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Real name:
Dr. Gregory R. Mann

Location:
Angola, IN

Division:
Men's 55

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Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Really loved the proposal idea by "Omar Khayyam"..........and "the wood" has some solid points as well.

There has to be some "major problems" with the overall tournament system & administration if this many responses are being posted regarding this Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires!
Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Aloha Fabe........Am "rethinking" my retirement from sponsorship (not able to play any more so sponsoring allows me to be a part of the game). Glad to hear you had a great time.

If you would do me a favor and send me your email, phone, etc. I may be announcing "he's baaacccckkk" here in the near future.

grm.phd@gmail.com
Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

The Wood..........No I wasn't there but my team that I sponsored this season "Sparky" Mann Enterprises was. I was so upset with the overall tournament format, t.d., umpires, etc. when we played in the Northerns in East Lansing, MI, that I decided not to travel to Vegas with the club and it was the key factor to my announcing my official retirement from the game.

I really like the idea that Omar Khayyam just posted. This was the "Worlds" and it should be a privilege to attend not just write a check and see just how many teams we can have.

The same should be true for Umpires, Tournament Directors, etc. as well.

This great game of slow-pitch softball is way too drenched in history with honor, dedication, loyalty and sportsmanship, to see it turned into a "WalMart" style of performance that if you can simply write a check, you can play.
Oct. 10, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Curveball...........Granted there were some top flight clubs in Vegas but let's get real on the "best in Vegas". All you had to do is play in a tourney like the Northerns, etc. and then right a check and go to Vegas.

It still comes down to the "big $$$" for SSUSA and the more the merrier as far as they are concerned.

Where were the "best" in fields, schedules, umpiring, etc.
Oct. 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

Another point of interest, back in the 'olden days an Umpire had to qualify & be certified in order to officiate in either USSSA or ASA National Tournament settings which is exactly what SSUSA purports to be in Vegas!

On a personal note, I WAS one of the those Umpires back in the 'olden days that was certified for the USSSA and ASA Nationals and worked in those Nationals as well along with being the Umpire-in-Chief for the Eaton Rapids Softball Association in Michigan.
Oct. 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Las Vegas Fields and Umpires

That one point "boasting about the number of teams" instead of overseeing a well-run and organized tournament, is the main reason I decided to officially retire last month (past posting under the General and Miscellaneous section) from the game at the end of the Northern Championships.

As the sponsor of "Sparky" Mann Enterprises club, who also participated in Vegas in 55-AAA, after the SSUSA display running the Northern's in East Lansing, I was so upset that I told my club to go to Vegas without me.

The bracket scheduling made no sense and the umpiring was the worse I've ever seen in my entire career. A total lack of dedication to the game or "look at me" attitude, etc.

I haven't heard from the players yet regarding playing conditions, rule interpretation, organization formats and umpiring, but I'm sure I will.

I truly missed being with my club in Vegas but after the Northerns and the total lack of dedication especially with the umpiring, my heart was just not in it to make the trip out west and make myself upset once again with the overall lack of professionalism by those in charge.

Back in the 'olden days, there was respect and dedication to the game by those who administered and officiated, but now it's "write a check and play what I refer to as "WalMart Softball. Just pay and check out on your own.

Back in the 'olden days, Umpire's had to attend an annual Clinic prior to the season and be certified on the level they could officiate on, now it's pay a few bucks, buy a shirt and hope you can at least call a game and get your money!
Sept. 2, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Official Retirement

As a final thought upon leaving the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball, I want to wish the best of luck to my club "Sparky" Mann Enterprises for success in the upcoming World's.

Kick some butt gentlemen and have a great time in Vegas!
Sept. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Official Retirement

It has indeed been a pleasure to have chatted with you "taits". My very best with your endeavors in the future.

No to your question about "Sparky" Electronics. "Sparky" Mann Enterprises was a company I developed to handle my real estate, engineering placement and marine biological sciences.

