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, March 24, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

Slack jaw? lol

You need to attend an insult camp :)
, March 23, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

Thanks! I'm here all week.

Don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartenders.
, March 23, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

areyoutoooldtolearnpunctuation? :)
, March 23, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

Xavier isn't completely clueless. He's just a stereotypical, stubborn old guy. He is the guy that I strive not to be :)

He might be an excellent player but he is simply set in his ways and there will be no further discussion as far as he is concerned.

That said, he does seem pretty clueless and negative when it comes to learning something new.....but at least he stopped talking about money :)



, March 22, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

Maybe there is a camp for stubborn old guys???

I will pay for you :)
, March 22, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

xavier seem awfully concerned with our money :)

I believe we are all able to learn and improve anything, no matter how old we are.
, March 21, 2016
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POWER HITTERS

Bat speed is only one ingredient.

I think it would be due to the subtle techniques like the wrist snap just before contact and the hip/back leg dynamics.

Slight differences can have a huge impact, good and bad.


, March 3, 2016
Joncon
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: what is the call

That^ would be a heads up play!!
, Dec. 20, 2015
Joncon
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team for 2016 in AZ or CA

Senior ball Noel? WTF???

I'm assuming it's only the 40+ kids division lol.


It's been about a decade. Good times!!

I hope life is treating you well.

John

, Dec. 4, 2015
Joncon
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking For a Team in PHX

Even though Senior ball has the 40+ divisions, only a couple/few teams put something together and they seem to play just enough to qualify the worlds.

During the year, they are nowhere to be found.

But....you are almost there!!
, Dec. 4, 2015
Joncon
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RULING WMC 50-Major Matter

At least he livened things up in here.

Hell, I even miss Einstein's hard ball rants.

You see, my life has no drama so I need to find it somewhere else :)

Also, I'm not a fan of any kind of censorship but, it's not my board to run.


, Oct. 9, 2015
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: First time for everything

""" situations that occur on the field that were the first time observed."""


1) A coyote picked up a home run ball and took (presumably) to his den (North Phoenix desert).

2) A pack of (maybe 10?) Javalinas wandered through the outfield in North Scottsdale.

3) Not senior ball but, a brand new enthusiastic rookie player finally gets a hit after several at bats. It was a fly ball and the runner on 1B wasn't sure if it was going to be caught so he was "half way". The rookie passed him at full speed, rounded second and slid head first into third.

4)For the first time ever, the lights went out during league play TWICE this season. We have a very reliable grid here. It was an operator error thing. Everything is remotely controlled by an energy management company somewhere.




And finally, the umpire got every call right, no one complained about anything and no one got hurt.


That one ^ hasn't happened yet.
, Sept. 30, 2015
Joncon
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

""""Can't remember the last time we played on a field with the baselines completely erased""""

That's cause yer old :)

Umps must often make judgement calls and we must accept them, sometimes begrudgingly.
, Sept. 30, 2015
Joncon
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

""""Are you really saying it's OK for the ump to call the batter out because he thinks he may have stepped out of the box even though the lines are no longer there?"""


Of course it is.

If the chalk baselines are gone he still has to make a fair/foul call.

But is was probably a chickenshit call :)
, Aug. 20, 2014
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher does what?

Depends on the details. What are the runners like? What are your defenders like? Where exactly was the ball hit and how hard?

The most likely DP would be the standard 2B to 1B as the players are accustomed to this play.

In some cases in senior ball, the 3B then home would be the best play. It's a "force" play and a runner can't really beat a run down in that situation.

The least likely DP would be home first because....well catchers are not know for their arm strength.
, Aug. 20, 2014
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: toughest position

There is no question that the pitcher is going to get the "hardest" (quickest)shots so that is the most dangerous position.

There is also no question that the OF is the most physically demanding for OG's. Hell, just chasing a couple foul ball leaves me winded.
, Aug. 20, 2014
Joncon
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

And the verbal declaration was alikely the deciding factor but doesn't necessarily cancel the IFR. Maybe the SS was close by.
, Aug. 20, 2014
Joncon
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You Make the Call

IFR not in effect. The player can't make the play with ordinary effort.

As far as the timing of the call, there can be MANY factors involved and, since we are talking about maybe a second to think about it and make a decision, it's just something left to the umpire.


The ball goes up and it seems playable but the ump sees 3B fighting the sun so maybe he hesitates a second and then hears 3B say he can't see it so the IFR is off.
, Aug. 7, 2012
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prostate Inquiry

Remember, as a preemptive strike, a happy prostate is a healthy prostate. There is only one mechanism to keep it in shape so, use it or lose it.
, June 29, 2012
Joncon
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is winning the most important thing?

""Joncon, What could be more important? So you don't play with scoreboards or standings?""

1. The social aspect. I have met hundreds/thousands of people playing ball, Some of them have become really close friends. Others, not so much but I still appreciated the experience.

2. The personal competitive aspect. Even though it's a team sport, I enjoy a loss if I played really well. Hell, I sometimes enjoy a loss if it was a really good game on both sides. Someone has to lose and there are only two teams out there.

3. The overall entertainment value is priceless. Whether it's something spectacular like a defensive web gem or an out of the blue 20 run inning or something funny like the ump trying to eject someone from another field or some clown getting tossed for going kicking dirt.


I play with scoreboards and standings. That's what fuels the game. It's really no fun without them but, the real reason I think most of us play is simply because we love the game.


It's also a great excuse to drink beer.
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