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Jan. 25, 2009
brian warner
Men's 55
48 posts
FHC
We played our 1st tournament of the year this weekend. And a funny thing happened on Sunday morning. After watching a pitcher almost lose his head several times. The umpires brought out a net. This was done due to the sun being in the pitcher's face early Sunday morning. Now after watching 3 pitchers get hit Sat. myself included. And hearing that sorry pitch I can't control where it goes crap. I found very interesting to see that after being told any ball hitting the screen was a dead ball out. Well not only did it not mess up the flow of the games. There was never a time when the net got in the way of a play. From the plate out or outfield in. And not once did a ball hit the net. Funny how everybody found bat control today. You so called middle hitters are going to cost everybody the fun of these bats we are allowed to use right now. Or somebody else is going to get killed. Where in the trophy case are you going to put that achievement
Jan. 25, 2009
VINNY LV
Men's 50
178 posts
hey Brian great message.. Now if only some one in their right mind will run with this before someone gets seriously hurt or killed.. last time I looked there's no room in a trophy case for a big woden box with the name plate RIP..
Jan. 26, 2009
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
Right on Brian. Been saying that for years.
Jan. 26, 2009
OTE24
Men's 65
122 posts
Brian,
You've laid out the problem,but what's the solution?
I agree no one should have to pitch into a 8 am or
5 pm sun, and the net is the best option,but I can't
see most players agreeing to the net full time. I pitch
also and appreciate the apologies from hitters,but
I assume every batter is going to try and hit the ball up the
middle. I said before that 3rd basemen face almost as
much danger,we would never consider putting a net
over there. I pride myself on my defense and it does help
the team when I can plug the middle, but the danger is there for any infielder. If teams think you're a hole they're
going to drive the ball through. A possible solution,if
managers agree, use the net. But be prepared for the
guys that will not use it. The only other option is for
pitchers to work on their game(taking balls,learning how
to set yourself) or don't pitch. Too many guys deliver
the ball and just stand there,who's fault is that?
My two cents,have a great year-have fun-be safe.
P.S. Every team should buy a net for BP!(Playsafe's the
best, $300 my team has ever spent).
Jan. 26, 2009
doker
Men's 60
168 posts
DOKER HERE....A NET WOULD PROBABLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM BUT I AGREE THE PITCHER HAS TO PAY ATTENTON AND BACK UP A WAYS AFTER HE PITCHES...LATELY I'VE EVEN SEEN PITCHERS MOVING TO THE PLATE AFTER A PITCH...WHICH ACCORDING TO THE RULE IS OUT OF THE BOX AND THUS NOT AN OUT!!!!...WE ALWAYS USE A SCREEN FOR BATTING PRACTICE AND THEY SURE DON'T COST $300..BUT THEY DO PROTECT THE PITCHER FROM INJURY....ACADEMY HAS A WORKABLE SCREEN FOR UNDER $30...NOT ONE YOU CAN TRAVEL WITH BUT CERTAINLY USABLE FOR LOCAL TOURNEYS....THE WAY THE PRESENT RULE IS BEING CALLED ...A SCREEN WOULD BE MUCH BETTER...PERHAPS SOMEONE COULD MAKE A SKINNY ONE...3' BY 6-7' THAT WOULDN'T HINDER THE HITTER TOO MUCH BUT WOULD CERTAINLY PREVENT THE PITCHER FROM BEING HURT....JUST MY THOUGHTS....DOKER
Jan. 26, 2009
wagon487
Men's 50
522 posts
DOKER, quit yelling, NO MORE CAPS!
Jan. 26, 2009
brian warner
Men's 55
48 posts
The net we used was only 3' wide and 6' tall. Because at 6'4'' I was looking over it. And I agree that if you can't field the position get out. But our problem is I'm the only one dumb enough to pitch. If we had a pitcher I wouldn't be out there. Plus as we get older our reaction time slows. The 2 that hit me were on me before I had time to move at all. I've seen 2 guys get killed pitching and I hope no one has to witness what I've seen. Call me sissy if want but when someone you've played ball with for 20 years goes down. 30-300 dollars for a net seems pretty cheap.
Jan. 26, 2009
OTE24
Men's 65
122 posts
Brian,
Sissies don't pitch. I admire anyone who does it.
Like I said before the net we bought was the best investment the team has made. Hope to play against
your team someday. Good luck this year.
John
Jan. 26, 2009
WOW
197 posts
We use a screen in the rec leagues I play in. Last week, without a net, I can absolutely tell you we would have had a very serious injury without one. [line drive a the pitchers face], It would NOT have mattered what ball OR bat was being used. The ball was "smoked". It would be nice to think the batter always has control over where he hits the ball. I will never believe that argument. I see NO reason NOT to use a screen in at least the 60 and up brackets.
Jan. 26, 2009
softballer
Men's 55
560 posts
have you ever notice that at big time tourneys that some team's bring a pitcher net to protect their bp pitcher???
Jan. 26, 2009
RBI
Men's 50
2 posts
I sure do wish they had one in the u trip tourny played in on the 17th in St. Pete......after the hr's ....it was up the middle and I paid the price......broken wrist!!
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