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Andy

Location:
Simi Valley, CA

Division:
Men's 65

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May 31, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 11 on defense

I like the 1-1 count, as it has increased the amount of innings that we get to play. I do not like the extra fielder for any age group.

JMHO,

Andy Smith,
USED2BE
Jan. 26, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Season

Hey Norm,

How have you been? Have not heard or seen you for awhile. Hope all is going well. Are you playing again? Hope to see you out there.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Jan. 18, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating???

Hey Bob, It really does not matter whether they are Major Plus level or not. Ssusa will bump up the top 2-4 teams in the Worlds, depending on the size of the bracket. In the 2010 Worlds, I was playing with a team that was honestly, a little above average AAA, rated as 60 Major. We could not win a tournament, if our life depended on it. We actually had about 5-6 Major players and the rest were AAA or AA players. We had to play Major. Well, we go to the 2010 Worlds, and win it all. The weakest players were playing like Major players throughout our entire lineup. Everybody was red hot. We were definitely the Cinderella team of that tournament.

After the tourney, the team wanted to compete against the Major Plus teams. I really could not see how, but I humored them, and took the team to a local tournament. We played against 2 AA teams. One team beat us by 12 runs, and the other team run ruled us. After that, I said go find another team to play, and we will reform in 2 years. Not one player disagreed with that decision. In addition, 3 of my AAA players tried to get rerated back to AAA or Major, so they could play on a AAA team. One of the letters that I read, which came back from Terry H, said something like this, "...fluke or not, you are rated Major Plus for the next 2 years." I never argued the decision, because the rules are the rules, at least for most of us.

BTW, all of the 65 Major teams in Southern California this season are loaded. All of them picked up 2-3 Major Plus players from 2 disbanded Major Plus teams. We only picked up 2. We got our butts handed to us in our first tournament and went 1-4. I have a couple of key players that had or will have surgery. Both will not be back until June or July.

I wish you would have stayed with us. We really could have utilized your talents. Hope to see you at some of the tournaments. Take care Bob.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Jan. 18, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rating???

Bob Farmer, After all of these years, you are confused how things are done? LOL! Just kidding Bob! Honestly, all 3 teams should be Major Plus. But as mck71 stated, when the TOC is about to occur, all the team's ratings are adjusted to the rating of their qualifying event. Why Arizona Ancients is not Major with New Jersey Hitman and Enviro Vac, is a bit off. Hopefully, all 3 will be rated Major Plus after the TOC, as they should. Hope all is going well Bob. Happy New Year! By the way, I have no answer about the Old A's or their roster situation.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Jan. 17, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

Stick8, Arnicare temporarily relieves muscle pain and stiffness due to minor injuries, overexertion and falls, reduces pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises. It definitely does those things as indicated on its product. What it has done for me, besides what I mentioned in my previous post, it will reduce the bulge in my lower back. I have a minor pinched nerve between 2 discs, that occasionally bulges or swells. I use this product, and it reduces the swelling in about 15-30 minutes. Last week I had some awful leg cramps/muscle pulls, and was in major pain. I am talking quads, calf muscles, and hamstring, all at the same time. Felt like a cripple. I drink a lot of water, so I knew that was not the reason for this. My first thought was to get the Arnicare and apply it to all my leg muscles and lower back. In less than 15 minutes, all my symptoms were gone. It is not that expensive, so I believe it is worth trying it out. Most everyone in our leagues has this stuff, and happy that they do. Yesterday, a player got hit just above the glove area on the wrist. It started to turn colors and swell, then he applied Arnicare immediately and in about 30 minutes, the swelling was dramatically reduced, and the coloring was clearing up. Yes, it still hurt, but he will be fine in a week, as long as he applies Arnicare at least 3 times a day for that week. Ice packs would be a good idea as well as the Arnicare, to make the healing quicker. Good luck, and let me know how it works for you.

As a side note, not every product works the same for everyone. Maybe the other above mentioned product works better for some, or at least they are convinced that it does. I will say that everyone that I have given Arnicare to try, has gone out and bought some, except one player. His issue was as indicated above, but it opened up the skin, and you are not supposed to use this product, when that has happened.


Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Jan. 14, 2018
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

FYI, There is another product called Arnicare or Arnigel, both exactly the same. You can find it at most stores, especially Walmart. One is a store brand and the other is not. $2 cheaper for the store brand, and not expensive at all. It has pretty much the same ingredients as mentioned above, except it is odorless and greaseless. I have used it for bruises from being hit by a ball. Instead of taking 3-6 months to heal completely, it will generally take 7-10 days, with virtually no black and blue marks, as well as little swelling. Just apply 3 times a day for 7-10 days, and you will be as good as new. At least per my experience and a few other players. Best to work on not getting hit. With these crazy bats at our age, plan on getting hit once in a while. LOL!

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Dec. 13, 2017
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 5 games

eraldo, You are absolutely correct, but not always the case. Around the year 2000-2001, the first world tournament that I attended was 4 seeding games into a double elimination bracket for ALL ages/divisions. On occasion, it has happened within the past 10 years. The difference now when this is the case, it was only the 65 or older age groups, and that was one of the main reasons to playing the tournament in 4 days. The other main reason for 4 days, is that the older age divisions did not want to play so many games in a day, but rather spread it out a bit, especially when your team got into the loser's bracket early. The other question about a petition, you are on your own.

