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June 15, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Obstruction, interference, or incidental play?

What if the little pop-up is just inside the 1st Base line and the catcher and batter-runner collide?
May 30, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is the infield fly rule based on physical ability to catch the ball?

So this happened to us in a league game last year: other team had Runners on 1st & 2nd with 1 out.
Batter hits a routine pop-up between 2nd base & the pitchers mound and umpire calls IFR (correctly).
Our SS calls for it but our 2nd Baseman ignores him and they collide. The ball hits the 2nd baseman in the leg, rolls back towards the dugout and goes out of play.
Runner on 2nd awarded Home & runner on 1st goes to 3rd. Just wondering if any other runner on 2nd base has ever scored on a called Infield Fly Rule out?
May 30, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is the infield fly rule based on physical ability to catch the ball?

So the SSUSA amended rule doesn't seem to make any sense as it's written; if any fielder is eligible to create the IFR then how does the Ump draw the line between an Infield Fly vs an Outfield Fly?
The way this wording reads, the ump could call IFR on a fly ball caught on the Warning Track!!!
May 14, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Commitment line

OMD don't quit your day job.
There's a reason it's called the Commit Line, not the Cross Over & Go Back Line . . .
May 1, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Question for Bat Geeks

The new Louisville Slugger Super Z1000 has a "Mass Index" sticker on the plastic wrapper.
It's arranged like a matrix with lower numbers at the "Control" end of the chart and "Power" numbers at the higher end.
Never seen these before, anyone have any idea exactly what they mean?
April 26, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Sorry Wayne but your "judgment" doesn't have priority over the actual rules.
Not to mention the complete lack of any common sense on your part; if I'm the Runner my priority is to watch the ball, not to take my eye off the ball so I can look for any colliding fielders.
If the ball ends up being caught I have to make sure I'm holding the base so I don't risk getting doubled up and if the ball lands fair and rolls away I have to determine if I can try and score.
It's kind of the very 1st thing you're ever taught: "keep your eye on the ball".
April 23, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Come on Wayne, a runner standing on a base is NOT Impeding or Confusing a defensive player. How "far" do you think a runner on a base can move to avoid the fielder and still hold his base so he doesn't get doubled up & like BJ asks how is the runner supposed to know exactly where to "move" so he doesn't confuse the fielder.
This is just a ridiculous scenario you propose and yet another example of people on this board wanting the umpires to give them a cheap out instead of actually getting the batters & runners out by their own defensive ability.
Surprised you don't "contend" the runner on 1st should also be declared out so you can get a cheap, undeserved triple play.
April 22, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Wayne, have no idea what you're talking about; here's the phrase from the SSUSA Rules located on this site:

C. When he bats a fair ball even though it strikes another playe
r, umpire or
their attached clothing or equipment.
1. If the runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching
a base, he is not
out.
April 22, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Ok Wayne how about SSUSA Rule 8.2 C.1 - "If the Runner is hit with a fair batted ball while touching a base, he is NOT Out"
Is this clear enough for you???
April 21, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner's right to the base

Your "contention" is entirely incorrect; try looking up the word "intentionally" and you'll see it implies a deliberate act or intent none of which is the case in this example.
If your contention was accurate the 3B could just collide with the runner at every opportunity to get the umpire to call 1 or 2 cheap, undeserved outs every time.
Completely ridiculous . . .
April 15, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1-1 count and new ball

No way you can handle the clown's mouth . . .
March 28, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need advice

Borg; Softball Bat Club had Miken make 1,000 NEW Red Mikens for their exclusive distribution.
Got 1 for a friend & it's still in plastic so don't know how it performs but it's a sweet looking dark metallic red . . .
March 28, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need advice

Bats Unlimited still has some 27 & 28 red Mikens for sale.
March 23, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

Maybe the boat turned around and went back to China to avoid the new tariffs . . .
Feb. 28, 2018
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Are you serious.

Would rather hear more about the "heat-treated" young lady . . .
Feb. 13, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

ET - don't know which 52/300 you're using but in the 5 years we've been using them in our Senior leagues Home Runs have become almost non-existent except for a few in the Fall leagues when it gets below about 60 degrees. Best guess is they're about 15% shorter carry in the air than a 44/375 ball.
Feb. 12, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

A very large number of teams wouldn't travel to a tournament that used the 52/300 ball. They would choose to play in any other association that used a 44/375 ball.
This isn't a guess; just look at how many teams have complained about the 44/375 Stote ball because it wasn't good enough and it's still better than any 52/300 ball.
Jan. 11, 2018
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll...the Starting Count decision results.

For the record, no one in any of our local leagues, where we've used the 1 - 1 count for the last 30 or so years, has Ever even once suggested, requested, complained or otherwise asked to change to the 0 - 0 count.
Probably not just a coincidence.
Dec. 19, 2017
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Single wall

What about the Easton Ronin alloy bat, anyone swung that one?
Dec. 17, 2017
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

Oz, the team that loses a 5 or 6-inning game ALWAYS wishes that they had the chance to play the full 7 innings the way the sport was always intended to be.
And NOBODY goes to a tournament hoping they get to play less innings or have fewer At Bats.
If that was the case they could just stay home.
Now get back on your yellow brick road & stay there.

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