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What better place to meet your friends
And catch up on all of the news than
standing behind Hetzells batting cage?

This will be our News and Notes Section of the homepage.







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WELCOME FANS & VISITORS TO THE PLAYER ~ TEAM & 2005 LEAGUE NEWS WITH INSIDE STORIES ~ INTERVIEWS AND UP DATES ON INJURIES ~ PLAYERS COMING AND GOING & HOT RUMORS ALL YEAR AROUND ~~ IF YOUR NOT AN E-MAIL MEMBER YET? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? SEND US YOUR NAME AND E-MAIL ADDRESS AND YOU'LL GET UP-DATES BEFORE ANYONE ELSE ALL YEAR AROUND.......
Become a "Rotan E-Mail Member" There are more then 100 members to date that receive information some that is never even put on the leagues web-site. You will always be the first to know by e-mail about rain outs and inside info on what happened at the league meetings, Your given first hand information on new rules, And the winter meetings one in September and the other in January could prove to be very informative as to new teams new rules (if any) You'll be hearing first about these things like you were right there at the meeting yourself.

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ILLEGAL BATS 2005
2. BATS -
All double and triple wall bats are banned in this league. Single wall bats are the only bats permitted at any time.(NEW UP DATED ON 1/27/2003)
CHALLENGING A BAT


1. The coach of the team making the challeng will call a time out and tell the umpire the bat is illegal.

2. The umpire will take the bat from the batter and hand it to Jack Moore or Bill Wilcox.

3. The team challening the bat will have 24 hours to pay a protest fee of $50.00. If the bat is judged to be illegal. The $50.00 fee will be returnd to the challenging team.

PENALTY
4. The penalty for the team using the bat - Will be forfeiture of that game and the team will lose its $100.00 forfeit fee. Second offense expulsion from the league. This new up-dated rule was voted into the league by each team with a unanimous 7 to 0.



2005 LEAGUE PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN
League Season Champion
$1.000
Season Runner Up
$400.00
Playoff Champion
$900.00
Playoff Runner Up
$300.00

$2,600.00 Total






HOW THE 2004 PLAYOFFS WILL BE PLAYED

Six out of seven teams will make the playoffs. With the top team getting a bye








GAME DAY TEAM LINE UP CARDS
Coaches & Umpires please take Note: Commissioner Wilcox has made it clear that a line up card is to be filled out correctly with the players full name the teams name and the date. Last season some teams that had two or three Bob's on the team were puting Bob at first Bob at catching and Bob in the outfield. Any card not filled in with the players full name. That player will not get credit for that game. Remember players need 12 games to be eligible to play in the 2005 playoffs. also new this season NEW RULE 1-19-2004

Line up cards will be exchanged by the coaches untill the 3rd. inning. To make sure that only players at the game will be on the cards. After the third inning ends the cards will be given to the umpires. Any player coming to the game before the end of the forth inning. The coach will ask the umpire for his card and tell the other team that he is being added to the line up card.
Any Coach caught adding a players name to a card after the forth inning will be suspended for three games. If ever caught again that person would be suspended for life.






DIRECTIONS TO OUR FIELD
Hetzells Field At Columbia Ave & Thompson St.
Philadelphia Pa. Fishtown

From the Northeast take I95 south to the Girard Ave. exit stay on the right side go four blocks to Palmer St. turn right go one and a half blocks to Thompson St. (Adair School) Turn left one block to the feild. From South Philadelphia Take Delaware Ave. to Frankford Ave. turn left about four blocks to Columbia Ave. turn right one block to the field. or take 3rd. Street to Girard Ave. turn right three blocks to Frankford Ave. turn left two blocks to Belgrade St. Take Belgrade two blocks turn right at Columbia Ave. and your at the field.

Games are played Monday And Tuesday at 8:15pm. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 7:00pm & 8:15pm.



