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Feb. 9, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: SAFE or OUT

Hard to understand why this rule wouldn't align with all other appeals dealing with a runner missing a base, ie if the fielder caught the ball and stepped on 1st base before the runner returned and touched up why wouldn't the runner be called out on a regular dead-ball appeal for not touching/missing the base???
Feb. 4, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference?

To mck71, pretty sure there's no rule that says a runner Must slide at any base which you seem to be saying is the only way you would not have been called Out
Feb. 2, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Altered bat

Was told years ago that rolling the bat will illegally enlarge the sweet spot which makes it an "altered bat" . . .
Jan. 31, 2021
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 3rd Base Commitment line

There should always be a provision for Incidental Contact just like for plays at 1st base when the throw is off line.
Dec. 23, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ball or strike

Of course it has to strike the mat because if it just had to overlap the mat without touching it there would be endless arguments about where to draw the line so to speak (but there are still many arguments when the ball lands at the front edge of the mat/plate)
Dec. 1, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2 pc vrs 1 pc

No personal opinion but the experts like Dave V. will point out that a 2 pc bat will usually have more handle flex than a 1 pc bat for whatever it's worth . . .
July 21, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter pops up, doesn't run; defense lets ball drop to get a double play. Legal?

Maybe right next to the "Runner has to run rule" you can add the "Pitcher must throw strikes rule" since the superstars don't come to the plate to take a walk . . .
May 16, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Best changes to improve virus safety?

The total number of deaths in the US from lightning strikes is 43 per year on average
May 11, 2020
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Oh Boy!

Dbax thank you for adding some sanity to this Board
April 14, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Proper senior bat weight as we age

Curious what others say, but it seems like when you use a bat that is too "light", it can be harder to control, and if you're a pull hitter, can tend to result in a lot of foul balls because you're getting the bat thru the zone too quickly?
March 16, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher already has the ball when non-forced runner crosses commit line; I assume runner is out?

Kind of doubt he must continue forward after crossing the commit line just as long as he doesn't cross back over it, but it doesn't matter since once he's crossed the line the 3rd baseman can just throw the ball to the catcher at home plate for the force out.
Feb. 17, 2020
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rumor on Bats

Actually it's 1.20 USSSA bats & it's not a rumor;
https://www.smashitsports.com/usssa-slowpitch-stamp-changes/
Dec. 18, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 1 and 1 curiosity

Do the NCSSA games have time limits?
If they do, how often do the games go 7 innings?
It's all the 5 & 6 inning (time limit) games that have made the 1 - 1 count the better option for ALL age groups.
Nov. 30, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Having had both shoulders done, yes the rehab is hard but the surgery does work.
And even without playing ball, a torn rotator cuff can become a quality of life issue when you can no longer sleep on it due to the pain.
The doctors will tell you that the bigger the tear becomes over time the harder it is to repair and the less likely it is to be fully successful.
Good luck . . .

Oct. 26, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

Nancy; having to keeping track of the HR one-up rules is just another reason why you umpires are getting paid the big bucks . . .
Oct. 20, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

Actually Dave no one should have a problem with your "true" one-up arrangement since it's really the fairest possible way for teams to compete from a HR perspective.
Especially compared to all the current complaints about which HR rules to use between teams with different ratings and again it adds more strategy to the game when a player has to decide if or when he should try to hit one out instead of just blasting away until you reach your limit.
Oct. 19, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Use one up for home runs this year

Agree 100%; they used to have this rule but got rid of it for some reason?
One-up can add a lot of strategy to the game making it a lot more fun.
Aug. 21, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Neuropathy

Not a doctor (just a patient) but numbness in the feet is a very common symptom of Type 2 diabetes or Pre-diabetes.
You should get your A1C level checked via routine blood test asap; diabetes can often be controlled via Diet (monitoring carb and sugar intake) and regular exercise.
Aug. 6, 2019
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Eastern Championship

Same comment as always; how can the Ump see if a Runner leaves early or if a hard hit grounder is fair or foul if he's staring at the batters feet the whole time when he's swinging???
July 19, 2019
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batter's Box

Maybe you come from the Bizarro World in the old Superman comics where everything was the opposite of what it actually was in the real world.
Sheesh . . .
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