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Jan. 19, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

FRED S: Thanks for such kind words. Nothing of importants!

1) Correct, less than 1% of the 1.5 m, Senior Payers do post.
2) Why, should the smart one post & then have others write post, such as the one just written by you Fred?
3) Einstein, last year played on 50, 55, & 60 Major Plus teams.
4) Tell me if, I am wrong? Some players, enjoy hitting the long ball; some players enjoy hitting the ball hard; some players enjoy or like to hit to the oppsite field; & so on. Now, some players will have to change their game / swing.
5) Why, does SS-USA, keep changing the Home Run Limits & runs per inning, year after year?

Fred, if, my post are too long; try to take a nap; don't read my post; try reading my last 20 post. Too long & nothing ever said, is important to anyone. Thank You
Jan. 18, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

#19: Again, have you read my last 20 or so post? Tell me if I am wrong? Only one post was rude / insulting.

The other posts, were facts, answers to other post, & post that were ment to cause a better, kinder, less stressful reading. NO BRICKING - INSULTS.

Can we not state ones thoughts / opinions, in such a manner, that is funny, helpful, & not insulting.

THi-j
Jan. 18, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

#19: The only one that I have tried to be rude to is Dirty. Read my last 20 or so post. I have read your last 30 post Bob.

On almost half of your post Bob, Joe, had been "insulted". Bob, I could care less, that on three of your post Bob, some of your rudeness, has also, been directed toward me.

If, what was written helps, go for it. I do hope that insulting each other will stop. Will some of us ever stop our poor behavior? I have sent Joe, several personnal e-mails. Nothing that I say, seems to help.

Myself, I will still try to state facts & not be so rude or get involved in what some have called " childish behavior". I can only try to be more respectful. I may chock on those words.

Bob, neither of us, will ever change Joe or Dirty. We are able, only to stop our own bad, rude, manners, etc.
Jan. 18, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

ZATTA: Nice question. Also, I believe that there were very few Major Plus teams at the TOC.
Monday, call SS-USA, the facts if keep, might suprise some of us Seniors.
Jan. 18, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

HOME RUNS, that will turn into outs, was the topic of this post. Can we stop attaching each others?

Guys, can we not write in a more "professional" manner? Many of us are well educated & should be able to express ones opinions, without alienating others.

Believe it or not, many Seniors are tried of "our" bricking. Even to the point, that some to many have stopped posting.

I hope that we can start to write in such a manner, as not to be Insulting, Rude, etc. Surely, all that needs to be done is for some of us to show a little respect. Yes, even to ones that do not show this same curiosity or respect.

Why, can we not voice ones opinion & at the same time, reframe from attaching or making disparaing or offensive statements?

Change can happen but, only to those that have the need or desire to change.
Jan. 18, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

DIRTY: You piece of Tras. If, it is o.k. for you Dirty, to write,", what everyone sees is the pathetic caricature you have become."; the same, can be said for you & I.

Still talking trash & insulting. What wrong now? The truth about oneself, is starting to sink in?

Please, go back under that sheep pie & die. Thereforth, no one will have to read anymore disparaging comments, you & I write.
Jan. 16, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

HIT IT: I agree, nice post. "I want positive softball info on the game we love. Bickering doesn’t help the program. "

SOFTBALL 4B: Well said, & I hope to write in the same manner & style (Class).

#19: Bob, or is it Jim. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Jan. 16, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ammended rules now posted

#19: Bob, hope that you Bob, are having some fun. The both of you, have wronged each other. Knock yourselfs out.

Please, go at it like Cats & Dogs. Not sure what is or has been gained? But, brothers, go at it. Make "OUR" day.
Jan. 15, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

#19: I believe that was the eight post today. Five of those post, were. "Disparaging comments directed toward any individual."

But, again, this post is just my opinion. It has become clear to me Bob, that there is more goating. Some, can dish the B.S. out, but, are not able to stand the fire.

My shoes are very smelly. THi-J
Jan. 15, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

B.S.: Please stop this bricking. Seniors, have we not gotten off the subject, which was, Softballs. This post has been Hi-Jacked. (_!_)

Right or Wrong, can we please, stop this in fighting? Just because one person may have gotten a little out of line, are we going to continue & have more disparaging comments.

