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Discussion: Strike Zone / Home Plate

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May 19, 2004
Men's 50
39 posts
Strike Zone / Home Plate
This past weekend I play in Coral Shores, Florida and was surprised at how many low pitches, under 6 feet, that hit the front of home plate were called a strike. ISA umpires are used to calling low pitches as strikes and the balls that hit the front of the plate, thrown on a straight line, should not be a strike.

Unless you position yourself in the batter's box way in front of home plate you cannot hit that pitch.

Please offer your opinion and state if you feel that the edges of home plate should not be a strike and unless there is an arch over 6 foot and lands on top of the plate it should not be astrike as well.
May 19, 2004
Men's 65
570 posts
I have to agree with you. some of the umpires that call the low strike has made it a pitchers game. and that low outside pitch has his name on it. I feel like a lot of other ballplayers the plate should be a ball. if anything make the mat if they used one a little longer. Go back to old softball rules where it was a hitter game. I have played slowpitch since 1969 and have seen more pitchers hurt in the last 8 to 10 years because of rule changes. When the homerun gone where are the power hitter hit? the middle. and the low pitch unless he knowing what he doing and not just trying not to walk a batter, just put him in danger way. I think the ones that changes these rules has never pitched before.
May 20, 2004
Men's 60
160 posts
Lobo, who did you play for? I agree, the umps need to bring the pitch up a couple of feet. With no HR limits no one should go middle, alto it still happens. How did you all do?
Wilcox Construction #33
May 20, 2004
Men's 50
39 posts
My team was in bracket three and we were 2 and 2 the past weekend. It was not just from our games that I am concerned about as I watched the same scenario with other teams including the top 5 teams. If the ball lands on top of the plate at least you have a chance to take a good swing but when the ball hits the front of the plate and the dirt at the same time and it is a strike it is tough to get to. I am OK with the plate being a strike as long as the ISA umpires get used to the 6-12 foot arc. Maybe they should get rid of the plate as being a strike and just go with the mat. Most of the pitchers have played outside the FHC where hitting the plate is a ball. I will look for you in July as we are off for June.
May 20, 2004
Fred Scerra
Men's 80
542 posts
We pitchers need some advantage over the hitters. It is a hitters game and the pitcher needs some advantage over the hitter.

As a hitter I agree that is a tough pitch to hit especially against a pitcher who can hit the front edge and back edge of the plate. I would like to see them square off the extension mat and the front of plate be a ball and the back part which would be covered by the squared strike mat be a strike
May 20, 2004
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
i think we should have a 2 ft wide and 3 ft long mat only,no plate to deal with.i also pitch and i think that would help a lot of the pitchers.with the different assoc and different strike zones its ridiculess to keep up.all should be the same.
Oct. 1, 2004
20 posts
Guys, I'm coming in a liitle late but let's keep this simple the old fashioned way: forget the plate strike, bring back the 6-12 arc, and keep the HRs. With no HRs we all lower our sights and with the technology in bats that's where people get hurt. See yall in Lakeland.
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