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March 24, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Neck10: Rik you are right if I could just hit from 2ed base, I would be a homerun hitter. This thread got onto the conversation can many people hit a homerun 300 plus with a wooden bat. If I recall you hit a homerun off of me using a wooden bat a couple years back. Our fences must be around 300'. Granted, I gave you a meatball pitch just to see if you could do it. lol I think you have a couple of others on your team that can do that like Billy. Do you think our snow will be gone by May? -7 this morning and weatherman saysd all week like this. Donny C The Yooper
March 21, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Omar:
A bit of miscommunication, but worked out. I agree we have always had some powerful hitters and I have always been careful of them when I pitched. Yes, when better bats TPS/Demirini came out I started to also hit it over the fence and I could not before. Now with the ultra II I can still hit some but they are fewer, guess I am getting older and more out of shape. I may have to get a mask if I want to continue to pitch or perhaps just go play third. I tried a mask and it inhibites my vision so much and it makes me sweat a lot hard to see with sweat in your eyes. I am from up North got like 4 ft. snow yet and playing in 90's is tough and worse with the helmet and face mask. I guess one can get used to anything just takes some time and patience. Hope to see you on the field. Donny C The Yooper.
March 21, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Vance: Yes better bats have made a difference and always have. I recall when TPS sarted making a better bat and than DeMarini. They went from 36-38 oz bats to 33oz and now they are lighter than that. These bats made more people homerun hitters as did the better balls. Composite bats are the newer technology and they have made a powerful impact. I recall around 2000 when the Mikun Ultra II came out I think it was banned shortly after from ASA and other organizations, but now we have it and others in Senior legaue when we have slower reflexes. Back in the day seemed we always new who could hit it out, normally just a few guys on a team and now we get several that can hit it out and on an average team. The HOF guys are just as you say they are the best at what they do just simply great athletes. Donny C The Yooper
March 21, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Omar:
I know we have senior players that can hit the ball 300 feet with wooden bats. No way am I trying to be insulting to these players. They got into the HOF for not only being great hitters but being complete players and the cream of the crop. Many of these players could hit it out with a broom stick. The majority of players that love the game are not in the HOF but still love to play as much as possible. I am saying I cannot hit the ball like those folks because of mainly my size 5'5". Therefore I willingly admit a better bat/ball helps me hit a ball further but I am not in their league whatsoever. A senior bat is somewhat of an equalizer (if they were using wooden bats) but I will never hit the ball like the folks you are talking about, but I sure wish I could. I admire these folks and love to see them play. Sorry I led you to feel that they are in the HOF because of better bats as that was not my intention at all. To answer your question I play ball mainley in MI, Indiana, Kentucky, TN, Ohio and GA. Perhaps we can meet one day and have a conversation about this, if you get to any places I go to I enjoy meeting people that love to play ball. Donny C, The Yooper.
March 21, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

Hurler:

Yes Ricky has a team they have won our 55+ league each of the last 6 years. He likes to field as good of team as possible. On the other hand when playing weaker teams he uses only 7 - 8 players. He does have a good bunch of guys on the team and they make a lot of SUSSA and SPA events and win a lot.

Omar: You are correct about the shorter distance for us older folks who have much less reflexes than we used to. The bats and balls do make the ball move pretty quick. I still recall using wooden bats and that ball came back darn fast up the middle. Yes fewer homeruns back than, normally just the big sluggers and the fences were 250-275. Had to hit a homerun within first two at bats cause after that the ball was too soft. Oh, the memories. I still love using the better bats and balls as I do not go out of my way to look for a bat that has no zip to it. One could find better wooden bats than others way back when, seemed most folks wanted the best they could get. Has always been a brand that seemed to have more zip in it no doubt you did the same. Perhaps tecnology has gone to far or we need to make some changes to compensate for that. I still say pitch from further back, and importantly throw higher arc and give the pitcher a chance. Donny C The Yooper.