Keep it up & SS-USA, will delete the good with the bad. There have been several kind & thoughtful expressed notions.

SOFTBALL 4B: HELP! There is a great need for some of that good old southern wisdom.

ENOUGH PLEASE. THANK YOU.
Jan. 15, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

#19: Joe, is Joe. People will not change unless one has or feels the need / want to change. I thought that you # 19, asked me a question.

Joe's, statemant directed toward # 19 is rude. I did not feel that their was a need to correct, Joe, publicly. Those that read that post, have more than likely, seen other post, written & directed toward others., in the same manner.

# 19: I am not looking to pick a fight on this Message Board.

SOFTBALL 4B: That was a really nice post. The manner in which that post was written, was done with tack & shows to others; just how much class you, have Mike. WELL DONE.

THi-J
Jan. 15, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

#19: Nice question. If, I may. Joe, & many others do not need to be defended. Joe, & others can speak. I will try & look thru the forest for the trees. A message is a message. Some statements may or may not be correct, proper, etc. Can I not, be allowed to judge for myself?

True or False? On the many subject discussed, many do see the same light as Joe. At time, Joe's, thoughts are far from my inane thoughts.

On the subject of Mark McQuire.
1) Mark, was out of baseball.
2) Why, should Mark, answer questions for Congress? That
Congressional Hearing, was nothing more than a Witch
Hunt.
3) Baseball & Congress had, even today, nothing on
Mark.
4) If, Mark, would have come forward with anything, Mark,
could be held Incompetent of Congress, liable, or Sued.
Look what has happened to Roger Clemens.
# 19, would you like to have the FBI, looking into
anything & everthing, concerning ones life, etc.
5) No matter what Mark, said, there would always be some
person, calling Mark, a lier. Then the Senate & FBI gets
involved.

The sad facts. In the USA, the FBI, wants to send Sports Figures & other high profile faces to PRISON.

Thanks, for the most; all of the postive posts.

THi-J
Jan. 15, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

#19: There is no need, is there to ride Joe? Joe, is trying to look after many of "our" interests.

On the subject of HGH. This is one of the best supplements out there. HGH, cost over $600 a month. One can get a prescription for this hormone. HGH, gives the body the ability to produce HIGHER hormone levels. Levels such as the levels humans had in their younger days.

Doctors, AMA, AMJ, etc, have found that as humans get older, humans hormones level decrease. A decrease in hormones, is also, a sign of aging. There is nothing wrong with humans, having hormone levels, of a 35 or 40 year old human. As far as men, many men in their 50's, have lower HGH levels. It is not uncommon, for 50 year olds to have hormone levels, that of a normal 70 year old man.

But, many people, young & old, do & will abuse HGH. That is why HGH, is listed as a drug & the Feds, do regulate HGH. HGH, can & does prolong health, as well as life.

This is why, since 1980 or so, Wellness Centers, have been growing thru out the US. The cost to go to a Wellness Center, two years ago was $1700.


Please, leave Mr. McGwire out of this subject. The bottle of ANDROSTENEDIONE, that was in Mark's, locker does not have the same effect as Steriods.

Please read: THE TESTOSTERONE ADVANTAGE PLAN", by Lou Schuler. "Studies of androstenedione supplements have shown that the recommended dosage don't improve body composition ( the percent of fat versus muscle) or strength. They do, however, increase ESTROGEN levels."

This supplement increase Estrogen, which causes Gynecomastia. Laymens term--- Breast Growth. Over a years ago, the FDA, took Andro, off the ban substance list. MLB, still has Andro, on the ban substance list for MLB.

THi-J
Jan. 14, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

HIT IT: No problem. I am not sure if, this ball will get picked up (used), by ASA, or any other association. Only time will tell.

Hi JOE: At the TOC, last week, all kinds of infor, was keeped. If, there is a problem, several things can or can not or should not be done. One thing, yes, one thing that almost erveryone will agrees on, leave the 1.20 Bats alone.

