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Whack-A-Mole Baseball

Each fielder can only be used once, until woken up
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This is baseball. BUT, every time the ball is hit into play, the first fielder who touches it has to kneel down after the play. He has to stay down and can only crawl for the rest of the inning, OR until another fielder throws him the ball and "wakes him up". But note! these "wake-ups" can only be done during live ,fielded balls; not while the pitcher has the ball; not during a foul ball; not when there are no base runners.

So, while the first hit to shortstop might result in a throwout to first base, the second hit to shortstop will probably go right past him, and score a base hit.

As mentioned, downed players can be "woken up", but to do so costs time and may allow the runners to continue around more bases. Players will need to learn more than one field position, because they will often have to cover for other teammates who have already been used.

The game will call for additional strategy; such as: - When a fly ball is hit between two fielders, the two should aim for the least important player to touch it. This may well depend on who is next up to bat; where is that player more likely to hit the ball? Managerial signals and gestures from the coaches to the outfielders will abound.

- Judgment will become valuable; for example; suppose the second-baseman fields the ball and the shortstop is already down. Should he just throw the ball to first base and get the out? Or is there time to throw to shortstop, wake him up, and let *him* throw to first base?

Note: The pitcher and catcher are exempt; they never have to kneel down or be immobilized.

More than 9 fielders might be required for this game to work optimally.

phundug, May 25 2005

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       So this would be baseball, only somewhat interesting? [+]
justaguy, May 25 2005
  

       fielders should work in teams. One catches, lobs to the second, who quick lobs back for the wake up, and he then throws. This could only be done, of course, if there was a runner going home off a sac-fly. Otherwise, the ball can bounce before catching it, and you can do the quick lob.   

       Does the mirrorman (the one who backs the catcher) then go to "sleep" after throwing the wakeup ball? If so, then someone is always asleep. Move the chain of sleep to the least valuable players, if that't the case, which I don't know about...
daseva, May 25 2005
  

       Sure, why not? Without hockey, there's all sorts of broadcast time to fill.
shapu, May 25 2005
  

       I like this idea, but I think to even out the playing field, so to speak, you would need to have the bases further apart.
goober, May 28 2005
  
      
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