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Dec. 14, 2011
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CR

I believe that Gary19 doesnít usually add much in the way of positive comments to most threads. Therefore, it is best to completely ignore his posts and comments. Just pretend his posts arenít there. Donít get upset by them. Donít comment on them. Continue the thread by ignoring Gary19 and comment only on those posts that are relevant to the thread. This is what I always did with Einstein. Whenever I saw the short all-caps comments, I ignored them. Threads flowed better and made more sense. I suggest that we all do the same with Gary19 or with anyone else who in the future becomes an annoying pest.
Dec. 14, 2011
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: CR

I have read the message board for several years, but this is the first time I have had the time or felt compelled to post.

I believe that a manager should use whatever strategy and make whatever decisions he can to help his team win within the current set of rules. Therefore, I fully support managers using the courtesy runner rule to their advantage and using their fastest available runner whenever they think it will help their team. I would do that if I was a manager.

But personally, I think the courtesy runner rule as it is now written is not good for softball. I think it should be changed. I believe that the spirit of the courtesy runner rule is too often abused. I think we should severely limit the number of courtesy runners, maybe one per inning, or better yet, there should be no courtesy runners at all. If a slow runner is on base during a critical part of the game and the run is important, then use a substitute player or use the entry/reentry rule.

I have been on both sides of courtesy running. 10 years ago, I played the outfield and was used as a courtesy runner almost every inning. Now I play the infield, donít run as fast, and am frequently replaced by a courtesy runner.

Pricer, you are conducting a poll. Mark me down for ďI donít like the courtesy runner rule as it isĒ.

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