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Real name:
Jim Morgan

Location:
Plano, TX

Division:
Men's 70

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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

June 14, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

rightj, despite you're earlier contention, and my somewhat agreement, I think you just named a bunch of things other than arm STRENGTH that can be improved: throwing mechanics, positioning, charging the ball aggressively, and game awareness. I've always thought that one of the things that sets baseball/softball apart from some other sports is that proper application of technique and knowledge can make a person an outstanding player even if they are not blessed with outstanding physical attributes. Of course, everything else being equal, fast and strong will usually prevail over slow and week! :)

June 5, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing

I suspect that there is an element of truth in what you are saying. I would submit, however, that few of us spend nearly the time working on our throwing that we do on our hitting. I know that personally, while I hit several times a week, year round, any throwing in limited to pre-practice and pre-game, warm-up time.
June 1, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Louisville Hyper-Z

Titan,

Don't disagree that there should be a way to get the bat approved before producing 1,000's. However, I've read accounts of this bat and the GSC bat being used in tournaments. It doesn't seem to me that its use should be allowed until it is available to the general public.

By the way, I finally broke the prototype this morning and, despite my earlier comments, this particular one was very durable. I've been hitting it since late November and probably have put 2,000 to 2,500 swings on it, including some in marginal temperatures. That being said, we had a second one which a 50-ish former Super Major open player broke in his first round.
May 31, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Louisville Hyper-Z

Got it! Interesting that it's already on the approved bat list when it's not available.
May 31, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Louisville Hyper-Z

I believe this bat may have been on the market for a short time and then pulled, possibly due to durability issues. I found it for sale today on one website but you had to call for a price. I did not proceed through the ordering process to see if it was actually in stock. I hit a prototype and it was very hot! The proto was probably too hot to be approved.
May 20, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Arkansas Senior Softball Invitational 5/22/14 - 5/25/2014. New Infields.

Will be there with Crackerbox 70's. Looking forward to the new infields, but hoping they've improved the outfields some as well. Wish there were more than 3 70's teams, but I guess that's the penalty for getting old.

March 26, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Left-handed third basemen

I think that at many levels of Senior Softball having an able-bodied player capable of playing the position trumps many of the old baseball/softball stereotypes. I played on a 65+AA team that won the SPA Nationals and finished second in the SSUSA Championships with a left-handed shortstop. It's more about making the routine plays well and consistently than it is about making the spectacular plays.
Jan. 29, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: DeMarini Swing Chute Trainer

I can't vouch for this site, but I found them her

http://www.thefind.com/sports/browse-demarini-chute-trainer
Jan. 23, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing In a Lower Age Group

Thank You.
Jan. 23, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing In a Lower Age Group

A couple weeks ago, someone posted a chart that showed what skill levels that a player playing down in a lower age group could participate in (or possibly it showed what skill level a player had to be in order to be picked up by a team in a lower age group). I can't seem to find that chart again (I may have even seen it on the softballfans board and not this one). If someone could direct me to that information, I would appreciate it.
Jan. 15, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC Bat - Status

A friend and BP partner of mine ordered and paid for one of these when they first started promoting them (2-3 years ago). Unfortunately, he died last month and, even if they honor all the old orders, he will not be around to enjoy it.

Jan. 11, 2014
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Managers/Players around the Texas Region, what do you think about the Sportsplex in Houston?

It does not seem like a quality location. Dugouts and seating areas were exactly as you described. Fields were marginal at best. I find it strange that both major senior organizations decided to have their big Texas tournaments at this complex last year (and apparently again this year).

I did not play in the SSUSA event there last year, but did play in the SPA tournament in August. I was playing 65's and we started on Thursday. The gate was not manned and they did not charge admission, at least for the older divisions. Maybe because the participation was so low that it wasn't worth paying someone to man the gate. I don't know what they did for the younger groups. Maybe SPA struck a different deal with the Sportsplex than did SSUSA.

Even though I live in the DFW area, I enjoy going to Houston to play. I know there are better facilities. A tournament billed as the "Texas State Championship" deserves a better venue.

To some extent we are like addicts; we all want to play every chance we get. But if we continue to patronize events held at marginal facilities like this one, we deserve what we get.
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