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Jan. 4, 2012
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For the guys who still play with the kids.......

Gary sighhhhh! I am Commissioner of an 18 team league and the most prevalent issue I deal with- year in and year out- is plays at home plate. We have a no contact rule- never works. Catcher blocks plate- runner bowls him over. Happens at least once a week. Also- runner doesn't have as much incentive at 2nd or 3rd- a run is not being scored. Home- guys get "juiced" and go for it! Double home plate settles that.

Pitching- c'mon- some umps give you 12"- some 18" some 6". Some say it depends on the height of the pitch- blah blah blah. Also- many umps in our leagues will gve you a close call if the catcher catches the pitch, but not when it bounces. Mat handles that.

You're being silly with courtesy throwers. C'mon.

You keep talking about getting rewarded for crappy defense- I'm talking about an equalizer for mismatched teams- league rules- not tourneys- to allow games to continue- rather than mercy killings.

Are you actually playing softball? Pitcher protection in various ways is the norm- most common- if you hity a pitcher's body with a batted ball- you are out and a waring issued to the team. If it happens again- batter is ejected and an out in the lineup when he bats.

Jan. 4, 2012
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For the guys who still play with the kids.......

Also- regarding the middle- it is not part of the field in most leagues these days- with the bats and balls - 50 feet is not enough room to react to a 100+ mile per hour ball (actually it gives you 3/10 of a second to react).
Jan. 4, 2012
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: For the guys who still play with the kids.......

I play with both "the kids" and seniors. Gary- where are the most violent collisions on a ballfield? At home plate- of course. To avoid this- most every league I play in has a mandatory slide rule on all plays at home plate. Now- many seniors prefer not to slide- as it is one of the highest injury plays- so the second home plate handles this by making it a force play. Regarding CRs- you bring up throwing- which is not appropriate since you can play some positions w/o needing a good throwing arm (1B-C-2B-even pitcher). But everybody has to hit and run the bases- CRs allow for that. Regarding the mat- I'm a pticher and I can't tell you how many times I have argued with umpires over thier changing strike zone. Some umpires change in the middle of a game. You can't argue with the mat! And- it protects the catcher- since they can play deep and not worry about catching the pitch. Regarding 5 run rule- it's a good league rule- takes away the mercy killings- especially in non-classed leagues. I've played against sandbagging teams who had no busines in an "open" class league- and it's not fun losing 30-0 in 3 innings!
Oct. 20, 2011
Boppo
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results from Phoenix last weekend

Are results from World Series posted anywhere? I'm interested in 60's AAA and AA. Thanks.
Oct. 20, 2011
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Observation

At 54 I'm still playing with the young'uns - roaming the OF 2-3 nights per week (double and tripleheaders). But I still get a CR every time I get on base- doubles and triples included. You see, I don't slide (bad back)and the quick decision making on the basepaths (stopping and starting)are bad for the legs. Baserunning is a completely different activity than playing outfield. You cannot compare the two.
March 5, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MATS - One and One Count

Polly want a cracker!

Of course you have to change it up on the mound. Another thing our league does to give pitcher advantage is the "no third strike foul" rule. You start with 1-1 count- you get only two strikes after that. So when I get ahead- I throw that inside breaking curve (I'm a lefty)and watch the foul strikeout! Last season we had a night when ump didn't show- and one guy had a MAT. Took me a few innings to get used to it - but definitely made it easier to call strikes (especially wothout an umpire!)
March 5, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MATS - One and One Count

I guess Dirty flamed another thread!

My two cents on the MAT and 1-1 count:
1-1 count gives big advantage to the pitcher that gets that first pitch over. I like to throw a low arc meatball on the first pitch and if its taken- I throw total junk. Even throw up an 18 footer and hope they swing. Most guys don't want to walk- so getting 2 strikes right away with the 1-1 count is key. Seems like with the mat- you could short pitch it and just barely nip front of the plate for a strike- no?
March 5, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: MATS - One and One Count

1-1 count gives big advantage to the pitcher that gets that first pitch over. I like to throw a low arc meatball on the first pitch and if its taken- I throw total junk. Even throw up an 18 footer and hope they swing. Most guys don't want to walk- so getting 2 strikes right away with the 1-1 count is key. Seems like with the mat- you could short pitch it and just barely nip front of the plate for a strike- no?
March 5, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors and Home Runs (2)

Lecak -thanks for the info. I am aware of the NJ Association- it's ASA and has the 100 banned bats. Locally- there is a 6 team league but they play on Wednesday nights - which conflicts with worship. The other local league plays on Sundays- same problem. But I am going to contact some of the Directors and find out about tourneys. Thanks!
March 4, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors and Home Runs (2)

Just to clarify earlier note - Senior Ball hasn't caught on in NJ- that's why us 50+ guys are still playing with the 25 year olds. I was pitching- until I fractured my foot last fall kick saving a line drive up the middle (good thing it wasn't a U2)-this season I am going back out to left field.
March 4, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors and Home Runs (2)

Just to clarify earlier note - Senior Ball hasn't caught on in NJ- that's why us 50+ guys are still playing with the 25 year olds. I was pitching- until I fractured my foot last fall kick saving a line drive up the middle (good thing it wasn't a U2)-this season I am going back out to left field.
March 4, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors and Home Runs (2)

Thanks for the advice on Dirty. I deal with dozens of "Dirtys" on my local softball smackboard. They find a way to make every discussion-no matter how legit- turn into a smack fest. Once I posted looking for an instructor to work hitting clinic for a local charity- and you should have seen the garbage spewed. Re the NJ Senior ASA- they maintain the same bat list for both senior ball and non-senior ball. And ASA now bans over 100 bats! That's why ASA is dying in NJ and elsewhere.

We went to ISA this year. We play with a 3 HR rule- progressive after that - 300' fences. That seems to work. At 52- I am only the third oldest on my team- since senior ball hasn't really caught on yet in NJ. (Probably too cold!)
March 4, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors and Home Runs (2)

Allen- I get your point and didn't think of that. The U2 is such a hot bat- someone snuck it into the church league playoffs a few years ago and the 13 seeded team hit 7 HRs! They ended up forfeiting. I agree certain Seniors do not need U2s to hit HR's - they are hitting them in the non-Senior leagues I play in. In Jersey- we only have the ASA senior association- which bans U2. We don't start until April 13- can't wait. How was spring training? I think there was a thread- but it got removed before I could read it!
March 4, 2009
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors and Home Runs (2)

Just my two cents. Haven't moved up to Senior ball yet- though I am eligible. U2 was banned by every association in the USA because the bat is dangerous. That is the bottom line. If it is dangerous for 25 year olds- why isn't it dangerous for 55 year olds? I actually look forward to SR Ball - so I can use the U2 and be able to hit HR's again!
Nov. 13, 2008
Boppo
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2009 Classic Spring Training

Allen- your cousin Mark here in Jersey. I got so motivated hanging out with you last month- I started a diet exercie progam- after 18 days I've lost 7 pounds of fat and am packing on muscle-I feel great and can't wait for spring. I also bought a hittng DVD from www.bomani.com and am learning lots fo good tips to increase my power.

Someday I hope to be tracking down your "warning track" bombs in an SPA tourney.

God bless you brother.
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