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Real name:
Alan Gohlke

Location:
Plano, TX

Division:
Men's 55

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July 23, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 5 run spot that allows 6 runs per inning to lower rated teams

This has probably been discussed before but I thought I would add my two cents. I think the 5 run spot that allows a team to go to 6 runs per inning while limiting the other team to 5 is unfair to the team spotting the runs when you have 5 run limited innings. I would use to support my argument the handicap system in bowling and golf as I think the logic is similar and applies.

In golf there is a handicap system that relates to total par for the course and the handicap in golf is designed to get everyone close to par so there can be a fair playing field (in handicap events). In bowling the current par relative to handicap is 220 (at least for the leagues I bowl in). To use bowling as an example as it relates to our 5 run spot rule, you can't limit a team to 5 while allowing another team to go to 6...you can't limit the 220 average bowler to a maximum score of 220 while giving the 200 bowler (an analogous situation to Major to AAA or AAA to AA in my opinion) the handicap pins that allow them to score 230 while limiting the better player to 220. Get the lower rated bowler to 220 to match the 22 average bowler, and then let the better bowler for that game win.

I would submit that if par in our tournaments is 5 runs per inning, help the lower team get to par but don't allow them an unfair advantage by allowing them to beat par when the competitor is not allowed to beat par. Allowing a lower rated team to go to 6 runs per inning is not a handicap or an equalizer, it creates an advantage for them.

I could even buy off on giving the lower rated team 1 run per inning as a handicap for all 7 innings as long as both teams have the 5 runs per inning limit and then the open inning.


July 8, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2. Tanel R.A.G.E. Roller Bag Questions

#6, I am specifically asking about the upper compartment. Does it have a hard shelf? Or, because the shelf is adjustable and probably only has one adjustable shelf, is the shelf a hard, stiff shelf that will remain flat and strong with a glove or two on it?

July 6, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2. Tanel R.A.G.E. Roller Bag Questions

I know many of you guys have this bag and I have a question about it as I am thinking about getting one of these bags.

When the bag is hooked to the fence and the top compartment flap is in in the lowered position, is the divider a solid, strong divider that can easily have a glove or two placed on it when I come off the field between innings and not "bow" or bend? Or is the divider just a piece of fabric?

I know there is a "pouch" on the covering flap when the upper compartment flap is open but I would prefer to put my glove in the upper compartment between innings...kind of like you can do with the Louisville Slugger Locker Bag for those of you that have also had that bag.

Also, when the bag is hooked to the fence, can the bat compartment be zippered shut. Most bag have the hooks inside the bat compartment and the bat compartment must stay open to be hooked to the fence.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
June 14, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Base Percentage (OBP)

TX Major: thanks for the props and right back at you. You are a great player, hitter, team mate and room mate. You can play on any team I am associated with in the future. I'll see you on the fields soon.
June 11, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Base Percentage (OBP)

Southernson: Your comparison of .750 OBP to .570 BA is not quite fair although I agree with another poster that we would need to know the OBP AND BA for both players to really know who we would prefer.

I respectully ask this question in return. Same situation you describe, game is on the line and you need a hit...and now the question is which would you rather have up, the hitter that is hitting .750 BA or the hitter that has a .750 OBP. They are not the same and there is no question for me as to which of those two I take in that game winning situation.
June 8, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Base Percentage (OBP)

Taits: sorry, don't know a Henry LaCross.

Lecak: you can make the same correlation between team BA and runs per game. No one is suggesting that you should not take walks, and every good hitter I know is also a good walk taker. Selecting only strikes to hit, is a huge part of what makes them a good hitter. Again, I am not saying that you should not use OBP. I am saying that OBP and BA are not the same thing and that both should be utilized.
June 8, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: On Base Percentage (OBP)

I know I will be posting "against the grain" of all the posters to date on this thread, and you can call me old school, but both BA and OBP should be kept as they are not the same things.

I agree that most teams use OBP, and that is OK at the end of the day, but for me, I cringe in silence every time I see a pop up that for some reason is mishandled and results in a clear and almost comical error and it is marked as a hit in the book.

There are hitters that I have played with as I am sure each of you have, that are on the weaker side of hitting but for some reason they get more than their fare share of luck (relative to errors). Using OBP results in this player having a higher value than what reality is when you really need a hit and to me, the guy is still on the weaker side of being a good hitter and no OBP is gonna change that for me. I realize that there is probably only a slight difference because a weaker hitter will usually also have a weaker OBP, but I definitely know players that have OBP numbers that are not reflective of their hitting ability.

People talk about the controversy about whether a shot is a hit or an error. How often have you had that debate with anyone? It is usually pretty clear when an error is an error. Most of us have been playing this game all of our lives and know an error when we see one. If you are not sure and you want to err on the side of a hit, OK but a clearly booted ball is not a hit. And as an infielder, I don't care how hot the shot is that is hit right at me. If it is hit right at me and I boot it, it is an error!

I am not suggesting that you do not use OBP as your guiding light relative to batting order. But to do it because it is just easier and to avoid controversy might not be the best thing, even though I know most teams do it this way. I am suggesting that you should keep BA as well.

And the last thought is that if you had an OBP of .750 for a tournament, you can't tell your friends that you hit .750 for the tournament as that would not be factually true (unless your BA and OBP were both .750).

I know these are not very important things in the scheme of things but I thought I would add some comments about BA because to me BA does mean something.
Feb. 2, 2012
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player protection

I play 2nd and have been wearing an inside wrist guard under a wristband for about 20 years. For any infielder that has ever taken one off of the inside wrist, they know how much that hurts!
June 15, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Option to withdraw????

