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Real name:
Bill McCabe

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Laurel Springs, NJ

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Men's 65

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Feb. 1, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any 60 Major's going to Mesquite

Thanks Hotcorner...anyone know of any other teams going...How about Palm Springs Heat, or Diamond Dawgs?
Jan. 31, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any 60 Major's going to Mesquite

Thanks 4x4. We played against you guys in Palm Springs. Any other 60 Major teams considering going to Mesquite?
Jan. 30, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any 60 Major's going to Mesquite

We are Monkey Joe's 60 Major from New Jersey. We went to the Spring Worlds in Palm Springs last year. We're trying to decide whether to go to Mesquite, Nevada for the Spring Worlds this year. The number of teams going will be a factor. Would appreciate any 60 Major teams planning on going responding to this message. Thanks.
Jan. 24, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hey Tarheels Jeff

Hey Jeff (Huggins),
I haven't logged on for a couple days. I haven't been able to confirm the rumor about Deluxe starting a 50's team. I called Marty Jones tonight..he's checking it out for me. I'll let you know when he gets back to me. By the way, I'm Bill McCabe aka Mac21.

Lecak,
Yeah Deluxe Bakery out of Runemede NJ still sponsors Class B or C teams. I know they sponsored an over 35 team but not sure about a 40's team. There was also a Deluxe Bakery 50's team in Senior Softball I played on from 2001-2003. And you're right, there was/is a lot of talent in Jersey, but for some reason not that much interest in Senior Softball. Hopefully the rumor is true....it will add another quality team to our ranks.
Jan. 21, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hey Tarheels Jeff

Hey Ed....Before you get these guys all excited about Donnie Meyers...there's a rumor Deluxe Bakery is going to sponsor a 50's team. I would think Donnie would play with them first. The rumor hasn't been confirmed yet..just heard it the other day. Mac
Jan. 16, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Fran Dowell Named One of Top Sports Planners in America

Fran..Congratulations from the Monkey Joe's Big Nut teams. Well deserved.
Jan. 9, 2009
Mac21
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I was killed last night.

Dear Bob50...I'm sorry I killed you. I wasn't trying to...I was just tring to "hit the ball hard and watch it go".

Dear Mrs Bob50...Im sorry I killed your husband...I wasn't trying to, and it wasn't my fault....they had this Pitcher Protection Rule, but it didn't work....when they applied it Bob was already dead. But I'm sure you'll feel better knowing they called me out!!!

Dear Bob50's kids...I'm sorry I killed your father I wasn't trying to and it wasn't my fault..it was his fault..he threw me a pitch I couldn't handle and I hit it up the middle.

Dear Miken...I'm sorry I killed Bob50 and your business...but it wasn't my fault...it was the the lawyers..they sued you,not me.

Dear SS-USA....I'm sorry I killed Bob50 and that you no longer exist....but it wasn't my fault...it's those greedy lawyers you hired that bankrupted you tring to defend you.

Dear Phoenix Recreation Department..I'm sorry I killed Bob50 and now your city government won't let you run any more Senior Softball tournaments....but it wasn't my fault.

Dear Senior Softball players...I'm sorry I killed Bob50 and now we have no place to play tournaments....if only they had castrated me!!!!
Jan. 8, 2009
Mac21
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitcher Safety Rule

First of all the rule needs to be changed from the "Pitcher Safety Rule" to the "Batter Penalty Rule". How does it protect the pitcher if it doesn't come into play until AFTER the pitcher is hit??? Doesn't sound to me like it protected the pitcher.
The rule penalizes the batter for hitting the pitcher which is ok with me, but don't think it's going to protect the pitcher. I never intentionally hit at the pitcher, but I have hit pitchers in the past. Sometimes with two strikes I will swing at a pitch I normally wouldn't swing at and it goes back up the middle and has hit the pitcher. Since the rule has gone into effect I haven't adjusted my swing to avoid hitting the pitcher. (I also haven't hit a pitcher during that time, but not as a result of the rule) Realistically, how many times does a pitcher get hit during a game? I used to pitch and only got hit a few times over the years. My point is I don't think the rule protects the pitcher because I don't think the great majority of players have made any adjustments to their swing to avoid hitting the pitcher. The odds of hitting the pitcher are minimal, and it is only an out if you do so why change your swing?
As I stated above, I don't have a problem penalizing a batter for hitting a pitcher, but don't count on this rule reducing the number of times pitchers get hit. Our pitcher has been hit just as frequently as he did before this rule was instituted.
Jan. 6, 2009
Mac21
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken ultra II advanced

With shipping it's gonna cost you $159. Unless you're in love with the knob on the Advanced and that's the reason your buying it..I'd advise you to go the extra $20 and get the original Ultra ll for $179 (free shipping) from kellysultimatesports.com The performance of the original is superior to the advanced.
Jan. 6, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why the constant changes?

