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July 21, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ball Fair or Foul???

Any batted ball that hits first or third base is a FAIR ball, no matter where it carroms off to after.
I had one play several years ago where the batter hit a hard, low line drive that hit the edge of third base. The ball carromed off over the fence down the third base line out of play. It's a fair ball but how many bases does the batter-runner and any runners on base receive?
June 14, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

rightj I forgot to add scout after major league. A friend of mine is a major league scout and he tells me after they deem prospects character to be worthy they mainly look for arm strength and speed. Coaches can teach players how to hit and how to field but they can't teach speed or a good arm.
June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

Dale your right, prolonged practice of long toss can improve arm strength slightly or in some cases a little better than slightly. 5-7 mph sounds about right. But if one doesn't have a natural good arm all the long toss in the world won't give them that hose where they can easily throw runners out going from 1st to 3rd or 2nd to home. It's the same thing with speed. There are exercises one can do to develop a quicker jump or first step but to develop breakaway speed thru exercise just doesn't occur. A friend of mine is a major league baseball and he always says they can teach you how to hit, they can teach you how to field but they can't teach speed or a good arm.
BTW, we missed you in Knoxville. I'm sure you heard--we ran with 10 all weekend and still came in second. We played our you know what's off and I'm still a bit sore, those infields were rock-hard!!
June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Here's one for you Garocket or anyone else:
Runner on first 1 out. Line drive to short who makes a nice catch. Runner at first is caught off the bag and tries to get back. The shortstops throw back to first is wild and goes out of play. Umpire signals dead ball and points the runner to second base. Baserunner neglects to go back to first to tag and goes right to second. Next batter is in the box and the defensive team appeals the runner at second didn't properly tag up. Is the runner good or is he out?
June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Neck in the law of mathematics 1 + 2 does equal 3--lol. The only time a runner gets 3 bases is if a defensive fielder throws their glove at a ball and it makes contact. Then it's 3 bases from the time of the pitch.
BTW, one of your guys, Billy Osborne, played with us last weekend in Knoxville. He did a very nice job. He's fast for his age!!
June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: June, 1970

Thank you for your service Southpaw! Question about that day, was it an actual ball field you played that game on?
I had one unusual experience as an umpire. League game about 5 years ago. A police car pulls up and two cops come out and walk onto our field. One turns to me and says "give us a little time here". I certainly wasn't going to say no to the police!! They walk up to the pitcher and a 15-20 minute conversation ensued. Then there was a physical struggle after which they announced he was under arrest, subsequently handcuffed and then taken away. The icing on the cake was the minimum to start was 9 and the team only had 9 guys with pitcher. I had to call a forfeit since the pitcher leaving made it 8. Very unusual to say the elast.
June 4, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Good point Garocket. The key here being it was the second play by the defensive team which means runners move up two bases from where they're at the time of the throw.
June 4, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Hitman, it's two bases--the one your going toward and the next one. In that situation the batter-runner gets third base.

June 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

I interpret "if there is a play" to mean a throw is made to first for attempting to get the batter-runner out. If a throw isn't made to first then there is no play at first. The batter runner therefore cannot be out. To be on the safe side the rule of thumb for the batter runner when going to first is to always touch the outside bag on a infield ground ball and you'll never be called out for touching the wrong bag. First base coaches should be encouraged to holler "outside bag' to the runner. Better to be safe than sorry.
May 29, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Neck, in either WSL or GSL, maybe both, has a home run rule similar to what you outlined. Now keep in mind this is men's ball, not senior ball. As I understand it each level has an x amount of hr hitters allowed who can hit as many as they want per game. As I also understand it if one of the hr hitters is walked, either intentionally or unintentionally, another batter who is not a hr hitter is allowed to hit one in that inning.
Again this is only what I heard second hand. If someone knows the real rule please feel free to correct me.
May 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Raising the hr limit, putting in an 11th fielder or balls thru the middle being a dbo will likely reduce the number of times batter hit the middle. But the only true way to protect a pitcher from getting drilled is putting a pitching screen in front of him.
May 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is this altering a bat?????

Garyheifner, I can't speak for all umpires but I would consider that altering a bat. Your applying a foreign substance on the bat which is altering it from it's original design.
Question I have: you pointed out you use this bat in a "pick up" league. To me "pick up" means a bunch of guys getting together to play. Is this league sanctioned by SSUSA, SPA, USSSA, ASA, or any other association where the teams may pay a sanction fee?

May 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Caveman you are exactly right!! I'm not an attorney but back in the day I was an office manager for a group of personal injury attorneys. A good attorney can and usually does get around any waiver.
May 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rain and tournaments

Papa01Smurf are you sure SSUSA would get a full day refund for all the rented fields if said day was rained out?
April 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48 if the defense does the appeal properly it would be valid. As I stated the other team can certainly protest the blatant unprofessional conduct or if it's a two man ask that ump to ask his partner for help. Umpires are not out there to tell teams where to hit, where to play on d or do what your scenario outlined. IOW, they don't play favorites. They're supposed to ne neutral.
April 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I need a ruling on this scenario

If the out at second is recorded beofre the runner from third crosses the plate no run. If the runner at third crosses the plate before the out at second is recorded then the run counts.
April 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Crusher, if I read your scenario correctly the field guy ran out into the outfield to see if the outfielder made a catch or not. In that case the home plate umpire has the infield for any plays including making sure runners legally touch the bases. Of course this is USSSA mechanics. In my estimation the field ump does not make that call.
April 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48, I head up a crew of USSSA umpires where I live. If I ever found out one of my umpires actually said that, he wouldn't be in my crew anymore.
April 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IS IT A CATCH

1jonsey, in your scenario I have a legal catch. And I have to question the wisdom of umpire next to you stating the manager could protest the call. Unless he's asked Umpires shouldn't be volunteering info like that off the cuff.
April 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48 if what you stay is true that base umpire shouldn't be umpiring anywhere. Was this a league or tournament? I would mention this to the director.
Crusher was that the field ump or the plate ump that made the call?
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