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Oct. 21, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the front of the box?

Stick falls out of bed hitting! The man is a machine! Phenomenal, phenomenal, awesome, awesome! :-)
Oct. 17, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: CHOPPED / TOMAHAWKED BALL

Back in the day up here in Michigan we used to call that the "Ohio Chop" for obvious reasons. I have seen it called here often, not so much in Ohio and south. There is a difference between a tomahawk swing and a chop. As long as a full thrust swing at the ball was taken with an outward motion as opposed to tomahawked almost straight down swing it was a good swing. With U-Trip having a low point pitch arc of 3 ft. it was easier to intentionally chop the top straight down with a slow half swing. It gave all umpires (including me) fits.
Sept. 18, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ROOKIE SENSATION ARRIVES

Congrats Dave, grandchildren are a true blessing, don't spoil them too much.

A bit of trivia here! Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) weighed 14 pounds at birth, (OUCH) then the largest baby ever born in Bowie County, Texas. By the time that he was in the first grade, Blocker weighed 105 pounds.
Sept. 10, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

Never said the 50 and over division should have the full count. I was and am an advocate for the 60 and over divisions and above. For the record, reread my first post in this thread, I was responding to the exact posted syntax as written from a poster.
Sept. 10, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How do you like the 1 n 1 count?

"The only aspect of feeling rushed with a 1-1 count, is the batter will not be able to stand in the box and wait for the first strike."


GREAT! So if that first pitch is deep & inside and borderline to maybe hit the mat you should swing. Wonderful. I kinda think the teams entry fee would include the luxury of actually renting the batters box to take such a pitch. If a team is going to coordinate on date, clear their family and business calenders, drive or fly to the venue, pay for lodging and meals why shouldn't they be able to MAYBE "wait for the first strike"?
Sept. 8, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Safe or Out at home

Agreed, bad call. Change rule language to read along the line of; "A base runner’s foot or any part of his or her body crosses the scoring line and contacts the ground"...… of course if sliding is not allowed something about "an intentional slide" would have to be included.
Aug. 29, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Life is Precious

I recall a few years back when the Detroit Red Wings were actually a force to be reckoned with: They were in a playoff game that went into 3 or 4 overtime periods. They won the game and the professional team trainer was giving the players Pedialyte because he said it was better as far as hydration and avoiding cramping and too much Gatorade can give you the Hershey squirts. Back in the big tournament days of our youth a doctor on our team gave his yearly "P" speech to the team. He insisted on everyone drinking water days before the tournament and throughout the tournament. He said if your "P" is deep yellow to orangish in color it's dangerous and probably too late to avoid dehydrating. "P" can also stand for 'prevention'.
Aug. 28, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in SE MI or NW OH

"Stick" also plays in the Can-Am league. It is a great league but lots of travel to different fields each week, including a couple of trips over to Windsor Canada to play the Chiefs. Clarkston. MI Recreation is forming a second season draft league as we speak but I don't know if they will have enough sign ups to get it going. Both of these leagues play in the mornings @ 10 am so if you are still working you may not be able to make the games depending on your shift.
Aug. 27, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Miken and Worth Senior bats for 2019

Alan, proportion and weighting wise which senior Miken model is closest to the U-Trip Miken DC41 ?

PS. Thanks again for getting the Team 1 Sports batting gloves out to me so quickly!
Aug. 22, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Question for Dave/ SSUSA Staff..I have a 30oz senior bat and want a 28oz endload, can you send to manufacturer to change?and be legal

I once sent a Dudley back to the manufacturer to replace the endcap which broke in half and flew off during BP. I posted about that on this forum. I would figure that this is similar to a new car. Return to the dealer during the warranty period for repairs or you void out the warranty.

That said, if all the shell thicknesses for a certain bat are the same with the only difference being the weighting in the cap I see no difference if the manufacturer uses factory standard operating procedures to change the weight for you.

As a matter of fact, I seem to remember something about Demarini offering bats made to your specifications maybe a year ago??
Aug. 20, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote

Thanks Dave! Mystery solved.
Aug. 20, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote

I don't know if anyone has ever posted this before but I'll bet you have all wondered about this at one time or another about the Trump Stote Ball: What the hell is a 'stote', anyone?
Aug. 2, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Ball

We've been using the Team 1 Sports 44/375 MicroCell (Alan Tanner's ball) since May in our senior league. I believe it's basically the same ball and throughout cool 60 degree days through 90+ and humid days it has been the best ball we've ever used. They have held up so well that some of the game used balls from last season were used as back up balls this season with no discernible difference.
July 29, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Terminology

Sometimes the problem stems from the first inning. As an umpire, in the early innings (especially the 1st) if a pitch was even borderline high or low I never called it a strike. Once you set your limits you have boxed yourself in and pitchers, (rightly so) push the limit in both directions. I think it's easy to see which umpires actually played the game because of the zone they call, after playing for sometimes decades you just develop an eye for the zone that can't be taught with a book or a description on a chalkboard. Also, as with any call made, say it boldly and with authority, you get less argument that way.
July 28, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Great Lakes classic

I believe Mike's tournament is at Halmich Park (pronounced Hal-Mick). Decent fields, right now due to heat and drought infields are hard. The fences range from 295' to 323', central concession stand, hotels and restaurants nearby including award winning Kuhnhenn micro brewery, Metro Café Sports bar, Buddy's Detroit Style Pizza, etc.
July 27, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Associations
Discussion: Other Senior Associations.

Carpy, Played in ISA in Indy before and no, no association card is needed, just a license or other positive ID. Nice tournament, good competition and friendly administrators, (even sold me a couple dozen new balls at tournament end.) PS. Nice complex too.
July 26, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball cleats

I had Boombah's before, never lasted more than a season. The last pair I bought (and will ever buy) split and shifted off the soles from April to July. Customer service was a joke, I contacted them, got a case number then sent them photos as they requested and was told the warranty (3mos.) had expired, I pointed out I bought them in April, but here in MI we don't use them until May, I asked if they could even pro-rate them and was told no. That's just bad business. It's not like I'm 20 and playing 5 nights a week and tournaments on weekends and run like a deer. I play in a daytime senior league and about 6 tournaments a year. I ask you, do these sound like a good shoe to you?
July 25, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Ball carried out of play

Less than 2 outs, runners on 2nd and 3rd, outfielder catches foul ball and carries it out of play was the scenario described to me today. I thought it was a dead ball and runners move up one base, the other fellow said as many bases as they can get....I thought once it's dead it cannot be put "live" again until it's pitched....?
July 25, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Age

69 year old's can play now as long as they turn 70 within that year.
July 24, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Torn Rotator Cuff

When he bats is it his forward shoulder closest to the pitcher or his back shoulder closest to the catcher that he had the operation on?
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