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March 12, 2012
Steve in Davis
Topic: General and miscellaneous

Ooops screwed up,
55s team was the Nor Cal Angels (not Reds)
still can't remember s..t
March 12, 2012
Steve in Davis
Topic: General and miscellaneous

50s: Redwood City Reds, Old A's
55s: Nor Cal Reds
60s: Mens Wearhouse
65s: SF Seals
70s: SF Seals
75s: SF Seals
plus a few other teams I can't remember, I'm old, what canI say?
pitcher (most of the time)
June 8, 2010
Steve in Davis
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: tournament results

1st SF Seals
2nd Top Gun
3rd Suncoast Orthopedic
May 2, 2010
Steve in Davis
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Regarding "To Screen or not to Screen"

An interesting post for sure. I am a pitcher. This is my 20th year of playing senior softball and yes, it is more dangerous than in my previous years of softball because of the bats and ball combinations we are using these days. I am no different than any other senior player though because I want to use the hottest bat I can legally use and of course I want the liveliest ball as well. But, I do recognize that it is getting more and more dangerous as my reflexes slow and the balls keep coming faster and faster. But still, I am not in favor of a pitching screen in a tournament ball game. One of the real joys of being a pitcher is playing defense, snagging a hot grounder, starting a double play… these are plays that pitchers live for… and all that goes away if there is a pitching screen. You can say all you want about the pitcher being able to back up plays but it doesn’t equal the joy of playing defense. Also, pitching around the corner of a pitching screen is just no fun at all… pitch and duck, pitch and duck… what fun is that?

My solution: Back off on the bat design combinations a bit so that the pitcher has better odds of survival. Because lets face it, it is a matter of odds, a 3rd baseman can also get hit and hurt from the batted balls (as can a first baseman), less likely but yes it can happen, it’s just a matter of odds. There would still be enough people who can hit home runs and the game would still be dominated by offense. Just mho.

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