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Jan. 20, 2014
j33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Nobody cares if you walk the box. I love pitching to box walkers, easy outs LOL.
The problem is batters standing more than 3 feet from the plate. keep them within that and any middle hits are not to hot to handle
Jan. 14, 2014
j33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is Pitching Mask mandatory

Guys the fact is people should have the choice. More people have died from being stuck in the car by the seat belt then thrown from vehicle. Most all of us grew up just fine with no seat belts and few legally enforced safety guide lines from our wonderful government ,state, city or federal.
everything is money driven. Funny how so many "new" masks are all of a sudden available.
30 years of playing I have seen more people hit in the face by bad hops playing infield then pitching. some severely. If this is for safety then they should all wear it.
Jan. 10, 2014
j33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

I am reposting what I've said many times. Also maybe they should go ahead and make all the infield wear a mask. 80% of the time when someone is hit in the face its 3rd and short. umpires in the field need to wear helmets, one was killed a couple of years ago from a batted ball while in the field.

ENFORCE THE BATTERS BOX!!! I will defend myself in the middle.


I have been pitching for over 30 years. In the last 12 years I have had my forearm broken twice by line drives while pitching. I wear an arm pad now mostly to keep the wife happy. It limits my range of motion while fielding the ball. I was a catcher in high school and wore a mask then. it does limit the vision radius and just about cuts off the peripheral vision completely. I also wear glasses and a mask interferes with that.
I contend that the most important rule to enforce is the batter box.
The box is 3 ft wide and 6 in from the plate
the plate is 17 inches wide
this equals 4ft 4in from the back of the batters box across to the other side of the plate
the bat is 36in long
Im 5ft 9in and my arms arm 24 inches reaching out in front of me
This equals 5ft
So if I am standing at the back of the box and extend my arms in front with the bat it should reach over the entire plate.
There is no way I can hit a ball with a full arm extension up the middle with power unless it is pitched outside.
How many times do you see guys six feet and up with long arm spans "in the box" and can't even reach the plate with the bat with their warm-up swing.
This is when pitchers get hurt.
It would help if the people making the decisions on these rules actually played.
If they don't want the box enforced then put the penalty on the batter and team.
If you hit the pitcher while he is in the lane then you end the inning. and 5 runs are subtracted.

Dec. 15, 2013
j33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face mask rule

I have been pitching for over 30 years. In the last 12 years I have had my forearm broken twice by line drives while pitching. I wear an arm pad now mostly to keep the wife happy. It limits my range of motion while fielding the ball. I was a catcher in high school and wore a mask then. it does limit the vision radius and just about cuts off the peripheral vision completely. I also wear glasses and a mask interferes with that.
I contend that the most important rule to enforce is the batter box.
The box is 3 ft wide and 6 in from the plate
the plate is 17 inches wide
this equals 4ft 4in from the back of the batters box across to the other side of the plate
the bat is 36in long
Im 5ft 9in and my arms arm 24 inches reaching out in front of me
This equals 5ft
So if I am standing at the back of the box and extend my arms in front with the bat it should reach over the entire plate.
There is no way I can hit a ball with a full arm extension up the middle with power unless it is pitched outside.
How many times do you see guys six feet and up with long arm spans "in the box" and can't even reach the plate with the bat with their warm-up swing.
This is when pitchers get hurt.
It would help if the people making the decisions on these rules actually played.
If they don't want the box enforced then put the penalty on the batter and team.
If you hit the pitcher while he is in the lane then you end the inning. and 5 runs are subtracted.

April 15, 2013
j33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Have read different rules for the pitchers would like for ssusa to explain all new rules.

The batters box is the rule to enforce to help keep pitchers safe. I have had my forearm broken twice in the last 11 years by balls hit up the middle. I pitch because I like to and I'm good at it. But when you have a box that is 3 feet wide, the length of the bat,and a 17 inch plate, half of the average arm length, then when I see a batter swing with full arm extension his bat should be beyond the plate. fact is most times they cant reach the plate without leaning in with the swing.
If you make a batter stay in the box a pitcher would have to throw 6 inches or more outside of the plate to have a full arm swing come at them. anything else hit over the plate is playable up the pipe.
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