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April 15, 2015
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Hi 17Black-The Soaring Eagle complex is open . I'm sure there will be batting practice there on the 19th. The phone # for softball info is 352-259-5377. That is the Saddlebrook rec center. If you are around on the 29th, look me up. I am playing for the Indians. All Div.1/2 teams will be practicing at Saddlebrook. Divisions 1and 2 always play on wed. & Fri. -Bud
April 1, 2015
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Hi 17Black-Just found out that there will be no evaluations until Jun. 2 due to major maintenance at Buffalo Glen complex. The Saddlebrook complex will be open after maintenance on Apr. 25th, so you can hit there on the 26th. The summer draft is tomorrow night, and when I find out what team I'm on, we will be having a practice on Wed. the 29th. If you are here you can practice with my team. Bud
March 29, 2015
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Hi 17Black-

practice is permitted on all of the fields any time there are no league games scheduled. All the fields are open all day Sunday. Everyone has to have 3 evaluations. They are normally held at Buffalo Glen complex at 8 on Tuesday mornings. After you are evaluated, you are required to play one season at that level. After the first season, you may move up or down one level every season. There is an open draft before each season. If you are not drafted at the level you want to play, you will be dropped down to the next lowest level, or you can stay at the level you desire to play at as a sub. As a 50 major player, I am sure you will be evaluated as a 1st division player. Just show up at evaluations with your Villages I.D. The 3 evaluations do not have to be done consecutively. You can do them whenever you can. Divisions 1 and 2 are playing together this summer and will have 15 teams. After you are evaluated you can sign up to play as a substitute in any of the games. Each team has 12 players. Currently, there are about 60 subs signed up for Div. 1/2 this summer, but all newly evaluated subs have priority and play first. Good luck. Bud


March 27, 2015
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Hi George- You can go to any complex and take batting and fielding practice. The players usually start hitting before 8 a.m. I prefer the Saddlebrook complex( next to the Polo field) It is located on Buena Vista blvd, About a quarter mile north of Road 466. There are no set times for any particular groups. I am playing in two tournaments at the present time-Central Florida league as well as the Rec league, so I will be resting on Easter Sunday. Bud
March 26, 2015
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The Villages

Hi George- There is open batting practice all day on Sundays including Easter . There are Division tournaments going on now during the week. The fields should close for maintenance on 4/11 and open in early May. The Buffalo Glen complex will be closed for the entire month of May for major maintenance. Division 1 and 2 will be combined for the first time, and will play at Saddlebrook in May and move to Buffalo Glen June 1st for the rest of the summer.The new complex, Soaring Eagle, is now open, and the 68 yr. old classic league and the women's league are playing there. Bud
March 19, 2015
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Softball bats

I have a 32 oz. metal single-wall bat. Louisville slugger TPS advanced player. I used this bat up north before coming south to double-wall and composite territory. I got this bat new for $30, fifteen years ago. I was the only one who bid on it on E-bay.
Nov. 15, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Florida Bound

Hi surf88-There is a Veterans Military Tournament going on in The Villages that will be ending on Sun. Nov. 23. I will be playing on the Army Team #1. We have teams comprised of veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines &, Air Force .The tournament starts tomorrow and the winners will play the finals on Nov. 23. I play in the Central Florida League here on Tuesdays as well as the Villages Rec. league on Wed. and Friday and you can take BP with my teams if you like. Also, Sundays are open BP days when there are no tournaments going on. Bud
Oct. 20, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

Hi PJ3P-I find it interesting that you mention Miami Power-Team 1 losers bracket final game. I watched the game on field 3. It was the first game of the day on Sunday morning. Team 1 Sports hit 4 home runs in the first inning alone and proceeded to out homer every team in the tournament. In the 2 games against Bradenton Blast ,Team 1 scored 29 and 24 runs with a lot of home runs. Some of the balls must have been good, or maybe they went over the fence sideways. Good luck with your team. Maybe the tournament will be better next year.
Oct. 19, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

Results from The Villages tournament- Winners were-50's Gold-Team 1 Sports----50's Silver-Talon Wealth Mgmt. 60's-Hollis-Appraisals----65's-SW Fl. Thunder. The Home Run hitting contest was won by Hank Garris of Steve Levin Financial. The Canseco Bros. did not participate in the home run contest. They played for Talon Wealth Mgmt. of The Villages. Ozzie at third base and Jose at shortstop.
Oct. 14, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

leftybob-they would be playing for talon wealth mgmt. The Villages 60 team is World of Beer
Oct. 14, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

Hi leftybob- the canseco's and miami power won this 50's tournament last october, but the rumor at the fiield today was that they were going to play for the villages. Ossie lives nearby in Ocala, and Jose was looking to establish residency there also. Thanks for posting the teams. I will post the winners on Sunday nite.
Oct. 14, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Hi jrhunch-What you say about the MLB players union might be true, but Jose definitely threw some union members under the bus as well. We all know money talks in pro sports.Then when something happens,everyone starts pointing the finger at someone else. As you know,for years the club owners controlled the teams and all the players. Many players held jobs in the off-season to make ends meet. Then Curt Flood and the lawsuits started and the union and free agency took over.I would have liked to think that Jose would have taken the fall without taking others with him,but I guess unless you are in that spot yourself, you wouldn't know what you would do. Also, Jim Galloway was the most powerful hitter I ever saw, and the most powerful batter I ever played against was a lefty batter named Lou Russo.
Oct. 12, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: The Villages softball tournament

Any one coming to the villages softball tournament Oct. 17,18,19 ? I heard that the Canseco brothers were coming again this year. Not sure who they are playing for. Possibly the host team. As usual, there will be a home run hitting contest. Dave Reed of Hollis-Rose has won this event a couple of times in the past. The Villages top home run threats are Hank Culley and Dave Norvall. Should be a lot of good softball.
Oct. 7, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WHO ARE CURRENTLY THE MOST POWERFUL HITTERS IN SENIOR SOFTBALL

Hi Ceres-I have to disagree with one thing that you post. Jose,as a union member, turned in other union members.I do not respect him for that. Obviously the book was written to make him money at the expense of others. That being said, I met Jose and Ozzie at the Villages softball tournament last Oct., and they both were not only fine players on the field, but very nice guys off the field. As I always say to team mates, he who is without error may cast the first softball.
Aug. 20, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for my son

Hi Kenny-Tomorrow is the feast day of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland. I will light a candle for your son at Mass tomorrow. Bud
Aug. 12, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Strangest play I have ever seen

Hi jrhunch-I agree with you. That is exactly the point I made in my post of june 23. Sometimes it is the interpretation of the rule by the ump at the game that takes precedence, but common sense should prevail.Perhaps this is another timing play?
July 14, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Red Miken Maxload

Hi LP-Direct sports has the 30 0z. Red max-load. Same as the TOC max-load. Bud
June 23, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Strangest play I have ever seen

I would have thought that since 2 runs had already scored before the 2nd out was made, that they should have counted. If the batter hit with 2 outs and he missed 1st base, then I would say no runs scored if the appeal was enforced. I'm surprised that such a unique play is covered in the rule book.
June 11, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

I got my bat at Direct Sports for 170. They have a 30% senior discount
June 6, 2014
BudLeftField
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken Ultra II TOC Limited Edition Senior Softball (ULTTOC-UII Slow Pitch

I have hit with the Miken Ultra II TOC limited edition. I have hit a hundred balls off a tee, and it does not hit as far as my red Miken max-load. It is supposed to be the same bat,but I'm not getting the distance I get with the red miken. The sweet spot doesn't seem to be as good. Maybe I need more hits on it.
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