I play in a men's softball league and something has come up. We have a rule in place where if you get thrown out of a game, you are automatically suspended for the next game. A player on the other team disputed a strike call and then grounded out. When he hit the ball, he whipped his bat and just missed our catcher's head by inches. Then, he rushed the ump, was cussing, and needed to be restrained by 3-4 guys. This is the 3rd time that he has been kicked out of a game this year. The kicker here is that we have a best-of-3 playoff series and he got kicked out of game 2. The manager of the other team also happens to be the commish of the league. As an aside, we had a player on our team get thrown out of a game earlier this year and the commish was there and he said that according to league rules, he had to sit out a game. Fair enough. Well, at the end of the game, he was whining to the ump not to suspend him for the next game and the ump agreed. I don't care. It's a rule in the league that he sit out. I am having a dilemma in that I don't want to win cheap but rules are rules. Any thoughts??
Thanks for the response. If we play our game, we should destroy them. I don't want to overreact but it's the principle here. Our guy sat out based on league rules. I don't see why they would be changed here.
Agreed, rules are rules. However, I must point out, it's just a mens softball league, and the guy must be a complete loser to pull a Roger Clemens and worry that much about something that means so little.
eftda wrote:He should play the next game... I love how MLB handles their playoff games, where if you are thrown out, nothing happenes till the next year. But he should be forced to sit out the 1st game next year.
Even if there is precedence and the rules clearly state that he sits out the next game??
The commish/manager just called me asking about the time of our next game. Then, he smoothly brought up the issue. I just said that the rules are the rules and that someone could have been hurt when he threw the bat. My catcher has partial vision is his eye as it is. After a few seconds, he agreed and we left it at that.