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Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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Men's 70

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Feb. 26, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Associations
Discussion: SPA UP date

Interesting. Is this to be implemented this year? We just had to split up a team that had played together for years because the majority of the team turned 70, leaving 3-4 69's behind.

I wonder if SSUSA will follow suit. If your team plays in both sanctions, it would be difficult to have different rosters for each.
Feb. 24, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Baytown Tournament

There was a young (possibly not even 20) fellow working one of the west fields at Baytown that did as good a job as I have seen an umpire do in years. He called three of our games and I never saw him out of position for a call. Excellent game control, also. I hope we are so lucky the rest of the season.
Feb. 24, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOC

Too bad we don't have a "Like" button.

Thanks for sharing.
Feb. 19, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II bats...may they rest in piece

I am working on my fourth black Centenarian. We hit every day that weather permits and that's pretty often here in TX. I probably got in excess of 2500 swings on the first three. The fourth one is new. I am not a masher, but I have been very pleased with the durability.

I initially bought a 27 oz balanced model because I, too, was accustomed to the balanced Ultra II. After comparing the balanced model to the 27 oz end load, I switched to the end loaded model. It's not an extreme end load, but it just feels like I'm putting more bat on the ball than the balanced model.

I occasionally hit some of the newer bats brought out by others in our group. I think the Centenarian compares well with the best of them and the durability is much better for my purposes.

Feb. 11, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Substitute runner for the batter

I've played with this rule and I'll start off by saying I never liked it.

We extended the 3rd base line past the plate and made the runner start from there, which had him starting at the back edge of the plate. We threw in an additional rule that, if the batter swung without making contact and the courtesy runner jumped the line, he was out. Didn't happen often, but it discourage the runner from anticipating contact and getting a faster start than a batter ordinarily does.

Like I said, I never liked the rule, but, as a runner in that situation, being able to anticipate the swing is good for at least a couple of steps.
Jan. 27, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prescription Glasses

I keep a separate pair of single vision glasses for softball. I know plenty of guys who play with their bi-focals, lineless and otherwise, but, in the outfield, it seems like the ball is always passing into the mid-distance/reading area just as it gets to me.

I switched to the transition lenses several years ago because I liked the convenience. The perverse thing about transition lenses, however, is that they don't get as dark in warmer weather as they do in cold. They may not get as dark as you like, or as you're used to, in the summer heat. Mine get as dark as any sunglasses when the temp is in the 50's. I would judge that they only turn about 2/3 as dark when it's in the 90's (or 100's as it regularly is here in the summer).


Jan. 20, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat 52 CAL Frank Henry

Bruce,

How would you compare this bat to an end-loaded, black Centenarian as far as swing weight and feel? Did you buy it for BP because of better durability? I would like to find something very durable that is weighted like the Centenarian for use in winter BP.

I bought a Freak with a warranty last year; it broke just before the warranty was up, so I got a new one for this winter. I guess I can't complain about getting two winter seasons out of one bat purchase, but I'm on the lookout for a replacement.
Jan. 14, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff rehab

Wayne,

It wasn't my intention to disparage postal workers, but looking back that is exactly what I did. I apologize.

The point I was trying to make is that the effort you put into your physical therapy can greatly speed your recovery time and improve your chance of a successful result. Wanting and trying to recover is a big factor in your outcome.
Jan. 12, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff rehab

Your physical therapist is your friend, but don't be afraid to challenge him/her if you don't think you're being pushed. I was rehabing alongside a somewhat younger postal employee who was only interested in how long he could stay on workers' comp. After 4 or 5 sessions, I asked my PT what he would do differently if a 30 year old athlete came in wanting to get back to his sport. He got the message that I wanted to get back to softball as soon as possible and got much more aggressive with his treatment, even devising some softball specific exercises.

Don't skimp on your at home work between therapy sessions, either.

I was back to playing outfield in six months, but it took a full year to full strength back. However, may arm was stronger then than it was before the surgery.

Good luck with your rehab.
Jan. 5, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Cold Weather Bat

About a three inch long crack along the length of the barrel. This is actually the second one I've had break. A few years ago, again playing in cold weather, I had on literally break wide open.

