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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.
Dec. 9, 2013
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

neck10 and I play in the same league and the net is small only about 3 feet wide at best and perhaps 6 feet high. I pitch around the net and not over it as we are not required to pitch over it or stay behind it in this league. One can catch balls off to the side, but have to be careful if a ball glances off the side post of the net it becomes even more dangerous than a low liner at you. Using the net causes a problem when one goes to tourneys where it is not used, I think ones reaction time is cut down by use of the net. Too easy to get complacent with the net in front of you. I still think if they allowed the pitcher to throw higher pitches instead of "meat balls" it would go a long way in protecting a pitcher or infilder. Unlimited arc is much harder to hit, but it sure is fun to pitch. A good high arc pitcher can actually get several strikeouts a game. High arc will allow a pitcher to be something more than just a target, a pitch can be a huge factor in a game. Six foot arc gives a pitcher little chance of strike outs, but sure improves the odds of a liner up the middle. Lets give the pitcher a chance. Donny C, "The Yooper"
Dec. 6, 2013
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

Southernson, I agree blondes do help but only on a temporary basis, the same is said for brunettes, redheads and brown haired ladies. The older I get it seems to be even more temporary.
Swing for the fences, cold is interesting, as cold weather makes my arthritis ache more but you say cold therapy helps. Most certtainely a difference, I will look into this.
Hombre, I reside near Traverse City, MI called the cherry capital and have used cherrry juice but to no avail, but I hear that cherry capsulas have over 100 times the cherry juice strength, I may try that.
E4/E6, sometimes it gets so bad I feel like crying and exercise does help, just hard to get up and do it.
Stick8, I think your mind is in the right place, if one gets what one thinks you got it working. Donny C, "The Yooper"
Dec. 5, 2013
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

I have tried so many things to help with arthritis pain and the lack of mobility that goes with it and nothing seems to help. I have had cortizone shots that last about 3 weeks and one can only get them once every 3 months, plus they have bad side effects. I have tried ointments, over the counter meds, ultra sound machines. At our age there must be many afficted with this what do you do? I could use some help. Donny C, "The Yooper"
Nov. 12, 2013
The yooper
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

Hey Birdie: I had rotator cuff surgery, shoulder was also cleaned out and bicep tendon surgery this past January. The Doc was concerend about possibility of breaking the tendon but had no problems with that at all. The rotator cuff and shoulder was another thing had a hard time swinging the bat, a lot of discomfort, and no power at all but by end of July could do so with no pain. Spent a lot of time in the gym working with weights to make the shoulder stronger. This coupled with weekly massage therapy really helped and enabled me to hit the ball pretty hard. This was a legit massage therapist by the way.lol although those type massages do make one feel good at least I am told that. I feel the massage really helped a lot as it made the pain less and I feel helped my recovery. I have carpel tunnel surgery coming up a three weeks, heck I may be healthy come spring time. Put a good work out with weights and massage if possible and it will help.
Lemons, hope you are doing well, I know you went through some surgery yourself a couple years back.
Good luck and see you on the field. Donny C, "The Yooper"
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