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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.
May 9, 2013
Robo2
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Major Maryland team needs

Ross, are finally putting you out to pasture?
Jan. 3, 2013
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out after 3 Home Runs

Nobody ever gave me a reason why we just donot have unlimited HRs at all levels. The game would move faster; teams would show the difference quicker and could be moved up in ratings quicker (nobody ever said a team could not be moved up during the season). I have played against teams that were power teams that simply did not move because they were restricted and hidden by the HR rule and did not show the power on paper but the pitcher found out quickly when they started hitting the middle. A lot of talk is made about not changing the game but it seems that this HR rule is not mentioned.
Jan. 3, 2013
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Alternative to 1 - 1 rule.

Steve, I rather have the standard count but am open to your idea of 3 & 3. I still want the mat because the quality of the umpires is not consistent. It does take alot of pressure off them and the only argurement is height.
Dec. 10, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Run Outs

I do not play AAA but my opinion is this and is very simple. Allow unlimited HRs in every class. It will make games quicker by allowing 5 runs to be scored quicker and show separation of the power teams easier. One would not have to wait until the end of the year to bump a team up to the next level. By having limits if allows the better teams in each division to be hidden.

It seems that many complaints on the board are that certain teams should be at the next level. Just my opinion.
Nov. 14, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Our team uses a pitcher screen in BP during the off season. So I do not see any issue with having a "foreign object" in the field. Especially if it is there for a safety concern due to slower reactions.

I am all for using less lively bats if they are supplied by the tournament. Otherwise cheater bats come in.
Nov. 14, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

It needs to be treated as a foul ball or batters will continue to hit it and wait for a pitch down the middle. I did not think of this before. So a hit screen with 2 strikes is an out.
Nov. 13, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

No problem with having a screen. I do question why pitchers must wear a mask if a screen is in place. Rest is OK.
Oct. 15, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Runs

I respectfully disagree with the issue of making them outs. I do not hit that many but when I do, it makes no sense to be an out. In fact if we made they unlimited, the good teams would move up faster instead of being held back due to a rule that restricts or hides there abilities. Let's face it, I believe, the majority of teams will not move up on there own. so allowing unlimited HRs will allow for quicker and easier separation of ability. It will also get the game over quicker because the 5 run inning will get over quicker.

I understand some of the different issues mentioned here but I do not see the solution of going back to calling a 55 or 60 yr old person out for hitting a ball over 300 feet. I do not see our team or teams we have faced have the ability to hit HR whenever they want. I would like to see the power teams move up quicker and I don't want power hitters coming back up the middle trying to avoid an out by slaming a ball intentionally low.
Oct. 12, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SSUSA Thanks for a great weekend

Congrats to ENR. A great buch of guys.

Joe L
Sept. 27, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: "Senior Moments"

Gary, I agree with you. I hear it too many times as an excuse instead of just admitting one was wrong or just too darn lazy. I cannot speak for how I will feel when I am 70; I am 60 now and I still slide, dive, get my kness and elbows cut up, and pull muscles every so often. I think of it as part of the game. I also hit the gym a couple of times a week; it takes a commitment to try to remain competitive. You think there isn't many a Sat or Sun morning where I don't feel like sleeping in?
Sept. 26, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

HJ - on our tourney team, I would estimate 8 of 10 slide without giving it a thought; one does it rarely and one no due to just getting over knee operation.

I do not feel 60 is old. It is just a number and for the most part, we are big kids having fun. I would ask, of thoses that slide - how many work out at a gym?
Sept. 18, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLIDING!!

I am 60 now and have never stopped sliding. Yes my knees get cut up but that is part of the game. If one is not willing to slide, that is OK, get a runner or don't go for the extra base. Each person has to do what if best for himself / team.
Aug. 20, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

The bottom line is that Miken can say anything they want. As players, we know what works and what does not and if a bat breaks too easy or does not perform as well as competitors, then the company will not seel it's products. I broke three mikens in one year some time ago. This past year I decided to give them another try and the bat was dead.

I guess Miken will not fix it's own issues until players stop buying their product.
July 25, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

I do not mind giving up the 5 runs, but why do we need to give up our Home Runs limits as well?
July 13, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

It could very well be that the Northeast does not have that many teams. We typically see the same teams in each toruney; each year. the difference between the AAA and Major is not that great. for the most part the teams are established and do not recruit. That is the major difference when one moves up to Major +.

One the other hand I do see where teams win and then complain when they move up.
July 12, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

I see no problem with the move up. If you win you are verifying you are at the top of that class. No need to validate with a second win in a "major" tourney. Now the 2nd thru 5th place teams can try for the top spot. Also, many teams break up and form new teams to try to stay at the lower level - by keeping track of player ID one can verify the appropriate classification. One other point in favor of mandatory move up - it is one way of preventing / deterring the load up of better class players for the one big tournament.

From what I have seen, there is not much difference between AAA and Major. The few AA teams I have seen are also quit good.

Who can take pride in winning at lower levels? I personnally would want to play same level of competion or slightly better.
July 9, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Heat

we played 3 games Sat and 2 on Sunday. My car said 112 degree Sat.

I find that in addition to water; at least one Kettle-One dirty martini with olives works best.

It was great seeing all the guys; even Ross.
June 29, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Crabtown Classic in Glen Burnie, MD

I just hope Ross pitches or should I call him "serve 'em up Ross"
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