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Discussion: steel cleats

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Sept. 3, 2011
Men's 60
1175 posts
steel cleats
Back in the days where I played B ball here in Austin we could wear steel cleats, in all those years I never once saw anyone get cleated, wonder why they made us stop wearing them,safety ?
Your thoughts.
Sept. 3, 2011
Men's 65
321 posts
Kenny, I sure miss those days when we outfielders had a better grip. We wore them in fastpitch as well. I guess the preoccupation with safety eventually catches up with all of us. I did get cleated once by a shortstop while I was sliding into second base and he stepped on me. The catcher's shinguards always posed much more safety hazard for runners. Regards, Mel
Sept. 3, 2011
Men's 50
2609 posts
Just another dumbing down of the game.

Unless it has changed in the last 12 years, 14 year olds could wear metal spikes but grown men cannot. :(
Sept. 3, 2011
277 posts
Thinking back to the years I wore the metal cleats as a short stop or second baseman in the fast pitch leagues (real softball)I certainly do not miss guys coming into me spikes high on steals or to break-up a double play.

Probaly a good percentage of players could wear the metal spikes in senior softball without hurting someone but there are also a number of players who will either try to hurt someone sliding in or hurt themselves (because they are not as agile as they once were and will catch a spike sliding in).

I think we are better off with the all purpose cleats.

Sept. 3, 2011
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
Ho your right,there will always be some a-hole who thinks its ok to go knee hi and cut ya up.i remember using them and drawing blood on the ankles by them.i have also caught them on a raised plate when sliding and injured a knee.
Sept. 3, 2011
green rocket
51 posts
Also with the advent of artifical surfaces popping up everywhere, they do not allow metal spikes as they tear up the surface so bad that they have to replace the basepath areas periodicaly.

Sept. 3, 2011
Men's 55
357 posts
When I was in my 20's I got a staff infection, while getting spiked at shortstop, and spent four days in the hospital hooked up to IV's and etc.

For performance they were better-----but there are still ding a lings out there that "come atcha" "high"

I wore football shoes for a few years with the hard rubber cleats, but that was bad on the soles of my feet, they didn't dig in as well and often got you off balance on a hard infield.

I wear turf shoes now, and I play infield and outfield and for the most part I get a great grip.
Sept. 4, 2011
Men's 65
2237 posts
Not many of us are fast enough any more that the extra traction makes that much difference. As a matter of fact, I think I may have benefited a few times by not having steel cleats on, because they could have caught, causing injury. I stopped wearing them back in the 80's also because on the hard turfs in the west here, they hurt after 5 or 6 games.
Sept. 4, 2011
Men's 50
891 posts
So glad that steel cleats are illegal, stopped using them even before they were. Turf shoes allow you to keep your feet from barking and don't have to take them off when you go into the clubhouse/bar for some beers.
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