My name is Greg West, I play stickball for a team from San Diego called the Whompers. I read your assessment on today’s hitters and I would like to respectfully disagree with some of what you said regarding walking into the ball vs. stationary hitting. Our team is pretty competitive and a lot of why we do well is because of our hitting.
All of our guys grew up playing baseball and didn’t play Stickball until at least our 20’s so naturally our hitting styles are more similar to baseball. The majority of guys on our team hit stationary and do not run up to hit the ball. I think that if you came out to the Memorial Day Tournament and spent some time watching our team you would be impressed with the results, regardless of your preferene of hitting style.
There are a lot of great modern day hitters that hit riunning into the ball don’t get me wrong, but there are also a lot of great hitters who stand stationary to hit as well. I don’t necessarily think that one style is better than the other; being a good hitter depends on the individual’s hand eye coordination to have the ability to hit the ball square. In baseball, you have many players who have a variety of styles of batting stances and styles of hitting and the same goes for Stickball.
I hope you are able to make it out to the Memorial Day Tournament to get a chance to see the different styles of hitting that there are in this great game that may be new to you.