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Real name:
Fred Scerra

Location:
Marlboro, MA

Division:
Men's 80

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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
May 21, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Legal ASA bats for Over 70

No there isn't but there is nothing to stop your local league from doing it.
April 13, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Insurance
Discussion: Special Thanks to Giovanni Crotti

Special thanks to Giovanni Crotti for bailing us out a last minute situation so we could play ball.

We are a kind of organized pick-up team traveling which travels to other city/towns with the same type of pick-up team. I kind of set up a loose schedule so we don't have to call each other and say you want to play next week.

Our Rec Dept pulled a couple of last minute deal that we need insurance for my team an all out of town teams needed insurance to play on our field. It seemed kind of stupid for a team which played us once to have to buy insurance to play that game.

Gio came up with a package that satisfied everyone at a reasonable cost so we could play our season.

Now they want the out of town teams to pay to use the field when we play them even though I pay a fee for using the field,but that is another story in the latest drama.
April 10, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Have read different rules for the pitchers would like for ssusa to explain all new rules.

Totally agree with Omar and Taits.

In regards to the batters box as tait stated should be enforced also. At least they could have the right size boxes. Played at the TOC and for unknown reason the batters boxes were 4 x 6 and not 3 X 7.

That extra foot the batter stands away from the plate makes it very difficult to pitch a batter inside. The hitters have enough of an advantage.
April 9, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Have read different rules for the pitchers would like for ssusa to explain all new rules.

It often amazes me with all these organizations from local to the pros that pass these rules and never enforce them.

If the rules really don't mean anything then why bother putting them in the rule book.

Pitching rules are my biggest complaint in our league with ASA umps never enforcing a lot of the pitching rules. I also gave up complaining.
March 27, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Promoting Tournaments

I remember 8 or 9 yrs ago when playing in the 70 Div that teams wouldn't go to a tournament if Mitchell Const. was entered. They were a power house at the time. We played them once (before the 5 run rule) and it was I believe 32-0 by the 3rd inning. Just about every hit was off or near the fences.
March 14, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Other bats

I use either my 2010 Toxic or my PST137's. At the TOC I used my 27oz PST B&G and went 14 for 18.

Few years ago when playing for a 75 Major team tried a senior bat and after the first day went back to,at that time, my MUT98.

I hit the ball well with the Senior bat (Launch 510) but they were all long outs. They looked good but were just outs.
March 9, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Eastern 75 AAA team

Forgot to mention I am from Ma and can play outfield (RF) or catch.
March 8, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Eastern 75 AAA team

I might be interested. I pitch and also a pretty good singles hitter.

Where are you located?

You can contact me at marlsrsoftball@verizon.net.
March 3, 2013
Fred S
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Cold Weather Clarification: Bats or Balls?

Plain and simple it is the balls.

Bat warmer is theoretically to increase performance which is why ASA has banned them.
Feb. 12, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament of Champions

I would like to add my thanks also. This was my first one and really enjoyed it.

The only problem I had is with the fields at the Southwest Sports Complex. The batters boxes were 4' wide and not the regulation 7'x 3'. It puts the pitcher at a disadvantage with the batters standing 3' away from the plate. It takes away from a pitcher who pitch's inside.
Feb. 12, 2013
Fred S
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player Ratings

Dukes: If I have to explain that to you then you don't understand the concept of our association . We would like to have all our teams be at least competitive with each other. My team is very competitive with that team and I would say our record with that team is about .500 over the years, but some of the other teams are not.
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