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The Dave Rotan League will let any player, coach or fan know anytime a game is rained out. We even will send you up dates on rules, meeting out comes, and just good inside stuff there are almost 100 people enjoying "LEAGUE NEWS" all year around. So if you are interested here is all you do. Send us your name and e-mail address where you would like us to send you this info. It really could help save you a lot of rushing around for nothing and we would like to help in anyway we can.
PLEASE NOTE:
If you have not been receiving, E-Mails lately? We have been sending out league info every week. We have found that a number of our e-mails are coming back. To be sure that you get all league info please resend us your new address and you'll be first to know!


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MOST AND THE LEAST
WE REACHED 100,000 VISITORS ON APRIL 18, 2005

From the beginning (April 10, 1999) we thought this would be just a little neighborhood softball website. But it has proven to be much more then just that. There are many people from all over the U.S.A. that enjoy our site daily and come back to the site a few times each week. We are also told that this site is doing better then some company sites. We have already hit an unbelievable 100,000. That is an average of 16,666 visitors a year. We would like to say is a big THANK YOU we will keep on doing everything possible to keep you all up-dated on our league news As soon as it happens year around.


THE MOST VISITORS IN ONE WEEK TO OUR SITE WAS
1464 the week of July 21st. to July 28, 2002
THE FEWEST VISITORS IN ONE WEEK TO OUR SITE WAS
37 the week of February 25th, to February 31, 2000

THE FASTEST 5000 VISITORS TO OUR SITE WAS
(1st.) It took an unbelievable just ~ 25 DAYS!!! From July 17 to August 12, 2002
From 40,000 to 45,000
That is an average of 200 visitors a day.



Site Built
00,000 ~ 4/10/1999 ~ VISITORS
10,000 ~ 8/5/2000 ~ VISITORS
15,000 ~ 4/27/2001 ~ VISITORS
20,000 ~ 7/16/2001 ~ VISITORS
25,000 ~ 1/30/2002 ~ VISITORS
30,000 ~ 5/6/2002 ~ VISITORS
35,000 ~ 6/17/2002 ~ VISITORS
40,000 ~ 7/17/2002 ~ VISITORS
45,000 ~ 8/12/2002 VISITORS
50,000 ~ 10/13/2002 ~ VISITORS
55,000 ~ 3/10/2003 ~ VISITORS
60,000 ~ 5/5/2003 ~ VISITORS
65,000 ~ 6/20/2003 ~ VISITORS
70,000 ~ 8/2/2003 ~ VISITORS
75,000 ~ 11/26/2003 ~ VISITORS
80,000 ~ 4/20/2004 ~ VISITORS
85,000 ~ 6-11-2004 ~ VISITORS
90,000 ~ 8-12-2004 ~ VISITORS
95,000 ~ 1-12-2005 ~ VISITORS
100,000 ~ 4-18-2005 ~ ~ VISITORS

105,000 ~ Date ~ VISITORS??


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LEAGUE SPONSORS
Anthony's Cafe ~ Chasers Sports Bar ~ Passing Time Cafe ~ Fishtown Tavern ~ Chug A Mug Bar





BE A PART OF OUR 50TH. SEASON
WE HAVE OPENINGS FOR TEAMS TO JOIN OUR LEAGUE IN 2005



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OK, here is your chance to join the best modified softball league in the City of Philadelphia

We had seven teams for the 2004 season. If you are on a good modified team that would like to play in our league please get intouch with us A.S.A.P. give us away to get intouch with you about next season our 50th. With eight teams we play a 28 game schedule. With allstar games Vs. A league from New York and Boston and our champions of 2004 plays in the second game. You would play two games a week Mon/Fri. The top five teams make the playoffs. The league starts in early April and ends about the second week in August. Again this is the best modified softball league left in Philadelphia. If your team is interested in playing in this league? You must send us a e-mail to let us know you would like to play here

This means we still need one team. The first team that sends us an e-mail about this opening and brings/sends a deposit of $100.00 will get a 2005 franchise.

