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Jan. 8, 2020
cuda65
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Any 80 team looking for a player or two for the T.O.C Tournament in February.

One possibly two players from the Cleveland, Ohio area inquiring if any 80 team may need possibly one or two players. I can play 2nd base or the middle and my friend plays the outfield. Both have 20 or more years of experience in Senior ball on some very successful teams. If you can use us and the situation is right, give Chuck a call at 956-802-3663. Thanks...
Nov. 30, 2019
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery

Gary, I had a completely different experience. At 78 years old, I fell off my bike on a wet railroad track and tore two tendons completely away from the bone.I could not lift my arm .I came on the message board at the time and inquired about the advisability of getting surgery. Many responders were very optimistic about the surgery and advised that I go ahead and get it done.. when I inquired on their ages....50, 49, 58... For those guys , they had 20 or 30 years left to possibly play ball. At 78, my decision was to rehab it on my own. I used rubber bands and weights and after three years or so, I can throw. Please note, although I can throw, it still is an 80 year old arm. It`s tough to throw someone out from deep short..The best to you Gary..It was just my two cents..
Nov. 29, 2019
cuda65
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box

Wow, thanks ladies and gents. Just as I had hoped, I got some valuable opinions on the subject. Nancy Allen`s was valuable in that the pitcher can move about, but he batter is restricted to a 3 by 7 foot coffin. lol Other comments such as if the back foot is still within the designated area, how does the batter gain an advantage? When I was called out, my 10 and one half foot shoe was maybe 2 inches away from the line. Note, that only happens when I want to go backside..Thanks all again...Solution. Batter called out when the back foot is outside the box.
Nov. 27, 2019
cuda65
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box

Thanks B.J. I appreciate your response. I stand near the front of the plate because most pitches that I see are short pitches that I tend to hit into ground balls. I neglected to point out that I walk into pitches. I still contend that I gain no advantage. I hit balls off a tee everyday , so I will try to shorten my stride. Thanks
Nov. 27, 2019
cuda65
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Opinions on being called out of the batters box

In two recent tournaments, I got called out for stepping out of the box. I asked an umpire at the Phoenix tournament who happened to be sitting in the food area when would he call an 80 year old for being out of the box. His answer was not unless he were going up the middle. He said he would call a 40 year old for doing so. Although he did not say this, I think if the other team appealed, he would call the batter out.I know it is the rule, but what advantage do I gain for doing so.? I think it is a ticky tack rule... Comments from more experienced players, coaches, and umpires..
Feb. 25, 2019
cuda65
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Any 80 team going to Mesquite November 19th in need of one more player

I was contacted by a So/Cal 80 team about going to Mesquite next month, but they were unable to get enough players. Now I have an interest in joining a team there if you truly have a need of one more infielder. Emergencies pop up and if one or more of your players cannot go, give me a call to discuss your situation. That`s Chuck 956-802-3663
Feb. 22, 2019
cuda65
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Spring Worlds I(65-85)

I may be interested in going to that Tournament. I am awaiting to hear from a manager whom I had played for in the past. Give me a call and let me know what you need. I live in Texas and would fly in and would be concerned about a roommate and transportation to the games. Tell me about your team. My name is Chuck and phone number is 956-802-3663.
Feb. 5, 2019
cuda65
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Interference or incidental contact?

In a Senior league,55 and older, no sliding : Runner on first base, one out, batter hits a ground ball to the SS who throws to the second baseman to start a double play. second baseman steps on the bag and one second later the runner from first runs into the second baseman knocking him down. There was no interference call but play stopped because the second baseman was injured. I contend the runner going to first should have also been called out, but the umpire said the runner going to first would in his judgment been safe. My contention is that the umpire cannot make that assumption because of the interference. Awaiting you sage opinions.. Now, instead of one full second, it would have been a bang bang play. Your view change?
Oct. 19, 2018
cuda65
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 80 Team going to Ft. Myers

Pro health, Peachtree, Statesmen, needing a middle fielder or second or first baseman for the Ft. Myers Tournament? I can fly in from Texas if you can use me. Give me a call and we can talk. Cuda 956-802-3663
Oct. 19, 2018
cuda65
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 80 Team going to Ft. Myers

Thanks Ho. Really appreciate the compliment but I think it`s overblown. Looking forward to your Tournament in Barberton next season probably playing with a reconstituted Akron/Cleveland team. You and Red run one of the best Tournaments anywhere. This Tourney has a stellar reputation because of you two. Keep up the great work.
Oct. 18, 2018
cuda65
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 80 Team going to Ft. Myers

It`s getting late. Any 80 team going to Ft. Myers that is in need of a middle infielder or second or first baseman, give me a call and I`ll fill you in on my particulars. That`s Cuda and the phone number is 956-802-3663
Oct. 2, 2018
cuda65
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Any 80 team going to Ft. Myers in November needing an infielder.

