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Gary Sommers

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Shaker Heights, OH

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Men's 50

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Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: toc

Just wondering. In a true TOC, shouldn't you have to play with the roster you qualifed with?
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Oh, and going back to the original point, perhaps teams who are at a AA level do realize they are not on the upswing in their careers any longer and don't see the reward for the time and money. Just a thought, as it was when I first posted it.
Nov. 12, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

boston, I can go with that analogy. To me the same logic would apply. I had a daughter who played D-3 soccer. Of course they played hard, enjoyed the game, and were happy when they won. But she was more than well-aware it was D-3 and not D-1, and that while winning was great the best D-3 team would get run off by the worst D-1. Just how it is.

When Mike Hargrove was managing the Indians he would say "reserves are reserves for a reason". Same here, D-3 is D-3 for a reason, and most likely AA is AA for a reason. Has nothing to do with effort expended, or love of the game, but talent, ability, and often but not always work ethic. My son played D-1 JUCO baseball for a bit, and they worked much longer and harder than the guys at my daughter's school. It is just the nature of the beast.
Nov. 11, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Harry, no opposite at all, just an honest response to boston's opening post.

Why won't anyone here open their eyes to possibilities?

jsheeran, it clearly is the lowest level of senior softball, no question about that. Just as freshmen ball is the lowest level of high school competition. Quite a valid analogy.

crusher, if they are indeed "very good" then they are quite likely sandbagging in AA. If the lowest level legitimately has "very good" teams then what would you call the teams above them? By simple and clear definition they must be worse, or the system is flawed.
Nov. 11, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: GSC solid core bat senior bat

This is still going on?
Nov. 11, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

Sort of. But clearly winning at the lowest level does not say as much as winning at the three higher classes. Just doesn't. Can't.

All I am thinking is, as guys get older and wiser, they realize that it might not be worth it for 12th graders to spend that much time and money to pursue freshmen tournament championships. Just a thought.
Nov. 11, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: QUESTION FOR UMPIRES

Wow, what a cluster F....:(

crusher, where did you get a ground ball out of that?????

Harry, absolutely correct!


Nov. 11, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

17Black, who is playing 55AA round here?

As far as the number of AA teams, I would think that at our ages if you are just a AA team perhaps you have realized that tournaments and the associated expenses are just not for you. It can be very costly to be playing the lowest level at an advanced age, and in all honesty to say you won in the lowest of four levels just really isn't saying very much.

Levels like AA, or for the kids D or E, were meant to be for young guys and teams just starting out to work their way up from. Not to be lifers.

It just reminds me of public housing. Used to be for people to have temporary homes until they could get back on their feet and work their way out of them. Now generations of families are content to just stay in them forever, and unfortunately the government allows it....:(


Nov. 9, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: cheater bats

"That's why we put in a rule if the pitchers gets drilled without being able to react quick enough (umpire judgement) the bat is taken to get tested"

Bad, bad rule. So we started using mats because we don't trust umps to do what they have been for decades, call balls and strikes. And now we trust them to decide if a pitcher (perhaps without knowing anything about that particular guys reflexes) had enough time to react to a batted ball.

Bad, bad rule.
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SportsmanShop

Absolutely.
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: cheater bats

Seems like the moral of the story is still "don't hit balls near guys who don't react well". It used to be that is where you wanted to hit, not anymore it sounds like.
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: cheater bats

Bad rule. I understand its intent, but bad rule.

So any time you want to get a bat out of the game just act like the ball was moving too quickly and let it hit you? Don't think that won't happen.
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

That part is true. They are usually tiny, and if you are at all in the same geographic region it is often the same teams over and over. If you are fine with that, go for it. Just not my idea of a tournament.

And I did notice that trend pretty early on.
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

How so? And what "bashing"?

Make whatever choices you want, never told you or the "thousands" of others not to. Tiny brackets with often the same teams over and over are not for me. Meaningless prelim games don't float my boat. You, and the "thousands of players", can spend your money and time however you like.

When/Where did I say otherwise?
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SportsmanShop

Make that "classification".
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: SportsmanShop

Cobra, were you AA last year?

If this new team is so much better than a team that was in four finals, shouldn't you be moving up a classifiction?
Nov. 5, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Three in 2010, but nice try.

How many does it take to see what they are like? For me, six has been enough. For you, apparently you still haven't figured it out.
Nov. 4, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

Fabe, that comment was not directed toward you. You have not whined like the ladies have.

So you guys are telling me, and I am open to learning on this one, that Fabe's team winning AAA I believe, was truly a statewide cause for celebration amongst all the residents, not just the softball players?
Nov. 3, 2012
Gary19
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior softball summit

What "attack", you bunch of women?

All I questioned was the statement that it was a "special moment for Hawaii". For his team? Of course. For the Hawaiian softball community? Sure. For the entire state, many/most of which I can't imagine know anything about his team? Just seems a bit overblown to me.

I was in Ohio in 1975 when Pyramid Cafe won the real ASA Worlds, and again in 1982 when Non-Ferrous did the same. And I am pretty sure 99.9% of Ohioans had NO ides of either team or what they accomplished.

stever, I believe that Hawaii has a close-knit softball community, but I am also guessing the vast majority on the islands don't play softball, are not part of the community, and consequently don't know or care anything about it.


Nov. 3, 2012
Gary19
Topic: Bats
Discussion: cheater bats

stick, interesting rule. So I guess the moral of that story is not to hit at slow pitchers since they will look more in danger than guys with good reflexes.
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