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Ken Lange

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Men's 55

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Jan. 4, 2009
Ken
Topic: Associations
Discussion: team ratings?

The roster they have on us is the one from the recent Winter Nationals in Vegas, so if they are exchanging their info, it must have been done recently. Some of those guys only played one tournament with us, the Vegas one, lol.
Jan. 3, 2009
Ken
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in scottsdale az area

Dennis, you guys have to keep this stuff coming. We donít have anything anywhere near as entertaining in So Cal. Weíre pretty boring compared to this. I thought this kind of drama only happened up in Nor Cal, lol.

Just kidding guys, see you in a couple weeks Dennis.
Dec. 31, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So any opinions on how the moveups in Jan will be received

LOL
Dec. 31, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I don't care what bats are used......

Gary, you think there's a pall cast over the game now? Letís suppose you got your way and senior bats were phased out. You HAVE to agree that the cheaters would be getting a huge advantage with their funny bats. What would you say then? You would be back on the board complaining that they are morally corrupt and someone needs to do something about it. I donít agree with many of SSUSAís policies, but this isnít one of them. Keeping the bats, while not the ideal situation, ensures that everyone gets the same advantage. If you want to see this game (senior ball) die just wait Ďtil senior bats are outlawed and see what happens. I guarantee you that the straight shooters, who refuse to compromise their integrity, would quit the game rather than allow the cheaters to have that overwhelming advantage. If you donít believe that just look at the younger tournaments and leagues. Itís ridiculous. Why not work in the area that you live to eradicate those who will ultimately be responsible for hurting someone, the bat doctors.
Dec. 21, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A FEW QUESTIONS for SS-USA.

Taits, thatís a good point. I think most of the senior players that are playing now didnít use altered bats when they were younger (maybe Iím being naÔve here, lol). I wonder if some of the younger guys who come into the organization, who are used to having that ďedgeĒ, will make the use of altered bats the norm like it seems to be now in the younger leagues and tournaments. As for senior bats, I AM in favor of them so, hopefully, we wonít have the same problem in our (senior) organizations. Why anyone would alter a senior bat is beyond me. Having said that, one of the guys I play with just bought 2 new ultra IIís, and he was told that they are supposed to be broken in right out of the wrapper. Does that mean the walls are thinner, or have they been ďadjustedĒ somehow at the factory, or is it just marketing bull? He says he wonít use them for anything but games because heís afraid they wonít last. Why are these bats different from the old versions? Are the factories now altering their senior bats to promote shorter life and increase sales? If they are that mercenary, then they have become the problem, and if there is proof of that, then the brand of bat in question should be banned from senior organizations. Maybe then they will police themselves.
Dec. 15, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of your favorite Famous quotes, lines or sayings?

"The senate seat is a valuable thing. You don't just give it away for nothing".
Nov. 27, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just a Little Safety to Consider.

Good idea. A tarp and some bungee cords attached to the backstop might just do it.
Nov. 27, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BAN THE ULTRA

Lecak and Trumpball, I would agree with you if we could be sure that the cheaters wouldn't get away with the shaved bats. You must agree that these bats will appear more than they are now if we lose the senior bats. Whenever I play in a league or tournament that doesn't allow senior bats there is some guy hitting the ball a lot farther than anyone else. You know he's got a funny bat and you end up feeling like you've been cheated. This will almost certainly happen if the senior bats go away. Right now, nobody has an advantage by cheating. Until we can find a way to ensure every bat is legal we have no choice but to keep the status quo.
Nov. 25, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: No one really cares about player safety!

I donít understand why teams have to play on fields that have sun problems at certain times of the day. There has been a lot of discussion on pitcher safety, and balls hit up the middle. This situation is much worse for pitchers because they have NO chance to field the ball or defend themselves. I was in the game that Duke was talking about and it was definitely not safe for either pitcher. You can pitch inside, but the ball can still go up the middle. For pitchers, the window for unsafe conditions is only about Ĺ hour to 45 minutes at sunset. I would think that any organization implementing rules for pitcher safety would realize the danger to pitchers facing west at that time of the day and work around it. A few years ago, in the Winter Worlds, we played in the morning and the sun was so bad for the batters that our pitcher struck out six people SWINGING, lol. Our pitcher was able to get the right trajectory so the ball was coming right out of the sun. He actually struck out the side in one inning. While it wasnít a safety issue, it wasnít fair for the other team. Morning sun seems to be an issue for longer than sunset, and it probably isnít feasible to schedule around it, but if possible, they should try.

