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Danny Collins

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Albuquerque, NM

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Men's 70

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Dec. 20, 2008
leftie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rule changes

Every time I read one of these threads.. I see where somebody says that going up the middle is part of the game...Fine.
Let's take away the orange bag at first..what's a few broken ankles.
Likewise the extra home plate..what's a few good old fashion collisions at homeplate. Probably won't happen.
The infielders out there know that whenever they back up on a ball(ie letting the ball play you) two things will happen..You either miss it or catch it in the teeth or both.
That's the position the pitcher is always in because SSUSA has implemented a 6 foot box. Take away the box and allow the pitcher to pitch from where ever he/she is comfortable. If a pitcher can throw a legal strike(umpires judgement again) from a foot in front of 2nd base..Who cares? Then you can do whatever you want with the home run rule.
Nobody ever says anything when the infielders play on the grass to get a "better look at the ball"
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Dec. 18, 2008
leftie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: rule changes

i agree with Fred.
Better yet..Let's put the pitcher behind second base and when a batter comes up to bat, he is given a ball. He throws it up in the air and hits it..
It could be world championship fungo..
Dec. 9, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: vegas results

Geno:
Congratulations to the 65AAA..I'm happy to see you guys do well..
Danny---Desperados..
Dec. 7, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Tournaments

2009?? What about results for 2008?
Dec. 3, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

Bones--No apology necassary.

Wood:
I'm not a stat sort of person. i just know what I've observed in the years I've played and from the games i watched and played in Phoenix and Vegas.
It is just my opinion that all the arguments I observed and was involved in, the pitcher protection rule needs some work. I hope that because of all the feedback SSUSA must have received by now, they will revisit this issue in the off season.
I don't play in other senior associations and when I play in USSSA and ASA, I have to leave my bats in the bag.
Illegal bats? That's a whole different discussion.
If someone is caught using an illegal bat, they should be banned.
If they cause another player injury using an illegal bat, they should be charged criminally.
And yes, I have played against teams that, when the homeruns are over, they come up the middle.
Must be some unwritten rule..
Anyway, we've probably use more space here than we should have.
My name is Danny, I play with the Desperados from Albuquerque in 50 AAA and I'm number 13. Stop by sometime and say hello..
Dec. 3, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

Bones:
I think you echo the feelings of a lot of players who like to hit up the middle.
SSUSA attempted to put in a rule to protect the pitcher.
I'm sure they weren't just sittng around one day and decided to do it. There must have been a reason to do this.
Problem is, it's a lousy rule at best and does not protect the pitcher. Mainly because they left the decision up to the umpire.
You mentioned hardball..Well, collisions at homeplate are part of baseball..Instead of making the catcher in softball wear protective equipment, they put in an extra plate.
Same with first base..To avoid collisions, a safety bag was installed.
All I'm asking, as are other pitchers, if there is going to be a rule, put some teeth in it and make it work.
Dec. 2, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

Wood:
Not exactly. Other associations have banned the Ultra2, Launch 510, Combat and others. Which, in effect, has protected the pitcher.
I've heard the story of the drunk who turned his back and was killed by an EST.
Maybe single wall Aluminum 38 oz. is where it's at..Just kidding..
Dec. 2, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

Wood;
I do wear protective gear because i've seen senior and non-senior hitters for a long time.
I guess we'll agree to disagree..and that's fine..
I just wonder if anyone told catchers not to catch and the same to first basemen before they implemented their safety provisions.
I can envison some mad scientist type in the bowels of Combat, Miken or others trying to get more "trampoline" effect out of the next bat in order for the 98 pound weakling to hit homers..Problem is the 6'-7" , 260 pounder uses the same bat.
I guess some pitcher will have to pay the ultimate price before someone says "maybe we should have another look at the rule".
But, It's been nice talking about this issue with you..
Dec. 2, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

Absolutely not..I'm just saying that if you take the middle away..For instance, anything between the white lines of the pitchers box is an out(the 52 bouncer might be at issue ). Players will tend go elsewhere because they've played the game for 40years and know how to hit....Well..
I believe that some hitters are going up the middle now because they know the umpire is going to say the pitcher was making a play on the ball or the pitcher was out of the back of the box.
why is there a back of the box?
SSUSA has taken home plate out of play to protect both catcher and runner..They have even gone so far as to put a "Safety" bag at first. So, if they're really out to protect the pitcher, take away the middle.
Dec. 2, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

