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Real name:
Jan Schiffmann

Location:
Newbury Park, CA

Division:
Men's 50

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Aug. 15, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Nice going, SSUSA Staff

I was wondering how some of my favorite teams were doing at the CA State Championships (currently in progress). I was pleasantly surprised to find that fairly up-to-date results were available on this website. Nice going, SSUSA Staff!!!
March 31, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 55 Major

I guess Ken and Duke were right a few months back. Maybe Double Nickels ISN'T a Major team. :-)
Nice going, guys.
March 17, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Anyone else having this particular problem?

I use Internet Explorer. When I open those pdf files, I right click on the link, and select "Open in New Window". When I'm done, I close the window and am back at the SSUSA website.
March 17, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Craig Gahring, Another good friend lost

I am saddened to report that our good friend Craig Gahring passed away this morning. I considered Craig a good friend. He always looked for opportunities for me, and he was always friendly and giving to others. He loved senior softball and spent many weekends running or participating in tournaments. I will miss him, as I am sure many others will too.
March 10, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY THE PPR MUST GO

It is my opinion that generalizations regarding the inputs of certain individuals (e.g., Dirty, Einstein) are worthless.

I have seen numerous posts by Einstein which, although wordy, I have found to be totally worthwhile - and I have been glad that he has the persistence to hang in there against unbelievably unreasonable opposition. In fact, I almost always agree with Einstein's posts.

Most recently, I have seen Gary19 (a.k.a. "Dirty") making totally reasonable arguments against mandatory pitcher protection equipment. I agree with him less frequently, but I can tell that he is an intelligent man. I don't think that his opinions should be rejected out-of-hand (in this case) just because he doesn't play senior softball.

I support efforts to keep BS responses from certain MB members to a minimum, but sometimes their crying wolf has a basis in fact.

Even though some poster's posts can be repetitious, it doesn't mean that their points are invalid.
March 10, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY THE PPR MUST GO

Sorry, I meant "objectionable".
March 10, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: WHY THE PPR MUST GO

I agree with those who think that protective equipment for pitchers should remain optional. Ridiculous, objectional legal precedents in other areas of our lives should not be presented as excuses for further restriction of our freedoms. If pitchers (or other players) want to wear protective equipment, they are free to do so. It should not be mandated.
Sal, are you sure it was a "bad hop", rather than "too hot to handle"?
:-)
(Sorry, but I'm pretty sure your pitcher's short, inside screwballs were intended to make me hit grounders to 3rd).
Feb. 22, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A simple

NO!
Feb. 11, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: home runs

We all know that a good singles-hitting team can beat a HR-hitting team. Why not move up teams that hit a lot of singles? Maybe if “bat control” is the true demonstration of skill, then teams that hit a lot of bat-control singles should move up, or singles should be outs (maybe after 3 runs scored in an inning). Actually, come to think of it, how many people who hit a lot of HRs don’t have bat control?
Why should teams that hit a lot of HRs move up? Why not teams that have high batting averages? Or teams that score a lot of runs? The truth is, what makes a team good is WINNING GAMES! Why not move up teams that win games or tournaments, instead of basing it on some irrelevant statistic like HRs? What a concept, moving up teams that win tournaments!
What is the real reason for HR DBOs?
You guys who argue that people who hit HRs should move up are ignoring your own claims that truly good softball players don’t just hit HRs.

Jan. 30, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Softball TV Commercial?

Have you guys seen any of the TV commercials for the new movie "Underworld - Rise of the Lycans"? No matter how closely I listen, I SWEAR it always sounds like they are saying "rise of the Mikens".!!
:-)
Jan. 24, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

Mr. M - Why should the skills of only certain individuals be neutralized (by calling their HRs outs)? To give EVERYONE a "chance", maybe the pitcher and batter should flip a coin or draw for high card to determine the outcome of the at-bat.
Jan. 10, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I was killed last night.

Bob50,
I'm guessing you are exagerrating when you claim you were killed, right?
The current rules allow pitchers to wear protective equipment. In my view, the pitcher wearing such equipment should NOT be mandatory, but should be at the discretion of the pitcher.
Obviously, the current PPR rule does not protect the pitcher (especially with the dangerous new HR limits), and should be abandoned (along with the new HR limits).
Anyway, if Bob50 knows how to post messages from beyond the grave, I might like to learn his technique in case I need it after the new administration takes away my firearms.
Jan
Jan. 9, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I was killed last night.

