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July 3, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

'Looking at this from a business standpoint, why would you chance losing teams by combining these 2 divisions, in particular, some Major teams to satisfy the few, which exemplifies the Major Plus teams.' Duke - July 3.

Bingo!

Until players really understand this they'll continue to offer suggestions/opinions on this matter. While I agree with many things stated on this subject matter, there will be no changes.
Senior softball is something that most of us totally enjoy doing but it is a business for the senior associations, whether they're structured as 'for profit' or not. The same goes for the bat makers, shoe makers, uniform makers, etc. We are a revenue source. Period.

If M and M+ were combined (something that I favor) there would be many teams disband or attempt to drop into the AAA division. The obvious impact would be less gross revenue for senior associations.

We'll be just as wise to discuss how we might change the weather. Interesting dialogue at times but totally unproductive.

There are two constants...
It is what it is... and it aint changin'.

M+ players are similar to the Georgian Colonists whose primary role was to be a buffer from the Native Americans.
BW

July 1, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Just had complete hip replacement.

HTG:
I had both hips replaced via the 'lateral minimally invasive' procedure. The first was 2 1/2 yrs ago and the second one was a year later. Neither hip causes me any pain today but it does take a long time to regain leg strength and mobility. This may be more about the 'time wasted' than a by product of the surgeries.
I do know a guy that had the 'thru the groin' procedure and he said that the post-surgical precautions are much less than what I had.
I'm able to play as I did before but I still don't run as well as I'd like... but not due to pain.
I'm sure that you'll rehab as vigorously as possible. Hope to see you out there again.
BW
June 27, 2013
the wood
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Major Plus

Beasley,
I like the way that think and express yourself (not that you need my approval). I particularly like the 'toothpaste tube' analogy.
You used the word 'guts' as it relates to major teams moving up to M+ or not. While it may not be politically correct in today's social climate, I believe that it's a fair word because there are many teams that find more ways to move down than to compete. Not all M teams can compete at the M+ level but plenty could.
Regardless if you use 'guts' or some other word, the concept is the same.
As a 65 M+ team we experience all of the same problems as you (and Malo) have mentioned plus a couple more. Like you, it's the thrill of playing the best and playing with great people that keeps us going.
BW
June 27, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: San Clemente 7/12,13,14/2013

Jerry, I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. I am glad though that you had so many years to share with him. I did not know him but, as Marv said, he must have been a good guy.
My mother died 2 years ago and it just isn't same without her. As much as we miss her, I wouldn't want her to suffer any longer.
Hang in there!
BW
June 25, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

Kevin, then make it 101 guys on your list.
:-)
I know a ton of guys that really like their Combat bats, whichever species, and will be thrilled to know that they'll be even more durable.
If the break in time is reduced then this will be a double bonus.
Good to know...
BW
June 25, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: bats

Kevin,
Do you have an idea of the approximate price for this bat?
BW
May 21, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanks to Smith Electric and staff in Prescott

I'm glad to hear that your father is ok. I'm sure that this was a big scare for you and your family.
We had already hit the highway and wasn't aware that this had happened. But I'm not surprised that Smith Electric chose to handle it that way. Dennis Merkle, their manager, is one of those people that serves the game... he doesn't expect it to serve him. In addition to Merk, they have an entire cast of people that are similar.
The Tom Tobin TD and staff work very hard to make this a good event. We always look forward to being in Prescott in mid May. I'm happy that they are getting some of the recognition that they deserve.
Bob Woodroof, Full Circle
May 15, 2013
the wood
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: GSC SENIOR BAT IN RENO

Swing, I tried to stay there but somebody's ASME card fell out of my wallet during the check-in process. They told me that they didn't need any feedback on the building's structure and that they had no vacancies. :-)
(ASME = American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
Too bad, because I had spotted a couple of obvious code violations.
A good friend of mine told me that the 'I am not an engineer' comment sounded a bit like Dick Nixon... I'm pretty sure that he didn't mean this as a compliment. :-)
BW
May 14, 2013
the wood
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: GSC SENIOR BAT IN RENO

Ed:
I am not an engineer, as you know from our personal dialogues. But I do believe very strongly in the practice of 'rigorous honesty'. My picture and name is on GSC's web site and, IMO, this heightens my responsibility toward full disclosure. If you're looking for a reason why I am this conservative, blame it on the SEC, NASD or FINRA.
I have lots of friends, and some clients, who view this board. Any time that I 'endorse' (read = speak favorably) a product I feel an extra obligation toward truth... not just part of it.
In speaking with Steve McKinlay I was told that they appreciate 'whole truths'.
BW

May 8, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanks For Your Prayers!