March 14, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

I see that Boombah is advertising a "Fielders mask" looks like it has great visability. Question is, it is inexpensive only $24.99, and is it for fielders, and if so would it be good for pitchers. Also, does it offer good protection, as the ads says nothing about this. Anyone know about this mask? Donny C The Yooper
Feb. 13, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

glovedad: I agree with you. I hit a lot to right field and I just turn in the box, its like the pitch is coming from first base and no problem hitting with good power. I need to hit it where they ain't, if I had Webbie25 power I would just hit to left (as I bat right) but alas I do not. All I can say about a bleeder is they look good in the book, very similiar to a cheap strike when I bowl. Donny C The Yooper
Feb. 11, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTERCREST

4b: Thank you for the info. I do recall how using a colored cloth would put the dye directly into your blood stream. I did not know the new stuff is different than what I used in the 70's. So if I am understanding you this can speed up other medication one takes. I may try it with peppermint and coconut oil I have been using together of late for arthritis. Donny C The Yooper
Feb. 11, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTERCREST

4b/swing: I never realized that DMSO was an ingrediant of wintercrest. It is good to hear that. so thank you. DMSO has been around for many years, problem with it is it makes my skin itch a lot. Perhaps I have an reaction to it not sure, how does it effect you guys. A good idea to put it in a product like wintercrest as DMSO does not smell too good (like an Oyster/garlic) and wintercrest smells better. DMSO cost about $20 for a roll on, wintercrest if I recall I paid $35 for a similiar amount. Not sure what other healing ingrediants are in wintercrest, one should perhaps read what they are. DMSO always helped me and I still use it. I think it is sold as a solvent not as something to help with pain. I recall hearing that NFL teams in the 70's used it regularly for pain and inflamation in the locker rooms. Donny C, The Yooper
Feb. 10, 2014
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTERCREST

The stuff works great, but I think I need it in a liquid form so I can take a bath in it. Donny C
Jan. 31, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Rik, that goes to show you that the big guys can hit the ball hard w/o the senior bats. I think you hit that ball out off me. Senior bats do more to help smaller guys like me hit it hard. I like to move in the box gets me a couple feet on the distance of my ball sometimes gives me warning track power. lol and I hit it out of the infield with wodden bats just not too far. Enjoy this 3 foot of snow we have.
hurler, The nets do protect the pitcher but been hit with a ball that came off the side of the post that holds the net. I normally pitch from the side of the mound so I can field balls mostly I pick up the ball after it hits me. Donny C
Jan. 30, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Joel, yes I know he can hit it very hard anywhere he wants to hit it. As you say he never goes after the pitcher and I have heard him yell at his own player for hitting one back at the pitcher. I sometimes give him a perfect pitch to hit the opposite way if I see my fielders are playing him short, so they can learn a lesson. Donny C
Jan. 30, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Rik, you are right easy to hit a large ball coming at you 4-5 mph. Trick is to hit it where they ain't. Not much a pitcher can do with the low arc, hitting certain spots is nice but it is still slowpitch. Get the arc up and that will change the game a lot and help protect the pitcher.
Joyce, I am with you, not happy about the rule change. I will now play another position rather than wear a mask that inhabits my sight thus making me more I feel of a target. I would rather have the screen in front of me if given a choice, more protection but still some problems with that also.
Joel, most players do not try to hit a pitcher, but there are some out there. I love the middle but do not recall hitting a pitcher more than a couple times in 40 years and that by accident. Donny C, The Yooper.
Jan. 22, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

DOLFAN: I agree it also gets my timing right and allows me to also Mash.
Rik, What was that comment about "better looking" Have you ever heard the saying if I looked like that I would shave my butt and walk backwords and besides your a lunchmeat pitcher, I just had to say that, lol and take care. Donny C.
Jan. 21, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Rik:
Not that many got hit at all, the bats do make a big difference. Recall a few years back when we used wooden bats, thay made an even bigger difference, the poorer teams could comnpete a bit better. I still like the better bats. Your team is by far better than any team in TC and I appreciate how you guys never pick on the poorer fielders. I also liked the fact you told your players not to hit at the pitcher (before the screen came in.) You have a very good team and I enjoy playing against you. A good bunch of guys who make it a point to stop and say Hi when I see you at tourneys in Ind, TN, GA MI etc. together. Have a good winter, Donny C
Jan. 20, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Rik, 10 defnders sometime do not help, look at my elders team in TC lol. Throwing from 10-14 feet back of the rubber is much safer for the pitcher, but I cannot get the ball to the plate from there with any consitency. Walk a couple in a row and they want a new pitcher. You on the other hand Rik are so much bigger than me no one gives you heck LOL. See you this spring. Donny C, The Yooper.
Jan. 20, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

