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Aug. 12, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

valgus is saying what my podiatrist said about cortisone and arch support. If the OTC support works for you it is better than a custom expensive one because you can buy many pairs and put them in your shoes so you don't have to keep moving the same smelly one each time you change shoes.
Additionally consider support socks which have a tight band around the arch which raises the arch and alleviates pain. Around the house I wear Feetures brand and for practice and games I wear Rawlings baseball support socks. These are knee high but actually cooler because there is a high % of CoolMax. List is $35 but they are often on sale. Miken also sells a comprable sock. These raise the arch and drive inflammation out of the lower leg. They work for me and help the PF from flaring.

Aug. 12, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: HAS ANYBODY TRIED THIS?

It is my understanding and I am not sure if it applies to all associations, but I believe it is considered illegal to break in a bat by any method other than hitting a regulation ball with the bat. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Aug. 11, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Plantar Fasciitis

Most of above is good. My foot doctor recommended Power Step Pinnacle Max. He claimed if the off the shelf ones work for your foot they are as good as the custom orthotics. My guy said the problem with SB is too much down time. He recommended slow jogging before the game or practice and slow jogging periodically during the game. What worked best for me was wearing shoes with inserts virtually the whole day. Cortisone is a temporary fix which makes it worse in the long run. The key is constant stretching since the problem is actually a tight calf muscle which pulls the heel up and shortens the tendons involved (plantar fascia). As stated the pain is localized to the precise point where the tendons attach to the heel bone. Often a spur develops which
can be seen on x-ray. The spur is not the cause of the problem it is a possible result. There are specialized wall stretches which work. Good luck.
July 25, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: USA U2 snapped

I have no idea if this would have made a difference but there is a protocol posted here by
Alan respecting the proper way to break in a new bat. By memory it is like 25 swings at 1/2 speed,
25 at 3/4 speed and 25 at almost full speed and rotating the bat after each swing. At 20 it should have still been at 1/4 speed. If your 20 count started after a reasonable break in that is a different story.
July 11, 2013
HJ
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Moving and need advice

I am 70 and will be relocating soon. We are looking at various locales including: Aiken, South Carolina (near Augusta Georgia), Southern Delaware and Fort Mill South Carolina (near Charlotte North Carolina). Would appreciate input about rec leagues in these 3 areas and travel teams in these areas in the 70 division. Thank you for any help.
July 9, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Worth Legit 2 Piece Senior 1st test results.....

I would totally discount everything cop298 has said above. There is no name or other info on his profile and he has made only 2 posts. The other post was in April and said the same thing about a
Miken. 4 broken knobs on 4 bats????? draw your own conclusion.
July 8, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Combat Twilight bat users

Ancaconda is selling for 130 when get on actual site. Anyone really like the Ambush?
July 8, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Anaconda is selling the 2013 white short barrel for $110. Is the 2013 model a good bat??
July 2, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

tg69, I am not sure what you are saying. I realize that the starting point differs for each of us. My concern is what makes a player at any level seem to deteriorate suddenly and fast. It is possible that the decline is in fact gradual and my impression of rapid decline is just wrong.
I do think I see rapid decline in some on a year to year basis. As an outfielder I am conscious that we start crowding in on the guys who just don't drive it like they use to. One thought, there may be medical issues which become sudden major issues but which are not publicized. Restated, there may be more going on then meets the eye.
July 1, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Rightrj, taking no meds at 57 and being healthy means you are doing most if not everything right.
Anyone who plays 3 games in 1 day in hot weather most be cognizant of staying hydrated. That said, there is concern for those who are not in your shape who just automatically hydrate w/o letting thirst be the guide. Clearly with the heat now affecting the west dehydration should be the main
concern. But for others playing 1 game in less severe weather the opposite may be the concern.
As a low carber I eat a lot of salt normally which mitigates water loss.
June 29, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Rightrj, living in L.A. water intake may be more of an issue than in other parts of the country. I
agree to listen to your body, but excessive automatic hydrating can be dangerous by depleting
sodium. More people die in marathons from drinking too much water than from heat prostration. Recent articles I have read suggest not overhydrating before events. Elite runners do not drink during races as a generalization. One tip, fatigue is generally caused by the brain saying enough. A tiny bit of sugar added to plain water can trick the brain and overcome fatigue for a while.
Webbie: great points about rest and recovery. I too am fighting weight loss and think a personal trainer may be necessary for the incentive to really work out and lose the final pounds.
a while
June 28, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

