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March 31, 2010
Men's 50
96 posts
In Mesquite, my team had games on Friday and Saturday at 5:00pm on the same field with the sun low in the sky in right field. Right-handed batters, like myself, had trouble seeing the pitch, even though the sun was not directly behind the pitcher. Some of the guys on the other team seemed to be able to see the pitches okay, and attributed their success to the polarized lenses in their sunglasses.

I prefer not to wear sunglasses at the plate, since they seem to affect my depth perception. But I guess in cases like this, I either need to wear glasses or learn to hit left-handed.

Do you guys have any recommendations? What do you do in situations like this? What sunglasses do you like?

April 1, 2010
Men's 65
2237 posts
Jano, this has been one of my beefs for a long time. We played 2 games in Phoenix and one in Las Vegas last year where the sun was almost directly over the pitchers head. How can you hit when you cannot see? I would like to see the tournament directors take this into account when scheduling games. I realize it's not easy to take a field out of play, but 4-3 games in worlds are not fun and frustrating for all of us.What do the rest of you guys think?
April 1, 2010
Men's 60
873 posts
Jano, I found glasses that work really well for hard sun games, Aussie Eye Wear puts them out. Believe it or not they are for welding, however they are still very styleish. Our pitcher and a couple of other guys wear them when the sun is in their face.
They have a website under the same name, you will need to surf it to find what you want. Start with the safety glasses, and work thru from there.
If you are coming to Reno look me up, I'll bring a couple of pair for you.
April 1, 2010
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
Played last year in a tournament where two of the fields at a quadplex were oriented east and west. The morning game was a joke with sun rising behind pitcher (me). I struck out 10 out of 24 batters and our team won 2 to 1. A farce of a game.

The situation reversed late in the day (and in the morning at the opposite diamond) where the sun was directly behind the batter. Not only was it scary difficult for the pitcher (a screen was offered but one manager denied it's use), but for the SS, RC, LC, and 2B as well.

Welding glasses were on hand and lent around for batters in the first game, and didn't help. This situation was ENTIRELY predictable (barring an unusually heavy overcast) and I think TDs should schedule around such dangerous and farcical conditions. The more important the tournament, the less such unplayable field conditions should determine outcomes.
April 1, 2010
Men's 50
178 posts
hey Jano just go to your local welding supply store and you can check them out personally.. bought the 5.0 and can look straight into the sun unlike other glasses.. they're stylish lookn to.. it's the so called engineers that should think of these things when designing the layouts of these complexes.. maybe they should consult ballplayers instead.. hope this info helps
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