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Discussion: pitching defense

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Nov. 21, 2008
Men's 60
154 posts
pitching defense
If pitchers could be allowed to pitch from any distance within the scope of the mound, (2' side to side) you can bet some of the craftier guys would become very good defensive players while adding to their pitching repertoire I pitch batting practice from about 65 feet and the action on my "curve balls and knuckle balls " is affected and it hasn't taken a lot to make the adjustment. However, even with 2 or 3 extra balls in my glove and hands I've been able to react and not get hit especially in the shin area. As senior reflexes slow down and the equipment improves we definitely need to adress injury as a major concern. i agree that there is rarely intent on the part of the hitter but that does little to console the injured player. Also, some teams have only one pitcher and when he is out of a game it will affect the outcome. Screens, protective equipment, rules to protect pitchers would be unneccesary if he were a threat to put the batter out. I've seen more pitchers hit while concentrating on throwing strikes as opposed to those "playing defense". If a guy can't throw strikes from the extra distance he would have the option of moving closer -and wearing the extra gear !
Nov. 21, 2008
Men's 60
105 posts
I pitch for the Sweet Construction 55 team and like the idea of pitching as far back as possible. I like the idea of 2' side by side.

I do not agree with the use of screens or pitcher being hit by batted ball rule. If you can't field don't pitch or use protective gear.

I have had a broken fibula three years ago and was nailed in the neck this year at the Atlantic Coast Championships. Both instance were my fault because I had a let down in my concentration.

Mike Santo
Sweet Construction 55
Nov. 22, 2008
Men's 60
3 posts
I myself pitch earlier this year I was hit in the shin with soft pads on it blew up to a staff infection out of work for 7 weeks I still like to pitch but I use catchers shin gaurds and a mask I had the mask hit off my head (bad hop) and hit in the shin once protection worked. I do not want a screen it is a distraction but great for BP Any distance is a great Idea If your crazy enough to pitch like myself Pllease protect yourself at all times even if you think it doesn't look cool All it takes is one time IMO Mike 50 Caliber /Terrace Homes
Nov. 22, 2008
Gary Heifner
248 posts
I pitched a bunch at high levels USSSA back in the 80s and early 90s. After releasing the ball, I could back peddle almost to 2nd base on a 10 foot arc ball. I know we are older, but a pitcher can create a sizeable distance between the batter and himself. It could wear a guy down with the 0-0 count, but would be OK if we had a 1-1 count start.
Nov. 23, 2008
Men's 50
1375 posts
That is a good point. No one wants to help themself. Get in better shape, work at backing up after each pitch, and good things happen without needing to change rules or make infields look like miniature golf holes.
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