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Discussion: New HR rules

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Feb. 29, 2012
348 posts
New HR rules

Hi Folks:

Some of you have played a tournament or two using the new HR rule and I am wondering if it has made much differance in the outcome of the game?


March 1, 2012
Men's 65
2229 posts
Hey James-it has made a difference. Guys are hitting more solos earlier in the game and not worrying about it. I think that is a mistake, too. You still need to make the 3 you get count as much as you can. The only real change is that it is not an out after that, but then again it is only a walk. The one-up will come into play occasionally, too, and that will open it up some.It will be interesting to track this rule as the season goes on.
Good luck this year.
March 1, 2012
Men's 55
62 posts
Hi James,
We played with the new HR rule in Fort Myers this past fall and our team (50 AAA) did not like it. While it's great that you don't penalize the batter for hitting one out of the park after the limit, we felt that it would actually lead to more sandbagging, where power hitting players are added to lower division teams for big tournaments. Some games seemed as if there was a merry-go-round going on out there (i.e. when we were in the field). That's our opinion for what that's worth. That said, it won't stop us from playing with whatever rules they come up with; we just like to play.
March 1, 2012
mad dog
Men's 65
4149 posts
haven't used the new rules yet,but don't like the AAA rule of no outs when over the limit.let the M,M+ do it all they want,but the lower div need to be regulated so as not to have sandbagging like CW says will happen and does happen.....

like webbie says more hero's will go up there and hit the solo(as if they wouldn't try when the limits were there)and don't care about the overall game and strategies that are needed at the lower levels,its look at me,i hit it over the fence,but come back to the bench saying"hey i wasn't trying to hit it out" after they have grunted with their gorilla swing,yeah right....
March 1, 2012
Men's 50
2609 posts
Thirty years ago did anyone ever see the day when guys would have to apologize to their teammates for hitting a ball over the fence?
March 1, 2012
Super V 10
Men's 55
72 posts
I love! this rule, in the tournaments with the new rule, how many pitchers where hit or even hit at. when you can't hit HR's or should I say swing away, gorilla boys hit the middle alot more

Mad dog seems like you have a real hard on for gorilla swings

March 1, 2012
153 posts
I think it's worth trying for a season to see if it cut down on up the middle shots when the Hr limit is reached. If a AAA player has the power to hit the long ball he shouldn't have to "change his swing or hit up the middle". You don't punish a golfer for hitting long of the tee. Some may say the long ball hitter should play Major. Some areas don't have Major teams.

There really are times when hitters don't "try" to hit it out and it happens.

Give it a try before you give up on it.
March 2, 2012
348 posts

Thanks for the responses:

I think the TD's and SSUSA will be watching this one close but they also should note that just because a team hits a few out does not make them a good team. From just watching some of the M+ games I can see where this may be a problem for them with shortened games but for most of us it should be a lot like it was a few years back.

Local hit it write we should give it a good shot and see how it works out.

Thank You:

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