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Jan. 9, 2014
Donnie C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

I do not like the rule at all should be a matter of choice. Insurance companies will be having us wear a suit of armour soon. Facemasks to me limit my vision thus making me nothing more than a target. This game has been played a long time without having to use all this protection. I know balls come fast up the middle, but they always came fast even without the ultra II, we all know and have known people that can hit the ball very hard with a broomstick for gosh sake. Pitchers have always had to keep on there toes one reason why it is a tough position. Let the pitchers protect themselfs by using more arc, but that will never happen as this is a "hitters game." Pitchers must throw the ball like it is on a tee and there is where the danger lies. Allow the pitcher to pitch with some arc and move perhaps mov around a bit and not just be a target. Donny C, the yooper.
May 21, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Running in the Batters Box

The batters box is much larger than a lot of people realize like doker says. I have been running up in the box for 45 years and doing it legally. Many people have complained about running up but if it is within the rules let it be, or change the rules. I stand back and if the pitch is short I run up. I can make a poor pitch to hit a good pitch when I run up. I played with a net this week for the first time and it sure protects the pitcher. I had to take a few more practice pitchers to get used to the net. I was surprised on how many balls hit the net, which are outs by the way. Not to crazy about taking the defense away from the pitcher, but no doubt safer. Donny C.
April 26, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for Michigan League/Tourney Team, 55 or 60

Hey RandyPet: I misread your note, thought you were Cliff. If Cliff said you can play ball, than you can play ball. You should have no trouble hooking up with a team. If you have Cliffs phone could you send it to me. I know he has been living in Arizona for the last 4-5 yeas now. We played a lot of ball together for a lot of years in the UP. Just tell him Donny from the UP he will remember. Thank you and good luck, Donny C.
April 26, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for Michigan League/Tourney Team, 55 or 60

Hey Cliff: You back in MI again, but no longer a yooper. I play in Traverse City and will be playing for the Indiana Legends in the 60+. Give me a ring at 231-866-0386 or email me at donald.chartier@gtbindians.com. I would love to play some more ball with you as it has been a few years. The 60+ team has 8 National tourneyments starting in May 14-16 in Fort Knox the following week we play in East Lansing. Looking forward to seeing you, if you have interst in tourneyments let me know. I would still love to play some in the UP like the old days. Donny, C.
April 14, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

taits: My Doc said straight cortizone shots are seldom used anymore as they can cause other problems, with the new meds added they are much better. Those shots did hurt like hell but worth it, it amazes me how in one day the pain goes away and I can move my thumbs. Technology can and is a wonder. Like those bats that are a big discussion topic. Technology has allowed smaller folks become homerun hitters and I like that. Have a great one, and thanks for the advice it is allowing me to play more ball. Donny.
April 13, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

Hey pushing60: I went to a hand specialist yesterday for my arthritis problems. I found out it was not arthritis but "trigger finger" in layman terms. My tendons were stretched out and I could not straigten out one thumb at all the other would not bend at all, plus a lot of pain. I thought I may have to quit playing ball. Anyway, she gave me a shot (combination of cortizone and another drug)in both thumb joints near the palm. Today I can move both thumbs for the first time in over three months. The doc said it would get even better in the next couple of days. I could not hold a glass yesterday and today I can. If it comes back the doc says anotehr shot but should last 4 months. There is also surgery where the tendons are cut. Donny, C.
April 13, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Cheating...

As a pitcher I love the unlimited arc, it gives a picher who can throw high and throw strikes a big edge. Get a batter behind and better than average chance of a pop up or strike out. Strikeouts happen much more in unlimited arc by far, seldom in 6'-12'. To hit unlimited arc is much more difficult for the average player. A lot of heavy hitters do not like unlimited arc as it takes away there edge. All though I have had batters take my high arc and put it 350 feet. I have had to chance my batting style since playing in unlimited arc and the long ball does not come as it once did. I do not get a creak in my neck by looking at balls going over the fence as much in unlimited arc. Donny C.
April 12, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Cheating...

I recall in the late 60's and early 70's all we had were wooden bats. I recall players getting a hardball bat and shaving it down, staining it and stamping officil softball on it. Some folks always wanted an edge even back than. I always looked for a (legal)wooden bat that would give me the best production. Aluminum bats are no different I would think we would use the best that is out there. Technology has and always has been great. If the original ultra 2 is legal I would use it. I have always checked out the balls used to see what kind they are and feel good when they are balls that are prone to go further. Illegal bat usage should be dealt with put a stop to it. Donny C.
April 9, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for 55 plus team in MI for tourny play

Neck10, I have no idea which nights they play. I have played in the dome there for winter tourneyments, not bad; the Yooper dome is much better as it is heated. I have been contacted by the Indiana Legends 60+ and will be playing with therm in East Lansing and several other tourneyments. This message board has been a big help. Donny.
April 9, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

ROCKO55 I am using the apple vinger, and I will add the honey you mentioned, perhaps that will get rid of the hearburn the vinger causes me. Robo2, I am surprised that prolo has been around since 1937, I will ask my doctor about it. I still cannot move my left thumb, but am hoping to real soon with all the suggestions I have received. It is heck swinging a bat with ones thumb sticking straight out, also hard to get a glove on. dony.
April 5, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

I thank you all. Taits, I did not like the shots in the hands at all, they indeed hurt like hell. E4/E6 I heard about the vinegar and water but never tried it, but will, what kind of vinegar, white or apple? Pushin60, I have it bad in the thumbs also, you may as well try the vinegar. Robo2, I see a doc next week and will ask what can be done instead of surgery. I am also going to see a Native Healer and see what can be done. Ball season is nearly here in Northern MI, and I expect to play. I will report on everything I find out. Thank you again, Donny.
April 1, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Arthritis

I am looking for information on what people are using for arthritis problems. I have it in both thumbs, knees, shoulders. The thumbs are the big problem as I cannot bend one of them. A cortizone shot did not work as they could not get the needle into the joint. I know others besides myself have this problem. Any help is appreciated. Donny C
March 25, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team for Lansing MI tourny May 22-23

I am looking for a team that needs an active player for 60+ for Lansing, MI. I pitch and play infield. Good average and hardhitter to all fields. I live near Traverse City MI and would love to play in Lansing. Call me at 231-866-0386 or e-mail me at donald.chartier@gtbindians.com
March 19, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a team to play in Lansing 60+ May 22, 23

I am looking for a team that needs an active player for the 60+ in East Lansing. I pitch and play infield. 650 average hardhitter to all fields. E-mail me at donald.chartier@gtbindians.com or call me at 231-866-0386. I live and play in Traverse City, MI.
March 5, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for 55 plus team in MI for tourny play

Thanks to this message board I have found a team in which I can play for in a tourny in Akron. Still hoping to find a team for MI tourny in East Lansing this summer. I thank you all. Donn.
March 5, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Anyone use Glucosamine, Chondroitin and/or MSM?

I have been using both for years now and find they are great. My doc says it takes 1-2 months of daily use for it to get entirely into your system. I also use a product called blue emu-oil which also has glucosamine and MSN; this is a ointment for sore muscles. It works great for my joint and muscle problems. Use these items and keep on playing.
March 1, 2010
Donnie C
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for 55 plus team in MI for tourny play

SLOBALL1 I have checked out information you sent but am unable to get into wmichseniorsoftball@gmail.com. I would love to play for a tourneyment team both in MI and out. I have always enjoyed going to the Nationals. I turn 60 this summer so am old enough for the 60 teams. I have been to the Nationals many times with teams from MI. Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste Marie, Newberry and Escanaba. Thanks, Donny
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