MULTI -WALL BAT



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HERE ARE THE STEPS TO PROTEST A MULII WALL BAT
1. The coach will stop the game and inform the umpire that the bat being used is a Multi Wall Bat. And that your team is playing the game under protest. (If you win you do not file the protest)

2. Be sure that the umpire notes the bat and after the game takes the bat and gets it to Bill Wilcox Or Jack Moore. (The team may use the bat the rest of that game)

3. After the game put your protest into writing (Be sure to put the name of the bat and number) along with the $50.00 protest fee. (If the bat is mulit wall you'll get your money back) If the bat is good the money go's into the final championship round prize money

BATS -
All double and triple wall bats are banned in this league. Single wall bats are the only bats permitted at any time. PENALTY - For using the above bats will be forfeiture of that game and the team will lose its $100.00 forfeit fee. Second offense expulsion from the league.





Hitting to the Opposite Field
by Jack Moore
Very few players know why you hit the ball to the right side and most don't really care. It's called giving yourself up for the good of the team. A "TEAM PLAYER" don't have the time to worry about his batting average being higher then the other guys on the team. He just thinks of winning. It's the teams that do the little things right that win most of the time. I was standing back of the batting cage the other night when a person asked me why more teams don't move their players along? (Hitting to the right side, moving them up into scoring position) At Hetzells there are few teams that think about doing these kind of things. But again those that do are always the teams on top of the standings year in and year out.

Placement hitting is all about stance, alignment, step and stroke.

Stance: I don't like you to give away where you want to go with the ball any more than you have to, so try to keep a comfortable, consistent stance. That usually means feet about shoulder width, hips and shoulders aligned and pointed at second base, hands back and high. personally high hands is important in modified softball; if you drop your hands you'll tend to uppercut the ball which results in more pop ups. It levels your swing and lets you hit more line drives.

Alignment: To go opposite field stand further from the plate in the batters box and closer to the pitcher. You're really looking for an outside pitch to take to the opposite field and by standing away in the batters box it's harder for the pitcher to jam you and still throw strikes. (Note: a good pitcher who sees you off the plate may deliberately try to pitch you outside so don't stand so far that you can't get to the outside of the plate or you may get struck out.) Standing closer to the pitcher means that a strike is going to descend deeper back in your swing - a deeper pitch is easier to take to the opposite field. If the pitcher knows you want to go that way he may deliberately try to pitch you short.

Step: To go opposite field, take your step that way. Never move your back foot unless you have to, I prefer to let your front foot close your stance on the step, basically step towards the pitcher and towards the plate - placing your heel slightly past the line where your toes were. That closes your stance, turns your hips towards the right and helps you take the ball that way.

Swing: Be patient. You need to wait on the ball to go opposite field. Keep the hands high because it's easy to uppercut when you're trying to go that way. You want to get your hands out in front of the barrel of the bat on your swing. If you can do all of that you can go opposite field.
Good luck and have fun!




PLAYERS & COACHES SERVING SUSPENSIONS 2005 SEASON

NAME------------TEAM------------GAMES---------- STARTING DATE---RETURN DATE (With No Rain)

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  2. -
  3. -
  4. -

2005 SEASON PLAYER EJECTIONS



Rule #1 SUSPENSIONS

1. First time a player/coach/or manager is ejected from a game season or playoff...Will receive a (1) game suspension.

2. After that the same player/coach/ or manager ejected from a game season or playoff...Will be suspended for (3) three games for each ejection.

3. Any player/coach/ or manager being ejected in the playoffs. This suspension would carry over into the next season, or until the suspension would end.

4. Any player/coach/ or manager that is on a suspension and comes to a game and gets into any type of argument because of any call made by a umpire. Will be suspended for (10) ten games. If this person causes any more trouble in anyway during or after the ten game suspension, he will be suspended from the league for (1) one year from that date.

Read full list of suspensions on the "Rules" page

UMPIRES CALL/E-MAIL IN YOUR REPORT:
Umpires are to call Jack Moore or e-mail him right after a game. With Players name & Team when there was a ejection in a game.


