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, Dec. 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

OZ40, I agree that the batter should have a couple of pitches if he needs it. That's why I prefer 0-0 instead of 1-1.
, Dec. 16, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

OZ40, I've got 60 years plus experience in pitching and I treasure my warmups. Wind conditions change; sun angles change; wet weather may have changed the mound conditions since the previous innings; etc. Also my older arm benefits from a couple of warmups. Some associations have a "one minute" warmup time for each inning. I value this so when the previous half-inning ends, I have my gear on and I hustle out to get my minute of pitching and insist that my catcher be out there also.

The major argument against not giving the pitcher any warm up is that it is sometimes a couple of minutes before outfielders, especially older fellows like my peers, or those who were on base when the inning ended, stroll out to their positions. Why not warm up while they are positioning themselves 250 feet away?
, Dec. 14, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

I'm a little confused. On the resent survey, it says that I should answer the "following questions and e-mail your answers" . I only had one question which required one answer. Were there actually two questions (or more)?
, Dec. 13, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

When I was a young man, I used to get a courtesy fowl for Christmas from my employer. With my low income, that turkey was mighty welcome!
, Dec. 13, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Results

I am one of those who is often interested in scores, both to see how friends' teams did, or to size up the competition (I know how my team did). Maybe we can look forward to a Christmas gift labelled "Quickscores"?!
, Dec. 13, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

tried again and it said I had not voted (which I had). Again, nothing was in orange and only one question was listed. Looks like it will have to be a complete new survey started again once the problem is repaired.
, Dec. 13, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Survey

Got the same glitch. It told me to vote on the question asked in orange, but nothing was in orange except an orange strip beside the instructions. Also did not get a second question.
, Nov. 23, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1 and 1 count

genwa1 makes a good point. On my 16 man roster team, only 2 men will take a pitch that results in two strikes. One leads the team in walks, the other is looking for just the right pitch. Of the rest, we hit the first strike that looks good. 1 - 1 count makes no difference time wise over 0- 0 count. I am also playing with a man next year who is notorious for hitting the first pitch as long as he can reach it, whether it is a strike or not. Surprisingly, he has such good bat control that he is a scary hitter with a high batting average, even though opposing pitchers try to make sure he sees nothing but bad balls.
, Nov. 18, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a simple answer to adding or substituting players

In our Saturday league, the focus is to have a fun competition. Everyone tries their best, but we would rather win by outcompeting than taking advantage of a team that is short a player or two.

As a result, teams can pick up ANYBODY to fill in when they are short, as long as they are the approximate age of the team and the competition (we have two brackets—one younger than 65, the other older). Because it is so common to be missing a player or two, the fill-in player has been from another team playing later or earlier, from guys on a team on a bye week, from guys hanging around to watch and waiting for a chance to play, and yes, even from the opposing team which has more than enough players and lends players to the short team. Never had a problem about quality of the fill-in player. Just happy to have a satisfying double-header. We play games back to back and with double innings so the games go a lot faster. This allows us to get in 6 games a Saturday.
, Nov. 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: The "ROCK SOFTBALL"

JamesLG, you might not have been on this message board a few years back where there were serious, credible statements that the Rock was likely mislabeled and therefore hotter than its rating would indicate. But you only have to be on the board for a week to hear praise from certain quarters about the Rock because it flies so fast and so far.

That's why many players are not interested in playing regularly with the Rock. Sure it is fun to hit the ball a long way. And some guys, who are constantly searching for the hottest bat to hit the ball the longest distance are all for hitting 350, 375 feet rather than settling for a 325 foot home run with our present hot bats. Why not go to tennis balls if that is the goal. As Duke termed it "home run derby".

There are lots and lots of players, including most players over 65, who would rather return to the conditions they grew up with that made the game more nuanced, not just a power game. Games where good infielders were prized, not just the sluggers. Games where strategy played a part in hitting. Games where fast runners were honored, to score or advance, not just go to the dugout after another walk-off homer.

There is also a growing number of players of all ages who have safety concerns about the speed that a ball travels through the infield in order to clear a 300 foot fence. Have you noticed that SSUSA mandates masks and shin guards to protect pitchers? Have you noticed third basemen playing 75-80 feet deep to protect themselves? Have you noticed more and more infielders wearing protective face masks? I know several former pitchers who no longer pitch because of safety concerns with the current bats.

Most of this opposition comes from those who think hot bats have ruined the game or that they are dangerous. And now some want the hottest ball possible to add to the hottest bats?! I think there is likely a majority of players who see the conditions in Vegas as freakish because of the mandated Trump Rock. Playing there once a year is tolerable, but to regularly hit extra hot balls with super hot bats? Not likely a majority.