How was softball ment to be? It is nice to hit for high averages, see more Home Runs, & higher scores. If, I do recall, the days of the wooden bat came & went. Then the days of the Single Wall bats, also, came & went. Then the Double Wall & now, it is the day of the Composite bats.

MLB, has also, gone thru Bat & Ball changes, thru out the past 100 years. NCAA Baseball, Little League Baseball, & others have gone thru changes due to R & D.

LLB, this year will lower the BPF down to 1.15. Why? LLB, several years ago, got rid of the On-Deck-Batter Box. Why?

In the day of the Wooden Bat, Cork Balls were used. Today, there are three basic types of Softballs. Cork balls & todays Composite Bats, would be a terrible mix.

Mishitting a ball, should not be rewarded with a H.R., either. Joe, if, one has not hit the "NEW" 52 cor ball, one may not want to pass judgement so quickly.

What is wrong with: 1) More Defense? 2) A Ball that will almost never cause massive trama? 3) Less cheap H. R.s? 4) A ball that might, thats might, bring more fun back to Sofball? Enable more teams at different levels to compete?

Joe, can we both agree on this; If, a "NEW" ball is out there, let the Senior players choose the ball. Seniors do not want the Bat, 1.20 BPF changed & Seniors do not want a Ball crammed down Seniors throat. Most Seniors(?), also, do not want to see H.R.s, turned into OUTS.

THi-J
Jan. 14, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

HIT IT: I talked to an old friend from Kansas & the USSSA, man in Florida. The ball used last year was a Dudley 40 cor ball with a 300/325 comp.

Jim & Don, both stated the same reason for that sock being used. That reason? "As long as players continue to bring & use Altered & Illegal bats, USSSA, would continue to supply a much lesser ball."

Here we have USSSA, wanting a poor preforming balls. This is not the case with SS-USA.

As far as the bat & ball issue, if, ASA, NSA, ISA, ISSA, USSSA, SS-USA, etc, the present day bats can & should be left alone. All one needs to do is find the right ball.

From an "un-named e-mail", just sent to me. The 52 cor ball works better in the heat. Also, for the 2009 season, SS-USA, will be using the Trump 44 cor ball, same ball as last year.

THi-J
Jan. 11, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I was killed last night.

HIT IT: Some good questions. If, the data that I have read is true? This 52 cor ball, is not effected very much by temperature.
Data, states this 52 cor ball with the 275 comp; 1) 40 to 100 degrees, ball is still a 52 cor ball. The comp, will drop very little. 2) 40, 44, 47, & 50 cor balls will drop / rise do to temp. At 50 degrees, a ball (40, 44, 47, & 50), will increase from 375 comp to 490 comp. At 100 degrees, most balls will drop 180 comp. Which means that a 375 comp ball, in 100 degrees, will be around 200 comp.

Not sure if this will be or is a ball that must be struck, "struck properly", flush, etc, in order to clear a 300 ft fence.

THi-J
Jan. 11, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls

HIT IT:There are many, who wish to see needed changes. Changes that will help Senior enjoy the game more.
Data, speaks for its own self.

Stay, on the subject; Senior Ball & not what was done in USSSA, etc. Do you remember, what the brand of Ball uesd, in Fla? What was thats ball cor? What type of cor balls was used?

I personnal, have not hit this 52 cor ball with a 275 comp.
"Yes, it was hot & humid, but the ball was horrible." If, the data that I have read & research is ture, than the hot & humid, weather will not effect this ball that Trump, is "trying" to develope. Why? It's in the fact that the cor of this ball, is 52.

I heard much about that weekend. In D's, there were 270 teams or so, no Home Runs at all. Average score of those games were 6 runs. Most runs score by any team was 17 runs.

Hopefully, the Seniors that played in that All Star, TOC, game will enlighten us all, on their thoughts on that 52 cor ball, with a 275 comp.

If, this ball goes thru the infield slower & if, one miss hits this ball, Seniors will see more double plays & fewer Home Runs. Again, with Major Plus teams allowed only 5 runs & not 7 runs per inning; excluding the open inning; only time will tell if, a few more Major teams can compete & beat a strong Major Plus team.

