Friday, June 24, 2011

4 Inning Rule ... hmmm .. Nah

I had no game scheduled today so right after I finished working for the Man, I took a ride out to Prospect Park and officiated a game in probably the league with the best sportsmanship I've seen http://www.ppwsl.org/. During per-game field dimension administration, I applied some of the umpiring skills I've learned http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2011/05/softball-diary-may-4th-2011-little-baby.html
and got all set for a Crescendo and Rebels match-up that did not disappoint.

Crescendo Ace Lesley was dominant
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striking out 9 over 4 innings and also hitting a home run. Unfortunately, league rules classified her as "Type A" dominant and limit he to throwing only 4 innings per game. After Lesley was pulled from the game the scrappy Rebels rallied and earned a 3-2 walk off victory. Good Game

The 4 inning Type A pitching rule employed by this league got me to thinking: Why don't men league's use a 4 inning rule for "dominant" pitchers?

Top Ten Reasons Men league's Don't Use a 4 inning Dominant Pitcher Rule

10. Dominant pitchers get paid and 4 innings work would fuck up the pay scale
9. Too many lawyers in Softball http://softballinsider.blogspot.com/2011/02/kill-all-sb-lawyers.html who would argue about who is and who isn't dominant. The reality is that the real Bitches are in the Men leagues, not the women's league
8. 4 innings would be too complicated to keep track off
7. Stud pitchers wouldn't show up to only play 4 innings
6. Non Dominant pitchers wouldn't show up to only play 3 innings
5. Makes too much sense. I mean who needs competitive balance
4. Too many morons would ask questions and we would waste a lot of time explaining it to them. I mean we've been stuck on "What's the inning? What's The Score? What's the count ? for over a century
3. Just another rule people would find a way to cheat and beat the system on
2. Honestly, the rule is a little bit too league. What's next pitch counts?

and the Number One Reason Men league's Don't Use a 4 inning Dominant Pitcher Rule

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3 comments:

  1. It depends if you want to have a competitive league or not. Winning is the goal. You have to beat the dominant pitcher. They never asked Koufax or Gooden to come out after 4. Nor should they. - Chuck

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  2. Its ridiculous. Its the same as the "everybody gets a trophy" crap. Just ridiculous.

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  3. she looks great for 42.

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