Wood,
Not really important, but ABS = Antilock Braking System (not Automatic).
Interestingly, during the first years in which ABS was available, many mid-western drivers crashed through their garage doors, misunderstanding the function of ABS, which primarily is to provide Stability (keeps your car from spinning around its vertical axis), Steerability (allows you to to keep steering your vehicle while maximally braking) and Stopping Distance (lowest priority - that's why they went through their garage doors).
Jan
Jan. 2, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why the constant changes?

Exactly!
Jan. 2, 2009
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus team petitioning to AAA

Lecak, that was a good one.
In the original post regarding the AAA player hitting the HRs, the frequency was unintentionally overstated. The word "numerous" should probably be replaced with "a (nonzero) number of".
Jan. 2, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Personal Perspectives on New Home Run Rule

Thanks for the support, Andy!
But you know that I wouldn't DARE walk up to the plate if YOU were pitching!
:-)
Jan. 2, 2009
Jano23
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Personal Perspectives on New Home Run Rule

I’m very disappointed with the new SSUSA HR rule and would like to explain my feelings.

Executive Summary: Balls hit over the fence shouldn’t be outs (under any conditions).

I wonder why people need to change the rules all the time? For me, the tournament games have been much more fun than local league games. I don’t understand why the rules have to be changed to make things less fun.

According to the SSUSA staff, the reason for this new rule is related to a lack of participation in the Major Plus divisions of recent tournaments.

I have only been playing senior ball for a few years, all of it in 50 AAA ball, so I am sure I am naive when it comes to certain matters. There may be “secret” reasons for these rules (e.g., related to “the money”), to which I am unaware. I’m just trying to understand things from a typical player’s perspective.

My main point is that I love to hit balls over the fence, and I am sorely disappointed by this new rule which penalizes me for what I do best. Under the new rules, there have been numerous games in the past in which I would have exceeded my AAA team’s new HR limit myself in a single game.

I reject arguments that “I should learn how to hit” from those who think I should learn how to get hits that aren’t HRs. This may be true (in my case), but is irrelevant generally. The real point is that there is no reason to ruin the current situation. From my perspective, there aren’t any reasons (e.g., pitcher safety, Major Plus participation, etc.) that justify ruining the fun that we are currently having at the 50 AAA level (and probably other levels). Hitting a ball out of sight, occasionally over the light towers, is fun!

Even though I don’t jump into agreement with conspiracy theories, I agree completely with Einstein that a totally reasonable conspiracy theory dictates that: (1) Today – Home Runs are outs; (2) Tomorrow – There is no need for good bats and balls. (Duh!)

I don’t play Major Plus ball, and I am hesitant to comment on their affairs (sorry Wood, and I always respect your opinions), but since it is now apparently affecting my experience, I am going to. I don’t see how moving teams up is going to affect the dominance of M+ teams that have been bred to dominate.

In response to the inevitable complaints that I should not be playing AAA ball, I would be happy to be playing in a higher division but am not “permitted” to play defense as much as I would like in AAA.

In summary,
(1) Balls over the fence should not be outs.
(2) Why change the rules to wreck something which is not broken, and which is fun?
(3) In the current economy (and my wife’s state-of-mind), I don’t need extra reasons to not play in SSUSA tournaments.
(4) I’m really disappointed with the new SSUSA HR rule.
Nov. 26, 2008
Jano23
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: January 2009 TOC What 50 Teams are Going?

GE,
I echo Tony's (#22) sentiments above.
I find it interesting that teams have "personalities", wtih some seeming like jerks and others seeming like really nice guys. Your team is in the latter category. You guys are great ballplayers, too.
Looking forward to next time...
Jan(o) #23 Barcelona Bandits
Nov. 9, 2008
Jano23
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

SSUSA STAFF: Please accept my sincere apology for starting this thread. I literally don't know what I was thinking. You guys do a great job! Thanks for this cool website and message board.
Jano
Nov. 8, 2008
Jano23
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: RESPONSE TO MESSAGE THREADS REMOVED

DesertGuy
On further reflection, I can see the truth of what you are saying.
Jano
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