Tommy, we went 4-3, and took fourth. It was a fun tournament with good competition. Saturday we had an 8:00 night game, and it was a little chilly, lol.
Nov. 24, 2008
Ken
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Las Vegas Results

I heard it was the Barcelona Bandits. Anyone know who won 55 Major?
Nov. 18, 2008
Ken
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New location for world.

I just want a tournament location that would ensure the best turnout. In the LVSSA and in Phoenix this year we played teams from all over the country. This was the first time in my memory (which is getting shorter by the day, lol) that we played teams that were not from California, or at least close to us. We played Iowa, Maryland, New York, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, and one from NorCal that we hadnít played in two years. I think this is the type of well-rounded experience we all are looking for. But, our division in Phoenix (55 major) didnít have any teams from Illinois, Florida, or New York, three high population states. If the cost of travel was the reason behind this, we will need to find the cheapest location to draw teams from all over. Phoenix might be the best choice. It looks like airfare there is about 10% more than to D/FW for most people in the eastern part of the country, but youíll always have good weather. Either way, we must have locations that give us the best chance of producing a true National Championship, not a regional alternative.
Nov. 17, 2008
Ken
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: New location for world.

Corky, I would agree with you, but WOW is right. It must be in a location where good weather is a certainty. If there is an air hub (to ensure low prices for flights) in a central location that still has good weather late in the year, I think it should be considered for the tournament. I don't think any association can claim that their National or World championships are really for everyone unless they make sure they get everyone there. Iím sure everyone would agree that any World Championship in Seattle s or the SPA Championship in Georgia are just regional tourneys at best, no matter what they print on the T shirts.
Nov. 8, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: GLOVE REPAIR

Etch, that looks like an email address instead of a web address.
Nov. 4, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Nationals

Please disregard the previous post. Wrong thread.
Nov. 4, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Winter Nationals

Paco, you arenít going to be banned from this site. You are way too entertaining. But I wonder if that .700 average would drop a bit playing against upper level players? Regardless, it isnít up to you what level your team plays. You can and will be moved up if you win too many tournaments or a national championship. Those are the facts. And if I were you, I wouldnít stop playing senior ball. Your wife will kill you after she let you buy that expensive senior bat. Hey, have a blessed day.
Nov. 3, 2008
Ken
Topic: Associations
Discussion: I.D.Fees

Dennis, looks like we can expect you to play 55's next year.
Nov. 3, 2008
Ken
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Players playing on 2 teams

Wes, unless the rules have changed from a couple of years ago, I think you are mistaken. We picked up a guy from another team in the same class (both 55 AAA) to play in Roseville in '06. We needed to get a release from his mgr. and then re-release him back after the weekend. We did this thru the SSUSA office. I made the calls to his mgr and Sacramento, so I know it's true.
Nov. 2, 2008
Ken
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Players playing on 2 teams

If they play in the same class, the guy's mgr. has to give him a release to play with you. Call Fran and she'll tell you how.
Nov. 2, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Up the Middle

Yeah, I had to get out of the house; my wife was ragging at me... something about changing a light bulb.
Nov. 1, 2008
Ken
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Up the Middle

Mad dog, yeah, it actually rained a little out here today. I even heard thunder, something you very seldom experience out here. And all the taffy SoCalifornians were hiding in their houses or flipping their cars on the freeway, lol. And yes, you played with us (Basehawgs) in í05. Our 50 team was short-handed, so we combined the 50 and 55 Basehawgs and played in the 50 division and had a great time. A lot of the same guys are the Double Nickel now, playing 55 major. By the way, that was Andy Smith that you remember, our local softball whore, lol.
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