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Sept. 6, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The price of winning....

Thanks for the input guys,I just thought it was an interesting observation.It opens many other questions, like bat speed versus timing? Are the governing associations concerned over the health & welfare of the game or is it just a business? I know you have noticed that there are less and less players competing nationwide,its all about money and the players and team sponsors are footing the bill to maintain the game while the game suffers because of it.Bat companies are in busines to make money,but at who's expense.I love the game,but seriously,its broke and needs to be fixed if you think not then travel to play to a tourney and 3 teams are there in your class...its the price of winning
Sept. 5, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What could this be ???

an Imlay Bomb Bat...
Sept. 5, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The price of winning....

In two of the past four years I have had friends ,former softball teammates ,that have coached teams in the little league world series,granted this has nothing to do with softball,but please bear with me if you will.I have seen kids hitting home runs with half swings,inear check swings,its not technique but technology...the bat companys have to figure out ways to out do each other because they sell more bats,its there business.Its the problem plagued by the game of softball for years,people have been hurt because of it some even died,when is enough enough? Do one of these kids have to be seriously injured before someone realizes that reaction time is indeed a real and serious problem? I have seen many posts on here about what to do about pitching,hitting the middle etc.,when in actuallity the problem is the lack of concern by the assocations to not only defend its players not only by fair play but safely.What do you, the players ,I respect because you honor the game you have spent all your lives playing think about finally doing something about not only altered bats but bats altered by the manufactor...whats the price of winning?
Sept. 5, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: unlimited arc

Oh Nooooo...why not bring back open fields and wooden bats,I played in the open field world series years ago...its not the arc
Sept. 4, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Need A Player

Hey...Thom_lord@hotmail.com I haven't played this year but it wouldn't take long to get right,between now and Ft. Myers...I'm interested,played for Fergies,Damons ,Angle Inn among a few others,,,if not good luck to you guys!
March 13, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking to move to south delaware

Hey Corbo...There is a league in Georgetown not far from Bridgeville and there is a travel team I believe in Dover/wilmington.Check for a delaware qualifier in new castel at the end of April,there will be area teams there.I used to play for Fergies and Damons in the Baltimore area.If I can find a number I will send it to you...
March 12, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Increasing bat speed

I used to do some early drills that helped...I don't believe in the bat speed theory,Hank Aaron swung a 40 oz. bat,I do believe in timing,its not how fast you swing,its when you swing.Hand and eye coordination is hugely important.If you think about it,your wrists are extremely imortant,i used to be a college coach,I made my players tie a rope on the end of a ten lb. weight,stand on a step lock there elbows and roll the rope up on a stick,wrists and legs are what you hit with.I also made them swing a 34 inch broomstick while being thrown whiffle golf balls,you have to concentrate on hitting it,when you hit a softball it looks like a volleyball.We also used nerf balls on a tee,working on swing mechanics...my team set 13 records for hitting,I should have taught them how to catch! swing hard in case you hit,be safe and have fun...I hope I helped!
March 10, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball strike zone

Thanks Diehard...yes I swung at alot of bad pitches,hell my theory was swing hard in case you hit it...I hung up the spikes, 52 consecutive seasons of baseball and softball was enough.No more aches or pains,I do miss it,but hey now I go fishin'....good luck this year to all,be safe !
March 10, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for an Over-50 Major+, 40+, 45+ Team

Thanks Larry...I used to live in Boca Raton for 6 winters and talked to Ed about playing a few years back,but playing now would be more social then serious,my fire is burning out,but the beers are still cold! I sure will keep you posted on the tampa projects location its going to be really sweet and if I get an offer I can't refuse...I'll never get cold again unless the AC is to cold! Good Luck playing ,be safe and swing hard in case you hit it..I'll be checking you out on here...
March 8, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball strike zone

There's a couple things for certain...we're all guilty of swinging at bad pitches so it evens out with bad umps and we all love playing the game as long as the same rules apply for both teams...
March 8, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for an Over-50 Major+, 40+, 45+ Team

Bone...I am offically retired from playing,I was afraid with my speed of blowing out my ass muscle,might play when I'm 60 when the game slows down some...more!! Now I go fishin'! Shannon,my art business is booming,we're now selling in 8 stores and many more in the works and I still have a table for you!I could be moving to Tampa,I'm designing a huge marina,restaurant,bait shop 2 bar complex on the bay,oh and Steve my girlfriend is from...Sachse Texas,outside Plano..might come watch y'all play...Good luck Bone!
March 7, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball strike zone

taits...In usssa I thought the pitch was determined by the maxium height it reached on the way to home plate...I've had pitches ankle high called strikes & needed a pitching wedge to hit it...as for the fence post deal in center field,its a sight line for the umpire to call the height,which isn't bad,but won't happen.Having played all over the country,some umps call it high some call it low,you have to gauge the zone by each one ,but the matt is the matt...no discussion.
March 7, 2007
T-REX
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for an Over-50 Major+, 40+, 45+ Team

