A ban can come in many different shapes in sizes but it's purpose is to protect society.
We all know about or use Ban deodorant.
It keeps you dry and prevents body odor. Good stuff in life and especially in softball we need all the deodorant possible b/c it's hot and dirty out there.
Sometimes the radio will ban an artists music b/c its lyrics are too obscene.
Like Uncle Luke and 2 live crew back in the day.
Certain criminals are so dangerous that they are banned from society and their face is plastered on a poster so that authorities can hunt them down and keep them from harming the public.
Softball's version of a ban comes in the form of a modified pitcher's ban list.
Here are the modified pitcher's ban lists in two of the cities biggest, strongest and most competitive leagues - Inwood and EMS
Inwood 2007 banned list
2. Mike Sanchez - Dea (EMS)
3. Jeff - Dea (EMS)
4. John Miranda
5. John Brown - Choice Parts (Central park League)
7. James Parker - (Central park League)
8. John Rocker
9. Steve Jimenez- (Gunny, 54st League)
10. Frankie Rodriguez - Cardinals (Gunny, 54st League)
11. Bobby Langa - Gents (Central park League)
13. Cedric Washington
14. Johanny - Hit Squad (Gunny, 54st League)
15. Angel - Highlanders
16. “Doc” - Choice Parts (Central park League)
18. MEIO (mee-yo)
19. Clay – Choice Parts (Central park League)
21. Mike Cuevas
EMS banned list 2008
1. SOLITO PHILLIES
2. MIKE SANCHEZ D.E.A.
3. JEFF D.E.A/ Cardinals
4. CARLOS CLEMENTE PIRATES
5. MIRANDA CLEMENTE PIRATES
6. JOHN BROWN CLEMENTE PIRATES
7. ZORRO CARDINALS
8. JAMES PARKER CARDINALS
9. JOHN ROCKER COLUMBIA REDSTORM
10. CHRISTIAN MARINERS
11. SIXTO HARLEM CADILLAC/ TRANSIT
12. KIKE LG REBELS
13. STEVE JIMINEZ SUNDEVILS
14. FRANKIE RODRIGUEZ PANTHERS
15. BOBBY LANGA LOS COCOS
16. SOLANO UNKNOWN
17. CARMELLO 29ERS/ PANTHERS
18. MEIO CARDINALS
19. CEDRIC WASHINGTON PIPELAYERS
20. ANGEL BLUEJAYS
21. RAMESH CAVALIERS
20. ARMANDO BLUEJAYS / GOODFELLAS
A league is either Modified or it isn't, there is no in between.
If any or all of these pitchers are in your league, your league is not modified.
These lists were formed to prevent pitchers that do not conform to ASA pitching standards from "slinging " in a modified league. These lists are not perfect and sometimes pitchwers sneak through but they are eventually weeded out and banned.
Stop the slingers before it becomes a real problem.
Competitive balance will be compromised.
UMPIRES will not call illegal pitchers, they just wont - its on the commissioner to stop illegal pitchers immediatley.
To quote my friend and softball's version of "FDR" Jimmy Bitros "Consensus is the absence of leadership".
nuff' said - now I'm going to go listen to my Uncle Luke CD