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Real name:
Fred Scerra

Location:
Marlboro, MA

Division:
Men's 80

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Aug. 6, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weight and Swing Speed

My main bat is a 30oz PST R&B for games and for BP a 28 oz (actual Weight 29.4oz) PST98Z.
Aug. 6, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weight and Swing Speed

That is right. I have tried over the last 5-6 yrs to drop down but never been successful at it.

That PST is like part of me when I am up there at the plate.

It does help to have strong wrist to whip that baby around. Most of my power is in my wrist.
Aug. 6, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Weight and Swing Speed

I would say for me it is about 15-25' more with my 30 oz bats over my 27 oz bats.

I used to swing a 30 oz Toxic vs my 27 oz Toxic and my 30 oz always outdistanced my 27 oz. This year my 30 oz has finally got too heavy to swing effectively in a game so out of some BP with it don't use it anymore

Same with my present bats that I use. A 30 oz PST and a 27 oz PST. My gamer is the 30 oz PST which outdistances my 27 oz.

My problem I have less bat control with my 27's than I do with my 30's and a lot smoother swing with the 30's.

I was always told to swing the heaviest bat that you feel comfortable with and that is my 30 oz PST even with the endload.
Aug. 5, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Double Runners to First

Not sure if that is covered in the rule book. What some leagues have done is draw a commit line down the first base line and the batter goes over it he is out.

This happens more than you think.
Aug. 1, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe in Angels!

I am with you. Never saw one but I know they were there. Going through Leukemia treatments 22 years ago I did a lot of stupid things that should have killed me, like driving at night when I partially blinded by chemo treatments, for 22 miles just following the white lines in the road and checking myself out of the hospital.

There had to be a Guardian Angel watching over me as I wasn't watching out for my selve.
July 18, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cape Cod Classic

Thanks. We are trying to put together a team for the 80 Div and trying to get some idea what the competition might be outside of our 3 local team entries.
July 16, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cape Cod Classic

It is my understanding that the Cape Cod Class in Ma is adding an 80 Div this year.

Are there any 80 teams that are planing on going?
July 3, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Evil 44/375 compared to Tattoo 44/375

Got to use the Tattoo's 44/375 and didn't find anything wrong with them. They do have a deader sound than the Evil's which I would contribute to the Composite cover but for distance they flew pretty good.

Not sure what their problem with them are.
June 29, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: strike mat width

I wish that they had kept it at the original size. If you have good control you should be able to hit that 17"x34" with no problem.
June 28, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Evil 44/375 compared to Tattoo 44/375

I have found so far the new bats and the old metal bats. We have one player on our team that crushes them with a Raw Steel and a couple of others are having good luck with the Demarini 375 (One Piece)
June 28, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Evil 44/375 compared to Tattoo 44/375

They are 44/375's. We use the 52/300's in our regular league and found they perform very well except for one field where they are kept in a metal equipment box. When at 80 I can hit those 52/300's 250-260' that is not a bad ball. That was using a PST R&B and a Miken Triad3.

I just came back from retesting the Tattoo's today. Took a fresh doz out of my basement and went down to the park to hit them. They perform very well as expected. Not sure why they are having a problem with them.
We have a practice game on Monday and will break out a couple of fresh ones and see how they perform and will let you know.
June 28, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

You have to let your body tell you when it is time to take a day off. I don't think there is any guide line as everyone is different. I know players a lot younger than me that can't play 2 days in a row. For me I would say 4 days of games or 6 days with maybe 3 games and 3 days of light practice is about Max then need a day off which is usually Friday's.
June 28, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Never lifted weights in my life or worked out in a gym. I find it very boring. In fact I never played sports till I was 59, after a bout with Leukemia, I was looking for a challenge and found the Senior League which had just started up. The only weights I lift are 2 5Lb dumbbells I work out with a little so I can swing my 30 oz PST's.

I do a lot of hitting a pitching on off days and maybe 10 mins on treadmill at night. Because I am playing 4-5 days a weed I have cut back on treadmill.

I did bowl (Candlepin) a lot when I was younger may 50 strings a week.

When I first started I was the player you hoped wouldn't show up. But I was lucky that I got in with a few players that loved to play and practice and we would spend 2 hrs hitting and fielding balls after our games and eventually I got to be pretty good.
June 26, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

I would say most of it is genetics and how much effort you put into playing at your best and using your years of experience to compensate for your declining physical skills.

At 80 I am having one of my best years hitting and pitching. Fielding depends on the condition of my legs that day with my neuropathy in my feet and lower legs. My mind says move but my legs say forget it.

I play with 10 other 80 yr old's in my league that can't do half the things I do. I also work out everyday hitting and pitching trying to better myself which also helps.

My objective is to try to stay up with Angie (Inside joke).
June 8, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Evil Wax Bat Grip

Bruce: I know that applying the wax to your hand to go out an pitch is illegal. In fact I have been told that when I pick up dirt in my hand when I want to throw a change up is also illegal but I have never been called on it.

But how does the ump or anyone detect the residue from the bat grip when you hit? In my case that little bit of residue is just enough to give me a slightly better grip to control the ball.
June 7, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Evil Wax Bat Grip

Just an update. It didn't work bowling. The ball is too smooth and applying directly to the hands doesn't seem to work as well as just the residue for the grip on the ball.
June 6, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Evil Wax Bat Grip

Used it in my 4th game today and I really like it.

It really worked. It was just enough grip on the bat but didn't interfere with my pitching. In fact like Bob told me it might improve my pitching. I will check it out again today and in practice this week and after using Evil Grip my curve ball developed a sharp break in and down. If I can do that in a game it will make me a better pitcher than I am know. It may be just a quittance but right now I chalk it up to the Evil Grip.

I have been having trouble this year, mainly because they are making us use a screen, and with dry hands which was causing the ball to slip out of my hand but after using the Evil Grip I seem to have a just enough grip on the ball and still have ball slide off my fingers for my change up and drop ball not like the pine tar stick did and now seem to have my control back to be able to hit my spots.

I may even try it bowling (Candlepin) tomorrow as I am having the same problem there with slippery grip with my dry skin.
May 29, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone used or tried compression socks ?

Tri18: I will check with you sometime this week and maybe try what you have. You haven't steered me wrong yet.
May 28, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone used or tried compression socks ?

Dand: You must of got a better batch than I did. I tried them twice and both times they didn't last year.

So much for the warranty also. Sent back by last 3 pairs within 6 months and never heard a word from them
May 28, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone used or tried compression socks ?

I use them. IMO not worth the extra money as they never lasted. I have neuropathy in my feet and legs and have bought diabetic and regular compression socks. The work fine at the beginning but slowly unravel with use.

Last time I sent them back under warranty and never hear nothing
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