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, Oct. 20, 2015
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

Dave, I guess I am looking for a response on the batters box when the plate is a strike. Am I wrong to assume that the box should be adjusted forward because the plate is a strike? Seems like a reasonable thing to assume since we have expanded the strike zone to include the plate. Not trying to start a controversy but maybe you can clear up that issue.
, Oct. 20, 2015
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why is this rule not enforced??

I was called out at BLD in Vegas for having my lead foot out of the box by about 8 inches. I do not take the steps from the back or run up on a ball. Since the front of the plate is a strike I found it necessary to put my front foot in front of the plate to hit that line drive pitch that hits the very front of the plate. If the plate wasn't a strike I would move back in the box. I had someone tape me when I hit the next few times up and sure enough my foot was out by an average of six inches. Not one time did I run up. It was simply my 604 body taking a long stride. The last time up I went back in the box so my stride would stay in. The pitcher threw every pitch so that it hit the front of the plate. My point is that I am under the impression that since the plate is a strike shouldn't the batters box reflect some more room in the front of the box. Just my opinion. I talked to several teams at BLD who were playing at Fenway and there had to be at least 8 called out that I know of. I have seen guys run up in the box and be clearly out of the box but who cares. I play third and I get some rockets hit at me. I don't have gear on like the pitchers do and I could care less that someones foot is out by two inches or a foot.
, Oct. 2, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

There were more than a few guys called out at Fenway at BLD in the 55 Major Division. When we showed up I was warned from a player on the opposing team to be aware of it. He said that he had two called out on his team and there were a few more on other teams (SAME UMPIRE). For the record, I am 6'4" with a very long stride. I usually do not take an extra step but on occasion I will when I notice that the pitcher is hitting the front of the plate pretty consistently. I like to hit higher pitches so... I move up on the plate. Well.. first at bat 3 run HR in the first inning and I was called out. I was not happy, especially after I had played five games on other fields with no problems. I had a few words with him but it didn't matter. I quickly noted that the game was about him and what a great umpire he was. One umpire, two guys on base and I hit one and he's watching my feet instead of the flight of the ball coming in and out? How about the runners? No my feet were more important to him. Needless to say he said well move back in the box. I explained that since the plate is a strike they should have moved the front of the batters box up accordingly. Make the plate a ball and I have no problem with it. Am I wrong to assume that the batters box should be adjusted if the plate is a strike? next three times up I moved back and the pitcher was great at hitting the front of the plate. I asked him for a golf club and he didn't appreciate my humor. We moved to Yankee Stadium and Crosley and I had no problem with the box. Someone on my team took pictures of my lead foot and sure enough I was out of the box by a few inches each time when I moved up on the plate. I guess its me?
, April 4, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Ok Thanks
, April 4, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

JOhn, Maybe it's me but where is the page you are talking about? Is it on the Team 1 Sports site?
, April 3, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

I finally have a chance to comment about the clinic that I attended in Sebastian Florida. I got back to NJ and couldn't wait to get some swings in after the instruction I received from Alan and his staff. I have to say that it was an excellent experience. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about what they could offer but I have to say that Alan and his Staff were top-notch. It was well organized and I had the opportunity to work one on one with every one of his instructors. There was about 30 people who attended with varying degrees of skill and they spent a lot of time with each one. There was plenty of BP and even some time for a few innings between the campers. I met some new friends and hope to stay in touch until I attend the next one Alan runs.

Watching Alan and his staff hit was impressive and they have motivated me to get better. I've already taken 500 swings in the past few days and have committed to try and get in a lot more each week to get more consistent. Well done Alan and I will see you next year!
, Feb. 28, 2015
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Looking forward to some nice weather and some great softball.

, Dec. 28, 2014
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

Alan, I am definitely in.

, Dec. 28, 2014
Mac33
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

I just left you a message and followed it up with an e-mail

, June 17, 2014
Mac33
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: nj player looking to play 50's or 55's

Moose, I wish I could throw you on Sweet with me but I don't run it. I think there was an issue with the Major Plus status? If anyone is looking for a great player, I can vouch for him. I played with and against him for many years. I was starting to think about looking for a 50 team also. We haven't been playing much and I'm getting bored. I'd like to play 50's and 55's when possible. I have another two years for 60's and I'm not rushing it. Good luck!
, June 5, 2012
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for Wide Softball shoes

Thanks

, June 5, 2012
Mac33
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking for Wide Softball shoes

I've been having a little trouble finding a comfortable wide shoe for my size 13's. It seems they are hard to find. Currently using Mizuno's blast but my feet are killing me. Anyone having any luck with using or finding wide shoe sizes?
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