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Nov. 27, 2006
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Injury at the Winter Worlds

The fields...were done as best they could be...

But, I believe there could have been several improvements especially for a National / World Tourney.

The lights were terrible and actually unsafe for night play. That should never happen at a National, the tournament director has to take control.

There was only one umpire...In 27 years I have never seen only one umpire in a National Tournament. It impacted the accuracy of calls several times in many games.

Scorekeepers? Still listed on the endangered species list apparently in LV. It's a National tournament...get a scorekeeper.

Sept. 19, 2006
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Doctored Bat in Seattle?

I've seen the many posts and discussions regarding penalties for hitting up the middle or injuries to pitchers.

It's true, its probably the most dangerous spot to play....but you can't stop batters from going up the middle, it eliminates too much of the field for fair play.

Ilegal bats, catch em, penalize em. But there should be no penalty for hitting up the middle.

I have pitched for 15 years both full and part-time and I have been hit numerous times...I have broken ribs diving for balls in play, cracked bones from being hit, you name it in regional and national tournaments at all levels. I have had the ball whiz by the ole cranium a few times as well....

There is protective equipment (cup, leg guards underneath the uniform, rib ) that helps. But the fact is you have to accept the risk, be able to field your position, increase your distance from the plate during the pitch, or have the reflexes to get out of the way. If you can't do this anymore, it's time to move to first or catcher.

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