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Dec. 20, 2014
stick8
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a team to play on

Neck10, you have mail!!
Dec. 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a team to play on

Neck, Stewie is doing great!! He and I play together on a 55+ daytime league (when I can make it) and he pounded the ball like he used to all year.
I too lost contacts when I upgraded my cellphone. Unfortunately, his happened to be one of them. Not to worry, I see him at the gym quite often and I'll get his number for you.
Dec. 16, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for Steve Roeder

As a teammate of Roe's the last 4 years we became pretty close friends. My prayers are with him and his lovely wife Michelle for a full recovery. Dale, any updates you get let me know.
Dec. 16, 2014
stick8
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Need a team to play on

As a teammate of Dales on OKI for the last 4 years I will say their isn't a better teammate you can have. Always positive & encouraging, plays hard, does whats best for the team and never causes any uproar or panic. Oh and I dare say he hits it a TON!! He will be an asset to any team and like titanhad says he won't be looking very long.
Neck10, I've actually done that very thing without a screen!!
Dec. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

"I understand that some guys still use cheater bats with these senior bats!"
How sad is it that some need to resort to using shaved senior bats?
Nov. 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all!! Just curious is anyone or does anybody know of anyone playing in any kind of a senior tournament this weekend? It could be a local-yocal type.
Nov. 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: courtesy runners

Although I agree with the above sentiments regarding games taking longer having courtesy runners is one of the lures of many who play senior softball. Personally I would prefer to have it such that once players are on base they cannot get a courtesy runner after the first pitch to the next batter. IOW, if I get a base hit and once the first pitch is thrown to the next batter, no courtesy runner would be allowed for me. Get a runner for me before that first pitch to the next batter. jmho
Nov. 15, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

Hurler, Stewie is doing very well. He is pretty much back to his normal self--smashing it all over the field and going deep if he chooses to.
Nov. 14, 2014
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When Is It Bat Altering?

I've never heard of anyone adding weight to their batting gloves. How in earth would one do that?
Nov. 14, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

Brock and neck good points!! Another poster put it properly. There's no recorded out if you walk
Nov. 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Are walks hits in Senior Softball?

I used to think walks shouldn't be hits until I played on this one team about 10 years ago. This team had 17 players and our coach had a rule, if you go 0-fer you sit the next game. In this one game I batted three times and walked three times. Then i sat the next game. Whewn i asked why he stated "you didn't get a hit". To which I stated "I didn't get a pitch to hit and I was on base three times. Doesn't that count for something". Ever since then I've felt a walk should be counted as a hit because you earned your way on base. You had a good enough eye and are patient enough not to swing at balls out of the strike zone. jmho
Nov. 5, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Sparky I understand about Stroh's beer, not the best of tastes. That was one of our mandates, we had to drink Strohs. Luckily for me the years I played Stroh's Signature came out and that was decent--and free!!
I always thought those four letter words were only in English and understood by anyone? lol To your question that early April tournament at the city was the Free Press tournament. It was always meant to play on one weekend but as you know Michigan weather in early April is so unpredictable that many times that tournament was spread over several weekends.
Nov. 4, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Sparky, yes I played for that stroh's team. It was in the mid 80's and my first introduction to big time ball. Never forget my first game, against Snyders. I'm leading off, nervous as hell!! The first pitch of the game the ump calls it flat and the old man went on a 20 minute tirade like I've never heard before. Anyone else that did that would have been tossed but not the old man. "Welcome to big time softball" is what I was told by our coach. Anyway we played the major metro at the city on Wednesdays and Liberty Park super B on Thursdays. The old Lutomski league had dried up so some of our guys hooked up as a pick up team at Oak Park on Tuesdays. Those were fun times !! A few still play senior ball but many have since stopped playing. If you played for Caesars you were amongst the best!!
Nov. 3, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

Sparky I played with Oz on Men in Black and The Junk Team. I also played with TESC (Tom Everett Softball Club), Nagy's, White Lightning, Money and when they combined it was Money Lightning. Back then leagues were the big thing. I also played with Stroh's and Trailblazers that played in the Wednesday night major metro league before it ended.
Yourself?
Nov. 3, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

Yes there is a difference between a touch and an assist. I had a play last year where a runner was being waved home by the third base coach and the runner wiped out pushing off the base. His momentum carried him into and caused him to low bridge the coach. The runner then scampered back to third safely. Contrary to the other team arguing that is not an out. Now if the coach picked the runner up and pushed him toward home then I have an out.
Nov. 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

FWIW, both Laurel & Hardy and the Stooges were a riot. I could watch both and laugh my rear end off!! Getting back to the subject Oz does make a valid point. Durability seems to be the prevalent issue on senior bats today. While players have their favorite bats it seems as if the most common denominator is bats not lasting. And with bats having no warranty it can get expensive to keep purchasing new bats. It goes without saying senior bats are not made for durability. Since they are all composed of thinner walls they are built for performance!! The new Dudley bats have been mentioned as having more durability. Time will certainly tell on that. The latest Miken has a one year warranty--unheard for senior bats!! Miken must be confident their bats will last to offer a warranty. Time will tell on that as well.
Nov. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Better bats or better marketing?

OZ you are rapidly establishing yourself as the most cerebral posters on here!! Excellent topic for discussion.
Nov. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Curty the way you describe that play the umpire was correct. It happened to me earlier this year when someone tossed me a foul ball that had been retrieved. My attention was diverted when the pitcher released a pitch. The batter took the pitch and since I didn't see it I couldn't call it a ball or a strike so it's "no pitch".
Nov. 1, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Legal/Illegal Use of Courtesy Runner?

SCUBA based on your description I have an illegal courtesy runner, thus an out. Courtesy runners cannot be inserted until the play is over and it must be announced to the umpire. Conceivably this "courtesy" runner could take it upon himself to advance to second if the ball is still rolling around foul territory.
If the throw from the outfield happens to go out of play other legal runners are awarded two bases from the time of the throw (in usssa it's the time of the pitch.)--the base your going to plus the next one. The illegal courtesy runner is still out and cannot be replaced.
Oct. 31, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching

Oz that's the beauty of USSSA!! Your last sentence sums it up perfectly. If it's close swing thy bat!!
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