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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?
July 22, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softball cleats

From my experience, Boombah are the cheesiest softball shoes going. I bought a pair and they literally fell apart in a matter of months. Contacted the company and after jumping through every hoop they requested they basically said screw you. I will NEVER buy those again. Alan carries a nice selection of softball shoes and they are field tested by actual players.
July 21, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Usual time of last game on Sunday for tournaments

A good rule of thumb is usually to figure about 90 minutes to about 2 hours past the posted bracket time.
July 20, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make the Call

Mulewhipper so sorry for my response, I honestly thought it was just a post made in jest! It must have been a wild scene at the game!
July 20, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You Make the Call

If the game was being played in San Francisco there is no penalty for a defensive player grabbing the wrong ball provided the grabber buys the grabee dinner after the game.
July 19, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another what's the correct call

One out bases full, batter pops up in front of the plate, umpire calls "infield fly, batter is out if fair". Batter starts running anyway and bumps catcher who is going for the ball (probably to make sure it remains fair), play becomes scrambled ball bounds away and runner from third scores. Since the batter is already declared out why would he run? Subsequently the catcher who finally corrals the ball throws out the runner from first trying for second base for the third out. Interference or incidental? I'm leaning toward interference and runner closest to home is declared out
July 11, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Injury

The above suggestions are great. Movement and massage are key. Regaining range of motion and flexibility are musts if you want to play again. I kept a golf ball under my foot while watching TV and constantly rolled it around under my foot and worked on picking it up with my toes. This helps removing fluid and encouraging range of motion and flexibility. I really feel this helped me a lot. I now own 3 spikey rubber foot balls that I use for my own peace of mind.
July 10, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Injury

I had no prior problems with my Achilles or heels and played sports all my life. Without rhyme or reason I totally severed my achilles at 59 years of age. I did it during volleyball in late January, had percutaneous surgery to reattach in early February and was back playing softball(with a curtesy runner) in late June. By Fall I was back to fulltime volleyball and hockey. Like a fellow poster said, everyone recovers differently, in my case I experienced no pain what so ever from the time it happened to my complete recovery and had very minimal post operative swelling. I really feel the style of surgery I had was key to my fast recovery. If you are very active and in good shape you should recover just fine. True, the achilles is the largest tendon in the body but they do heal and the operation is a relative simple procedure. Good Luck with your decision and results. Positive outlook, and a good surgeon and therapist is an absolute must!
June 27, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Tournament Prizes

If the warehouse is being cleared out for prizes I would opt for the Orphan Annie Ovaltine Mug or the Sky King decoder ring!
June 24, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Senior Ball Exit Speeds & Lawrence Reedus on Pitching Strategy SM#73

Had the pleasure of playing with both Reedy and Wally.....and also the misfortune of playing against them. Both make it look easy but make no mistake they are well practiced masters (if not naturals) of their individual crafts!
June 14, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Obstruction, interference, or incidental play?

Dave, no attempt to deceive. Even the player's name was changed to protect the innocent. The league this happened in is not SSUSA but it does use ASA rules except for some added 'house rules'. Sorry for any confusion. Thanks for the response.
Oz
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