Sorry gentlemen...I used the team ratings to make my point about minority vs majority because it's the only source I have acess to...my apologies..but I still believe my point is valid.
This however brings up a legitimate question for SSUSA...can you clean up the team ratings by deleting the teams that don't exist any longer?
Jan. 5, 2009
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why the constant changes?

I don't make many posts on this message board, but I visit it often to see what's being discussed. Over the last few years it's been like a sopap opera...you can not visit for months, but when you do it's the same plot with the same characters...Major + teams/players complaing about not having enough teams to play and then complaining about the rule changes trying to make it more competitive for the lesser teams that get moved up. It would be great if there were enough real Major + teams in the country to have tournaments with 8 or 10 Major + teams show up..but it's time to face reality...there just aren't enough. Forcing legitimate Major teams to move up is not the answer.
In case anyone is interested, there are 676 teams listed in the Team Ratings. 68 of the 676 or 10% are Major +. Broken down by age:
Age 50 - 15 of 173 or 9%
Age 55 - 14 of 120 or 12%
Age 60 - 15 of 159 or 9%
Age 65 - 9 of 115 or 8%
Age 70 - 10 of 86 or 12%
Age 75 - 5 of 23 or 21%
When you start catering to the minority rather than the majority you are asking for trouble. Changing rules and adjusting ratings just to "make Major + a viable division" might just cause a backlash for which SSUSA is not ready.
Oct. 23, 2008
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any unbelievable, spectacular, unusual or funny plays or calls to share?

How about 3 in the same game. These took place in Phoenix this past weekend. It took 2 hours to play the game due to all the delays caused by the following plays.

1. Runner on 1st, ground ball to our shortstop he flips to second, on to first..double play. Next batter hits another ground ball to our shortstop, he's about to throw to first, but there's a runner going to second so instead he flips the ball to second for the force, ump calls him out. We're leaving the field and the other team starts screaming "hey there can't be a force at second they just turned a double play". Turns out the runner forced out at second on the double play thought the batter was safe and took the bag to run for him unnoticed by anyone. After the other team protested and much discussion, the director ruled it stood as an out.

2. First and third 2 outs, our batter hits a single and carries the bat to first. The ump calls the batter out for carrying the bat to the bag. We protest...the ruling is the umpire is correct, runner out, end of inning, end of rally. Next morning we find out the ruling was WRONG..batter should not have been called out. In SS-USA rules, carrying the bat to first is not an out unless it interferes with the play or injures a player.

3. Ground ball through our pitchers legs, umpire calls batter out because in his judgement the ball nicked our pitcher on the leg. The other team complained that it didn't hit him and get this, after some discussion the umpire asked our pitcher if it hit him. Unfortunately, instead of saying "you made the call" our pitcher said "I don't think it nicked me". Here's the kicker...the umpire reversed his call, and gave the other team a "do over". We now complained how can you have a "do over" but the umpire wouldn't budge. We should have protested the game at that point but we didn't..our mistake. How can you reverse a judgement call by asking a player involved in the play? That's like asking a first baseman "were you off the bag", or a runner "did the shortstop tag you" etc etc.

Please DIRTY, no comments about complaining about the umpiring...I'm just relating the facts
Oct. 22, 2008
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher Protection Rule

Here's one for you....while playing this weekend in Phoenix the umpire called a batter on the other team out because in the umpires judgement a ground ball through the pitchers legs nicked him on the leg. The other team complained that it didn't hit him and get this, after some discussion the umpire asked our pitcher if it hit him. Unfortunately, instead of saying "you made the call" our pitcher said "I don't think it nicked me". Here's the kicker...the umpire reversed his call, and gave the other team a "do over". We now complained how can you have a "do over" but the umpire wouldn't budge. We should have protested the game at that point but we didn't..our mistake. How can you reverse a judgement call by asking a player involved in the play? That's like asking a first baseman "were you off the bag", or a runner "did the shortstop tag you" etc etc. This is just one problem the rule has caused.
In our teams opinion the rule as it stands does not protect the pitcher, and only makes it tougher on the umpires.
Sept. 5, 2007
Mac21
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Congrats to the NJ Hitman for the ASA win

Hey Don,...It was a great series against you guys..lots of class on both teams...How's your pitcher doing? Bill McCabe
Nov. 1, 2005
Mac21
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Snowbird looking to play 55+ Cape Coral/Ft Myers

We need a player for the Ft Myers Winter Nationals. Please call Carl Nocera at 609-338-1129
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