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May 3, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Da Bomb

Thanks for your comments. I just picked one up as a leftover. Some of my buddies used them in the past, but I never tried one. Looking forward to it.
May 2, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Da Bomb

Anyone that owns or at one time owned a dabomb. How does it compare to the newer models. Combat or mikens?
April 23, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Wandering info on original question

You are correct. It is possible that when taking a few BP hits prior to a game in the early morning, the balls may hve come back slightly wet from dew. I ordered 2 more combats and they should come in this week. I will be very careful not to hit BP with these and use an ASA bat for that.
April 23, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Wandering info on original question

I had a Combat Centenrian - 30 oz endload. It broke after about 70 swings. I did like it while it lasted.
April 23, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Poor Mgt of a Tourney

This past weekend the Del (first State) tournament was cut short. The problem was not the weather on Sunday; that was forecasted well in advance. The problem was the short sightedness of the director. We stopped play on Friday afternoon at about 3:00 PM because no umpires were available; we stopped pay on Sat at about 3:00 for no reason. Sunday as predicted was rained out. Many teams checked out of hotels on Sat because they knew sunday was a wash.

Of course the director saved about 8 games (umpire fees) by not playing them out.
April 13, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Not sure what this is saying, but.......

It is my opinion that the bats are allowed to equal the field. If only ASA bats are allowed, then the issue of shaved or doctored bats come in and those that use them have a real advantage. It still happens in the younger leagues.
April 6, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Product review
Discussion: new combat centenarian......short

How doe it compare to the Blue or the old yellow?
April 2, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An apology to Gary19

Yes Gary19 I did in the 80's and yes I have not seen anything so stupid.

what is your point?
April 2, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An apology to Gary19

I remember some teams from NYC in tournaments many years (1980's) ago would try charging the mound. At first I, as a batter, thought something was wrong so I stopped and stepped out of the box. Then I realized how stupid he was and that made me mad. He counted on just that or counted on that I would not hit up the middle and drastically change my swing. So from that time on. if ever a pitcher did that, I would hit the ball just as hard as I could right up the middle. Of course I have not seen that since those good old days; when 38 oz Tennessee Thumper was the bat of choice.

You must be an idiot to do that! Yes, this struck a point with me. I don't know any of your names but I know I have played in tournaments since approx 1978 and I have never seen such a stupid thing.
March 30, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weight

I weigh about 240 and use a 30 oz endload. I have no problem with it. I just cnnot get the hang of the light bats. It must be a personnal preference. I know of several individuals that use 26 oz and they hit with power.
March 29, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Over Lap Hand Grip

Thanks guys. I have used the one pinky stuck in between the bottom hand top two fingers and overlap the 3 remaining fingers on top of the bottom. We hit indoors but can't wait for the thaw to try it on the fence field. rain and 50s for this weekend.
March 28, 2012
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Over Lap Hand Grip

When at the TOC, a young man showed me the over-lapping hand grip. I tried it in the cages and it seems to work well but I have not tried it in the field as it is still to cold to get outside in NJ.

Does anyone have opinions?
March 27, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: why is scoring down......

I am sure this happens to many other teams; early in the game with nobody on or one on base an individual intentionally does not try for an HR because the team does not want to waste them. If unlimited, anyone can swing away anytime. Also, for those that may feel like the need to go middle to avoid hitting a long ball; this would also help. I realize I am sounding like a power hitter but I am not. I do pitch from time to time and I would rather the power hitters have a different target. I just don't understand this HR rule. If anyone can expalin why it should be in place, please do so. Not trying to cause any arguements, but would like to hear opposing points of view.
March 27, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: why is scoring down......

Omar,
I am in favor of the 5 run innings. It gets things moved along and the tournament on time. I am not in favor of the HR rule at any level. The HR is not that easy for me but I beleive putting a limit on it only masks the better team and prevents them from moving up to the next level.
Think about it, why is it necessary if we all want separation? I truely would like to know why it is in place. I also agree the unlimited inning provides the drama to the game and brings back those memories of fantastic finishes.
March 26, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: why is scoring down......

I remember from younger years, softball scoring was always a thing of streaks. We would score 10 runs in one inning and none in the next. So yes the 5 run limit has an effect. Think about the times when a team scores 5 runs with either one or no outs? If unlimited runs per inning, those innings may turn the scoring issue; but it would also shorten the game due to playing time. I have always stated that if one wants true separation of team levels; allow unlimited homeruns at all levels. The game would be quicker (because the 5 run limit would be reached in less time) and the higher powered teams would move up more quickly.
March 16, 2012
Robo2
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: To the BOD of USA

I pitch from time to time. I wear chin guards but that is all. I don't mind batters using the whole field otherwise I wuold not pitch. It is customary for a batter to say sorry if one comes close but that is up to the individual sportsmanship. In practice games and BP our team uses a net and it does not get in the way so forget that arguement. Forget about it is an object wear player can get hurt and lawsuits can come of it.

If it is there, all players know about it and can initial a waiver. Just like pitchers do now for those that do not wear protective gear.

Bottom line is I have yet to see any batter intentionally hit at a pitcher.
Oct. 14, 2011
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Made in USA Ultra II

I have alswys found the UII to be lively bat but it just didn't hold up so I went to the combat.

Can anyone give me an estimate on the number of swings on ths new model Ultra before it breaks?
Aug. 16, 2011
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What would you do

I always apologized, no matter what age and I am 59 now. As a pitcher, I can almost tell if a ball is coming back at me. If it is low and away be prepared.
July 29, 2011
Robo2
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior Bats

the reason why I like to keep senior bats is that they become the equalizer to those the have cheater bats. I remember players passing the bat and the the balls coming off that one bat like it was shot out of a cannon and the sound was so different. Now at least an honest person can complete without cheating. That being said, some still manage or at least are thought to shave senior bats. Amazing!
July 26, 2011
Robo2
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitcher safety

That would make the game go on forever; as it did prior to senior ball many years ago. A batter would keep fouling off balls until he got one he liked. a good idea in theory, but I respectfully disagree.
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