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Real name:
Vinny sieckowski

Location:
Tucson, AZ

Division:
Men's 40

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, Nov. 28, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

good one JR

For those that dont know I am the king of off the plate. Often measure the box width to assure its regulation. With that said I rarely go middle at the pitcher. The only time is with 2 strikes and its a flat/fast pitch away. Sometimes they go back because the flat fast ones are hard to push opo. Being hit for 20 years I know the pain of being hit. I recall at worlds telling a pitch sorry but if its flat and fast it may come back. Later in tourney he threw it again it went between his legs, team got mad saying come on thats twice and the pitcher said.... no guys he told me arched and away i was fine but I thought i could get him out... its my fault.


, Nov. 28, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

MCK
Not saying im ok with shaved bats in seniors. Just saying you can be against it w/o having to make it out that those who do are knowingly trying to kill someone is absurd. Just like when people say its aggravated assault with a deadly weapon when a pitcher is hit. You cant charge someone with an assault that way. Pitched for 20 years wont do it anymore, just cant react so i get it. All I was trying to say was there wasn't the need for the story line. Just my opinion.
, Nov. 28, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so many shaved senior bats

Marc
While I get where your concern is, I think your wording is a bit over the top. Your word manipulation is a but stretched. They knowingly try to hurt and alter someone's life after meeting their family. Come on, I highly doubt anyone is trying to hurt or kill anyone. While the shaved thing is what it is, at least in the 40s it hasn't resulted in any major injuries that I have seen.
, Nov. 16, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: BATTERS BOX

Taits
Thanks, it was more for knoledge than action. Trying to build the AZ teams up and some guys were asking me the rules and I didnt know. Didnt want to guess at it as they are a new SSUSA team and looking for players.
, Nov. 15, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

Benji
We arent there. the way i see it in the 40s is AAA has 2 or 3 guys with at will HR power.... major has 4 or 5 guys that can at will HRs and Major plus has 8-10 .
Our team is at the top end of AAA and just below the middle in major. Sometimes we can compete then other times we cant score consistently.

Maybe in 2018 or 19 we might get there.
, Nov. 15, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

thank you I would have started a new thread but for some reason the site doesnt let me. I am only allowed to post responses. I have tried for the last month but only responses will go through.

Thanks again for the answer.
, Nov. 15, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: BATTERS BOX

Does anyone know how many major guys can be on a AAA team and stay AAA? Same for major..how many major+ can be on a major team and stay major? How many manjor +can be on a AAA team and stay AAA?
, Nov. 15, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 2017 Tournament Schedule?

Does anyone know how many major guys can be on a AAA team and stay AAA? Same for major..how many major+ can be on a major team and stay major? How many manjor +can be on a AAA team and stay AAA?
, Nov. 14, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: BATTERS BOX

your question needs re wording I think. After hitting or making contact it doesnt matter. When making contact both feet must be in. As a player and umpire the call is often not the same.

a reg box is 6 inches off the plate and 36 inches wide.As long as your toes are touching the line your in the box. The challenge is what does an umpire do when the box isnt correct. Some enforce the rule anyway. Some look the other way when you erase it. Some draw a box when no lines are there. All judgment calls.

As a batter I am far off the plate, when no lines I lay my bat down about 6" from the plate and use the end o bat as my marker. Unfortunately for me I often get called to move in. I chose this stance so I just adjust to the ump. BLD boxes in vegas are painted and not to regulation so what do you do?

Short answer is the rule says both feet must be touching the line of the batters box. So one in and one out he is out of the box.
, Nov. 9, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EH & DH ??????

only thing I have seen was an ADA rule. The player was their pitcher but could not run so they were allowed to skip his at bats per the ADA rules. This was cleared with the director at the start of the tournament.
, Nov. 9, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Player looking to play 40 ball

we could assume you are from detroit but you should post the state you live in so only the surrounding states will respond.
, Nov. 4, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: winter worlds Phoenix

perfect. Thanks for the fast response SSUSA
If anyone needs a room off the 17 and Peoria ave (Homewood Suites) let me know before I cancel it tonight at 6pm

See you all in a few weeks.
, Nov. 4, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: winter worlds Phoenix

Solid quality turn out this year. A few questions for SSstaff
Will there be vendors? if so what location(s)?
with some last minute drop outs will 40s combine AAA, Major and + into one tourney bracket? if so rules?
What is ruff idea when location will be confirmed? I practice the multiple hotel reservations lol.
, Oct. 31, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: field of choice for winter world,phoenix

If I had my pick I would say Saguaro. Really tough to say though. All have pros and cons. DW has the worst location but only have issues late at night. BLD is falling apart, fences are short and everything is pricey. Rose Mofford is basic but nice and you have several hotels in walking distance to park. Vicroy Lane is nice but far from everything. Papago is nice with a cool backdrop and close to scottsdale for the out of state fellas. Rio Vista sucks. If i had to pick worst park it would be BLD.
, Oct. 20, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Adidas Melee Bat Problems

some good points either way.