Wood:
Yes, i understand the rule because I've lived it.
The most telling part of your statement is "umpires judgement".
They tend to put a natural relex to protect ones self in the same boat as making a play on the ball.
If a guy has his glove over his jewels, I don't think that is making a play on the ball...Not the ball coming up the middle anyway.
..And, incidently, I've never seen a 52 bouncer coming back at me...It always 100+ ...
Dec. 2, 2008
leftie
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: pitcher saftey

So, I guess if a ball hits an inanimate object, that's grounds for a call by the umpire.
If it hits a live pitcher...Stone silence..Hmmm.
The reason very few players went after the "screen " is because they knew the umpire would make a call..Maybe if SSUSA would transfer that to live pitchers, they might have something.
Nov. 28, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher safety thoughts!!!

One other thing you might consider is using a heart guard.
Seems to me I heard of a guy who took one in the chest and he's now playing for St. Peter..
Nov. 26, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Worlds

I meant no offense to the lumbering 250 pounders out there.
Nov. 26, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Worlds

Well, Ok, maybe I'm not done.
AZBaller wants to know what color dresses we wear.
Well, what color dresses do first basemen wear? They have an orange base to keep the lumbering 250 pounder from breaking their ankles. Exept in vegas, it's a white line.
The guys in the dougout have a fence to keep them from getting hit by a foul ball or an errant throw by the SS. What color dresses do they wear?
...And what about the catcher..He has his own home plate
to keep the same lumbering 250 pounder, who is going to score at all costs, from killing him. Aren't collisions at the plate part of the game?
What color dress does he wear?
As for me, I like the long black dresses with the slit up the side and 4" heels.
Nov. 25, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Worlds

The last thing I'm going to say on the subject is this:
It's easy for the non-pitchers to shoot their mouths off
about getting better at defense..Just come out and get and get a little of this action. Let's see what you think then.
As far as the pitchers that have not been hit, your time is coming..Good luck..
Nov. 24, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Worlds

Just got back from Vegas.
Had a lot of fun, won some games and got knocked on my butt a couple of times in the pitchers box, as did our other pitchers.
On one of the plays the ball hit me in the right side and knocked me backwards . The umpire determined that I was out of the back of the pitchers box. That's right, cuz that's where I fell after I got hit in the box.. Of course, the umpire failed to realize that there was no white line denoting the back of the box and that he has the worst perspective on the field from behind home plate.
Just before the game started, he told me that he couldn't tell if a player was across the safety line at first base..How the hell could he tell if I was out of the box?
Of course, the batter has 7 pitchers to pick from. Couldn't he find one that won't take the pitchers head off?
This rule needs to be addressed by SSUSA ASAP or they should all be fired with no golden parachutes.
The simple fix is: Between the pitching rubber white lines..Dead ball out. Doesn't matter where the pitchers is trying to hide.
Nov. 5, 2008
leftie
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ratings

That's because Senior Softball ratings are totally unbiased
and well thought out..Sort of like the pitcher protection rule.
Oct. 28, 2008
leftie
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: dead ball out

The problem with the pitcher protection rule is the umpires interpretation.
I had an umpire tell me at Cesar Chavez that unless the pitcher was actually hit by the ball, he wouldn't enforce the rule. Furthermore, if the pitcher made any attempt to deflect the ball from his body while inside the pitchers box, the rule wouldn't be enforced....HuH?
Also, if SSUSA is going to have night games, They should put new balls in play.
...And finally, just a little fiction and fact...
Pitchers should wear face masks and a heart protector under their jerseys. It has been my experience that all
the so-called stud batters have zero bat control.
Sept. 24, 2008
leftie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Looking for a end cap for my Combat

Well, pitchers are slightly off center anyway.
To be that close and let a ball(or an endcap) come at you 100 mph or so, you have to missing some brain cells.
Sept. 21, 2008
leftie
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Looking for a end cap for my Combat

Rabbit:
We had one of these also. The end cap nearly decapitated a couple of pitchers.
Combat just shrugged their shoulders and told us to get over it.
We did.I don't believe we have anymore Combats...
Great customer service..
Cut your losses and buy a U2 or some other flavor..
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