That's good to hear, Southpaw.
Grandchildren are one of the few things in life that isn't over-rated, IMO. I know of several players that missed quite a bit of their kids' events but will not make the same mistake with their grandkids.
But more importantly, as a grandfather, I'm sure that you felt her pain and would have preferred that the dog bit you.
We have triplet granddaughters that will be 4 in 6 weeks. They were 11 weeks premature and spent two months in the NICU. Other than one of them wearing corrective lens, they are very healthy and are bonafide 'mind blowers' for our whole family. Every time that I see them I laugh uncontrollably... but I'm very thankful of the road that they have traveled.
God is good.
BW
May 6, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW COMBAT DIRTY

Another one of our players has had the chance to swing the Combat Dirty. Practically everyone in AZ knows Alan Dial as one of the best all around players in his division. He isn't one to boast but I am happy to brag on him. He is one of the top infielders to ever have played for GSF and one heck of a hitter (usually a lead off man).
Here are Alan's comments:

I have now had a chance to use the Combat Dirty (26oz) in batting practice and in game conditions. I consider myself a contact hitter as opposed to a power hitter. Here are my comments after my limited use (the bat has about 225 total swings on it).

As a contact hitter the first think I look for is the size of the “center of percussion” (sweetspot). The Combat Dirty seems to have a good size “sweetspot” either equal to or a little larger than a Miken U2.

As for trampoline effect (pop) I would rate it as good to very good. With only 225 swings on the bat it seems to not take a lot of swings to achieve the good “pop”.

As for durability, it is too soon to comment. After getting more swings on it I will comment on this aspect.

Alan Dial
Full Circle Player


May 2, 2013
the wood
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Pricer:
My initial post was a response to Sparky's point about 'old school'. This is a subject dear to me as I could tell you shaggy dog stories. I also thanked him being willing to sponsor a team. This, too, is important to me.
In my 2nd post I stated that I understood why J sheeran might feel as he does. We've turned down sponsors as well, for one reason or another. But we simply said 'no, thanks' privately.
Yes, I did state that I believe that personal emails should be kept as such. I threw no one under bus.
If Sparky is less than forthright it will come out sooner or later.
I know of several long term sponsors who insist on playing themselves, to the detriment of the team. Even though the other players know this most of them continue with the team. This is their choice and they make it knowing the situation. It wouldn't work for me so I've steered clear of it.
As I said, there are no perfect sponsors. It didn't work for your team but it might with another one. Why not give another team a chance? Maybe their needs are different than yours. Sparky might help someone who could really benefit by it.
I appreciate your respecting my opinion and I respect yours.
BW
May 2, 2013
the wood
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

I'm not commenting on JSheeran's posts either favorably or unfavorably. I understand why he would feel that way. I've felt the same way in the past about sponsors we've had. I know that his team carried his name (JSheeran) so I presume that this means that he was at least a partial sponsor.
But I do believe that personal emails should be kept that way.
BTW, have you ever sponsored a team, TitanHD? If not, you're not in any position to say what is or what isn't 'giving back'. If you have, I'm surprised that you don't understand the concept of 'giving back'.
There is no perfect sponsor. But walk a mile in his shoes before you publicly criticize him. My comments to Sparky were more about the 'old school school' part. Did you find even a scant of reference to JSheeran in my previous post?
BW
May 2, 2013
the wood
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Sponsor looking to finance an "established" Men's club

Sparky,
I do appreciate your effort and your willingness to 'give back'. There are not nearly enough sponsors out there.
As someone who had sponsored M+ teams from 2003-2010 I understand the problems associated with this as well why someone would want to do so.
You're correct, IMO, in thinking that 'old school softball' is dead. What we have today is much more individually oriented... I'm speaking of the majority, which is less than 100% of the guys. 'I' did this, 'I' did that, 'I' can hit 'x' HRs, 'I' can hit it 400' plus, etc. Comments like this years ago would not have been met well in the dugouts that I remember.
But I can also tell you that there really are 'old school guys' out there who are willing to be a part of something meaningful and will do so on their own nickel. Finding them is the hard part...
Thanks for making an effort.
Bob Woodroof
April 30, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: P413 revisited

