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Changing of the Guard?


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Just posted on Twitter: 

 

Behind the Plate Softball‏ @BTPSoftball 19m19 minutes ago

 

A couple sources out of Florida have said USSSA’s CEO Don DeDonatis has stepped down and his son Don DeDonatis III will take over. USSSA has not confirmed publicly yet.

 

​I vote to make Don the new NPF Commissioner. I think maybe only he can save it.



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Yes!  Though there is no chance Don DeDonatis would do it unless (1) there was only a very small time commitment, or (2) there was something in it for Team USSSA softball.  DeDonatis would be an amazing commissioner, but only if it made sense for him.  I doubt he would be interested in doing it purely to advance pro softball.



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What's the old line by the Who, meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

 

I'm sure he'll have things running the same as his dad did in terms of competitiveness and firepower.


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He is the defacto commissioner behind the scenes. Literally every move is made has him pulling the strings, and the current commissioner dancing to his tune.



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If this is true, and I have no real reason not to believe it, it would in fact answer a lot of questions I have had about the NPF. It would make sense for Don to take over the NPF, and make it work to his and everyone's advantage. Use it to help the USSSA grow more. I can see so many good things available to him if he aligned the USSSA with the NPF!  Even renaming the league the USSSA Pro League & adding a men's division. Heck, he could bury the ASA & get his biggest wish of all: taking over the US National Olympic Program.



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USSSA already has full-member status with WBSC...which no doubt did not go over well with ASA.

 

That said, he is a bully. He likes to push people's buttons and is not what I would call a person who has anyone's interest at heart but his own.



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USSSA already has full-member status with WBSC...which no doubt did not go over well with ASA.

 

I know this, he is talking about having control over the USA National Team. Pick & choose which team is better. Team USA is the GEM of all softball!  We are at a point where the professional teams from around the globe are becoming as good as the US, and in Japan's case maybe even better. It sends its pro All-Stars to play, while we still send our amateurs. If anyone thinks that is good enough, look at basketball history for the answer! 

 

With a full-time pro league, he who controls the top players, and he could do like the NBA does now. He could sign all the top players, and if you are paying them a full-time salary, you get to decide (like NHL) if they play for anyone else!

 

If the US loses the gold medal in 2020, people are not going to be happy! Who are they going to blame? That's one reason (I feel) to invite NPF players to try out and join Team USA. It cuts down on criticism, and shares the blame if they lose!

 

In reality, look at the number of NPF players who were NOT picked who in my mind should have been! I've said it before and will say it again: Team USA should be the Pro All-Star Team! 

 

I'm telling you, politics is not just in DC, it is played big time here in softball! 



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FYI: on June 30, 2016, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball announced it would be changing its organizational and trade name to "USA Softball," effective on January 1, 2017. 



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I feel this is a bad thing for the NPF as a whole. Bandits send Jaquish to Pride for cash considerations. USSSA Pride acquires 4 time All-American and 2017 All-NPF member Savhanna Jaquish from Chicago Bandits. The Pride already have Golden Glove winner Chelsea Goodacre on roster.
 



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I feel this is a bad thing for the NPF as a whole. Bandits send Jaquish to Pride for cash considerations. USSSA Pride acquires 4 time All-American and 2017 All-NPF member Savhanna Jaquish from Chicago Bandits. The Pride already have Golden Glove winner Chelsea Goodacre on roster.
 

If I recall there were numerous trades for cash right after the Bandits were handed over to the City. Certainly looked like they were replenishing the $50k they spent as quickly as possible.

 

Seems they are at it again.



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Sorry, but think the NPF is a dying league? Kempf & DeDonatis have run it into the ground! KARMA? Greed will do it every time!



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Sorry, but think the NPF is a dying league? Kempf & DeDonatis have run it into the ground! KARMA? Greed will do it every time!

Common sense business and franchising practices seem to have gone by the wayside.






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