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Andy

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Simi Valley, CA

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Men's 60

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Aug. 25, 2014
Duke
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Field assignments.

I have played at Shadow Rock 3 of the last 4 years. I do not recall playing at Hollywood. I have seen players twist their ankles, break their ankles, or jam their knees in the outfield at these fields because of the holes grass clumps. Therefore, please keep the grass fields groomed well. If the Parks will not keep it groomed, maybe buy a mower and pay someone to mow the grass. Since I have never played at Hollywood, I have heard that there is no shade? Non the less, I do not care that much where we play, as long as we get to play and have a great time.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
Aug. 21, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

Joncon, I think you hit it spot on. There are 2 issues in this topic, that are being expressed. Who plays the most dangerous position, and which position is most physically challenging. I would probably just add SS to your OF position.

I mostly pitch and play 1B in my old age. When I play 1B, I play even with the bag. After pitching, that is far back enough for me as I am stationary and not in my pitching motion. If I play any further back, the runner can get in the way and/or the ball takes too long to get there with extra bounces.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
Aug. 12, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

db14, you wonder why guys are getting sick from drinking water from the supplied coolers. If it is not sirty rags, it is dirty softballs or hands in the coolers.

HJ, it is unfortunate that we might have to resort to changing the balls, because of cheaters. I will say that it is probably a sensible change.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers


Aug. 12, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

All players that were registered and signed in for this tournament on that team, should be suspended for one year. You cannot tell me that most or all did not know about the iced balls in the dugout. I would definitely not let that team play in the Vegas Worlds, Winter Worlds, or the February TOC.

On the flip side of this, if you use an altered bat, I believe the player is suspended for 5 years, and the manager is suspended for one year?? Most people, including the manager, do not know when a player or substitute player is using an altered bat. Why should the manager be suspended? I know altered bats are out there, because many guys have told me so, and asked if I wanted my bat shaved. Bats are even sold shaved in advance, and league bats are painted to look like a league bat, but are actually an Ultra II underneath. Just cannot understand that when playing against 70 and 75 year old players. I even asked one guy why he has so many Ultra II's(6). His response is that they do not last long, because they are all shaved. What an idiot for telling me that. This is why I mostly purchase new bats, and sometimes a used one from someone I trust would not resort to that.

I think a more reasonable penalty for an altered bat, would 5 years for the player, and suspend the team for 2 months for the first infraction, and whatever for the next one.

Either one of these issues could be deadly for a fielder. Come on guys, we are not getting paid for this. In fact, we are all paying to play at our old age, and hopefully are having fun. Love being on my team. We have fun, win or lose. Great bunch of guys and all great attitudes.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
Aug. 11, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: West Coast Aftershock -

In the past, when one of my teams were playing in the Major division, a team through in a ball that was iced. I informed the umpire and he said the ball was good to use. He obviously did not know the rules. I asked where the Director was, and he was quite a distance away. By the time he would get to the field, the ball would not be so chilled. I told the idiot umpire, to get behind the plate and lets play ball. My first pitch, I threw the ball as far as I could out of play. I looked at the umpire, and said ball one. The other team just laughed and threw in a legal ball. Did the other team think in 100 degree weather, that I would not know that an iced ball was thrown into the game.

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO CHEAT AND POSSIBLY HURT SOMEONE IN THE PROCESS??

Just My Opinions,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
July 29, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: RENTAL CAR PRICES FOR WORLDS 9/28-10/2

The problem that you might be running into is that many of these rental car places are starting to sell out. I just checked and several said they are heavily booked in October and are starting to run out of some of their cheaper deals. I will go out on a limb and estimate around 500 teams this year at the Vegas Worlds??

The least expensive car that I found was on Priceline.com. With the fee and all the other garbage added in, it was $98 for 3 days. Our team in the past has rented an RV with 10 people splitting the cost. It is great to have the RV for relaxing between games too.

If you can find a rental place outside the airport area, then you might have a better chance of getting a less expensive deal. This avoids all of the airport taxes.

Good luck!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
July 23, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Western Nationals - Who's Playing?

Great turnout! Hope the other divisions are as large too.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
July 21, 2014
Duke
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rubber bat knob

I have purchased from Sports Authority in the past 2 years. Most recently, I purchased 4 new one's from "Play it again Sports". They had many more left.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
July 15, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batting title

I do not have a formula. I just institute an average of 2 at bats per game/season to qualify for the average leader(s) per game/season. This takes into account what stattad eluded to(batting 9 or 15 players), AND, the fact that we do not always get 7 innings in every game with the time limits.

Just My 2 Cents Worth,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
60 Major


July 10, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runners from the plate

This is an individual league situation, and probably has not been addressed in any rule anywhere. In our league, there is the same courtesy runner rule, but no 20 foot line as you indicated. Now that this situation has taken place in your league, you need to come up with a ruling for a future occurence. THe only similar rule would be when a runner passes the runner in front of them and is called out, and the other runners continue to advance????

