i really dont understand where all of this is coming from
i have none of the same sentiments as you. if anything EA has made the playability more realistic. if you try to pull an outside pitch, you will ground to second. if you try to go oppo but swing early you will pop it up. if you try to pull it and swing late you will get jammed. its very much like playing real baseball in that you must time your swing relative to where you are trying to hit the ball. using the hitters eye helps your timing a lot too. in season play (on pro level i think, whatever the second or third one is) i hit 2-3 HR a game usually. when i play vs my friends we have high scoring games a lot of the time, as we have no room for mistakes, since both of us crush mistake pitches. its very tough at first but once you get the hang of hitting using the directional stick and timing it right, i find the playability very good, and very realistic.