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Real name:
Gary Sommers

Location:
Shaker Heights, OH

Division:
Men's 50

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Dec. 21, 2010
Dirty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Purist....

#6, you are spot on. We grew up having to earn our ups, not getting to bat because we sucked and couldn't get three outs. Heck, now we don't have to even get one out, just be bad enough to give up 5 runs and let's go hit.

Ridiculous!
Dec. 21, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

"i can't find where any one has said that the strike zone should be the same for everyone?"

Curty, you find it everytime you see the mat. It IS the strike zone, and it NEVER changes size based on the batter. 5'4" or 6'9", we all use the SAME size strike zone. Wrong, just wrong.
Dec. 21, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

Yes, I belong to both organizations.

Hitman, I have 'battled' surgery to both knees, bone spurs in both shoulders and both elbows, a torn rotator cuff, arthritis in both kneeds, and 2 1/2 months of chemo and radiation and another two months of after-effects in 2008 for oral cancer. Lost 40 pounds in two months thanks to a feeding tube down my nostril into my intestines so I could "eat". Enough battle for you?

Yet I am in the gym 5 days a week in the off-season and usually twice in season so that I can perform ALL required aspects of the simple game of slow-pitch softball without any assistance from teammates. I do that for my health (always have), I do it for my appearance (yes, I like having a 45" chest, 36" waist, and 17" arms at 54 years old), and I do it to become a better player.
Dec. 21, 2010
Dirty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Purist....

John, I am sure we will never go back. But I just hope we can at least stop this movement in the wrong direction.
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

Capt., you are exactly correct. Just NO need for them. If you cannot run, don't play until you are healed or lose enough weight to be able to move.

If all of these guys cannot run the bases, how do they play defense? There are only so many EHs and catchers.
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

So we are going to a horizontal strize zone that is the same size for EVERYONE just so you don't have to hear a few words exchanged between the ump and pitcher?????????????


Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

I remember the first time I saw courtesy runnes many years ago it had to be the guy who made the last out.

Not sure that is perfect, but it sure beats letting the team just pick some jackrabbit to do all/most of the running.
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

I do know about that, but that game is MUCH more sophisticated and difficult than what we play. Not even close.
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

curty, yes there is more arc than in baseball, but the ball is still travelling at less than a 45 degree angle. Pitches are still much more horizontal than vertical, that is just geometric fact. Especialy with the arc limits we use.

And strike zones were NEVER intended to be one-size-fits-all.
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

"strategic"??? Courtesy as a strategy.

This game isn't that complicated, little girls used to play it and even they have now evolved to fast-pitch.

If you can't run, you can't play. Maybe harsh, but good God it's only slow-pitch.

Anyone like my idea of courtesy throwers?
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Strike zones are supposed to be vertical and tailored to the height of the batter, NOT horizontal and the same size for a guy 5'8" as for some guy 6'7". Another terrible idea!
Dec. 20, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

Throwing arms get worse with age too, so let's stop the game so the speedy weak-throwing shortstop or left centerfielder can hand the ball to someone to throw for him.

WAAAAYY too many guys who are perfectly healthy but fat, lazy, and slow get a 'courtesy' runner. What a joke!
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitchers rubber

sad pup, rhetorical question? Of course I do. Learned that a looooong time ago.
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Purist....

Corky, I do too. I just keep hoping no more silly rules and changes to the game are put in.
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Purist....

stick, I think they might have already. I have seen some guys playing with gloves that look the size of a bushel basket.

I think if we need courtesy runners so some perfectly healthy but most-likely fat, lazy, and slow guy can get a runner, we should have courtesy throwers who stand next to a rangy but weak-armed SS and take the ball from him and fire it to first.
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitchers rubber

Larry, errrrrrrrr Bomber, I noticed your last five posts are all directed to me. Do I detect some type of latent man-crush here?


Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitchers rubber

Great Bomber, now tell me the percenteage of fields nationwide that are turf. Less than one percent?

So a very small percentage of games are played with two umps?

The truth is, I would be willing to bet, many more balls deflect off bases than rubbers. So you want a bigger bang for the buck, get rid of bases? Many more guys get hurt by fences then rubbers. So get rid of all fences.

What part of intelligence are you lacking? You want safety that will really mean something, get rid of bases, fences, and rocket launchers for bats. Otherwise you are just running your mouth with no analytical thought behind it.
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitchers rubber

Webbie, I have enjoyed the conversation.

And yes the bases are necessary, just like the rubber. They mark a place on the field for some purpose. But if one can be replaced by chalk, why not the other?

Actually, I have seen many more injuries over the years from guys running into fences than from balls deflecting off rubbers. How about we just mark the entire field with 'safe' chalk?

Stuff like this can all be taken too far. There is a risk to playing, it has to be accepted or avoided.
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Purist....

Maverick, that is my point. Since when did defense become a dirty word in this game?
Dec. 17, 2010
Dirty
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Game length

Better yet Mario, get rid courtesy runners, all the BSing that goes on between innings, show at least a little hustle, get rid of the special bats, and there would be no need to artifically limit the time of games.

Does anyone remember that the beauty of baseball is that it is the only team game played without a clock?
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