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Discussion: TOC Major Plus

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Feb. 14, 2010
turn2
486 posts
TOC Major Plus
Does anybody know the results from Florida Miken and the N.Y. Statesmen in the 60 major plus or hoe the 55 major plus is going?
Thanks,
Donnie
Turn Two
Feb. 14, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2665 posts
donnie, our first was close with us winning. the second was not so close and it was evidant that NY hadn't had nice weather to get in shape.
Quite a few bats were broken, mine included.
Feb. 14, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4387 posts
BruceinGa,
I mentioned some time back someplace about the cold balls and bats there would be many broken or crack ones. Chances are some weren't even noticed yet either. Bat warmers would have helped a little, but the hard balls were their doom.
Feb. 14, 2010
turn2
486 posts
Bruce,
Congrats on the win. Where are you guys plan on going this year? Drop me a line.
Thanks,
Donnie
Feb. 15, 2010
turn2
486 posts
Does anybodt know the results of the 50/55 major plus division?
Thanks,
Donnie
Feb. 15, 2010
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1067 posts
50/55-MAJOR PLUS
1. East Bay Oldies 50's (wins 50-M+)
2. Southern Slam (wins 55-M+)
3. Minnesota Grayhounds / Miken / Tanel
4. Travelodge 55's
Feb. 15, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
One Major-plus 50 team? That's a heck of a division we have!
Feb. 15, 2010
JamesLG
303 posts

Jawood:

That is an issue that needs to be changed sooner and not later.

James
Feb. 16, 2010
turn2
486 posts
Dave,
Thanks for the update and quick response.
Donnie
Feb. 16, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
JamesLG - You would think, but here we are at the start of another season with SIX major-plus teams on the west coast and 19 total.
Feb. 16, 2010
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
Even the effort to push more AAA teams into the major category (and push a few majors to Major+) seems confused at present. Note that in the 70 AAA category, the Nor-Cal Renegades came in second, even though SSUSA has them rated as a major team (and this before their significant upgrade in talent over the winter). Major teams being allowed to drop down; only 19 major+ in the country in 50s. Who has the solution?
Feb. 16, 2010
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Omar K.....I believe the Nor-Cal Renegades were only AAA when they qualified for the TOC. That is why they played as AAA.
Feb. 16, 2010
Omar Khayyam
999 posts
Thanks, Sal. You're probably right. The SSUSA date for last ranking was in October. Guess I thought you played where your team was ranked before the TOC, not what it was earlier in the year with a potentially weaker team.
Feb. 16, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
The solution is just drop the Major-plus division. All they need to do is put a small handicap on the teams they think are a little bit stronger and go play. The remaining Major-plus teams without the Mavericks around are not that much better than most Major teams, if at all.
Feb. 17, 2010
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Jawood, in most cases, there is a talent difference between Major and Major+, that's why the difference in ratings. If you want to keep the competition even and have more teams in the elite division, make your age group larger for the Major+ guys. Go to 30-58, 59-65. At least you would'nt be penalizing the Major guys.
And, as far as "without the Mavericks around" you'd better check your sources again, I think they are still a team, and the one to beat at that.
Feb. 17, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
833 posts
curveball, Mike Adair who played for the Mavericks posted a note on this forum back in December stating that after 17 years, the Mavericks were disbanding. He had received a letter from Ken Lipinski, their Manager, to that effect. Please advise if something has changed.
Feb. 17, 2010
diehard
Men's 55
245 posts
If that is true about the Mavericks, then 2 of the top 50 major plus teams, Damons being the other one, in this country over the past 10 years or so, have decided to call it quits. That's a shame!
Feb. 17, 2010
Easy E
Men's 55
44 posts
Just to let everyone know. The Mavericks are playing this weekend in a tourney in So Cal. They still have a team, just some of the guys that played on last years team won't be playing. Hope this helps.
Feb. 17, 2010
DoubleL10
Men's 65
833 posts
Easy E, So what happened to Ken Lipinski? Is he coming back as Manager or did some of his guys just keep the team name? I've known Ken since 1996 and he, as far as I'm concerned, IS the Mavericks.
Feb. 17, 2010
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
I'm hearing Ken will be feilding the team. They will have a couple of personel changes, but will be the good ol' Mavericks we all know. Perhaps one of their players will post and get us up to speed on their team for 2010.

Double 10: I think Mike Adair posting thinking it was over, but then there was a change of heart..............

Also I assume you caught my typo, age group 50-58, not 30 to 58!
Feb. 17, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
I certainly hope the Mavericks core group still will be playing whatever they will be called. They are an excellent team and a great challenge to compete with!
Feb. 18, 2010
Tate22
Men's 55
263 posts
Jawood
Don't worry, the Mavericks will be playing this year and are pretty much intact from last year. Some of the bigger names may play less, but they still exist and plan on playing regularly. Ken Lapinski is still very much involved.

We, Nighthawks 55M+, get to play them twice this weekend in Temecula, CA. I agree with Jawaood that they are an excellent team, well managed with great guys, that challenges every opponent to play well and improve.

Don Newhard
Feb. 21, 2010
slugger54
1 posts
The Mavericks have a team. Ken Lipinski is involved.Mike Adair has not been on the Mavericks for the last 3 years.
Feb. 22, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
Tate22
How did you guys do against the Mavericks last weekend? Are they called something else? They are not listed anymore in the ratings section anymore. If SSUSA insists on having a Major-plus division, they need teams!
Feb. 22, 2010
Tate22
Men's 55
263 posts
Jawood:
Unfortunately, the tournament got rained out. By Northwest standards, the rain we had wouldn't qualify as a mist, but the fields weren't playable. The Mavericks are still on the Ratings list, shown as the Seacrest Mavericks, as they have been for a few years. I know you are with me on combining M & M+. We are going to have the same issue all year with no 55 M+ teams to play and will likely get stuffed in with 50's teams again. No response from SSUSA staff on a survey of M & M+ teams to resolve this ongoing question.
Take care:
Don Newhard
Feb. 22, 2010
Tate22
Men's 55
263 posts
BTW - Einstein wants slugger 54 to man up and identify himself!!! LOL
Feb. 22, 2010
Jawood
Men's 50
798 posts
Add going blind to my growing list of things going wrong with my body! It was actually 60 and sunny up here last weekend, but we still haven't practiced yet.
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