A further take on wht batter4u said, I notice guys who are in pretty good shape who play in multiple leagues and then practice many times a week. In many cases their play totally peters out in the dog days of summer. They lose all power and become ineffective hitters. Does anyone have any guidelines as to when it is too much. Enthusiasm is great but too much is too much.
June 28, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Ceres raises a point I would like to discuss.
Simply put, since as you get older you lose muscle and gain fat, if your weight stays the same as you get older, you are getting fatter as a % of your body weight. Think of the out of shape old guys with thin arms and big fat bellies.
I have come to the conclusion that unless you are very thin you must lose a pound or 2 a year to maintain fitness. In my experience, I think the heavier guys deteriorate faster, but this is maybe just saying the obvious that the thinner guys are in better shape. Thin really isn't the right term, actually it is % of weight which is fat. That said, I am having problems keeping my weight down, lifting and running but I know if I don't I will decline faster.
June 26, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why Do Some Guys Lose It Sooner

Approaching 70, and having played SB for 5 years, I note big individual differences in how soon batters lose the ability to drive the ball as they did in prior years. I recognize that age is an obvious factor and that scientifically it is proven that we lose muscle mass as we age, but I think I am seeing more.
Is it as simple as some guys just work out harder and smarter and keep what they have longer? I think this is part of it.
Is it genetics? Probably to some degree, but science can't prove it, but can show how far your cells have aged. One other factor I have noticed which might only apply to rec players: it seems some guys just lose the desire to attack the ball. This just might be a corollary of not being in shape, but I think it is independent. I am wondering if others have any thoughts on this and if others have advice on how to stave off the inevitable as long as possible. Your thoughts?
June 25, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EYE BLACK

Great story, Ceres. Your last post proves my point I think. My point is there is no down side to trying it and as you point out there may be special cases that need it. You didn't seem like the mythology type. LOL
June 24, 2013
HJ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Infield Fly Rule

Today's game had a bad call involving the Infield Fly Rule. It is a pet peeve of mine that umps call it too soon before they can truly assess whether it is a routine out. In senior ball,
particularly at the rec level, infield flies are rarely routine
especially if the infielder has to back.
The rule is intended to stop a cheap double play and to me umps should keep that in mind. If a fielder is off balance and retreating to make the catch, it is unlikely if he drops it, intentionally or not, that a double play will result if the runners aren't sleeping.
Technical question: We play in an all dirt infield with the dirt going fairly far back. Can it be an infield fly if the ball lands on the green behind the dirt infield??
June 24, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EYE BLACK

Ceres, I couldn't agree more with your last post.
I have tried many things since I started with SB
5 years ago and have stopped using many of them since they didn't work for me. Clean Up, all I can say is I think they work for me. I buy strips which self adhere, make no mess and just pull off
when the game is over. On ebay you can buy 36 for about 6 bucks. Other styles from Mueller cost more and I haven't tried them yet. They also have a style which is 1 strip which goes from under 1 eye over the nose and under the other eye which,
which I previously mentioned. This makes sense to me and I intend to try that next (package of 12).
Ceres, are you the Ceres from mythology or astronomy??
June 23, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EYE BLACK

I don't understand the reference to growing up which is irrelevant and off point. If you don't think it works, fine. Mueller's website has some not very good science which measures that less light is reflected. Whether that makes a difference is for discussion. They have newer strips under the name "stealth" which they claim has special properties to disperse light and thus
have less reflected to the eye. Incidentally, from prior research I know that eye color affects how you see in the sun. (Blue eyes have more problems with glare.) So it is possible that the strips work for some and not others. If we never grew up, we would still be taking salt pills before games and not drinking water. At my age I prefer to keep "growing up," by constantly trying new things and determining what works for me.
June 23, 2013
HJ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: EYE BLACK

I use the Mueller strips. They are cheap, don't make a mess and are easy to put on and take off.
I only use them on 1 of our 4 fields which has a nasty sun field. I think they help but can't prove it. I notice they now make 1 strip which goes under both eyes and across the nose. Theoretically this should cut glare even more since less reflection off the nose. My attitude is if it is cheap and may help I do it. Available on ebay if can't get locally.
June 5, 2013
HJ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Red Combat

Thank you Mike. One of my bats is a Virus I picked up cheap from Anaconda. It is also end loaded with a 10 inch barrel. The advertising for this bats also states what you say- a shorter barrel generates more batspeed. The increased speed coming from the hip is a new concept to me.
When my inconsistent self hits the ball correctly,it seems to do almost as well as a good senior bat. I use it for BP because it is close to my MM in feel.
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