I've been playing with Crackerbox, a team out of Little Rock, but they aged up to 70's for this year and left me behind. I will be playing with the Dallas Spurs 65's this year.
Jan. 4, 2013
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Cold Weather Bat

hoovedog, while I agree with you about the old aluminum bats and 47 cor balls, I will tell you that I broke a Worth Carl Rose C405 hitting in the cold weather (high 40's) this week in Dallas. They are not indestructible. The state of the game being what it is, however, that's probably the only way to get any use out of those old bats.

Last year, I bought a UTrip composite with a one year warranty for cold weather use. I broke in 10 months and I got a replacement just in time for this winter.
Dec. 24, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

Back in the early 50's my father was playing in a city fastpitch league in Rogers, AR. It was a small town, so everybody knew everyone else, but being small town Arkansas in those pre-television days, there wasn't much else to do and they took their softball pretty seriously.

One of the teams featured a good left-handed hitter named Pete Graham. Pete was especially serious about, and proud of, his hitting ability.

The other guys conspired to paint a grapefruit white, then slip it into the game. The pitcher threw Pete a legitimate fast ball well off the plate, which Pete took. Then the catcher substituted the grapefruit for the ball and returned it to the pitcher. The next pitch was a meatball and, of course, Pete swung from the heels and made solid contact. The grapefruit exploded in a thousand pieces, splattering Pete and everyone else within 50 feet

Pete lived to a ripe old age. The last time I heard anything of Pete, he would have been well into his 80's and his cronies still called him "Grapefruit."

It was a simpler time.
Dec. 18, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

Finals of the 2007 NSA World Series in Gadsden, AL, 60 AAA division. We've come back from 8 runs down in the bottom of the 7th and have one out tying run on third, winning run on first. I'm coming to bat. Getting all kinds of instructions from my teammates. "Get it on the grass." "Get it in the air." "Go to right and stay out of the double play." There's a short delay, then the umpire says "Play Ball." I take my stance ---- at the scoring plate! Umpire says "You can stand there if you like, but we're playing over here."

Do you think any of my teammates remember that I drove in the tying and winning runs to win a national tournament. Of course not! But everyone remembers me setting up to hit from the wrong plate!
Nov. 26, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching screen

Here is one source:

http://www.pitchsafe.net/

They are pricey, but work well and are easy to set up and transport.

Nov. 2, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Gary Heifner,

Don't want to get this thread off track, but who are you playing with in Florida? I will be playing with the Dallas Spurs (#8) and, if you play with the team I believe you do, we will be playing each other in the RR. Let's be sure to say hello.
Oct. 20, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 70' bases at Las Vegas

I don't really have any issue with 70' bases. That being said, you shouldn't show up at the biggest tournament of the year and find you're playing with different dimensions than you've played with all season. In view of the numbers of players and wives this tournament draws, it seem somewhat small-minded for the city and/or county to refuse to make the change. As was pointed out earlier, the fields at Shadow Rock had the pegs for the shorter bases.

Sept. 15, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Worth Launch 510

Bats Unlimited still has the gold Launch 510. $175 as of this morning, I just checked their website. My experience was that they hit well, but didn't last too long.
Aug. 15, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: SSUSA Staff-Masters format in Vegas

With all due respect, Gary, not all of us feel the same way. For most of us, this will be the biggest tournament we play this year, and probably the most expensive what with airfare, hotels, etc. Everyone goes wanting and hoping to win, but the fact is that 25% of the teams are going to go two and out. What a disappointment to spend all that money and get to play only four games (two pool and two bracket).

Sure it's about winning, but it's also about getting to play new teams from other parts of the country and meeting new folks. If I remember correctly you and I met at Phoenix once several years ago. The team I was with that year went two and out in bracket play.

I've done it both ways, with that team that went two and out and with a team that went all the way through the losers bracket to force the "if" game before finishing second, a total of 11 games. I've always wished there was one more game because I enjoy this tournament so much.

I'm only posting this because I know the SSUSA staff reads this board and I wanted them to know there is another viewpoint.
July 19, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sportsman's Park In St. Louis

Saw the All-Star game there that same year with my Dad.
June 29, 2012
TexasTransplant
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: teams going to Gadsden and Boaz al for NSA

Crackerbox (65+) will be there
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