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Sept. 15, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner intentionally get hit by ball

Nancy , no I guessed that there was another background issue. You have always been very respectful to even the silliest questions on here.

BTW, the question was the runner intentionally running into the ball before the SS picks it up, thereby deflecting it so the SS cannot turn a double play.

I know that if the runner OBVIOUSLY intentionally runs into the ball,before the SS can field it at all, what the call would be. The question was, IF the runner was able to 'sell it" and not make it look intentional it would seem to be a smart base running play, essentially giving himself up and saving a double play.

Sept. 15, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner intentionally get hit by ball

I guess I should have been more specific in saying WE know the answer if it is obviously intentional. WE know how to read, read numerous rule books and also know how to respond to questions in a non snarky manner.

The response "This would be an umpire judgement call to whether it was intentional or not." confirms what we discussed, the decision is on the umpire as to whether it was intentional.

The problem is it is a play that is easy to make look unintentional (even if intentional).

Since it is almost an automatic double play in the original described situation, the risk of putting onus on the umpire might make sense.

Sept. 13, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: runner intentionally get hit by ball

Theoretical situation:

Less than two outs and runners on first and second and a slow runner at bat.

Ball is hit towards the shortstop (or middle fielder) for what would be a easy double play.

The runner on second intentionally gets into the path of the ball and gets hit. By getting hit with the ball and the ball deflecting away from the fielder, a double play is not turned.

Is it just one out for the runner being struck by the ball? By doing this doesn't the runner help his team by avoiding a double play?

(amazing what a few beverages will make guys dream up)
July 22, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: commitment line stepover standoff

The discussion about running to the commitment line, stopping and then stepping over as the fielder tags you has been discussed on numerous occasions here. The answer is the player is safe if he is touched after stepping over the commitment line.

How, from a defenses standpoint, should this play be made?

Here is another question : 1) runner runs to the commitment line ans stops before crossing 2) Third baseman comes up to him BUT refuses to reach out to touch him (avoiding the play from above). ... the runner and third baseman stand there, neither makes any more movement. After a short period of time should the umpire call time and put the runner back on third base? or does this remain a standoff until both the runner and fielder fall over from exhaustion?
May 30, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Over running the base

The answer you are going to get is "Its a league rule" .

I am curious how a runner overruns third base, wouldn't it just look like a wide turn? (Second base would be easy because the runner would end up in the
Feb. 12, 2018
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Safety of the Game

Go do this test and tell me how well you would field a ball coming 100mph from 50 ft away, with 0.33 seconds to get your glove up:

If you reduce the exit velocity to say 70mph off the bat .... you now get 0.487 seconds of reaction time at 50 feet … how many pass that test? If you can't you are putting yourself, your family, other players and your friends at risk .... FOR WHAT???

I commend the people who came up with buying the lacrosse helmets for our pitchers. Maybe its time to put egos aside and actually use them? (For those that say they have a screen, how many of pitchers actually move behind the safety of the screen?)

“May be a view from some one who has been hit in the head would be educational. ASA, 52/300, back peddle 3-5 ft, hold glove right at my neck/ chin area. They said the sound of ball hitting my Worth helmet was almost at the same time of the sound coming off the bat. I saw the ball 3 ft from me - would of hit me in left eye. Ball hit face mask and rocked my head back, ball landed in right field. It sounds like a gun going off in your helmet. Result? Worth helmet did it's job. Nothing bent or cracked. I've used a worth helmet since they first came out.”

(about the individual who died)

“Someone who knows him said he usually wears a helmet but for some reason he went out that inning without it. My daughter took pictures of the proposal at the softball field if irc. She said he is a pretty good player. This wasn't some rec guy stepping three feet towards the plate to pitch. One of the pictures I saw of him he was holding a trophy shaped like a glove. I try to tell the guys I play with and against locally all the time, it only takes one time. Even if you don't die, having facial reconstructive surgery is life changing.”

“That is my friend that died. I was/currently playing ball with him and have been for the last almost 15yrs. A terrible accident. He got married, went on his honeymoon, came back mid that week and played Saturday when he got hit. They air lifted him to Jax due to the severity of the injury where 2 weeks later he passed. His wife Taylor will have been married , gone a honeymoon and widowed in less than 30days. A true tragedy!!! May Greg R.I.P. and Taylor find the peace that she needs to cope with all of this. God Bless!

All I can say, that if this tragedy keeps someone else from getting injured or causes someone else to lose their life, is it worth it. As I sit here on Christmas, knowing he will not be, his WIDOW beside herself kind of gets me in the feels. His background was he played ball all his life, played college ball (starter) and all. Played at a high level with exceptional hands AND if this could happen to him, it could happen to anyone. The game is just that A GAME..... I'm not trying to alter someones life by playing it. It has altered many lives as it is. Many associations are making adjustments (offering a screen or a helmet) to pitchers which in my opinion is great.

That wasn’t the case here. Greg was a very experienced player. Great glove, quick hands, played SS, middle infielder and pitcher. In my 12 years of playing tournaments I’m pretty sure I saw him at every one and he played in multiple leagues as well. As Hacker stated earlier Greg pitched the ball, dropped back to cover the hole and the ball deflected off his glove. It’s a freak accident and a tragedy and my prayers go out to his wife and family. “

From other pitchers:

“I know if a ball hits my mask I'm still going to get hurt, but not as bad as without the mask. The fact my temple area is still exposed concerns me because most of us do have a tendency to turn our heads. I caught a line drive right by my right cheek bone & ear this fall & I saw the ball go into my glove. The ball was headed right at my face until it curved slightly. I told my teammates I saw it all the way to my glove only because I didn't have time to close my eyes. Would have been a bad deal had a ball like that been hit at me in July. I was sick most of the month and my reaction times were often extremely slow, but I didn't always realize it. 3rd base is dangerous enough, but at least I am/should be in a ready position, unlike the pitcher who's also 15-20' closer to home. A few pitchers here wear helmets or masks, but not nearly enough.”