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
July 8, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Home run rule for handicapping

Not sure that I would agree that playing to the lower rated team's home run limit would "significantly" limit the higher rated team's ability to overcome the 5 run and/or the extra fielder. I can see that it is another handicap for the higher rated team. I would think the one up rule or something similar would suffice. Maybe take the AA rule of 1 home run and take the AAA rule of 3 home runs and average them to 2 home runs??

On the other subject about hitting up the middle, I think the definition of hitting up the middle may be bit out of context. I believe hitters will go up the middle, but realistically, try to hit a ball between the pitcher and SS or 2nd, or a line drive over the pitcher. Yes, nobody is perfect, so some balls may be hit directly at the pitcher. As a pitcher myself, I do not care where a batter hits the ball, as long as you get out some where.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers,
60 Major
June 24, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams going to Call Cup in Hemet

Looks like a great turnout for the Cal Cup, which is the first year in Southern California. Only 58 teams last year in Northern California, and 73 this year! Many divisions have several teams in the same classifications, which is nice to see. Having it here in Southern California should revitalize the Cal Cup up North, as SSUSA alternates between the North and South. Good luck to all and have a great time. Go R & R 40's and 65's!!

Andy Smith
June 18, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Recommendations for lodging in Hemet

I have actually not stayed at any of these Hotels in Hemet. From what I have heard is that the Hampton Inn is the nicest of the one's in that area. As for the Travelodge and Quality Inn, I have no idea. Several guys have stayed at the Best Western in Hemet and like that one. If you are looking for clean and cheap, there are 2 motel 6's in the area. The one in Hemet is in the same parking lot as Marie Calendar's and what the guys say is an excellent Mexican restaurant. The other motel 6 is located in Sun City, which is a freeway exit from the Menifee fields and an easy 9-10 mile drive to the fields in Hemet. The Sun City motel 6 used to be a Super 8 that was remodeled, so it not too bad. I believe both of these motel 6's have refridgerators. If you want something nicer for the lady you are bringing, you might consider staying in Temecula. Many nice hotels there and great places to eat. Temecula is about 15 to 20 minutes to the Menifee fields and about 25 to 30 minutes to the Hemet fields. Hope that helps!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
June 5, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championships

FOFO, I concur on both statements, especially the last one!! LOL!!

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
June 4, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southwest Championships

Hey Phillip,

I was going to add this to your comment, but that thread is now closed. All I was going to say is that SSUSA may have lost some of the bracket boards and that is why you have not seen the scores. If that is the case, they might be trying to reconstruct them from the team managers. That tournament is over 6 weeks ago. Yet Reno results and scores are already posted.

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Counting runs correctly

Tad,

Get a life! LOL!

Andy
May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: thinking of retireing from tourney ball

Bob,

I can say one thing for sure, you definitely have not retired from the message board. LOL! Just do not play for a month or 2, and you will be back. It's in your blood! What else are you going to do?

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers

May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Softballs

SSUSA Staff is correct. The ball is not as good, and it keeps the ball in play more. The teams with the strong power hitters, still are hitting them out of the park, just not as far. I have to admit that at Golden Eagle, the ball was flying out of the park frequently, just not for our team. I guess my team needs to go back to the weight room. I do have to say most of our players will be ready to play 65's next season and several are already over 65, so that is probably our problem playing 60's this season. Next season, we will be a young 65 team with no power. LOL!

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
May 31, 2014
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Hey Guys,

All good comments above. I wanted to say 2 things too. First and foremost, I welcome anyone to hit the ball up the middle, but would be better protected to field the ball without a mask. I know that is really not the topic here, but had to throw this in again. BTW, I am tired of all the sorries for the batter hitting the ball at the pitcher. I refuse to acknowledge that anymore. If the push is to not hit the ball up the middle, then you might as well put a screen there, but I am not in favor of that at all. You should be able to hit the ball where ever you want.

More on the actual topic here. Secondly, as far as batters hitting up the middle, because their team has reached the home run limit, that is so far from the truth in the games that I have played. Since 2010 to present, I have played 60 AAA and Major and 55 AAA and Major. In over 200 tournament games, only 1 game has our opponents ever reached the MAX home run limit. The DBO, walk, or single just has not played any significant factor in our games. In fact, my current 60 Major, we average about 1 home run every 3 games. With our main home run hitter out for the season, that will diminish further. Our opponents seem to be averaging about 2-3 home runs per game.

JMHO,

Andy Smith
R & R Strokers
May 30, 2014
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Cal Cup Attendees

Just a heads up for some teams, that my team will not be attending this tournament. I did mention to some Northern teams that we would be attending. Several players on our team are quite beat up, and 3 are probably out for the season. Since we only have 11 full time regulars, we have decided to play some smaller no big deal tournaments, so we could pick up 3-4 players from other teams. Not possible do that with the rules in SSUSA. The guys that may be out for the season, have no scheduled time frame for returning to the team, especially this season. Of those 3 players: one has a chronic lower back issue, another is having issues from his heart surgery, and the last player has an Achilles tendon issue. This is our situation, until these players are ready to return.

See you all out there soon,

Andy Smith,
R & R Strokers
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