Robert's Corner

What the heck .....

   We have finally started our 2015 Summer season. We have made some changes that I think will make our league even better. I am excited about our new AAA wood division. I think adding a wood division to our league will make our league more attractive to teams.
 I am curious to see if the courtesy runner rule will help speed up our games.
 I am hoping that our new umpires in the AAA division will help us improve on our umpiring. I have high hopes for them.
  I will be posting the division after game 2 as there still might be some movement. As of right now we have 6 divisions of 8 teams. The playoffs will have to be have to be a little different than previous seasons.

Robert

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Summer time is party time. Whether its a pool party or just a birtday party. Jose usually has quite a few gigs lined up already. So anyone interested in contracting Jose to do some DJ, call him to reserve today. He has all the other stuff like lights and smoke and whatever you need. Give him a call.

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All teams that have not picked up their 4 baseballs, please call/text Jose before their next game, NOT on Saturday night or Sunday morning before their game! All teams that stated that they would be paying after game 1, call/text Jose this week so we could meet up.

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Teams with outstanding league fees as of Tuesday July 7, will not be assigned new games until payments are made.

New Umpires

New Umpires for the AAA divisions



This season we have contracted the Ultimate Umpire Association to take over the AAA division umpire. I am hoping that things work out. Teams in the AAA, please take the time to evaluate and give us feedback about the umpires. I am hoping that these new umpires can help our league become even better.

Playoffs

New Playoff Format



This season we have added another division. This means that we have an odd number of divisions when it comes to the playoffs so we are forced to make a slight change to our playoff format. The AAA division:

The top 4 teams make the playoffs. They will be seeded 1 to 4. #1 will face #4 and #2 will face #3 in a one game elimination. The winners will advance to the championship round in a best of 3 series. The higher seed is the home team for the 1st round and for games 1 and 3 of the championship series.

The AA division:
This is the division that will be changed. The top 4 teams make the playoffs. They will be seeded 1 to 4. #1 will face #4 and #2 will face #3 in a one game elimination. The winners will advance to the championship round in a best of 3 series.

The AA vs A division:
The top 4 teams of each division will make the playoffs. They will be seeded 1 to 8. #1 will face #8, #2 will face #7, #3 will face #6, and #4 will face #5. Games will be one game elimination.

The B1A vs B2 division:
The top 4 teams of each division will make the playoffs. The division winners will be seeded 1 and 2. 2nd place teams will be seeded 3 and 4. 3rd place teams will be seeded 5 and 6 and 4th place teams will be seeded 7 and 8. Games will be one game elimination. Home team will be determined by a coin flip.

AAA Wood division

Wood only division



As many of you know we are gonna go with a wood AAA division. The vote came last Tuesday and some teams were caught short on wood bats. So we are gonna give teams two games to get their wood bats in order. Starting game 3, all AAA games must be wood only. If anyone has any questions, please call/text Jose or I.
 

Courtesy Runner rule

Catcher only and 2 outs only

This season we are gonna try the courtesy runner rule. I think this will help us speed up the game and hopefully allow for more actual playing time. The rules are simple and are as follows:

1. A courtesy runner may only be used with two outs and the catcher on base.
2. The courtesy runner can only be the player who made the 2nd out of the inning. No courtesy runner is available until there are 2 outs.
3. A player who violates the courtesy-runner rule is considered to be an illegal substitute and must be ejected from the game.
4. Players who have already played and have been removed from the game are ineligible to serve as courtesy runners.
5. A player may not run as a courtesy runner for the catcher and then be used as a substitute/pinch hitter for another player in that same half inning.
6. The use of the courtesy runner shall be announced to the umpire-in-chief who shall then announce it to the opposing Manager.
7. The courtesy runner may not be removed from a base to become a pinch hitter.
8. If the courtesy runner sustains an injury, the injuried player must be removed from the game and the catcher must return to the basepath.
9. The use of the courtesy runner is an option. A catcher may decline the use of the courtsey runner but may not change his mind later in the same innning.
10. The offensive team that is replacing the catcher with a courtesy runner has 30 seconds to make the runner change. If the runner is not replaced within this time period, the original runner must remain for the remainder of that inning. The 30 second time limit will begin at the time the umpire calls for time to allow replacement for the runner.

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June 29, 2015

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Player:  Mario Velasquez Sr.
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