DOLFAN: I also like to walk the box as it allows me to have more control of hitting the pitch I want, ex. a low pitch becomes chest high when one moves up. Started using this in unlimited arc as a necessity. Been getting heck from opposing players for many years on this as they feel I am out of the box. The box is large and one needs to have only a bit of a foot inside to be legal. In over 45 years I think I have hit a pircher a few times and mainly off the rubber. When I have been hit while pitching normally when I throw an outside pitch and soon as I throw it I know it and move like heck backwards. I understand that a mask etc could be helpful for a pitcher and or infielder, but at this time would rather not use one, too much sight restriction for me and that does not allow me to use my glove as effectively as I would like. The screen is nice but I notice balls close to the bar that holds the screen can be dangerous, I sometimes get complacent with the screen in front of me. I have been hit by a deflected ball off the bar (dead ball but still hurts) also as I often move to one side of the screen after a pitch hoping to field a possible grounder. It is a very tough position and I kind of like that. I will more than likely move to play third now as I do not feel protective equipment will benefit me only take away skills and make me more of a target. The hot senior bats, I must confess I like using them. Been pitching a lot of years and balls always come back hard when up the middle, they seemed just as hard hit before the senior bats. Senior bats allow the average player to hit the ball harder but the big hard hitters always hit them that way even when we used to use wooden bats. I can now hit the ball hard and I am not a big guy, I love the senior bat makes me more equal to those big hitters. Donny C "The Yooper"
Jan. 13, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Mr.Manassas:
I have also played with the 10 foot circle allowing the pitcher to pitch anywhere within it. It gives the pitcher a considerable more edge than just throwing 6 - 12 foot from that pathetic rubber. I would like to see that circle here. Batters that hit at pitchers on purpose have got some serious issues that they need to deal with. Donny C
Jan. 10, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Skeptical, you are either lucky or I am unlucky. I still say
the rubber is not needed in slowpitch. In baseball and fastpitch softball the rubber is used to increase speed of the pitch, we do not have that in slowpitch. The chalk line is a starting point and also if 4 feet feet in length would allow the pitcher more leway with his pitches no reason to rub it out at all. The chalk line would be to a pitchers advantage and not worry about deflections off the rubber.
Ceres, I have no problem with pitchers that wear a mask or other protective equipment. At this time I do not want to wear them and would rather play another position. The game has been played for a long time without the use of masks and I do not like a rule that says we need to wear them. What will they do next make us wear an entire suit of titanium. Increase the arc will go a long way to protect pitchers, harder to hit, and give the pitcher time to move back another 10-15 feet after he lets the ball go. I see a lot of strike outs in unlimited arc which one seldom sees in 6-10 foot arc. Let the pitcher become more of a factor and use high arc. The high arc becomes a game changer. Donny C The Yooper.
Jan. 10, 2014
The yooper
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Coop3636 I agree with the getting rid of the rubber, no real need for it and it can and does cause problems when a ball comes off of it. As for the batters box it is pretty big and one needs only to have a 99% of one foot in box. Those that rub out the box on purpose should be called out. I have been hit by more balls coming off the rubber than anything. I have had many close calls and some big bruises from being hit while pitching. No time to relax when pitching every pitch could come back at you. Although, normally a bad pitch I make (outside) causes the ball to come back at me. When I do that I really have to back pedel quickly. A few people have I feel taken a shot up the middle on purpose, but like Coop says that is part of the game, I do have a glove and normally a line drive at me or any pitcher is an out. Get rid of the rubber, put down a white line about four feet long in its place, and let pitchers throw higher arc that will help protect them and we will not have to wear armour. As far as pitching with a mask on, I will play third base and forget pitching as for me the mask limits my vision, too hot (I am from way up North) and I feel allows me to get hit much more frequently and I do not like getting hit. Donny C, The Yooper.
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