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REASON:
During the 2002 season a person was ejected from a game. The league was never informed. This person was to set out a one game suspension. But two nights later when his team was playing he was at a base coaching. During this game he again got into another argument that lead another ejection. At this point the league was informed and he was given a ten game suspension. Because of this incident the Commissioner will have umpires call in right after any game and inform the league and give the persons name that was ejected from a game. The Commissioner has also asked that the name be put on the leagues website so that this could never happed again.





2005 RAIN OUTS

April 27, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm







Your teams rain outs will be re-scheduled A.S.A.P.

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50th SEASON


2005 SCHEDULE

FIRST TEAM IS HOME


  1. April 25, ~ Murph's Bar ~ 10 Vs. Nagel Roofing - 12
  2. April 26, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Fishtown - 8:15pm
  3. April 27, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 7pm
  4. April 27, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm ~ Game Canceled so team can attend friends wake
  5. April 28, ~ Fishtown Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  6. April 28, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  7. April 29, ~ Fishtown Vs. Nagel Roofing - 7pm
  8. April 29, ~ Warriors Vs. Murph's Bar - 8:15pm


    MAY

  9. May 2, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Anthony’s - 8:15pm
  10. May 3, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs .Fishtown - 8:15pm
  11. May 4, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Chug A Mug - 7pm
  12. May 4, ~ Warriors Vs. Anthony’s - 8:15pm
  13. May 5, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  14. May 5, ~ Fishtown Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  15. May 6, ~ Fishtown Vs. Murph's Bar - 7pm
  16. May 6, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Nagel Roofing - 8:15pm


  17. May 9, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Murph's Bar - 8:15pm
  18. May 10, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  19. May 11, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 7pm
  20. May 11, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  21. May 12, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Fishtown - 7pm
  22. May 12, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Nagel Roofing - 8:15pm
  23. May 13, ~ Warriors Vs. Fishtown - 7pm
  24. May 13, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Murph's Bar - 8:15pm


  25. May 16, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  26. May 17, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Murph's Bar - 8:15pm
  27. May 18, ~ Fishtown Vs. Chug A Mug - 7pm
  28. May 18, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  29. May 19, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Nagel Roofing - 7pm
  30. May 19, ~ Warriors Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  31. May 20, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  32. May 20, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Fishtown - 8:15pm


  33. May 23, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  34. May 24, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm
  35. May 25, ~ Fishtown Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 7pm
  36. May 25, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  37. May 26, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Warriors - 7pm
  38. May 26, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs Fishtown - 8:15pm
  39. May 27/30, NO GAMES HOLIDAY
  40. May 31, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Murph's Bar – 8:15pm


    JUNE

  41. June 1, ~ Warriors Vs. Nagel Roofing - 7pm
  42. June 1, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm
  43. June 2, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  44. June 2, ~ Fishtown Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  45. June 3, ~ Warriors Vs. Murph's Bar - 7pm
  46. June 3, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Fishtown - 8:15pm


  47. June 6 ~ Anthony’s Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  48. June 7, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  49. June 8, ~ Warriors Vs. Chug A Mug - 7pm
  50. June 8, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  51. June 9, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Murph's Bar - 7pm
  52. June 9, ~ Fishtown Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  53. June 10, ~ Warriors Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  54. June 10, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Nagel Roofing - 8:15pm


  55. June 13, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Fishtown - 8:15pm
  56. June 14, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Anthony’s - 8:15pm
  57. June 15, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 7pm
  58. June 15, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  59. June 16, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Fishtown - 7pm
  60. June 16, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  61. June 17, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Nagel Roofing - 7pm
  62. June 17, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Fishtown - 8:15pm


  63. June 20, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  64. June 21, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Murph's Bar - 8:15pm
  65. June 22, ~ Warriors Vs. Nagel Roofing - 7pm
  66. June 22, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  67. June 23, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  68. June 23, ~ Warriors Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  69. June 24, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Murph's Bar - 7pm
  70. June 24 , ~ Fishtown Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm


  71. June 27, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 8:15pm
  72. June28, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Warriors - 8:15pm
  73. June29, ~ Fishtown Vs. Murph's Bar - 7pm
  74. June 29, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Nagel Roofing - 8:15pm
  75. June 30, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Warriors - 7pm
  76. June 30, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm


    NO GAMES JULY 1, HOLIDAY

    JULY 2nd NEW YORK ?

