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April 23, 2009
Wick
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Pitching Masks discussion

Ok, I think the only reasonable thing to do to protect pitchers is to raise the height limitation from 12 feet to 14 feet. Before you start whining about it think about the following:

1. The pitcher has more time to move back and would be able create more distance between the the batter and the pitcher.

2. Since pitchers throw at different levels anyway, not all pitches would be 14 feet. So all of the whiners with the death grip on the hot bats and who always need it pitched low would still be able to find a pitch to hit.

2. As in unlimited pitching, the ball still has to come down sooner or later. Good hitters still crush it.
April 22, 2009
Wick
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Pitching Masks discussion

The pitching machine, no matter how silly it sounds. . . is maybe the way to go. There are obvious hard asses on both sides of the issues, but to expect pitchers to wear armor is a stupid also.

How about changing the height allowed to 14-15 feet so pitchers actually have a chance to run back? I mean, the ball still has to come down, and from what I saw in Mesquite, it's certainly not going to change the number of balls crushed by the batters.

And I do agree with Mr. Manassas that the bats we are using are too hot. We could easily still play with 98 mph bats and still crush it.
April 22, 2009
Wick
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Pitching Masks discussion

Well, finally some lucid discussions on the home run and PPR. The only reason that pitchers are looking for masks is that the rules created by Senior Softball have put them at considerable risk. How ironic.
April 11, 2009
Wick
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Acai Info Please

To #6. Will you please tell me the specific benefits you are experiencing by drinking your product specific Acai juice.
April 11, 2009
Wick
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: chng of pitching height due to weather/wind

Interesting rule. But it sure didn't help us when we were in the 60s Major Semis in Mesquite. ..and both teams ended up walking 29 batters collectively and we lost with 40 mph gusts.

Apparently the finals were played with no walks, but that sure didn't help us. I guess it took the umpires two games to figure it out, kinda like the PPR!=-)
April 11, 2009
Wick
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Acai Info Please

Ok, I understand that Acai juice has major anti-oxidents in it, but will someone please tell me the benefits you are receiving by taking it? Please be specific.
April 4, 2009
Wick
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite Tourney

Wood,

Thanks for the elucidation. I understand the liability issue. . . but still think PPR a rule that is not enforceable and therefore, a moot point. There are hundreds of cities in the US who turned a blind eye to juiced bats (shaving) and act like it doesn't exist, but they are only a lawsuit away from a serious injury and an attorney who sees big money. Rumor has it that there is at least one case moving forward right now in the US. I think negligence can be easy to prove in some instances.

Those cities and leagues can correct the problem by renting an ASA bat testing machine that tests bats and then putting stickers on compliant bats.

In the case of Senior Softball, that's not going to help with Combats and Mikens everywhere.

I say just dump the rule and pitch from the rubber . . . or let only the pitchers decide.

I mean, everyone who isn't a pitcher, seems to have a giant asterisk above their head when they speak, because they obviously aren't in the same danger as the pitcher.

Since I'm new to this, I love the opportunity to blog the issue, but I sent an email to Senior Softball about it and never even got a response. What does that tell you?
April 3, 2009
Wick
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite Tourney

Sotballer and SoCal'er, I agree with both of you, except for the fact that:

The PPR was apparently created out of need and for obvious reasons. But to suggest that umpires are able to properly enforce this issue is certainly compromised when it comes to pitcher safety.

When I was actually young, having a batter go after the pitcher was a common occurrence in our tournaments, but pitchers who could throw high had more time to get back were a little safer.

Now we have players addicted to the hot bat going up the middle, and the possibility of serious personal injury has increased quite a bit.

So, what do we do?

How about making the box 12 feet long instead of six?

How about throwing a player out of the game if they injure a pitcher, not just calling them out. Think of it as a deterrent that might actually make batters think about it. (You know, just like that law that says you can't talk on the cell phone and drive?!=-)

Or maybe just dump the rule until a more enforceable plan is created.

What do you guys think?
April 3, 2009
Wick
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite Tourney

Salio, man, that is a great idea. I think we oughta go to wood bats! I mean, we all started with them anyway, didn't we? Heck, after numorous injuries, Over The Line went to wood a few years ago.

In fact, how about teams being able to use the other team's bats or even have tournament bats to use?!

The problem is that you'd have to pry the Miken and Combats out of everyone's cold, dead hands! Senior softball players aren't pussies, are they?=-) Just addicted to the hot bat!
April 2, 2009
Wick
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: the history of pitcher safety concern

Thanks, Dirty, but I still call BS to the PPR, a totally ineffective, and not enforceable rule. As you know, there are times for the pitcher that it is impossible to get out of the way. If you dodge the ball, does that make you a pussy?=-)

How many times have you seen a guy pull an outside pitch right down the middle? For me, I just don't choose to die in a softball game. (I'm more death by beer!)

In the Mesquite tournament, we played a major plus team that hit the ball so hard that it was impossible to react in time. You probably know what I mean.

There have been some lawsuits in the US over serious injuries to the pitcher and I think some reasonable discussion should continue if we truly think the PPR is a viable part of Senior Softball.
April 2, 2009
Wick
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: the history of pitcher safety concern

Mesquite was my first senior softball full tournament and I had a great time playing in the 60's major division for the So. Cal Braves.

As a pitcher, I got quite a laugh out of the "pitcher protection rule," a true oxymoron!

Since the rule is enforced by the discretion of the umpire, it appears to be a useless rule. In one game, I saw a pitcher dive out of the box to avoid getting hit by the ball and the umpire never called it.

Against one team,(maybe Scrap Iron?) we were fielding with two outs in the seventh when a batter ripped a ball at my head, I threw my glove up to avoid getting drilled and hit the ground as the ball caromed off of me. The umpire immediately called the batter out and we win the game, except for the fact that I wasn't in the box!

The umpire was contrite and said he made a mistake, but still gave us the game.

My question is: how can we make sure pitchers are truly protected when everyone is using Mikens and the like, and hit quite a few up the middle? Does it take someone getting killed to create real change?

In my mind, the issue isn't the .44 core balls, it is truly the Mikens, etc. that make it dangerous. I play regular rec leagues too with the young guys and we are only allowed ASA Eastons, etc and we don't have near the dangers that I faced in Senior Softball.

Hmmm.

April 2, 2009
Wick
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite Tourney

This was my first senior softball full tournament and I had a great time playing in the 60's major division for the So. Cal Braves. I thought the tournament was well run although we came in third on Sunday, thanks to 40 mph winds and playing on a baseball field in the semis! Heck, I even made the All Tournament Team!

As a pitcher, I got quite a laugh out of the "pitcher protection rule," a true oxymoron!

Since the rule is enforced by the discretion of the umpire, it appears to be a useless rule. In one game, I saw a pitcher dive out of the box to avoid getting hit by the ball and the umpire never called it.

Against one team,(maybe Scrap Iron?) we were fielding with two outs in the seventh when a batter ripped a ball at my head, I threw my glove up to avoid getting drilled and hit the ground as the ball caromed off of me. The umpire immediately called the batter out and we win the game, except for the fact that I wasn't in the box!

The umpire was contrite and said he made a mistake, but still gave us the game.

My question is: how can we make sure pitchers are truly protected when everyone is using Mikens and the like, and hit quite a few up the middle? Does it take someone getting killed to create real change?
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