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Question Why is the mound raised in baseball?

I see that the mound is raised in baseball and it is a flat circle in softball. What is the reason for that? Also is the a difference in height of mound in college over professional?


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I believe both mounds stand 10 inches high and are both 60 feet six inches from home plate. They have to be high so pitchers can get more downward motion and gravity on their pitches to help make their pitches faster and break better.




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Wow that would be sure hard to hit.


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Prior to 1969, the mound was even higher. 1968 was the Year of the Pitcher, where games were so low-scoring MLB had to do something to curb the dominance. They cut 5 inches off the mound that year.


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So tall guys like Kevin Gregg would be huge in that era.


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Everyone was doing good in that era. They actually raised the mound after 1961 and widen the strikezone a little bit because of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit so many homeruns in 1961. Then as BustedDreams stated then they lowered it back down because hitters were having a hard time hitting even .300.




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This is how dominate pitching got. In 1968, Carl Yastrzemski had the highest average in the American League. His average was .301! That is why they had to lower the mound.




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I imagine he was best ball player of time yes?


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Yaz is one of the greatest ballplayers of all-time. He is the last hitter ever to win the Triple Crown, which he did in 1967.




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Another thing I learn today.


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