I have a question for you. Do you think the high tournament entry fees and three day tourneys (with the exception of the big, national/world tourneys) have anything to do with the reduced entries, but mostly the high entry fees. It is amazing to me how few entrants there are in each age bracket...even for the national/world tournies which are very, very expensive and three and four days long.

Quite frankly, I am not sure the value is there for most people when you factor in high tournament entry fees, travel, food, lodging etc versus the return...even if you win the tournament!
June 14, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching Arc Limits

Hey mad dog, what's up? I used to play unlimited arc when I lived in Chicago many years back and believe me, you do not want unlimited arc in senior ball!!!

I pitched occasionally back then and I could routinely pitch the ball 25 feet or so in the air and drop the pitch just off the back point of the plate. We don't need none of that in senior ball!!!
June 14, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Bats
Discussion: People keep buying very popular bats that break way too soon

Gates 24: I am not sure you need my opinion but I would like to offer it.

I am not sure how you can make a bat "roll" proof as it seems that you could put any bat into a bat roller, and I am not sure how you can make a bat that cannot be shaved because there has to be an endcap in the current way bats are manufactured and someone always seems to figure out how to get them off and back on or how to make bootleg end caps.

But if you can figure these things out, I would urge you to patent your roll proof/shave proof bat design, get your bat approved by USSSA, ASA, SPA, SSUSA and all other associations and spend whatever you need to get all associations to approve only shave proof and roll proof (much harder to do, I suspect) bats and you will have several years head start on the current bat manufacturers. The current bat manufacturers could also figure out how to do these things but have chosen not to. Your bat could be the catalyst for some much needed change relative to the shaved bat problem.

I know the Easton Reveal was supposed to have been tamper proof and never really caught on and I have not swung it to know whether it was a quality of bat issue or if the shaved bat problem is so bad, that people won't buy a bat that cannot be altered, but whatever Easton did wrong in producing or marketing the Reveal, you learn from that and try to overcome them. The shaved bat problem is real and it is finding its way into senior ball even with senior bats if you can believe it.

For what it is worth, I think Made in America should be displayed on your bat, but not so much as to be a primary message on your bat. It is an important feature, but really not a primary feature, for most. God Bless American, may be not so important. It is a great message but while it may mean something to some, it probably won't make someone buy or not buy it. Your company and your call, I know.

I really hope you are able to produce a great bat that can compete with the current non altered bats relative to "hotness", surpass them in durability, and that is also shave proof and roll proof. Our game needs a bat like this to be the only type of approved bat...in all associations!
June 10, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Pitching Arc Limits

Hey Gary19 no disrespect in my comments that follow but most of us have been playing for 35 for 40 years straight or longer and have seen enough pitches to know when pitches are not being called correctly.

I think no one minds an occasional pitch that a player might think is high or low not being called, but when it is routine, there is a problem.

Here in TX, I feel we have a different problem in our tournaments. I believe our umps do not call the illegal high pitch enough giving the pitchers a pretty big advantage with pitches routinely being allowed that are over 15 feet high.

I agree with you in that it is very difficult for a player to be exact as to whether a pitch is 3 foot high or not, but at almost 6 ft, I am quite sure when a pitch is not over my head and I am also quite sure when an "approximate" 15 foot high pitch is higher than 12 feet.

I am just saying that many umps I see could do a beter job of calling illegal pitches. The rules say 6-12 feet and that is how the pitch should arc.
Feb. 21, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for Senior 50 AAA team

To the board: this guy is the real deal. I managed the senior team this guy played on over the last several years and he is a player through and through. Although he can play anywhere in the infield, 3rd base is his home and he will absolutely dive and stick his nose into every play at third. No playing in short left field with this guy, parallel to third at all times and daring you to hit him the ball. He is also a very good hitter, but most importantly he will leave it all on the field! He has more softball heart than any other senior player I know.

Clarence: I did not know you moved to TN. I am guessing a new job took you there. Good luck pal. I know you will get picked up soon.
Jan. 7, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Texas Thunder Coach

Please call me at 214-697-5661.

Alan
Jan. 7, 2011
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Women's softball
Discussion: BASKETBALL

I play Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings whenever I can during the winter. 50 and over only and we have about 20 guys each night for pick up games....two on and one off. Why ya asking?
Dec. 15, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Bats
Discussion: flying with your bats

taits: I looked in the white pages for Henry Lacrose and Henry Lacrosse and could not find any listings.
Dec. 10, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: Bats
Discussion: flying with your bats

To me, the issue is safety ftom theft as well physical protection of the actual bat(s). If you are in a position to, buy a bat bag that has lockable zippers for the bat storage area. I had a buddy of mine have his bats stolen or come up missing while in the airlines poseesion on a trip back from Phoenix two years ago.

Haven't tried the golf bag idea yet but that sounds like it would work as well. Make sure no one can get to your bats!
Nov. 24, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What a year!

Spoonplugger: funny you should mention Muskies. My name on the fishing boards I frequent is Muskieman and I go to Lake of the Woods at Nestor Falls in northwestern Ontario for 7 days at least once a year in the late Spring and sometimes I add a trip in the early fall. Catch enough walleye for the week the first day or two and then it is nothing but pitching and trolling for the biggest muskies in the lake....small world. Someday we have to go muskie/pike/walleye/smallmouth hunting.
Nov. 23, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What a year!

Rapala Silver Shad Rap #9....best all around crankbait ever made...IMO....sorry spoonplugger.

I usually go to Lake Ray Roberts about an hour north of Plano.
Nov. 23, 2010
PlanoPlayer
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What a year!

Hey Mad Dog: I absolutely don't troll anything in the stump infested minefields we have here in TX. But I will troll spoonplugs in the bays, coves, and open water shoreline in about 12-25' of water over non stump structure and catch anything that swims in the lake.

I was kind of just joking with spoonplugger as I have no desire to hijack his thread!
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