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Sept. 14, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

Tommy, I should arrive in Vegas some time between 1 and 2. Great to see you and Martha last weekend. Martha looked great and it was nice to see her doing well. I will be ready whenever you call me. We could probably go to dinner before the manager's meeting?? Let me know.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 14, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

Jerry,

The break down changed slightly since the list first came out. Based on my first check and what it is now, RCM must be rated AAA. I counted 15 Major teams, but I may have made a mistake. 14 teams is plenty, AND it means that we may have some free time on Friday to enjoy Vegas. Good luck to you Jerry.

Take care buddy,

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 14, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Out or Safe?

Scuba, The answer should be safe. If a player hits a line drive or any type of fly ball that never hits the dirt/infield and hits the grass first, it is a hit. Does not matter if the batter took a full swing or not. Not sure if there is a definition of a full swing, but is the judgement of the umpire. The rule applies to a ground ball hit in the infield, where the batter slaps or chops at the ball without taking a full swing or just does not take a full cut. Again, this is a judgement call.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 13, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

Fabe, A pretty good guess at this time. The preliminary list is at 483.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 13, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HOW MANY TEAMS ARE GOING TO VEGAS??

With the deadline for registration ending today, we should find out sometime this weekend how many teams are attending the World Masters in Vegas. Thought it might be fun to take a guess and see who is the closest. My guess will be 538 teams. How many do you think?

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 11, 2013
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team in SoCal

Ray, BP on Saturday this week will begin at 8AM, so we can finish before it gets too hot.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 11, 2013
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team in SoCal

Ray, BP on Saturday this week will begin at 8AM, so we can finish before it gets too hot.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 11, 2013
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Confused about players joining teams for the Worlds

Without looking up the rules and assuming nothing has been changed from the past regarding adding players for the Worlds, the magic number is 12. I think your roster has to fall below 12, then you can add players from the same level of play or lower. BUT, the player being added must be from an older age group. For example, if you are a 50 Major team, you can add a 55 Major player with the approval of SSUSA, not another 50 Major player. It is in the rule book for you to look up, or you can call up to George at SSUSA for clarification.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 10, 2013
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team in SoCal

Ray, There is also a batting practice in Oxnard on Friday morning at 8:30AM at Clark/Adair Park. I do not have the address.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 10, 2013
Duke
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for a team in SoCal

Ray, There are many leagues and BP practices in your area. The upper divisions play on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 2 games that begin at 9AM and usually done by noon. Every Saturday at 9AM at Rancho Conejo Park, we have BP in Newbury Park. The park is located at the Ventu Park exit off the 23. Go north and past 2 signals, and the park is on the right. The best thing to do is go to the Saturday BP, and meet some of the guys that play during the week. See you out there.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Glove care

Tony,

I found your Barbasol comment a bit odd. I say this because, I did use that a time or two, but not to break in my glove. I was told that it would stiffen it up a bit, because my glove got too soft. It did work for me, so I found that to be a difference in my experience. Whatever works! LOL!

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re: USA National Game Teams

Phil,

I did hear talk about this last year, but do not recall it becoming an official rule?

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major


Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Huntsman St George Utah 65 year old team St George Huntsman

Tony,

Are you going to this tournament?

Andy
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When is the last time you saw a pitcher have to leave a game from getting hit or get seriously hurt?

As a pitcher, I have been hit about 7-8 times over the course of about 33 years. I used to play OF, which is a lot safer. During those times, I did not wear any kind of protective gear. I took 3 really bad hits. Two were from a third baseman that threw too low as I was ducking and nailed me. Those incidents and others did not get me out of the game. Although, I was black and blue for several weeks. Protective gear would not have saved me in those cases. There was an instance that I took a hard hit ball up the middle, that I should have routinely caught, BUT it hit one of those pitching rubbers in front of me and took an awkward bounce and hit me directly in my arm opposite my elbow. Protective gear would not have helped here either. I thought that I severed a tendon. Could not lift my arm. Went out of the game and home. 2 days later, after a lot of icing, I went out to play a league game. When at the plate, I could not hold the bat and went home. After about 6-7 weeks, I was OK to play again, but it did not heal exactly the way it was, but it does not bother me at all. I beleive it was a partially torn tendon that healed itself.

Now I wear protective gear, mask and shin guards, and it does not hinder my play. I figure at 63, I did not want to press my luck and wait for a smash up the middle that I did not react quickly enough to. I even bat with the shin guards on, rather than deal with the putting them on and off. After a month of batting with the shin guards on, I do not even know that I have them on.

I hit the ball up the middle or where ever the largest hole in the infield might be, so you hit the ball up the middle too. I never cared in the past and do not care now.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major


Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Official Retirement

Goo luck to you Sparky!
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Have you ever noticed how many major brands of softball/baseball equipment there are?

Cannot fault their logic. How many 70 plus guys do you know that play in basketball or football leagues? Are there any leagues for those sports for 70 Plus men or women. Softball/baseball is the the most popular sport for all ages. When I was very young, I never dreamed that I would be playing softball after 40. Here I am 63 and still playing and having a great time.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

I think as we get older, our reaction times and strength will decrease. It will be different for each player. I strongly believe that the better older players are those that do not stop playing. If you continue to play a lot, then you will retain most of your skill, at whatever level you might be at.

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Sept. 6, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: stop all the whining

All points are welcome and good. Some may be silly, but are welcome. I will say that the jump from Major to Major Plus may or may not be too large, but rather a waste of time to play tournaments with such a small group of teams. Better to meet half way between each other at a park, and play 2 out of 3 and have lunch.

Andy Smith
55/60 Major
Sept. 2, 2013
Duke
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Re-rating teams

Scott, we all know what the rules state for the majority, but it is not necessarily applied to every team. I will continue to state my best example that occurred about 5-6 years ago, where a team that won the 55 Major World Championships in Phoenix the year before, was moved down from 55 Major Plus back to the 55 Major for the Phoenix Worlds again a week or 2 before the tournament the next year. They finished 6 or 7 in that tournament. After the tournament was completed, they were moved back to the Major Plus division. Where is that in the rules?

Ronkers, there could be many reasons for what has happened, but you cannot control ownership decisions. Happy that you brought out yet another instance of another possible illogical situation. It is not the first time, nor will it be the last. BTW, I do not follow all of the issues any longer, as it takes the fun out of playing and trying to follow the rules as stated. When the fun is gone, it is time to say good bye. I will say this about the Fangrabbers(that I do not follow), if they are in the 55 Major division now, it is odd that they have qualified for the TOC for this February in the 55 Major Plus division? Please correct me if I am wrong.

In any event, do not be too concerned, because if you should win a ring tournament, with the exception of the Vegas Worlds and the TOC, you win a ring that you have to purchase. Although I have and can afford to pay for a ring, I have many team members that refuse to purchase a ring for winning a tournament. BTW, the cost of those rings are quite inflated. Just check the cost of a High School ring, and you will know for yourself.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
55/60 Major
Aug. 26, 2013
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: So, you don't wear pitching protective gear!!

Thanks Michigan Vet!
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