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Sept. 14, 2006
BigLou
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Doctored Bat in Seattle?

Steinbrenner,
Thanks for answering some questions (it appears you protested the bat)- maybe you can help and answer a few of the others. Iíve played against teams where I suspected altered bats were used. How much did it cost to protest? Can anyone protest or does it have to be the manager? What is the procedure? Do you have to protests it immediately after the batter hit?How long do they have to test it? If it comes back altered does it change the outcome of the game it was used in?
Thanks,
Big Lou

Sept. 12, 2006
BigLou
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Doctored Bat in Seattle?

I have some questions that maybe anyone can answer. I was not in Seattle so whose bat was taken? What team protested it? How much did it cost to protest? Can anyone protest or does it have to be the manager? How long do they have to test it? Could you take an entire teamís bats on the say so of an opposing manager- this done in the first game of a tournament might affect the outcome (some guys sponsors might be willing to spend a couple hundred bucks to get an advantage). How, where and when do they test it? Do they have to give the player a deposit so that if they tear the bat open and find it is legal he can get another bat? Are there written specified sanctions if it is found to be altered? Didnít they allow U IIís in Seattle. What if it was a non U II altered to make it as hot as a U II- should there be a penalty then (no advantage)?
Maurice Ė the Doctor of Love

Aug. 16, 2006
BigLou
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Players need to rate tournaments....

I agree with CAT that the tournaments should be rated. There is a lot of money going into someones' pocket. I just started playing senior softball two years ago. I can't believe how expensive the tournamnets are compared to regular/competitive softball. Where does all the money go? We won a tournament last weekend with 6 teams in it and we didn't get anything. No all tourneys, No sponsors trophy. No individual awards. I think we got a $75 gift certificate for the team. Its not that I need another t-shirt or trophy/bat bag etc. Its just where does the money go? If they're not going to give anything out shouldn't they charge less? Senior softball charges more than regular tournamnets and their costs are obviously less. Where does the money go? Anybody know?
Maurice (the gangster of love)
Aug. 15, 2006
BigLou
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Platooning is what we need

What you are failing to realize is that Senior Softball takes defense out of the game by design-the 5 run rule. A great example of this was evidenced at Menifee this past weekend. The Mavericks a 50 major plus team were playing in the 40 division . I watched them play Courtesy Auto (a 45 team that plays competitive rules ). They were using the Senior rules (5 run walk off). Even though the players were roughly the same age Ė Courtesy Auto has I believe 6 players over 50 and another 3 that will turn 50 next year- the difference in overall ability was quite noticeable. This is because Courtesy plays competitive ball all year against young kids. If they donít get them out they stand in the field until they do. They built their team with a balance of defense and hitting.

The senior rules kept the game artificially close. Courtesy got the Mavericks out 1,2,3 in the first inning (0 runs), but the Mavericks didnít record three outs against Courtesy until the 4th inning after something like 34 batters. Well the score would have been 28-0 after one inning! You donít need too many beatings like that until you redesign your team, one that incorporates the balance between defense and offense. Instead the 5 run rule allowed the Mavericks to walk of the field and hit without ever recording a single out several times. What motivation is there to build balanced teams? The emphasis is on getting your 5 runs every time- what is the best way to do that? Answer- get the best offensive players. As the claw says the game is offensively skewed because there is a social welfare program for defense (the 5 run rule). Keep in mind the Mavericks are a good team at the Senior level. But theyíre playing at the Senior level, itís a different game. So for those of you lamenting the loss of defense at the Senior level, donít blame the players, blame the game.
Maurice(the gangster of love)

Aug. 8, 2006
BigLou
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Another Senior softball "WORLD" Tournament in Salem, OR

Re gary 19's comment "last I looked you still need to make 21 plays to win a game". Actually you only need to make 3. The 3 outs in the open inning. Seniors walk off the field after 5 runs. Maybe that's why defense is sometimes overlooked in Senior Softball. Situation- 2 outs 4 runs in. A guy makes an error in Senior softball after a team has scored 4 runs and they could still leave the field after the next batter without even recording an out. The error has cost his team only 1 run. You make that same mistake playing competitive softball and it could cost you 10, 15, 20 runs. The ramifications for defense play were much greater when we used to play. That's probably, at least to a degree, why defense is sometimes overlooked in all tournament nominations. Not saying its not important-just not as important as it used to be.
Maurice (the gangster of love)
Aug. 7, 2006
BigLou
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Platooning is what we need

Hey Einstein,
I think JOe HArdy makes a very good point about platooning. If you platoon then you might get 10 guys that hit the ball out of the park every at bat. Then where are you. Then what good are your defensive specialists?You'll have taken the defense out of the game. When teams are configured now you usually have one or two bombers who hit it out every time. Guess where they play? Usually catcher or DH. The trick in developing a good team is to have a balance of good hitters and good defensive players. Sometimes you put a slug in right field because he can hit and you want more offense in the lineup early on. You get a lead and you put a defensive replacement in. Thats part of the beauty of baseball/softball. How you uses your bench. Its like a chess match-played on many different levels. It makes coaching strategy a factor. You take that away with platoononig. Also in senior softball the best hitters are the guys that hit the ball out of the park. You mentioned Courtesy Auto in Tahoe. Different game. Different rules. In that tournament you get 3 homeruns and then its an OUT! So you have to keep the ball in the park. You need guys with bat control-need to keep it in/save homers etc. It's almost an advantage to not be able to hit it out. In your platooning system in senior softball there would be no need for guys like Springer and ferret to even hit. You would have 10 monsters crush it out every time.
In conclusion- I think platooning in senior softball would eventually take defense out of the game. It would also take out strategy. Sometimes the best moves are the ones not made!
Maurice (the gangster of love)
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