Altering has many different definitions depending on sanction and even the dictionary. In SSUSA the rules say to enhance the bats performance. So lets look at this situation.
Why the need to glue it at all? if you glued it to prevent it from falling off then it can bee seen as "for safety"
if you glued it because the ump said its broke dont use it then you did it to "enhance performance" otherwise it sat in a bag not performing at all.

Soto say gluing a handle doesn't increase performance would be incorrect. By gluing it you will have better control of the bat, less concern it will fly off and more use of the bat, thus increasing the performance.

In other sanctions like USSSA their rule is very vague so by their rule if you alter the bat in any way from the manufacture it is altered. So removing the grip for tape is altered by their rule. Not enforced that i have seen but altered by thee rule. Same as 3m spray spraying the grip is enhancing performance, you dont spray it just cause its cool....or do you????
, Oct. 5, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is he?

BP35
If you google shadow rock and satellite view then zoom in and right click the mouse you can measure a shot. Not sure what 2nd parking lot you mean otherwise I could do it for you.
, Sept. 29, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas Bat Display

WHY????

I don't get some of the responses on this thread. it seems when someone asks a question people read way too far into things. DB14 for, what appears to me, just wants the rules of advertising to be fair to all. TRI18 stated his company pays a sponsorship fee which gives him certain rights to promote. Even then it is still monitored and corrected when needed. DB14 seems to feel(my opinion) that one minute he promotes dudley then miken etc. Its a company he works for they sell more then 1 bat.
Now for tri18 to say he doesn't promote sales here that's a stretch but a good response none the less....lol

Hey guys have you tried this bat, its on fire.... great pop and if you want to talk more about how great it is here is my business number and did i mention we have them in stock at great prices....but im not selling here...

All and all it sounds to me that Alan IS following the rules, does gain sales from bat reviews and his company pays for the preferred treatment by way of sponsorship fees.

He is of good character and a nice person just as i'm sure DB14 is. So if you want to promote on here pay up.
My .025 cents
Vinny
, Sept. 21, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s in vegas

No sorry Benji we came in 14th. So you have to wait.
Major was
1. layer cakes
2. Cody Roofing
3. Smash
4. Diablos
5. Damaged Goods
6. Sofa Kings

I agree just as there are a hole players sometimes you get a hole umps. Overall a very good effort by SSUSA this year.

Anyone know what the standard protest is to a batters box not true to rules in size? Do you ask for a director? do you have to follow whatever the ump draws? The following game we played again and i asked the crew to make it wider and he said he was just following the line from before.
, Sept. 20, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s in vegas

on the box call I didnt ask for a director i just dealt with it and waited for an outside pitch that was a ball but in my sweet spot when I extend. The ump that called me a dick allowed my mound and said I was good at first at bat. So second and 3rd AB I used the same dirt pile. At 4th ab the other team complained again so he dragged a new line with his foot and said I let you get away with it all game and now your going to be a dick about it. I batted and grounded out. 5th at bat down 1 guy on 2nd the walk guy in front of me and I stood on the original mound and asked the ump if im good. He says sure, catcher argues and he says just play ball. Backside piss rod to tie the game and go on to win the game.
, Sept. 20, 2016
HAT MAN
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 40s in vegas

Well run tourney this year. Thank you SSUSA!
Pros
Most games ran smooth.
most umps were on point and sociable as well
teams seemed evenly matched
When help was needed directors stepped in

We experienced 2 things. 1st some bums were punking our teammates 12 yr old son and wouldn't give our HR balls back to him unless he paid him. Director stepped in and punked the bum and problem was solved. The other occasion was more so against the team we were playing. 5 man would run up next to the pitcher and sometimes in front. We didn't care but the blue told him to move back to his position. Director stepped in and fixed the call
Cons
the batters box.
Each and every ump enforced the box in different ways. This became an issue for me as I stand on the chalk so if the box isn't 6 inches off the plate ad 36 inches wide it becomes a big adjustment for me. Some umps made lines in the dirt making the box 26 to 28 inches wide. Tough to adjust when you have a long swing and tall. Some umpires say just wipe the box away its not true to size, and some allowed my stance for most of game then force me into a smaller drawn box in a crucial at bat. Then called me a dick for complaining.
Only other con was seeding was a mess but that happens when trying something new.

Overall I rate the 40s major experience and A- for 2016.

Recommendations for next year
Umpires that are sociable and not about the power
With all the vendors out there I feel with the money spent the coaches meeting/raffles should have bats, gloves, jerseys added into the mix.
Standard rule if the batters box is not to exact measurements then enforcement should be 1 standard action. We have rules for a reason but to enforce a box rule when the criteria isn't met isn't right.
Until next year
Vinny

Vinny



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