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, May 13, 2016
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

That's the reason it's called the Commit Line and not the Cross over & Go back line . . .
, April 17, 2016
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Do we pay to play by the hour??

Since you're only allowed 5 or 7 runs per inning, it's only fair to play 7 innings so a team that falls behind early has a chance to catch up without having to score 10 or 15 runs in the open inning.
, April 9, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missing first base

Or a runner leaving a base early on a sacrifice fly . . .
, March 21, 2016
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

In golf they say the Pros hit the ball with effortless power while the amateurs hit it with powerless effort . . .
, March 16, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

BW; sadly can't even remember what Senior association(s) we were playing in back then but on the East Coast the only ball we used in that era was the 47/525 Dudley.
Then in 2003 the Ultra 2 bat was introduced & was still a much hotter combo than today with that 47/525 ball.
By the fall of 2003 we had switched over to the 44/375 ball which was the Dudley White Thunder that was/is a much hotter/harder ball than today's 44/375 balls especially the current lousy Trump Stote that many on this board have complained about.


, March 16, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

In 2002 we were all using the 47/525 Dudley Red Thunder & the original Ultra (1) came out and Everyone that owned one could hit it out.
Way, way, way hotter than today's bat/ball combo.
, March 15, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2-Piece vs 1-Piece

Are there any absolute pros (or cons) for a 2-piece bat vs a 1-piece bat or does it still come down each particular bat's construction?
The 2-piece bats seem to have a bigger sweet spot but that's just an unscientific feeling so any opinions, or better yet, facts would be appreciated.
, March 8, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Question about single-wall metal bats

Thanx for the replies; agree with all of them.
That was the era when the umps all used the metal ring to see if it would slide up & down the barrel; if it hung up they knew the bat was dented and threw it out.
Back then in the single-wall era about the only thing that mattered for a hitter was the weight of the bat.
, March 6, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Question about single-wall metal bats

Do these bats need to be broken-in at all before being game-ready? Seem to remember when these were all that we used that some players claimed the bats would actually get worse over time due to metal fatigue?
Comments/opinions appreciated . . .

, Feb. 28, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Are possible changes ahead for future TOC tournaments

There it is, straight fire from The Wagon . . .
, Feb. 10, 2016
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: OKRA FOR POSSIBLE DROP IN GLUCOSE/SUGAR LEVELS FOR DIABETICS ?

You'll need to stick with your Okra for at least 3 months if you want to know if it really works.
The glucose levels only tell you what your blood sugar levels are at the time of your test.
Your A1C number shows what your levels have averaged over the last 3 months and is the primary indicator of whether you're diabetic, pre-diabetic or whatever.
Good luck.
, Feb. 5, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul tip caught by catcher

In the same game, a ground ball between 1st & 2nd hit the base umpire & was then fielded by the 2nd baseman who threw to 1st for an out. The ball was considered a live ball and the umpire was no different than a ball hitting 2nd base.
Correct call?
, Feb. 5, 2016
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foul tip caught by catcher

What about this scenario, which recently happened in a tournament; batter hit a foul tip slightly over his head which bounced off the umpire and was then caught by the catcher in the air.
, Jan. 21, 2016
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Ask your therapist to get you the pulley you can hang over your closet door (or find it yourself).
It's the best/least painful way you can work on increasing your range of motion.
, Dec. 22, 2015
DCPete
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: MAJOR PLUS PLAYERS NEEDED

Wouldn't raising the number of out of area players also increase the M+ teams competitive advantage when playing out-of-bracket vs Major teams?
, Nov. 28, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why have the mat?

In our open-age leagues all the umps call balls & strikes entirely on where the pitch lands so the batters height has nothing to do with the strike zone.
The mat makes the game more fair for everyone, even the umps.
, Oct. 21, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Guess the ump is standing too far away from the mound so the rules for staying inside the Pitcher's box will Never be enforced . . .
, Oct. 20, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

To better answer Mac's question, per the SSUSA Rule Book, the front line of the batter's box should be 39 1/2" in front of the front edge of home plate.
If the lines aren't there, no umpire on earth no matter how experienced, could tell if the batter's foot was a legal 39" in front of home plate or an illegal 40" in front.
(and even when the chalk lines are still visible, they are very often not placed at these exact specifications so umpires enforcing this rule under these conditions are making a mockery of the game)

, Oct. 19, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

You should really be careful what you wish for.
If the Umpires start staring at the batters feet every time they swing they'll miss runners leaving their base early, or worse they might not see whether a hard ground ball hit down either line is fair or foul.
That'll make for some heated arguments . . .
, Oct. 5, 2015
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

The other team should have protested the game at that point since this was an incorrect call by the umpire (see Page 61 of Rule Book) & is Not even an umpire judgment call when there is no play made at 1st base.
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