“I've yet to take one off the helmet and Lord willing, it'll never happen. Still, I refuse to take the mound without a mask or chest guard. Had a gentleman take a line drive to the chest with a 52 in our league a few years back. He yelled "I'm ok, I'm ok" then collapsed to his death. Not sure if chest protection would have saved him or not.”

“I saw a lacrosse helmet save a pitcher's life a few years ago. Line drive hit the front of the helmet right between the guy's eyes. It was hard enough to crack the helmet and still give the pitcher a concussion. This was a .44 400 ball too. I'm convinced the helmet saved him.”
Nov. 11, 2017
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference/Obstruction During a Run Down

In the umpire section it states:

Base Running

A runner must make every effort to avoid collisions.
If in the umpire's judgment the runner misses a base to avoid a collision, they may be declared safe.
If in the umpire's judgment the runner fails to avoid a collision, they may be declared out.

If the runner (even though a smart play in baseball) intentionally runs into another player that certainly is NOT avoiding a collision. It is intentionally CAUSING a collision
Nov. 8, 2017
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference/Obstruction During a Run Down

to add a wrinkle (happened today) .... runner in rundown between second and third ... third baseman goes towards runner and when about 3 feet away from him, tosses ball to shortstop who is between the runner and second base(silly play). .... as the third baseball tosses the ball, the runner stops, turns and runs into him ..... (the third baseman had no time to get out of way).

Technically the runner should be safe because of obstruction But?
Aug. 31, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick

In case you dont want to click on the link:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

Booker T Washington - 1911
Aug. 31, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Colin Kaepernick
May 30, 2016
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Question about 1.21

I was reading anther website and the following came up in discussion. Is this true that the 1.21 BPF limit applies only when a bat is new and it can exceed that as the bat "breaks-in"?

The other questions are interesting as well:

"However, current SSUSA testing only requires the bat to pass BPF = 1.21 straight out of the wrapper with no break-in.

It's not entirely clear which bat actually meets or exceeds BPF=1.21 as it becomes "game ready" ....?
What is the potential max BPF of broken-in bat?
What is potential durability of bat once it reaches its peak BPF?
Which bat has largest sweet spot once broken in?"

(credit to post by Fennellwg @ SBF)
March 21, 2016
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Here is an interesting item on e-bay :

March 20, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A New message board to try (Got permission to post this)

Works fine for me Sparky ......
March 18, 2016
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Soreness

I have had achilles tendonitis at various times.

I also am a huge proponent of Kinesiology Tape. MAke sure you sue a directed and it is NOT just for while playing. You should leave it on and it helps in the healing process.

I also switched to more flexible trail running shoes from "cleats" and that provided help.

Many times it can help to replace the insoles of the shoes. As the insoles become worn down , there is not as much arch support and new insoles can help.
March 2, 2016
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: what is the call

An even more interesting scenario is the runner is chased to the commitment line by the 3rd baseman but does NOT cross the line.

As the 3rd baseman reaches out tag him, the runner steps over the line.

I believe the ruling would be the runner is safe because you cannot tag the runner after he crosses the commitment line.

(If the 3rd baseman had thrown home before the runner stepped over the line, the runner could retreat to 3rd.)

Dec. 22, 2015
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens New Ultra II Black debuts.....

Sweet spot studies :
Dec. 3, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous

I believe (not totally sure) that after the ball is hit, it is legal for the screen to be placed on the ground (knoccked over), so it does not interfere with a throw from a fielder.
Dec. 2, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous

When people have talked about other fielders being injured from bad hops etc there are acouple of issue that are being missed.
There is a limit on reaction time of human beings and the pitcher is substantially closer to the batter than any other fielder.
This reaction times tends to increase with age. From our pitching distance it stretches the ability of human beings to react especially given our "hot" senior bats and/or "hotter" balls.
Here are a couple of studies :
Oct. 30, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Cal 50 :

Per SSUSA rules : Home plate shall be made of rubber or other suitable material. It shall be a
five-sided figure, 17" (43.18 cm) wide across the edge facing the pitcher

The mat for SSUSA is 19" wide by 34.5 long.

The pitchers are already given 1" per side extra (2" in total)
Oct. 15, 2015
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Bats and Temperature

For every one degree of temperature change, the compression of a ball changes by 5lbs. I beieve the balls are intitally tested at 72 degrees.

That means if its 42 degrees outside, a 475 ball is like a 625 compression ball. That is the biggest influence on what breaks a bat. (This is why guys usedto put balls in coolers)

The bat warmers were originaly approved by ASA and later disallowed because in testing they found that bat warmers give a significant increase in performance. I believe the number was was in the range of 2-4%. They were then outlawed by ASA. (SSUSA and other organizations allow bat warmers. Its funny, here in Florida I hav seen guys using bat warmers in 65-90 degree weather, its probably not to keep the cold from breaking the bat.)

If you call the bat manufacturers, they will tell you that the danger in breaking bats in cold weather comes primarily from the change in compression of the ball.

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