Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, February 15, 2013

SB Nation: Richmond: Blind Baseball

The ball is a little bigger than a softball (and it beeps). The blind players must all wear blindfolds, both at bat and in the field, lest those who are legally blind by Social Security Administration standards, but can still distinguish light, have an advantage over the completely blind. They play on a baseball field, but there are only two bases: first and third, positioned slightly in foul territory so that blind runners don’t collide with blind fielders, and they aren’t actually bases, but things that look like padded tackling dummies. Which buzz. Out in the outfield, the opposing team, positioned from the deep infield to the deep outfield by two sighted “spotters,” have lowered their heads, the better to hear the sound of ball on bat, and help guide them toward the beeping ball.

I had no idea this was a thing. Mind…flooded…with…umpire…jokes…

Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: February 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: umpires

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4370357)
they aren’t actually bases, but things that look like padded tackling dummies.


Little pillows attached to the ground are not the only actual bases. Anywhere you are safe is actually a base. A rock can actually be a base. A car's door handle can actually be a base. The side of the Empire State Building can actually be a base.
   2. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: February 15, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4370360)
Little pillows attached to the ground are not the only actual bases. Anywhere you are safe is actually a base. A rock can actually be a base. A car's door handle can actually be a base. The side of the Empire State Building can actually be a base.

Or, in my neighborhood when we played in the street, a sewer grate, the back end of a car, and someone's sweatshirt thrown on the ground.
   3. flournoy Posted: February 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4370372)
I went with the corner of the screen room on the patio, a rock, and a tree. I had a real home plate!
   4. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: February 15, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4370376)
My best friend and I would play one on one wiffle ball in the backyard. We would set up bikes, lawn chairs and anything else we could find as fielders. If you hit the bikes etc...you were out, otherwise it was a hit. A grounder back to the mound required a throw to first base (i.e. off the back wall of my parents' house). That rule was changed after a broken window (which after much discussion was ruled to be an error).
   5. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: February 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4370444)
"Frank is the only blind mail sorter in the U.S. Postal Service."

I wish the author had explained this a bit more. I can't even begin to imagine how it would work.
   6. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 15, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4370452)
That rule was changed after a broken window (which after much discussion was ruled to be an error)

E-1 or E-3?
   7. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 15, 2013 at 05:45 PM (#4370454)
@5: The mail arrives on a track. It's held by the sorting system vertically. Say Frank is an Express Mail sorter, and every piece has a bar code label. Frank's setup has a bar code seeker and reader. Zip codes have tones. Frank wears a headset, the zip code reader plays a tone. Frank plays his keyboard and refines the tone to the point where he can send the piece of mail down the proper chute with the proper combination of keys.

Or something like that.

Iirc a typical sorter is expected to sort three pieces of mail per second. I imagine the PO cuts Frank some slack on that.



We'd often play on playgrounds where first and third bases were fixed, but the organization maintaining the field used a removable second base (due to sliding, I imagine) it stashed somewhere for safekeeping between games. We'd use something light colored for second, and all but adjusted it with micrometers to make sure it was perfectly placed, because nothing is more important when you're nine years old.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: February 15, 2013 at 05:59 PM (#4370463)
A frisbee was a classic thing to use as a base.
   9. flournoy Posted: February 15, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4370476)
My best friend and I would play one on one wiffle ball in the backyard. We would set up bikes, lawn chairs and anything else we could find as fielders. If you hit the bikes etc...you were out, otherwise it was a hit. A grounder back to the mound required a throw to first base (i.e. off the back wall of my parents' house). That rule was changed after a broken window (which after much discussion was ruled to be an error).


I did this too, but a little different. Each half inning lasted either two outs or four batters, whichever came first, and I believe the fourth batter had to hit a home run, or else he didn't count.

But what I am most interested in is how you broke a window with a wiffle ball.
   10. phredbird Posted: February 15, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4370483)
i'm going to go out on a limb here and say its too early for the oscar pistorius jokes.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: February 15, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4370539)
Zip codes have tones.
I can confirm that zip codes do work that way.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(190 - 3:06am, Apr 27)
Last: Rob_Wood

NewsblogHunter Greene is the star baseball needs. First he has to finish high school.
(63 - 2:58am, Apr 27)
Last: filihok

NewsblogHunter Greene Done Pitching For The Season | BaseballAmerica.com
(12 - 2:39am, Apr 27)
Last: Meatwad needs baseball

NewsblogESPN layoffs: A running list of reporters, anchors fired by the network - The Washington Post
(32 - 2:37am, Apr 27)
Last: Meatwad needs baseball

NewsblogMarlins expecting to finalize $1.3B deal to sell team to Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter group
(78 - 2:06am, Apr 27)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogOTP 24 April 2017: Talking politics (and baseball) with the mayor
(557 - 1:42am, Apr 27)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOMNICHATTER today, diet tomorrow. April 26, 2017
(67 - 1:33am, Apr 27)
Last: Like Flies On Sherbert

NewsblogOT - March 2017 NBA thread
(2453 - 1:27am, Apr 27)
Last: Tin Angel

NewsblogDodgers to call up top prospect Cody Bellinger to aid outfield
(8 - 12:50am, Apr 27)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogCarpenter out of lineup serving one-game suspension
(1 - 12:44am, Apr 27)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogESPN will cut 100 on-air personalities today
(166 - 11:13pm, Apr 26)
Last: Baldrick

Sox TherapyChris Sale Is A Terrible Person
(18 - 9:22pm, Apr 26)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Pollo

NewsblogChris Coghlan went full Superman to jump over Yadier Molina and scored ridiculous run
(45 - 8:46pm, Apr 26)
Last: Rickey! No. You move.

NewsblogWhen will Mets call up Amed Rosario | MLB.com
(18 - 8:06pm, Apr 26)
Last: JJ1986

NewsblogOT: March-April 2017 Soccer Thread
(320 - 7:04pm, Apr 26)
Last: Jose is El Absurd Pollo

Page rendered in 0.2932 seconds
47 querie(s) executed