RABA Fans want to watch baseball, not slob ball.

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The RABA has been a part of our community for 47 years and in that time has experienced fluctuations like any organization between expansion and recession. There has been talk about the days when the league was home to over ten teams and also times when there has been as few as three teams.  In this time, the great game that was played was left unchanged.  Baseball is a 9 inning game, beer league softball is a 7 inning game.  These are the rules of each respective sport.  Recently, league representatives have magically found ground to justify their decision to change the league to 7 inning games.  This raises the question, where is the line? Can we add a rover, because some teams don't have enough speed with three players in the outfield? Should we add a strike needed in order to strike out a batter to increase the hitter's chances?

In addition to changing the foundational rules of baseball, the league has also decided to begin the season later and end the season earlier with a one weekend tournament instead of the series fans and players have come to know and love.     Now without knowing exactly how these decisions came to be, I would have to say "for the members that have voted in favour of these decisions, if you don't want to play ball, don't but let us play" because every decision made at the last league meeting has been to reduce the amount of baseball being played. As a young player who can only dream of the days the league had over ten teams, I have to ask the question, why do the representatives of the league not want us to play?  I ask any fans or players who share my skepticism that these so called "league leaders" are looking out for the best interest of the league to sign this petition, maybe they'll see that we want to play baseball, and play it the way it was meant to be played.



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