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March 27, 2012
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite Mistake?

Watched games the last two years at Pioneer Park on the baseball field and there were no temporary fences. In prior years temporary fences have reportedly been used on the baseball fields.

To clarify my earlier point regarding field size and competitive equity, the larger fields should be the venue for the championship and "if" games. While I was watching the Majors compete on Sunday on the smaller Field 2, AAA teams were competing on the larger Field 1 (300 to 315 foot dimensions).

As a certified umpire, I agree with the earlier posts regarding the quality of the umpires I viewed in Mesquite at both Hunter & Pioneer Parks. They were professional yet personable. Kudos to SSUSA

March 26, 2012
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Mesquite Mistake?

Just back from watching the Spring World's in Mesquite. I do not understand why the tournament schedule had younger Major Plus and Major teams playing on baseball fields that had fences at 330+ feet or more down the lines, and 380+ or more to dead center for some games; and then playing on fields with fences as short as 276 feet (Field 2 at Pioneer Park) for other games. Major Plus and Major teams should never play on fields with fences any shorter than 300 feet. Temporary fences at around 325 feet or so on the baseball fields make more competitive sense. A team of slap hitters can hang with the big boys when the winds pick up in the right direction on the fields of less than 300 feet. Championship and "if" games should be played at parks with 325 to 300 foot fences on Sundays for Major Plus and Major teams. IMHO
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