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May 1, 2013
pattontax
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Regarding Fangrabbers, we lost the following players off of our 2012 team; Short stops, Mike Babbs, Glen Ingram; Left Fielders, Steve Mckinley, Leon, Charlie (from Oregon), Left Center, Jim Ross, Right Center Dave Laubacher, George Robinson, Right Field, Ron Chenier, First Base/Catcher, Jeff Nelson. I count that as 10 players, and I may left someone off. Most of the above players played Major Plus prior to joining the Fangrabber team. Only one of the remaining players on the team played Major Plus prior to playing with Fangrabbers in 2012, and he is 60 years old. Basically, the remaining players on Fangrabbers got dragged up to Major Plus due to the abilities of the players who are not on the team anymore.

Regarding, ffdonnie comments about sandbagging, we lost our first 2 games on
Friday. We certainly didn't sandbagg so we could get up and play at 8:00 am Saturday morning and play the number 1 seed if we were luckey enough to win our 8:00 game. I have never seen any Major Plus player with the ability to hit home runs at will. We have 1 real home run hitter on the team and he was walked intentionally about half the time. I don't call that sandbagging. We have a couple of other guys who hit 2 or 3 home runs a tournament, just like the teams we played.

We had a total makeover of this team and followed SSUSA procedures in requesting a move to Major. They granted our appeal based on our new roster and probably the fact that we were not competitive at the tournament of champions against a 60 Major Plus team.
April 29, 2013
pattontax
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How can SSUSA possibly reclassify an established Major+ team

Fitter45, I play on Fangrabbers and I agree with your comments. I was right there with you and any fluid that came out of your player's mouth was accidental and not intentional. It wan an unfortunate incident and hopefully we can put it behind us and enjoy playing some old man softball. The 100 degree heat may have had something do it.

For the record we won 5 games (including the forfeit) and lost 2 games. We certainly didn't dominate any of the games and we were lucky to win two of the games by 1 run in the open inning. I think we only hit our alloted 6 home runs in 2 of the 7 games we played.

I've seen comments about how we won the tournament of champions. We won that by default because we were the only 55 major plus in the tournament. All we had to do was show up with a team. We then played a 60 major plus team the best 2 out of 3 games, and they beat us the first 2 games. The championship game we got run-ruled and lost 43 - 15.
Feb. 18, 2013
pattontax
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Practice

I'm in Riverside, California on Sundays for the next two months and was wondering if anyone takes any BP in the Riverside area on Sunday mornings.
Jan. 21, 2013
pattontax
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Tournment Pitcher from NY looking to join a team

Ron, I look forward to hitting off this guy. Hopefully, I can reach the co-ed line.
Nov. 1, 2012
pattontax
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SportsmanShop

The fastest guy in senior softball is Jim Ross. He turns 60 next year and still runs a sub 12 second 100. I'm sure he is ranked in the top 5 in the 55 and over in the 100. He also one of the overall best players around ( 5 tool, etc.).
July 26, 2012
pattontax
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Tim, instead of complaining about getting beat by Sommerville all the time, you and the rest of your team should get in better shape, practice more, play more and just become better players. It doesn't make any sense to break up a team because they are beating everyone else. Sommerville/Mavericks have been the dominant senior team over the last 5 years at least. I watched them play in San Clemente a couple of weeks ago and they won because they were better athletes than the teams they played. They are basically all 5 tool players who can hit with power, average, run, throw and catch the ball. In that tournament with the home run restrictions they played small ball and still won easily. They beat an excellent 50 major team, Arizona Elite by playing better defense and by out basehitting them. You could only go one-up with home runs and than walks.

When I played for the Las Vegas Stars we normally beat the Mavericks. When I played for Pilchers they would usually beat us. I've played on 50 major teams against them and they kicked our butts pretty good. I admit it wasn't much fun playing against them on a 50 major team that didn't belong on the same field as them. We just made sure we were the visiting team so we didn't have to face them in the open inning. I do enjoy competing against them and hitting against them.


April 16, 2012
pattontax
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: LTB 26el or 27bal yellow senior combat

I've got 2 26FL I'd be willing to sell for the right price. E-mail pattontax@aol.com.
Jan. 10, 2012
pattontax
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat testing-exit speed

Bob, your right about the bats breaking. A bunch of young guys with a lot of at bats in 50 degree weather. Yes, its me. I haven't seen you at the Huntsman games the last couple of years. If you want play here let me know and I can get on a team with me. I'm playing 55 and 60s now. Dave
Jan. 7, 2012
pattontax
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat testing-exit speed

Gary, I'm curious, since a USSSA or NSA bat is not allowed in ASA, do you consider those special bats? I think there are some wood bats that are not allowed in ASA, are those special bats also? What is not a special bat? I play with kids in the city league here in St. George and they use a lot of shaved bats. Last year the city provided bats that were required to be used by each team, but they broke quickly and we went back to using our own bats. I've never used a shaved bat but the kids don't hestitate to use them. I don't have a problem using USSSA or NSA bats as long as we use a decent ball. Each organization has there own rules so I don't consider using senior bats in a senior tournament special. That is just the equipment allowed for that organization.
Jan. 7, 2012
pattontax
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Moving on up

We have 2 guys that played Major Plus within the last 2 years. We did hit our 7 home runs a game and so did the Nor Cal Reds. We also lost to California Energy in our first round robin game, and they hit plenty of home runs against us too. So we lost 2 games that counted. We forfeited our game on Saturday night that would have begun between 8 and 9. Win or lose we would played at 8 on Sunday morning, so we decided not to play. We did give the team we would have played Saturday night a least 2 hours notice that we were not going to play them. We the new rules we obviously won't do that again.

I don't have a problem moving up to Major Plus, but if we get moved up than the Nor Cal Reds should be moved and maybe the California Energy team. I played 50 Major Plus for 4 years and playing the same team the best 2 out of 3 on Sunday is not all that much fun. And spotting runs to teams like the Nor Cal Reds or California Energy is a joke.
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