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June 8, 2022
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls being used in Nor Cal Championships

If it's the Dick's Sporting Goods ball that's made in VietNam, then SSUSA should ask for their money back and Dick's should be embarrassed to put their name on such an inferior, sub-par product.

April 10, 2022
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Umpire's call

Wow, never seen an ump slide to make a call!!!
Jan. 13, 2022
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY ARE THESE OFFENSES CALLED DIFFERENTLY

And they also haven't addressed why the Batter that doesn't run to 1st base on a hit with the bases loaded, nobody out and 4 Runs in is punished for being "lazy" but a Batter hitting an over-the-fence HR isn't punished or lazy even if they never leave the Batter's Box after their swing.
Jan. 8, 2022
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY ARE THESE OFFENSES CALLED DIFFERENTLY

Tim et al; pretty inconsistent ruling at best since both the Batter & all Runners are supposed to stop where they are and return to the dugout on any over the fence Home Run. Once the 5th run/runner has touched home plate with less than 2 outs, it should be just as much of a dead ball situation as a home run
Jan. 5, 2022
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY ARE THESE OFFENSES CALLED DIFFERENTLY

Rule 8.3C might make sense if there were 2 Outs at the time but having all the runners return to their base on a hit just because the batter didn't touch 1st base is just technical nonsense with no reasonable justification.
Dec. 1, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Runner Interference and Dead Bal

??? Why would the Umpire wait until After the play was over to call Interference? Isn't he supposed to call interference at the time it actually occurs?
Oct. 19, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

Agree in principle with Webbie & T2 that a check swing should never work to a hitter's benefit but it's just the wording of the current Rule that's the problem. Problem would be solved by simply removing the word "Deliberate" from the Rule so a check swing would result in an Out anytime it produced a fair batted ball.
Oct. 18, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

Personally didn't care if the batter should be safe or out in this particular situation but don't want to call the batter out for "deliberately" failing to take a full swing when he didn't deliberately mean to even hit the ball at all which is why he checked his swing.
It's not reasonable to ask an umpire to enforce a rule that doesn't really apply to the situation that actually happened when the rule isn't worded to account for the situation in question.
There is no reference in the existing rule to a check swing or any non-deliberately struck batted ball.
Oct. 17, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

Kind of agree with BJ regarding fixing the exact wording of this rule since it reads that the batter is Out if he Deliberately fails to take a full swing at a pitched ball. With an actual check swing in this case, the batter didn't Deliberately fail to take a full swing since it was obvious they weren't even trying to hit the ball at all. Should the wording be changed to remove the word "deliberately"?
Oct. 16, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

This happened in a Rec League game: Rule 7.6.E says Batter is Out if they deliberately Bunt, Chop Down or fail to take a Full Swing at a pitched ball. A left-handed Batter started to swing at an outside pitch but actually checked their swing at the last second. But the ball hit their bat and rolled so slowly towards 3rd Base that the batter and all runners were safe. So the question is the Batter failed to take a full swing but did not deliberately hit the ball. Safe or Out?
June 29, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any Update on The Stote?

Why does any manufacturer go to the time and expense to make a lousy ball?
Where is the benefit to making balls that discourage teams from participating?
May 28, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Is batter out

Ughh; so a Runner in this scenario would still be able to Tag Up & advance to the next base the moment the ball was 1st "smothered" . . .
May 16, 2021
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Change in the batters box rule

Agree 100% cuda; the rule is a silly excuse to make a cheap Out call and doesn't provide an advantage to the batter unless he's halfway to the mound (lol). And Pitchers and Base Coaches are never questioned for being outside their respective boxes . . .
May 14, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

???
NO ONE runs the bases on an over the fence Home Run; the Batter and all the Runners just stop where they are and return to the bench . . .
April 17, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Westminster Qualifier

Ok, so why hasn't it been released yet when there's only 10 teams playing that day???
April 16, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Westminster Qualifier

There's only 10 teams slated to play on Friday next week in this tournament but I don't see any Schedule information listed anywhere.
Am I looking in the wrong place?
March 13, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I'm sure I got it wrong---What would be the right call

The Umpire's job is to make their call based on what actually happens, Not on what might have or could have happened. They're not getting paid enough to be mind-readers and in this example the batting team didn't "get away" with anything since the runner beat the throw and didn't attempt to advance.
March 11, 2021
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LVSSA

The 1-Up rule was great in that added a lot of extra strategy for both teams about if or when to hit one out or whether to walk a potential HR hitter on the other team.
And it made sense not to allow the Home team to go 1-up in the last inning since they already had an advantage being the Home team.
Feb. 26, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rule interpretation

Particularly on a play at 3B, the ball is probably coming in behind the runner so he has no idea whether he should veer off or not and to which side. Your call of Out seems exactly wrong, since in your scenario the Runner DID avoid any possibility of a collision. As others mentioned, the Run By rule doesn't say a Runner Must veer off, it's just an option when the fielder is actually on the bag and the Runner Could avoid a collision by veering off. The Runner did absolutely nothing wrong in your scenario and should Never be called out on this play.
Feb. 22, 2021
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: shoes

Boombah Turf Shoes are super comfy
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