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May 4, 2021
franjan
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Belted shorts, my kingdom for a pair of belted shorts

Senior Moments, soory I missed your response. I found a local sport shop that sells what they call Coach's shorts for under $30 which has the look I wanted.
April 16, 2021
franjan
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Belted shorts, my kingdom for a pair of belted shorts

I would agree that the waist is the same, but I had it in my head that my pants, cut down would be much narrower above the knee.
I just looked at the Easton long pants and where I would make the cut is still quite wide. I guess I no longer have a problem with altering a new pair of pants and converting them into shorts.
I still would like to buy the real thing if possible. It amazes me that no manufacturer is offering belted and or pocketed shorts.
Thanks for your input so far. Frank
April 16, 2021
franjan
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Belted shorts, my kingdom for a pair of belted shorts

Of course that is always an option, but I am not sure cut down long pants would resemble the looks or fit of actual shorts. Would much rather buy the real thing.
April 16, 2021
franjan
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Belted shorts, my kingdom for a pair of belted shorts

Hi---This winter I bought another pair of Easton belted long uniform pants with piping. I am sure at that time Easton offered belted shorts also. I have spent a couple of days on line looking for any manufacturer that produces softball, fastball, or baseball uniform apparel that can be considered shorts with a belt and or pockets. No luck whatsoever! Can somebody point me in the right direction?
March 30, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentional walk used to nulify a dominate hitter.

The problem with that is the pitcher is not always their best hitter and putting him on base is doing them a favor.
March 30, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentional walk used to nulify a dominate hitter.

Our team has a strong hitter with power. He is usually pitched very carefully and on occasion walked intentionally depending on the situation, which is good strategy and fine and we do it also.
The problem lies when he is never thrown a hittable pitch throughout the entire game, therefore taking the bat out of his hands and making him a total non factor.
I have played in leagues where the umpire would warn the pitcher that another flagrant walk would result in the batter going to 2nd base and if it happened again he would award 3rd base. This is a deterrent and the penalty can be avoided.
Is there any known option for dealing with this situation, which we view as un-sportsman like behavior.
March 20, 2021
franjan
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Addias 2020 VS 2021 Suncoast Bats.

Ihave the 2020 white balanced 26oz. I am 80 years old and weigh in at 160 lbs. I thought it was a great bat until I got between 300 and 400 rips. It's busted and I won't buy another.
Feb. 27, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I'm sure I got it wrong---What would be the right call

B.J. Your view of the action needed to be taken makes sense although the coach's interference did alter the possible outcome of the play if the runner had tried to advance. He could have been thrown out at 2nd, and that didn't happen so the batting team gets away without any sanction.
Feb. 27, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule interpretation

Thanks all for your input. There is no difinitive wording in our run by rule that adequately covers this situation. Using 2nd base as an example it does say that the runner must give himself up or veer off so as not to interfer with a throw to 1st in a double play situation.
when I said the fielder at third was pulled off the bag he actually was on the bag but leaning to his right. He was vulnerable to being run over because the runner hit the bag standing straight up with no attempt to avoid the fielder. With luck I won't see that again. Frank
Feb. 27, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I'm sure I got it wrong---What would be the right call

Nobody on base. The Batter hits a ground ball to 2nd baseman who throws wild and late to first. The coach kicks the ball away from the 1st baseman and the runner does not attempt to take 2nd base. Is the batter called out, is it just a dead ball with the runner remaining on 1st or is there another option?
Feb. 26, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule interpretation

HI, In our local senior softball league in an attempt to reduce the chance of injury they have what is called "The Run by Rule". This rule allows a runner to avoid a base to the left or right by about 2 feet and continue past the bag another 2 feet. If he beat the throw he will be called safe. In this league runners can be tagged, but it is not required and all outs can be made via the force rule.
This is all in the name of player safety. This is my viewpoint of how as an umpire I would call this play which is not backed up by any written instruction.

There is a close play on a runner advancing to 3rd base. The 3rd baseman is pulled off the bag by the throw, the runner comes directly (did not veer off) into the bag and over runs it (did not make turn towards home, just overran it). Although the runner was able to reverse course and get back to the bag before the 3rd baseman recovered,I would have called the runner out for violating the intent of the run by rule, which is to avoid any collisions by defender and runners.

My fellow umpires do not agree and some say that if he can get back to the bag he should be called safe. Remember this rule is about safety and I see the actions I described as a violation to the intended rule. I told my head umpire that if I face that call in the future I will call the runner out because he did not slide or veer off to avoid a possible collision. If agrued I would encourage an appeal to the league so that this can be resolved in writing. What is you opinion?
Feb. 6, 2021
franjan
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitchers attire

Hi, are there any rules governing the pitcher wearing a glove, such as a batting glove on the pitching hand?
Feb. 1, 2021
franjan
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Trying to get back into the action

Hi--I haven't played in the Half Century League here in Central Florida for some years. I am having trouble hooking up with a team because there is only 1 team in the whole of area 4 which is lake country in Florida. There are many teams in area 3 but players can't cross area lines except for the 79's division and there is only 1 team there also.
Is there another association besides Half Century in the state of Florida that I could contact?
Thanks for any help, Frank Van MOl
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