One rule that should help even out Major teams compaired to Major Plus, after 10 Home Runs, the 11th, one is an out. Yes, this rule does suck.

HIT IT; SS-USA, again is not STUPID. SS-USA, is well awear of what happens (ISSA & SPA); when the ball & bat combination is poor.

"no matter what ball is used." This ball will cause less server injuries, to players. I heard that Grollia Boy, hit Dave Dowell, on the hip, with a one hopper. Should this 52 cor ball be used in the Men's 40's, & 50-55 Major Plus division?

NCAA, Little league Baseball, & MLB, have all made changes; changes to make Baseball a safer sports. Is it time for Senior Softball?

What has LLB, gone & done. (Old BPF, was 1.20) The youth, were allowed to swing lighter bats, do to R & D. This caused the BBS, to increase. Smaller or younger children have been able to swing the lighter bats. In order to allow the children to swing a bat that was more to ones liking; the BPF, was lowered. The lighter bats, ones that our youth were able to swing were keeped, but, the BPF, got lowered.

It is true, that Males are four times more likely to get hit with lighting. Odds are 1 in 2.3 millon or so.

Nice post, back to you HIT IT.

THi-J
Jan. 11, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cutting the ball

JAMES LG: A hook, generally happens when one is out in from of the ball.
A slice, generally is caused by a late swing; a swing inside out; or a bat that has flex in that bats handle.

Cutting the ball, means that the batter hits the bottom half / quarter of a ball. This will cause back spin. Back spin, will cause the ball to rise.

Top spin, hitting the top half of a ball, caused a ball to dive, downward, into the ground.

Bats that have Flex, in the handle, tend to cause a slice. A bat with Flex, is made for smaller or weaker players.

THi-J
Jan. 11, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is this story true ???

BOOGIE: " The Real Natural"

Eddie Waitkus is the baseball player who inspired the movie, The Natural, starring Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs.

This is a true story of a great baseball player, whose entire life is totally changed, because of an act of a single obsessed fan. An act that had never occurred to an athlete before, nor has it occurred since.

In 1943 the Los Angeles Angels won a 104 games but finished second to Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League. Eddie Waitkus led the league that season with 235 hits and inspired many young boys to play America's pastime, baseball.

During World War II, he won 4 Battle Stars and was wounded as an Amphibious Engineer Sergeant in the Pacific.

Eddie Waitkus was a very smart man. He was offered scholarships to Holy Cross and Harvard, but passed them up so that he could play the sport he loved, professional baseball.

In 1940 the Chicago chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) established an award recognizing the major leagues' top rookie. This award continued for six more years before going national. Eddie Waitkus received this award in 1946.

Waitkus was a top defensive first baseman and left-handed line-drive hitter. He was one of the toughest men in the league to strike-out. He spent 11 years wearing a major league uniform. Although his numbers were not Hall of Fame numbers he did have a lifetime batting average of .285.

On June 23, 1946 back-to-back inside-the-park home runs by Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert were a ML first. Then on August 24, 1947 Eddie hit an inside-the-park grand slam. Only six players have accomplished this since 1920.

He was voted as the starting first baseman to the 1948 All-Star team.

Then in December 1948 the Chicago Cubs traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies for Monk Dubiel and Dutch Leonard.

In 1949, Eddie, was shot by a 6 ft blond, women, with a 22 rifle. Her name was Ruth Ann S.

THi-J
Jan. 11, 2009
THE HI-JACKER
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is this story true ???

BOOGIE: "Say it's not so, Joe." WRONG......

This is in spite of the fact that Malamud's novel ends with Roy Hobbs striking out, rather than hitting a home run. A young boy later approaches Hobbs, aware of speculation about gambling, and says, "Say it ain't true, Roy," a reference to Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Chicago White Sox throwing the 1919 World Series to gamblers. Roy's response to boy's imperative reads thusly: "When Roy looked into the boy's eyes he wanted to say it wasn't but couldn't, and he lifted his hands to his face and wept many bitter tears." This despondence contrasts sharply with the film's home run victory and familial denouement.

Searching for the "real" Natural.
THi-J
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