Damon and we'll talk.
I think the Olympics gives us a clearer picture of the state of marathon running on this planet.
The fastest female time was good enough to finish 64th if she was running in the Men's marathon. The top 15 women in the world had times that would have placed them between 64th and 100th in the Olympics. The NY women's marathon best times were similar to the Olympics and the best female NY marathon would have placed 64th in the Olympics as well. In the NYM women's times dropped off rapidly after the top 3 finishes.
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