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Real name:
Jim Morgan

Location:
Plano, TX

Division:
Men's 70

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May 6, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sore Toes

I have also worn trail shoes for several years after experiencing foot and achilles problems. Most recently, I have been wearing New Balance 876's, although I don't believe they are available any longer. I play outfield and have not experienced any traction problems, even on wet fields. Trail shoes will typically have more cushioning than standard cleats or turf shoes, but they have a more aggressive tread and more sideways stability than pure running shoes, particularly if you go to some of the higher end models.

I have noticed on the softballfans.com website that even some of the younger guys are starting to move to trail shoes. The New Balance Minimus Zero Trail V@ mentioned above gets very good revues from them, as does the Solomon Speedcross.
April 15, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wondering about your team name; especially the unusual ones.

In Little Rock, back in the 80's, I played with a team called Biohazard. Most of the players, including a couple of PhD's, worked at the National Center for Toxicological Research at the Pine Bluff Arsenal where, among other things, they stored nerve gas.
March 15, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: BUDDY HOPPER, TEXAS LEGENDS 70'S PASSES

Frank, you are so right about enjoying each others company while we have the chance. I had no idea Buddy was sick. He was one of the real good, guys in the game in our area. He will be missed.
March 11, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Any 2/1 Cavalry Troopers Out There in Senior Softball Land?

Southpaw, you might be interested in a book I just finished: It Took Heroes by Claude Newby, Newby was a battalion chaplain on two different tours with the Cav (66-67 & 69-70). Very interesting.
Feb. 13, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

Actually, I'm not Tom, but he is the coach and contact. He was having computer trouble and asked me to post this.


Feb. 13, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

I might add here that although my sign on shows Men's 70, this is not a 70 year old team. We have a good representation of age groups from 50 through 65, most of whom play tournament ball. I am the oldest.
Feb. 11, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: League Team in Richardson, TX Needs a Couple of Players

The Rowdies, our long-established league team need a couple of new players, preferably outfielders, for the approaching season. We play in the Dallas Area Senior Softball Association in Richardson, TX. Games are at Heights Park (Arapaho and Floyd Rd.) on Thursday evenings beginning in March and running through October.

Send email to tom2nd@aol.com.
Feb. 7, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator surgery

I had similar surgery on my non-throwing are in early Feb, 2010. Started playing the first of August that year. Still got a bit of a twinge when I tried to fully extend for a catch; that didn't go away until the next season. I had no surgery related trouble with swing (lots of people have told me I have other problems with it).
Jan. 25, 2015
TexasTransplant
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Texas 55+ player looking to join a traveling tournament team.

I am not plugged into the Senior Softball scene in Houston (live in Plano and play 65's & 70's), but I can tell you there is a one-day, preseason tournament in Baytown on February 21. If you don't get hooked up with a team before then, you might want to drive out and maybe meet some guys in the 55's. It's usually pretty well attended.
Dec. 12, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Flex

Somebody in this year's World Series hit a home run and, in the slow motion replay, you could see the WOODEN bat flex. It appeared to almost ripple down the length of the bat in sort of an "S" pattern.
Dec. 10, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hyper Z

I heard February '15. I haven't seen or hit a production model yet, but the unmarked prototype I hit last year was about the hottest thing I have ever hit. I suspect they have had to tone it down a bit to get it approved.
Nov. 18, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Suggestions for 2015

Not a rule change, but I would like to see someone develop a tool, possibly a website, where teams could post their tentative tournament schedules for the year, along with manager contact information. If we could look at a website and know, for example, that there were eight teams in our class going to, say, Kansas City, but only us and another team going to St Louis the following week, we could adjust our schedule accordingly (not picking on St Louis, one of my favorite cities, but just making an example).

Too many times, with conflicting tournaments, it's something of a crap shoot knowing where the action is going to be, and you end up finding out, too late, that you're traveling 4-500 miles to play in a somewhat limited tournament.

If I had more computer expertise, I would have a go at this. I suspect it would have to be done outside the auspices of the various organizations because of competing tournament schedules. It would need to be done early so that teams could contact each other to assure the level of commitment and coordinate changes.
Oct. 11, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Why Not Reward Performance?

Jeez, isn't the fact that the team from the loser's bracket will have played more games (sometimes, many more games) advantage enough for the team in the winner's bracket. Maybe the team from the loser's bracket should spot them some runs, also.

Sept. 15, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shadow Park Softball Complex

I would second what BruceAZ said about the fields. Last time I played on the grass fields, I got my feet tangled up in some kind of monster desert weed and nearly fell down. This thing had tendrils about half an inch in diameter and was about three feet across. I pulled it out by its roots and carried it to the dugout to convince my teammates I wasn't a total spaz!

I would add that between the military aircraft coming in and out of Nellis AFB and the gun range up in the hills in the other direction it made me feel like I was back in a war zone. The weather in Vegas was great the last time I was there, but it can get pretty cool with the wind at Shadow Rock.
Aug. 6, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who Will Be Participating in the Southern Championships in Birmingham?

Ho,
You make a good point about finding out where other 70's (or whatever age bracket you're interested) in are planning to play. I have long thought that I a useful feature for this board would be to have a place for teams to post their planned schedules so that we could all see where the participation is going to be and adjust accordingly. How about it SSUSA?

As to the tournaments you mentioned, I don't know where Loudon County is, but I'm pretty sure anything called Buckeye or Great Lakes is going to be more like 1,000 miles from Plano, TX. I do some pretty serious traveling for the tournament we attend, including the 700+ to the NSA in Gadsden and will be in Dalton (800+). I was prepared for the 600+ to Birmingham, as well, but there are some practical limits, especially for qualifiers. Other than the NSA, the best turnout we have seen this year was 4 teams at the SPA tourney in Raymore, MO and 4 at the SSUSA tourney in Liberty, KS, both 450+ miles for me. Typical has been 1 or 2 other teams.

Thanks for your input.
TT
Aug. 5, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who Will Be Participating in the Southern Championships in Birmingham?

Crackerbox (70AAA) has withdrawn due to lack of any other teams in our age group. They were going to match us against a 65AA team, but when we learned they had withdrawn, we decided to withdraw, also.

We have had two planned tournaments cancelled outright this season and this is the second one in which there were no 70's. It's turning into a disappointing season!

Have we reached a point where there are so many tournaments that the turnout for all but the biggest ones is diminished?
July 28, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who Will Be Participating in the Southern Championships in Birmingham?

Crackerbox will be there in 70AAA.

July 19, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Dudley Lightning

Thanks, Bruce. I'm going to try this. I just received a balanced, 28oz Z3000 and a balanced, 28 oz Ultra II. The Z3000 feels significantly heavier than the Ultra II. I haven't weighed either of them, They may actually weigh differently, but it seems like swing weight might be a meaningful number for the manufacturers to put on the bat if there is a standard weigh of measuring it.
July 18, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Dudley Lightning

Bruce, could you elaborate on how you go about determining the swing weight?
June 30, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: nsa in gadsden and boaz al

Crackerbox in 70 AAA

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