  77. July 5, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm
  78. July 6, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Anthony’s - 7pm
  79. July 6, ~ RAIN OUT - 8:15pm
  80. July 7, ~ Fishtown Vs. Nagel Roofing - 7pm
  81. July 7, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Chug A Mug - 8:15pm
  82. July 8, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Freddy’s Friends - 7pm
  83. July 8, ~ Warriors Vs. Fishtown - 8:15pm

    Anthony's & Warriors Please note the games on the 15th and 18th have been swapped because of a request from the warriors team back in February when they joined the league. Not to play on July 15,
  84. July 11, ~ Nagel Roofing Vs. Warriors 8:15pm
  85. July 12, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Chug A Mug 8:15pm
  86. July 13, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Nagel Roofing 7pm
  87. July 13, ~ RAIN OUT 8:15pm
  88. July 14, ~ Murph's Bar Vs. Warriors 7pm
  89. July 14, ~ Freddy’s Friends Vs. Anthony’s 8:15pm
  90. July 15, ~ Anthony’s Vs. Fishtown 7pm
  91. July 15, ~ Chug A Mug Vs. Murph's Bar 8:15pm


  92. July 18, ~ Fishtown Vs. Warriors –8:15pm
  93. July 19, ~ Warriors Vs. Chug A Mug – 8:15pm
  94. July
  95. July
  96. July
  97. July
  98. July
  99. July
  100. July
  101. July
  102. July
  103. July
  104. July






THE LEAGUE ASK PLAYERS AND FANS
TO PLEASE PUT ALL TRASH INTO
ONE OF THE TRASH BARREL'S AROUND THE FIELD
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO KEEP THE FIELD CLEAN & SAFE.

TEAMS ARE ASKED TO CALL IN THE SCORE AFTER EACH GAME
OR DROP IT IN THE LEAGUES MAIL BOX BELOW
Dave Rotan Softball League



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WELCOME TO MAGGIE'S CORNER

By Maggie O'Brien




UP DATED ~Apri 19, 2005
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Saint Laurentius Parish is hosting a Communion Breakfast for Sunday May 15th after the 10AM Mass. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, danish pastry, coffee, tea and juice. Featured speaker is Joan Riley DiBernardinis. Tickets can be purchased at the Rectory. ALSO a Flea Market is planned for Saturday, May 21st from 8AM-3PM (rain or shine) tables are $10 (no food vendors) and can be reserved by calling the school 215-423-8834 ask for Mary.

GIRL SCOUT Troop 276 is planning on planting a garden at the Fishtown Recreation Center and they need help!! If you could donate, seeds, garden tools, plants, flowers or yourself! It would be appreciated. The troop wants to do their part to keep Fishtown beautiful! If you would like to make a donation or volunteer your time please call Tina at 215-634-2672

RETIREMENT PARTY! SHHHHH IT'S A SURPRISE! George Hanlon the Supervisor at the Fishtown Recreation Center for the past 18 years is retiring! George has been a great supporter of our community and our children and he will retire on July 1, 2005. We are hosting a surprise party for him on Friday, June 17th from 8pm to Midnight at Edgemont Caterers. Tickets cost $30 and includes Buffet, Open Bar and Gift. Tickets WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT DOOR! Call Maggie 215-425-5623













REMEMBERING OUR PLAYERS & COACHES
WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY

David Rotan Sr.
Tommy ("Porky") Gallagher
James (Jimo) Fox
David (Bopper) Neary
Richy Farley
Danny Shissler Sr.
Bill ("Mr. G") Gassman Sr.
Chrisie Smith
Mike ("Moe") Andrews Jr.
Dennis Seaman
V.J. Burns

If you know of any former player/coach that has passed. And we do not have their name listed here please e-mail it to us. And we will add it right away

Thank You The David Rotan Sr. Softball League


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