Not that it carries alot of weight ,but I have played with Bone on Damons and played against him many times over the years...Not only is he a first class guy he is no doubt in my mind the best over 50 outfielder in the country...think not,race him!!! Good Luck Bone,Shannon never told me you even moved I'll get on him for that but you'll hook up some teams going to be damn happy they got you,I am proud to have had you as a team mate...
March 6, 2007
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: softball strike zone

I pitched in the super majors for years and didn't pitch much in the 50's however I love the plate being a strike and the mat for a couple reasons.With a higher arc and a batting standing even with the plate and the ball lands on the plate it does pass all the way thur the batters strike zone and theres no complaint if the ball hits the mat or the plate it is what it is.Leaving the umpire to determine the strike zone such as in USSSA rules it can be ankle high and still a strike and the speed hmmm,I'm almost 6ft7in obviously I'd like it alittle higher. Letting the pitcher move back is great ,it helps protect them and I'm for that and maybe a bigger mat making the hitter adapt as opposed to the pitcher.
July 11, 2006
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wishing Mike Kelly the best after his surgery

HEY MIKE....VERY GLAD TO HEAR ALL IS WELL,FAITH,COMPETITVE SPIRIT AND A PERSISTANT WIFE DOES WONDERS FOR ALL US!MISS PLAYING YOU GUYS,BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR SEASON,AND STAY WELL.....THOM "T-REX"LORD
Dec. 19, 2005
T-REX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What may have "ruined slow pitch"?

hey steve...that extra 7 lbs is winter weight!!! How ya doing my friend I p[lanned on calling you before the holidays and will glad to see your still alive and kicking,oh and hows that bike? talk to you soon,ya ready to play ball or what?
Dec. 16, 2005
T-REX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What may have "ruined slow pitch"?

I am 6ft67in and an in shape 272lbs....single wall bats and home runs weren't a problem when I was younger nor are they now,me miss hitting a middle shot with an ultra....now theres a problem!!!!
Dec. 13, 2005
T-REX
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What may have "ruined slow pitch"?

Indeed the game is ruined,on all levels and ages.Remember when small towns had teams,everybody showed up to watch the games,it used to be as much social as it was competition.Home runs are a apart of the game,the bigger the hammer (bat weight) the bigger then nail (ball)you can drive,Hank Aaron swung a 40 or more ounce bat,it has nothing to do with bat speed,its not how fast you swing but when you swing,timing is everything.Todays bats are a joke because guys are hitting home runs that honestly unless the wind is blowing out a gale they should never even attempt to hit them,it often hurts there teams,though they'd never admit it.The bat problem is very simple,there's a huge amount of money being made,and lets be honest,many associations aren't above board,money is exchanging hands so bats won't be outlawed.Teams have always had bat sponsors,I remember playing against some of the great teams years ago,Richies,Steeles,the bats I got from them were not the bats they were swinging,its all about money.The welfare of the game is suffering not only here in Maryland but around the country.The only thing we can do is keep playing and hope that someday,the problem will correct itself,but its hard to do when nobody is listening...........
Sept. 19, 2005
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: opening the borders for Fla and CA help or hurt

Honestly there is no right or wrong answer to this question,except for an influx of new players turning 50 around the country, things won't change as many guys turn 55 and move up,it hurts the 50 major division.Our team Damons Grill for example won the world series a couple years ago with a AAA team,I was the only player that wasn't on there league team,we moved up and had some success,as our players got older,many played for Fergies,it depleted our talent base,the same is thing is now happening to Thermco,and without them and Damons you've lost 2 pretty good softball teams in the upper division,with great sponsors.The year before I turned 5O Dan Smiths in Calif. had at least 6 players from the east on there team,which also is not good for the game,yes open the borders but limit the amount of players that can be acquired from out of state.Isn't the real question whats best for the game in totality?Most organizations really don't care much for the major divisons of softball on any level,young or old,its about money because theres fewer teams,therefore less money,and its all about $ believe that.So open the borders,and limit the number of players you can acquire,make the winners on lower levels move up,but you'll never get these organizations to agree on anything,but they need to find a common ground,for the benefit of the game.
Sept. 15, 2005
T-REX
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: tryouts for major plus national tournament team

TRYOUTS!?!?!?! RUMOR HAS IT I MIGHT MOVE WEST JUST TO GET A CHANCE TO PLAY SOME BALL(I JUST STARTED THE RUMOR)SOUNDS LIKE YOU GUYS HAD TO MUCH FUN THIS SUMMER,CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS,BUT THEN AGAIN WE'RE ALL WINNERS FOR HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY AT THIS AGE!
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