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Discussion: Are teams taking advantage of the don\'t hit the middle feelings?

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July 17, 2005
Gary Heifner
248 posts
Are teams taking advantage of the don't hit the middle feelings?
Don't want to cause trouble, really I do. I noticed a team in a recent tourney where the pitcher was quite upset with the batter whenever a ball was hit up the middle. However, I noticed the shortstop played well over towards 3rd base and the second baseman played about 1/2 way between 1st and 2nd rather than shading 2nd vs. a right handed batter. The middle gap was huge. Get my drift? Discourage middle hitting with words and overload the rest of the infield in both directions. Anyone else notice this?
July 18, 2005
Men's 50
64 posts
As long as your not trying to hit the pitcher why not hit it up the middle and if you have two strikes or are out of home runs where else would you hit a ball at?
July 18, 2005
Men's 55
9 posts
I'm still waiting for a pitcher to apologize for catching a line drive of mine.
July 18, 2005
Men's 55
78 posts
I have been pitching for over 20 years. I have had a finger ripped off, drilled many times, and last Monday took a bad hop in the throat (first time). Yes, I don't like it but I am playing the position I love. If you load up the left side and even if you don't, it is going to happen. I think that all senior leagues 45 and up should only use the YELLOW ball. It lets you see the ball a little better day or night. If you don't like the chance of being hit, then I suggest wearing hocky goalie gear (I have seen this and don't see how), find another position or quit, but don't gripe when it happens, you new the job was dangerous when you took it. Besides, you and your teammates can put a stop to it by doing the same if it happens alot (tit for tat).
July 19, 2005
Men's 65
326 posts
I pitch is an over 30 league, where the middle is the main target. Also teams will play a 5 man infield or bring a outfielder into the short field depending on the batter to limit the middle hitting. Normally anything that is hit up the middle is acknowledged by the batter and pitcher as part of the game...No hard feelings. In the open league I play in the b/c players very rarely will go middle.
However, as soon as possible they will say "Sorry", which is accepted by all.
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