My main core of operation was "Ocean Treasures", which was a pre-K through collegiate outreach science program which I developed and performed the presentations. Since retiring however, the "Ocean Treasures" logo did not fit as well as the "Sparky" Mann Enterprises logo did regarding a Softball club.
Sept. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Official Retirement

After talking with my wife about my continued involvement with Senior Softball, I am announcing my official retirement from the game.

Upon reflection of this past season, I am unable to find the joy and love for the game as I found in the past. Due to the continued personal conflicts I have with the overall administration and leadership of the today's game and how the game itself now is presented, I realize that my time has ended for personal involvement.

This decision as well, includes any further personal involvement pertaining to my future team sponsorship within the game as well. I would like to add however, that I indeed had a blast this past season with my sponsorship, the players of "Sparky" Mann Enterprises and the opportunities presented to once again meet many old friends & adversaries from the past glory days of softball.

My best wishes are extended to everyone in their future endeavors with the Great Game of Slow-Pitch Softball.

G. R. "Sparky" Mann
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

Fabe: Hope you will notice this request. The wife & I are planning another HI vacation and I would welcome an opportunity to perhaps get together and discuss some possibilities that might be positive to both sides regarding your club.

If you would be kind enough to contact me ( grm.phd@gmail.com ) at your earliest convenience, I would greatly appreciate it.
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

I believe this Mastercraft was Carpet and Interior Design. Not really sure but I think I overheard a couple of players discussing it. No matter now, since they are playing under my flag.........lolol

Hope your procedures with your neck progress smoothly and eventually you can get back onto the field of play.

Hopefully you can attend Vegas as well. Here's my email to stay in touch ( grm.phd@gmail.com )
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

taits: Thought I would also mention the old team was "Mastercraft" not "Motorcraft"!
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

Damn, screwed up in reverse again "taits". Really good chance of you NOT showing up for the Northerns since you are in CA. Perhaps in Vegas however!

Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

taits.........Totally agree with your view of Softball the way it was and the great memories of those bygone days!

Been having a blast getting back into the game and seeing a few of my old opponents from the Metro Detroit area at earlier tourneys. Still trying to get use to this "new" style of ball and this new organization the SSUSA. Not like working with the old ASA or USSSA.

Really looking forward to the Northerns and Vegas. Are you going to be there in the Northerns. Would love to meet you!
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

My bad again SSUSA Staff......Must be that "old age" kicking in. It meant to list "55" not "50"..............Sorry about that...............First year sponsorship is really starting to take its toll......lolololol
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

We are listed as 55-AAA
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

"Sparky" Mann Enterprises
Antique Roadshow (Indianapolis, IN)
Chicago Classics Panthers (Barlett, IL)
Chicago Prime 55's (Chicago, IL)
Golden Vipers (Washington, MI)
Milwaukee Merchants (Milwaukee, WI)

Everyone else is Majors!
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

My bad.........As sponsor, I am so use to listing "Sparky" Mann Enterprises as SME.

I only saw (six) 6 50-AAA teams instead of (seven) 7. Did I miss anyone? The other 5 teams in the 50's are Major.
Aug. 14, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Northern Championships Lansing Michigan Aug 23/25

Any other 50+AAA clubs participating in the upcoming Northern Championships? S.M.E. will be there. Any word on the posting of the brackets at mid-week?
Aug. 1, 2013
Sparky.1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has the game really been toned down?

I remember the days back in the 70's & 80's when the bats were Bottle and weighed up to 38 oz. (Bombats come to mind and I was never ever a power hitter but I could spray the ball down both lines and middle and hit for the high average).

As I mentioned in my earlier post, this is my first season in Seniors and since "father time" has laid his big ugly paw on me, I can no longer play but being fortunate financially, I can and am sponsoring a men's 55+AAA club and am having a blast.

I just for the life of me can not figure out the purpose of using these high tech expensive bats and softballs that even new, could not stand up to the ones we used in batting practice back in the day.

It just seems strange to watch players that I have seen in the past who were never any type of power hitter seemingly becoming a power hitter in their Senior years. They have lost many, many steps, lost much of their arm strength throwing the ball, reaction-time is completely slowed down and yet, they are now possessed with the power to hit the rock out of the park.


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