Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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Signature Composition
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Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
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c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

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Breaking in a new glove

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  • Breaking in a new glove

    Everyone seems to have their own system, how do you break in a glove? Personally I wet it and bake it in the oven for three minutes at 300, then shape it with a mallet, but it’s pretty hard work. I’m looking for a better strategy.

  • #2
    I would never bake a glove...just cooking out the oils.

    I've done several like this-

    I also use a mallet or baseball bat to speed things up.
    Put your junk in your pocket!


    • #3
      Go to the batting cages, get a machine that throws 70-80 and start catching baseballs. I will admit I have tried all the cheats, but if its a glove you want for a long time then just play catch with someone, or a machine. :-)


      • #4
        Go down to the 9u game at your local park and after the third walk of the inning, the oracle in the stands will give all in attendance the wisdom:



        • #5

          Baste liberally with shaving cream, beat it 30 minutes with a meat tenderizer, bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean, put in the back window of a hatchback in 100° heat for a week, drive over it a couple times with the family chariot, hit it with a sledgehammer, wrap it up with a softball and a 8.5" baseball in the pocket and stick it between your mattress and box springs for a fortnight...

          Then tell people on the internet they have to spend $200+ on a top quality glove for their preteen or else it will "go all floppy"...

          ^ the above is intended for humor/satire, not as a jab at anyone in particular


          • #6
            Since you didn't mention what kind of glove, I'll throw this out. If you feel the need to instantly break-in a glove, buy cheap. No use taking a $249 HOH and try and speed up the break-in only to limit it's lifespan. If it is a quality leather, playing catch as recommended or practicing with it over time will allow the glove to properly break-in and mold to your hand. I say this as there are people who run a break-in service - glove and mitt blasphemy to allow someone else to do this. The handstall is usually the first area to go on a glove so I cover my glove hand in conditioner and work it in on a new glove to prevent sweat rot and dry cracking. I only condition my gloves once a year.
            "Whata crowd, whata crowd! I tell ya, I'm all right now but last week I was in rough shape..."


            • #7
              Originally posted by Coach T13 View Post
              Go to the batting cages, get a machine that throws 70-80 and start catching baseballs. I will admit I have tried all the cheats, but if its a glove you want for a long time then just play catch with someone, or a machine. :-)
              Probably not the wisest decision, but on my last glove I stuck my glove in front of the machine and was hand feeding pitches. You know, to speed up the reps. Didn't break any fingers.


              • #8
                I use water all the time, and I actually soak the glove to mold it to the hand and/or flare the pinky and thumb in or out... The process is really simple... I run warm-ish water over the glove until it has saturated the leather completely, and do it until the leather is really soaked, pliable. and heavy with water (I will also sometimes clean the glove with some fast orange if the glove is over-oiled or really a mess)... I run the water in the finger stalls as well until they feel slippery... I then put a towel in my lap and start 'working' the glove, I'll flare the fingers out or in, adjust and tighten and properly tie all the straps and knots. Then start pounding the glove with my hand and or a baseball... Once I get the glove where I want it - most gloves are already taking their new shape and you can feel them drying at this point, I will sometimes, sometimes not, use some conditioner on my glove-hand and stick it in the finger stalls... I will then sometimes apply some light conditioner over the entire glove, sometimes not, depends on the glove and how it feels at this point... Once this is done, I will place the glove, back up (to dry the finger stalls), or on it's fingertips under a ceiling fan on high for around 24+/- hours... I will check the glove periodically to see if it's where I want it, and either adjust by re-soaking or re-wetting some areas or doing some additional pounding, bending or stretching...

                It's fun, and it keeps my hands busy while watching games or TV...

                When dry, the gloves do get hard, but a couple rounds of Lexol, or a good conditioner and some pounding with a ball or mallet, or even a pitching machine gets them loose in a hurry...

                Gloves have always dried properly, never had any mold, never removed pads, never removed laces, never had a glove wear out over a year...

                If you try soaking a glove that is about to fall apart or is damaged to begin with, or has cracked or torn leather (especially in the palm liner or finger stalls) you cannot expect good results. If the glove is new, or used, and in usable fairly decent condition you can have good results... Good luck.
                I don't like my balls to smell like pickles.


                • #9
                  Lexol, a pitching machine and a softball with a glove wrap. Lather, rinse, repeat.


                  • #10
                    So much wrong in this thread...


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