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Larger first base

Discussion in 'Diamond Gators' started by OklahomaGator, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. OklahomaGator

    OklahomaGator Jedi Administrator Moderator VIP Member

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    My granddaughter is playing in a softball tournament this week that is at Hall of Fame stadium complex in OKC. They have a larger first base. It extends into foul territory and the part in foul territory is painted orange. I asked about it and the purpose is to avoid collisions and injuries as the base runners are supposed to hit the orange part instead of the white part. It makes sense but are they going to bring that to the college game?
     
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  2. MadduxFanII

    MadduxFanII GC Hall of Fame

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    You see this set-up in a lot of recreational leagues and leagues for younger players. I haven't heard any specific talk about bringing it to the college game. Every couple years someone will mention it as a potential change to MLB, and it's kind of a harmless idea that would seem to merit real consideration, but baseball loves its traditions and hates change.
     
  3. swampgas44

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    I don't think so. I've seen that in the younger tournaments for years.
     
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  4. OklahomaGator

    OklahomaGator Jedi Administrator Moderator VIP Member

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    Thanks, it was just first time I had seen it.
     
  5. paidinfull

    paidinfull GC Legend

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    Most slow pitch setups are like this. They also have a second home plate. No tags, if you're going to the base and the ball beats you, you're out. Doesn't matter if it's a force or not. Walks put you on second. Hr counts as an out. My wife played in a league at work a few years ago and that's how it was. It was interesting to watch, lol.
     
  6. shelbygt350

    shelbygt350 GC Hall of Fame

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    I played baseball, then in my 20s played softball wearing metal spikes. We wore metal spikes in the 7th and 8th grades. If spiked the ? was: did you get a tetanus shot recently? No wussies allowed.
     
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  7. Spurffelbow833

    Spurffelbow833 GC Hall of Fame

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    Something should be done to make the rule about staying in the running lane in foul territory more realistically enforceable while allowing the runner the fastest path to the base. How are you supposed to stay in that lane all the way to first base if the base is entirely in fair territory?
     
  8. swampgas44

    swampgas44 Junior

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    Have to run left handed.
     
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  9. GatorLurker

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    They do allow you to over run the base and not be tagged out after you do unless you make a serious attempt at second base. Sounds like a fair trade to me.
     
  10. gtj31

    gtj31 GC Hall of Fame

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    I like the extended base at 1B. Those collisions can be dangerous for all involved and there is no upside to not allowing access to the base considering the runner can run through the bag. I hope it does make its way into the college game.
     
  11. Matherly87

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    Yeah but they used to always say that was my problem. At least I'm still in my right mind.
     
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