HJ:
I have tried the bat and it was hitting balls in the same general area as the Red Miken and White Combat.
It only comes in one weight configuration (i.e. a blend between balanced and end loaded). It does have bat weight choices of 26-29 oz.
I'm told that it is being manufacturedin the factory in SC... the one that very few people believed actually existed.
I know that you asked this of Ed so I apologize if you prefer to hear from him. I am totally impartial as I do not intend to sell the P413 nor will I be paid in any capacity.
BW
April 30, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bat approved for Senior Softball

Cal50:
You're 100% correct. It was a bold under taking and Steve's company has taken a lot of heat over the past couple of years. To hang in there and see it through is more than commendable. A lot of guys would have stopped short.
He believed that 'the Earth was not flat' and went about proving it as it relates to softball bats. My hat is off to him and his fellow workers, Chip and Jason.
Whether it becomes my gamer or not is only a small part of the equation, as I see it. I will now have a quality bat that I can use under almost any condition without the fear of breaking it. No, it won't last infinitely but I will get 1,000+ swings out of it.
I'm looking forward to the opportunity to swing the approved version. I've been a Combat guy since 2007 and will likely continue to use them in some capacity. I've never broken one of them within 500 swings and frequently get/got over 1,000 swings from them. But I will keep an open mind when comparing the P413 to my current bats.
The really large fellows will benefit from the P413 since they'll get a lot more from it than they're currently getting (in terms of duration).
I'm not the visionary that Steve is but I believe that the GSC bats will force other companies to produce senior bats with more durability (w/o sacrificing pop). Combat has already been experimenting with an internal liner that will create more long usage.
I believe that the P413 approval is a very positive step for ALL senior players.
BW
April 17, 2013
the wood
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Public Forum VS Anonymity

I've always felt that I gave more credibility to the people that I knew, one way or another. I do feel that someone commenting on M+ issues but has no real M+ experience is talking out of school. The reverse is also true, IMO... M+ guys don't have a lot of expertise in AA/AAA matters (by & large).
But... using HJ as an example, I don't know him but I gather that he is a senior league player in KY or OH. He always posts in a well-intended, well-researched and well-stated manner. My familiarity with him has given him credibility in my mind... not that he needs my approval.
It's a bit like a book or a movie... you need to be able understand the characters to fully appreciate it.
I worry less about who it is now and more about how they state it.
As 4x4 stated, the commercialism gets to be too much at times. I do not feel badly when a guy touts a bat and he is truly an impartial person... as opposed to one that is 'selling it'. This concerns me because it violates one of the four guidelines established by SSUSA.
BW
April 9, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: P413 revisited

Ed, the email exchanges were positive. Thanks.
I commented on the bat and only the bat. I did this because it (this thread) is just about the bat and not about any past history. GSC has a product out there and it is tangible.
I did meet several of the top employees and, while I feel good about my time with them, I'll just stay focused on the bat.
BW
April 9, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: P413 revisited

I did have the opportunity to hit this bat today. The guys that I hit with (incl Steve McKinlay and Mango) were hitting balls 400' (they were, I wasn't). Trust me when I say this... I know how far this is. The fences were/are 320' and some of the balls were going to and past the base of the light towers (90' behind the fence). For those of you who wish to use Google Mapping, the name of the park is San Gorgonio in San Clemente, CA.
I liked the feel of the bat overall even though it had a rubber cone on the knob. It seemed very forgiving. It is currently being tested for senior play.
The only bat that was used has upwards of 1,000 swings on it. They used a variety of balls.. Stotes, Rocks, Baden Fire, etc. I'm guessing that it was 60-65 degrees... wind wasn't a factor.
As a means of comparison, a Red Miken was also producing some prodigious shots but its owner put it away for fear of breaking it (pretty much his exact words).
Based upon what I saw today I would use it in a game (if/when it becomes legal). I am not financially connected with GSC in any way, shape or form. Nor am I being remunerated.
I went there today with an open mind and was merely testing a bat.
BW
April 5, 2013
the wood
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The "P413" is nearly ready

Cal50:
I don't know if you were wrong or not. I asked it because it did seem odd to me.

But that's yesterday's newspaper since Ed already responded to that particular question and answered it fully. As it turns out, he did just happen to be in the area... good enough for me.

All semantics aside, Steve McKinlay called me about his bat, his role and his intentions. I plan to meet him and test it myself. Whether I like it or not, I do appreciate his making the effort to do so. Turns out that we live 1-2 miles apart.

I've been called many things on this board, on fields or wherever. You calling me a 'sugar coater' is certainly different than anything that I'm used to hearing... and I consider it a step up form all the other things, a compliment of sorts. :-)

BW
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