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July 27, 2012
Steve 27
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: EASTERN NATIONALS 50AAA NOT GETTING 5GAME GUARANTEE

I've been looking at the brackets too. And you are right. 4 games for $550 that cant be right.Sure hope SSUSA Staff will catch this and correct it. We've been looking forward to playing in the nationals all summer. That's a long way to travel and an expensive entree fee to possibly only play 4 games.
May 20, 2010
Steve 27
Topic: Bats
Discussion: SHAVED BATS?

I would like to weigh in on the shaved bat issue. I started playing Class A ball in 1978. I've played against the best players in the world. For example; Don Ardt, Stan Harvey, Rick Sheer and Rooster Bradley just to name a few of the former Howard's Furniture players. I've played against Steel's, Demarini and numerous others. Trust me, these were the best of the best players ever. They could absolutely kill the ball. However, when they would occasionally hit one at me ( by the way I pitched ) I could at least catch it, or knock it down and was not fearful of injury. All that has changed with today's equipment. I wear shinguards and can bearly get my glove on the ball. Have my reflexes slowed that much? No! It's the shaved bats that making the difference. I hate what it has done to the game. I don't understand why anybody has to have one or what the thrill is of hitting homeruns with them. It's equal to taking steroids in my book. I'll bet Don Ardt has turned over in his grave. We used to take hours of batting practice to achieve the homerun stroke we had then with antiquated bats. Guys nowadays just buy their homeruns by taking already hot bats and then having them shaved. I say let's get some directors with the moxie to put on tournaments and tell the players " leave your bats at home. The bats will be furnished by the directors and let the truly talented and able-bodied players hit, run, glove and throw like we used to. That's the only way you are ever going to get the game back that we all fell in love with when ball was ball!
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