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Nov. 22, 2017
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THANKS-STAFF

I concur! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Nov. 17, 2017
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

I agree the Rock holds up better than the other ball and has more pop too. With the bats that we are using, I would rather not use the Rock. The non Rock ball is flying out of the park enough. I like playing softball, not home run derby. There is no need to have a better ball. The only time I would be ok with using the Rock exclusively, if we went to an unlimited pitching arc. I pitch a lot, and do not care to have the ball come at me any quicker, than it already does. No, I do not want to pay any more for these tournament fees.

Just My Humble Opinions,

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Nov. 17, 2017
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a simple answer to adding or substituting players

In my leagues, the majority of teams/players do not care who you have on the team as a sub or where you get them from. On my Tuesday league, all the teams have loaded up with solid players, and still get subs from time to time, and most everyone, does not care. On the other hand, my Wednesday league, where some players that just show up once in a while. These once in a while players, we call floaters. If any of them show up, they are put onto a team with the least amount of players that day. To me, these leagues are just practice for tournaments. To some, it is life or death. LOL!

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Nov. 17, 2017
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules question

OK Tad, I did not know it came up in a tournament too. The same issue came up in our games this past Wednesday. Have a nice Thanksgiving and play some Strat-O-Matic baseball! Say hi to Howard.

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Nov. 16, 2017
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Rules question

Hey Tad, Bill from your team came over to me yesterday to ask about that call, and I told him the umpire was wrong, and gave him the correct ruling, as the SSUSA staff and B.J. stated. Of course, these league games are for fun only, right? LOL!

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Nov. 4, 2017
Duke
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Wind and Walks

Dave and Staff, Great job deleting those other 2 responses, and not deleting the thread!

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Oct. 28, 2017
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When did our generation become such cry babies

Brock, I agree that the new Major division might take on the current Major rules for the home run, OR go to a 1 up and an out. Of course, Major Plus teams would not like the "OR" suggestion. If this is going to work, then there has to be changes made to the home run rule, to make it more enticing for the Major teams that do not hit more than 0 to 1 home run per game. Otherwise, too many Major teams will just reform or drop out.

If it were me, I would leave AA as it is and add 20% of the AAA to the AA division and 20% to the Major division. I would take 15% of the Major teams and move them to AAA. I would combine the remaining Major teams with the current Major Plus teams. Or something along these lines.

It is my opinion, that if you do not institute the 1 up and an out for the home run rule in each division, this will NEVER work out. Also, I think this might be best changed with the 65 or maybe 70 and older age groups, which differs from my previous message.

Lastly, if you do not agree to these home run rules, then Major Plus will just continue to play in very small brackets. SSUSA is not going to rock the boat, as they are from a business standpoint, very successful the way it stands.

And now comes the Major Plus disagreement regarding the home run rule, lol! Hey, at least I did not say to use the current AA home run rule, which is 1 home run per game, then an out. I would be fine with that too. LOL!

Just My Humble Opinions,

Andy Smith,
65 Major,
USED2BE
Oct. 25, 2017
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When did our generation become such cry babies

These 50 AAA teams in an SSUSA tournament cannot dictate who can play or not play. It seems to me, that some of these directors need to be replaced, if this is occurring.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major

Oct. 25, 2017
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When did our generation become such cry babies

Question: "When did our generation become such cry babies?" Answer: For many decades!! LOL!! As you progress into the older age group(60/65 and older), there are just not enough teams to make it worthwhile to play as a Major Plus team in a tournament, where too often 3 or less teams attend. Almost always in the smaller tournaments. You end up playing the same teams over and over at the highest level. Absolutely boring, time consuming, and too expensive. Better to meet half way with the 3 or less teams and play 2-3 games and have a BBQ.

There have been suggestions on how to increase this division. The only reasonable and feasible one in my opinion, is to realign the 4 levels of play into 3 levels.

Just My Humble Opinions,

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Oct. 23, 2017
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: I am confused re: the rating system.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Although Bostonian is rated AAA now, Bostonian did win a TOC berth and will be playing in that tournament as 70 Major.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Oct. 23, 2017
Duke
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: I am confused re: the rating system.!!!!!!!!!!!!

garyheifer, Well, it is possible that they both had a very poor rest of the year. Also, at the tournament that you mentioned for these 2 teams, Bostonians had a negative 22 run differential after 5 games or -4.4 run differential per game. And, the Windsor Chiefs had a plus 2 run differential after 5 games, which equates to a positive .4 runs per game. On top of that, they were the only 2 teams in their division. There could be other reasons, that we are not aware of.

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
Oct. 19, 2017
Duke
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 73-74 PLAYING WITH A 75 TEAM

just joe,

January 11, 2017 to:

"...amend the age 75+ age division underage player exemptions, effective
with the commencement of the 2018 Season, to be limited to five players,  all of whom must be age 74."

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major

Oct. 16, 2017
Duke
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Looking for a strong defensive SS for the upcoming season!

We are an established 65 Major team located in Southern California. We would like to add a SS with a great glove and strong arm. Hitting is secondary, but a definite plus. If you think you fit this criteria, I can be reached by email at dukela4@aol.com.

Thank you,

Andy Smith,
USED2BE,
65 Major
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