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June 5, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

I am of a different opinion. Have unlimited HRs at all levels.
Benefits:
1) 5 runs per inning are reached faster
2) allows teams with power to move out of the level they are currently in
3) Stops the discussions of power hitters going up the middle

I play 55 Major. Yes, there is a big difference between Major teams and the Major plus that I have seen. However, I do not see that much of a difference between Major and AAA.

I agree that another possibility is different rules for different age groups. I believe once one is in 60+ that their is a huge difference from 50s. The team I play on has a mix of players over 60 and upper 55s.

All in all, the teams I face seem to be mostly at the same competitive level (except for those High Street guys - just kidding boys)
May 28, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

I have always felt that HRs should be unlimited. The reason being that a limit keeps the power teams down. Let the power teams hit the HRs. First it would get the innings over quicker; second it would allow for quicker separation of the better teams to the higher classifications; and third it would eliminate the power guys from hitting the middle (at least to some extent).

Just a thought but would like to hear others on this topic to see a difference in opinion.
May 6, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Sorry to disagree with some of you. I wore a pitching mask for the first time this year and I have pitched for 40 years. I have no problem with seeing the ball or fielding. I was hit in the shin but the batter immediately came up to me and apologized. It happens but I do not believe anyone tries to hit at the pitcher. Especially with HR limits as out the batter must try for the biggest opening and that is up the middle. So now I wear shin pads and a mask and I think it give me confidence to attempt to field balls that I may have in the past hesitated. That is my opinion. I do respect those of you that feel otherwise.
May 1, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Atlantic Coast Championships

I believe Sweet Construction 55 Major will be there.
April 29, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any 55 Major teams going to Glen Burnie

How many 55 Major teams are going to Glen Burnie this weekend?
April 23, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Maryland Classic

Oh well, not many teams and once again we are playing out of our age group. At least we are playing softball and the fields in MD are always in great condition and the weather looks good.
April 18, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 TEAMS GOING TO FREDERICK,MD & ACC TOURNEYS

Still no word on what teams are in Frederick? When will listing be posted?
April 14, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Alan Gillespie

Thank God he is doing well and had this warning. My prayers are with him. Hope to see you guys in Frederick.
Joe L Sweet 55
April 11, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken's New Mike Macenko Signature Model is Coming Soon

One question about this new bat. How will it hold up? Let's face it Miken UII have a history of breaking easily. One of the longest lasting bats was the old yellow Combat. I am sure Mike, you remember that one! I like the 30 oz end load but curious how many swings will this one last.
April 9, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 TEAMS GOING TO FREDERICK,MD & ACC TOURNEYS

Sweet Construction 55 Major is going to both.
April 3, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Who is going to Maryland Classic

what 55 Major teams are going to the Maryland Classic? I know Sweet Construction is.
April 1, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good Luck Mike S

Good News: Mike is doing well after 4 repaired blockages. I understand he is already making passes at the nurses.
March 28, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good Luck Mike S

It is funny that you said that in those words; his nickname around here for years was "Serve em up Mike". We hit Wed night (indoors)- he hit well (for him).
March 27, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good Luck Mike S

I understand that many players are very upset that their batting average and homerun production will go down now that Mike is not pitching.
March 20, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Good Luck Mike S

For those of you who know Mike Santo (NJ); he is having open heart surgery on March 31. We all wish him well and hope to see him back on the ball field soon.
March 5, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW "ROOKIE" ON TEAM SSUSA

Congratulations Fran and Dave. My very best wishes for the health of mother and child. I imagine the smile on your faces.
Feb. 27, 2014
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Wounded Warrior Project-League Tournaments

What a GREAT idea and so well deserved. I wish the East coast (NJ) would have a tournament that would donate to the Wounded Warrior Project. I wish you the best of success.
Jan. 29, 2014
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

I suggest before a game go to the back stop and pitch a ball up and hit it into the back stop. Basically: set up in front of the home plate and away; turn your back to the pitcher after he let's go of the ball; let the ball pass you by; and hit liking you are pitching to yourself.
Dec. 20, 2013
Robo2
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Why Not Have A Players Committee Of Real Players To Over See The Rules

I pitch from time to time in Major division (and have for >10 years). I honestly do not think that any hitter tries to hit close to the pitcher. Not been my experience.

However, if all levels were unlimited HRs, then the games / innings may get over quicker due to reaching the 5 or 7 run per inning sooner.

I do know several tournament directors and they do listen to comments. Sometimes the answer is no.

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Joe L.
Dec. 20, 2013
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

I am not for eliminating senior bats because I have seen how people cheat with ASA bats. I am sure anyone who has played this game for any reasonable amount of time know this. Senior bats make it equal. Now if the tournaments supply the bats, then I would not care what bat is used.
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