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Discussion: HITTING THE MIDDLE

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Dec. 23, 2008
busdriver
18 posts
HITTING THE MIDDLE
IF THESE MAJOR PLAYER ARE AS GOOD AS THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE AND WHEN HOMERS ARE GONE, CAN ONLY HIT THE MIDDLE? THEN IF THEY HURT A PICTHER THEY SHOULD BE SUSPENED AS LONG AS THE PLAYER HURT IS OUT
Dec. 24, 2008
brian warner
Men's 55
53 posts
I pitch and from where I stand its simple. Put in the Halo rule where if a ball is hit in the 3 foot circle around the pitching rubber. The result is an inning ending out. That would stop alot of the stupid macho I'm gonna blow up your pitcher crap. And all the don't pitch if you can't stop the ball comes from guys standing about 275 ft out in left.
Dec. 24, 2008
Dirty
Men's 50
1375 posts
I stand 60 feet away, and it comes from me too.
Dec. 24, 2008
Punch
Men's 60
12 posts
I agree with Brian. Put in the Halo circle with an inning ending out. This will go a long wa toward protecting the pitcher. Alternately, use a screen, or require the pitcher to armour up. However it should be noted that even with full protective gear on, it is still going to hurt. Earlier this year, I took a line drive shot off a U-2 that skipped off the pitching rubber and hit me on my right shin. The ball took my right leg out from under me and knocked me down.Thankfully I was wearing heavy duty soccer shin guards. My leg below my right knee went numb. My team mates helped me to our dugout, where I took my shoe, socks, and shin guard off to find that I had sustained a one inch gash along the edge of my shin bone. After I stopped the bleeding, I iced and elevated my leg. The next day X-Rays, showed a small stress fracture to my shin bone. The point being that even with protective gear, injuries will appear.
Dec. 24, 2008
pwhewett
Men's 55
8 posts
I pitch and all of us know we are going to get hit occasionally. We all know the ball can be deadly. 90% of us say it is a part of the game - just as hitting up the middle is. The ONLY way to protect the pitcher - if we are serious about doing so - is to use the pitching screen. Hit the screen or dribble something short it is a dead ball foul. Surprisingly few hits do strike the screen. Pitcher can field left or right of it. I hate the screen and hate losing the benefit of the outs the pitcher can generate. The halo business is going to be hell due to umpire judgement issues and is flat out unfair to hitters - as a pitcher I'll keep the ball low and 2/3 outside just trying to get u to hit it in the halo. Lots of problems with halo and the bottom line is the pitcher, if hit, can still get killed or severely injured. Either use the screen or stop complaining.
Dec. 24, 2008
BONES
Men's 60
93 posts
well this subject has been beat to death from all age groups and all divisons of senior softball. I as well as many other players/pitchers don't want TO TAKE WAY PART OF THE PLAYING FIELD AND AS FAR AS THE PLAYER BEING SUSPENDED IDEA ----IS A NOT A VERY THOUGHT THRU IDEA. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT. The halo rule is fine for leagues if thats what your league wants. I as many other pitchers enjoy the challenge of playing defense. The halo idea makes it a judgement call and a inning ending out is out of the question. This would effect the out come of many games ----while at the same time the pitcher is not really being protected at all. Their have been many many posts on this subject and IMO as well as several other pitchers in all age and divisons as a pitcher you know the chance you are taking everytime you release the ball----to eliminate judgement calls-----not taking away playing field and also protect the pitcher. The simpless way is for pitcher to wear protective gear it is his option and should remain his option. I'am speaking only as a 60 AAA/Major player only as that is all i have experienced----My only hope is after all the dust has settled their is still the word COMPETIVE BEFORE TOURNAMENT SENIOR SOFTBALL AND NOT JUST A FIELD OF LEAGUE PLAYERS WITH LEAGUE TYPE RULES. NO DISREPECT TO LEAGUE PLAYERS THEY HAVE THE FIRE TO ------SOME NEED THE HELP OF SCREENS AND SPECIAL RULES AND THATS GREAT--JUST KEEP IT IN LEAGUES---TC
SB
Dec. 24, 2008
Pieman
Men's 50
84 posts
As a pitcher for Sweet Consruction 55, I believe that it is the pitchers responcibility to field their position. I know that if I make the plays the batters will stop hitting the middle. I am also a proponent of the 5 man infield which will influence the batters comfort zone.
I do not wear protective gear and feel that pitchers have that option and should use them. I am just slow to give in to protective gear such as a face mask.
I am totally against a screen and an out if hit by a batted ball.

Mike Santo
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