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Dec. 8, 2009
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: what the???

I don't get it. Almost everyone agrees that the arc and enforcing the box in it's present dimensions would help keep most shots up the middle managable.
Now...I read that they want to make the box bigger. Why Why Why It's almost a moot point anyway because NO ONE enforces the box now.
Lets just get a tee and wear hockey equipment.
If you are going to take the ability of a pitcher to jam a batter or to throw it deep outside or short then just put up a screen and get a pitching machine and make it a hitters game only...oh and be sure to put the 10ft line in front of the plate so no one can bunt anymore.
Dec. 4, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: This should be the new pitching rule

I have been pitching for 31 years now and it is amazing how they always want to protect the pitcher with softer balls, bat regulations and distance.
I'm here to tell you that giving the 12ft arc, and be generous to the upper part, and keeping the batters in the box will protect pichers better than anything.
Calling an out after someone has been hit or happened to dodge it does nothing for the pitcher.
Moving the rubber back only flatens out the pitch more for the batter and more so when they don't call a true 12ft arc.
I propose that since we use mats make the arc unlimited and strictly enforce the batter to be in the box. Then let the pitcher field his / her position. With a good arc a picher can get in a ready position and if they don't then it's probably time to find a different position to play.
Just a thought.

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