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Oct. 17, 2013
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Suspensions

We had the same problem acouple of years ago in vegas. I was playing third base and it was the third or fourth inning. I could see the pitcher let the ball go but nothing after that. i actually turned my back and covered my head. I asked for time and told the umpire my concerns. He walked over to my position and saw that i was blind at third due to the sun. He talked to the other team and the decision was made to wait until the sun went down for safety. It was handled very well by both teams. This was the undefeated game and the other team had us on the ropes, they could have been really upset with play being stopped. I'm sorry that the situation in the 40's game got out of hand. I feel bad for the players that were not doing the talking.

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Oct. 9, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

The one thing about the line that i thought was really wrong was in regards to when your foot landed. The umps at all our games (that the line was used) said you were either out or safe when YOUR FOOT TOUCHED THE GROUND -- not when you crossed the line. When you are running trying to beat out a ground ball how in the heck do you judge your strides so you always touch right at the line. I thinks the umps were having a hard time with this and thats why the rule about touching the bag kept changing every game we played. I hope i never see this situation again.

Oct. 7, 2013
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Just a note to what others have mentioned about Sunset Park. The early morning games on two fields were a joke with the sun -- one field had the sun right over the pitcher and you could not see the ball (mainly lefties). Another field left the outfielders with no chance on fly balls. Never saw so many good players turn away from a fly ball because it was lost in the sun. fields were ok, bathrooms or lack of were a joke. Overall the umpires were ok, the lack of two bases really caused some confusion - some umpires said to go over a line and others said go ahead and touch - it seemed to change every game. In our last game on Sunday (60 major +) the two umpires almost came to blows over which way to go, we as players had to step in and settle them down. We had fun overall -- see you next year.
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