Any 80 team going to Ft. Myers in November needing a middle infielder or second or first baseman give me a call and I will fill you in on my softball background. I live in Texas but am willing to fly to Florida for the Tournament. The name is Chuck and my number is 956-802-3663. This would only be a one time arrangement.
Jan. 9, 2018
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: partial tear of the supraspinatus tendon

Ok guys here goes. I`m 78 and fell off of my bicycle on a wet railroad track and tore the Labrum and Supraspinatus and Ifraspinatus tendons away from the bone. At 78 surgery was not in the cards. I saw the head Orthopedic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic after four months of self rehab at a gym. After some physical testing, he concluded that I could throw, but warned me that I only had two tendons attached and that the two separated tendons would not self reattach. After Ten months of gym work and use of the rubber bands, I can throw again, albeit very gently and not real strong as yet. In conclusion to all the above comments. Strengthening the entire shoulder with weights and other devices such as the rubber bands, will allow you to continue to play the game we all love.
Dec. 8, 2017
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: rotator cuff surgery re attachment of the supraspinatus

tc4whir. I`m 78 years old and tore my supraspinatus and infraspinatus completely from the bone. I chose not to have the surgery because of the rehab time and pain that would be associated with the operation, plus the consideration of the time left to play this game we love. Upon weighing all the personal factors I reached that decision. Now after nine months of personal rehab,I was able to throw a rubber ball against the wall at full speed. Thinking I was good to go, I played second base in a practice game and on a double play ball threw to first. There was pain and in the next inning, the opportunity arose again, this time there was great pain where the tendon should have been attached. Needless to say, the arm is not strong enough yet. Will I ever be able to throw? We will see. If I were younger, the decision would have been different. The best of luck to you.
Nov. 13, 2017
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: cortisone shot

phantomf4j and others. I was on this forum earlier this year and let me relate my circumstances. I fell off my bicycle on march 5th and I instantly knew I was in trouble because I fell directly on the right shoulder. I thought I could rehab this injury on my own even though I could not lift my arm. After three month of only slight improvement, I got an MRI which indicated I tore two tendons completely from the bone. I`m 78 years old and decided not to have surgery because of the recovery time and considering I only have a few more years to play at best. I played this past season in a league and on a tournament team, but could only play first base. The past two and a half months I was in the gym three hours a day six days a week. The incremental improvements have been very small, but I was improving. I can now throw as well as I could in the recent past. now to conclude,,, cortisone will not repair torn tendons, but strengthening the other muscles in that shoulder have allowed me to throw again without surgery..
Oct. 2, 2017
cuda65
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results for the 75`s and 80`s?

That`s it, anyone have the results for those two age groups?
Sept. 22, 2017
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing arm has gone bad.

Dancer, first of all, how old are you? Plus, you need to get an MRI. The reason I ask your age, is because I`m 78 and completely tore two tendons and opted out of surgery. Mine were rotator cuff tendons and after seven months, my shoulder is starting to feel better. A buddy of mine pulled a bicep tendon which resulted in a Popeye bicep. But he can still throw. An MRI is really the only way to determine the true extent of your injury. If it`s only partially torn, you can rehab it. I`m not trying to be a Doctor, just trying to help.
July 17, 2017
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery or not?

This is me again with what would seem to be a final decision. I really thank you all for your input. I met with the head surgeon at Cleveland Clinic a Dr. Iannotti. I`ll summarize our 15 minute consultation. He started with, "What`s your problem"? I said I cannot throw. He said " That`s not your problem" He expected me to say that I was in constant pain or could not move my arm. I told him I had 90% range of motion. He told me to get on the table. Put your hand behind your head . Put your hand behind your back. Squeezed my shoulder. "Does that hurt" No. Pushed against my hand in various positions. "You can throw" I beg your pardon? You can throw. I said I can`t throw. He said have you tried it? I said no. He said ,"I will not operate" The next day I went to the gym and threw a hand towel against the wall.. I can throw. His final comment was, " you can live with a partial liver and one kidney and you have two completely torn tendons that will never grow back. If you tear the others, you have a serious problem". I`m 78 years old how many more years can I play at a competitive level? Instead of SS or over the middle, I can play second base. I play on a very good 80 team out of Michigan and I will live with the restrictions my accident created. Thanks again guys. Cuda
June 25, 2017
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery or not?

Rainmans, you are a strong dedicated man. How old were you when you had the surgery? I recently played in a Tournament in Columbus , Ohio and I of course could only play first base. With a man on first and a lefty up to bat, he hit a ground ball to me and I bowled the ball to the SS covering the bag. Same Tournament with bases loaded, a right hand batter hit me a one bouncer and I again bowled the ball home to force out that runner. Key question: Are the gains at my age worth the effort necessary to recover the ability to throw? I will play 80 next year. If I play another 3 years is it worth it? You guys were in your 50`s and 60`s and had 20 years of playing in your future. Think about that. By the way, Columbus had those rubberized infields, so bowling for dollars was easy.
June 25, 2017
cuda65
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery or not?

First of all I want to thank SSUSA for providing the forum that will allow players to ask for opinions and allow various guys to contribute their experiences that can be so helpful for making a more thoughtful decision. Specifically , so far,Ib16, Texas Transplant, and Turbobob have given valuable advice. BUT guys consider this I`m 78. Am I willing to give up at least six months for a recovery that may not happen. I presently have 80 to 85 % full range of motion. I ride a motorcycle both here in Cleveland and Texas. Texas Transplant made a great point: when you weigh the pluses and minuses, the decision becomes more difficult. I play for a 75 team and an 80 team out of Michigan and my hitting has not suffered. I can play first base and live with the fact that I will never be able to throw as before. I meet with the head of the Orthopedic Surgery department at Cleveland Clinic on July 3rd. Let`s see what he says. Remember, these are complete tears of the two tendons. Thanks guys, I`ll keep you informed.
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