P.S. This is not a defense of the Trump Stote which deteriorates in hot conditions. But I would rather play with the Stote than the Rock for enjoyable games and tournaments.
, Nov. 13, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: cortisone shot

Reading about Ho's game experience got me to thinking. After more than 7000 games, I finally had to take care of a torn (not ruptured) rotator cuff in my NON-THROWING shoulder (and I'm a pitcher, as well). Pre-surgery, the doc gave me a cortisone shot and it worked like magic. I was able to put tension on my left arm within minutes and I, of course, thought who needs surgery? I did continue to play until the week of my surgery. A quick recovery (since the injury was slight and much of the disability was from a bone spur) and there I was, running as a rabbit in league games and tournaments within a couple of weeks, and then about four more weeks and back to the field. Had some physical therapy afterwards, and no problem since then.

But as others have said, see a doctor, specifically a sports orthopedic surgeon. You seem to have much more pain than I had and you will need an MRI to determine the causes. Cortisone is wonderful, but it is a stop-gap and you should have as few as possible. Most surgeons don't want to give more than two a year and for some players it only lasts a few weeks.
, Oct. 2, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results for the 75`s and 80`s?

Here are some 80s results:
1. Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO)
2. Redwood City Gold Rush (CA)
3. Git-R-Done 80 (CA)
4. Texas Greyhounds

This bracket was an interesting one. The teams played only two games per day in kind of a round robin format with no seeding. It was a bit complicated to determine the winner since it didn't necessarily mean that every team played every other team. In an oddity, the Gray Berets won over the Gold Rush because of runs against, even though the Gold Rush did play the Gray Berets earlier and beat them by a score of 17 to 2. One would think head-to-head would factor in, but evidently not.


, Sept. 30, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Are you staying at AZ Charlies on boulder?

I stayed at Palace Station. They have a true 24-hour cafe. A good thing, since we had an 8:00am game on two days! Eating a protein bar or trail mix can help between games, but we were playing back to back games and for three hours of play it is better to have a good breakfast. Also, the snack bar at our field didn't open up until after 8:00.
, Sept. 17, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Carrying bat

I agree with Dave. I have also seen a guy trot down to first on an easy short fly ball, just going down there in case the outfielder drops the can of corn. I especially see this (and the slow infield hits) when the batter's dugout is on third base side and once put out he just turns and jogs back to the dugout with bat already in hand. A total non-issue for sure. And some guys want to eject him from the game!!! Or even black list him!!! WOW. What penalties do they have for the guy who deliberately hits middle...or uses an illegal bat...or unnecessarily slides into second spikes high. Life-time ban?! And what about the guy found to be using a glove 1/2 " too long—ejected from the tournament? Banned for the year?
, Sept. 6, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: effect of interference call by umpire

I have not experienced an umpire calling interference ONLY when it was intentional. Perhaps it has been intentional a time or two over the years when a runner tried to protect his batter-runner at first, but that seems to be asking for a throw into the teeth. In most cases in senior ball for me, the obstruction of the throw to first was due to clumsiness, cluelessness, carelessness, lack of agility to veer, inability to slide any more, or senility by the runner coming from first. Never stopped the umpire from calling interference when it was obvious the lane was blocked by the runner and there was a potential double play.

Although I will say, to our team's surprise, the last time this happened this summer, the second baseman did not throw the ball and the umpire told us quietly that if he had thrown it, interference would have been called. It was so obvious to both teams that the runner was coming in standing tall and straight toward the bag, that only a looped high toss could have avoided him, and we were both dumbfounded by the non-call.
, Aug. 21, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters-Las Vegas

Thanks VegasCoyote, good information to know. I don't go to any casino that charges for parking, and I am sure that I am not alone. it means you are behind financially the second you step into the casino from the parking garage! I'll check out your place.
, Aug. 15, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Looking for a Senior League Rule

We have lived successfully with a rule forbidding intentional walks. Of course pitchers pitch more carefully to a big slugger and sometimes they are unintentionally walked, but these power hitters pay the same amount and are basically playing to have fun, so what if they hit a home run now and then. It helps that we only have about three guys out of the 100 or so regular players who can regularly hit 300 feet (our definition of a home run hitter) and some leagues may have more. Nonetheless, why penalize a boomer for his abilities?
, Aug. 11, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Mango, I agree that having a tournament where only the home run hitters get home runs is preferable and makes a better game. The problem with the Stote is that it throws off hitters who know where their range is (not home run hitters) and the Stote on a hot day distorts their game. But if the Rock disappeared tomorrow, I would shed no tears. Some posters on this forum have demonstrated that the Rock is actually illegal (or at least labeled incorrectly).
, Aug. 11, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: POSTING ALL SCORES IN 2017

It's not just following your own team in a tournament you can't make, but following friends. In our league, there are guys on 9 different tournament teams, including my own. I'm often interested in how those teams are doing against competition. For some of those teams, seeing scores against teams we play against give me an idea of what the competition is like. So yes, I would love to see scores as close to real time as possible.
, Aug. 9, 2017
Omar Khayyam
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: MONEY

Don't have a problem with SSUSA not disclosing its finances. If a team feels the cost is too high, they can play elsewhere (a nice option in northern California with dozens of tournaments a year—not such a good option in some places, of course).

Do have an opinion on the Trump Rock. Our older team hates it. Add in the high altitude in Vegas, and it is a rare outfielder who can play all tournament games after chasing the Rock around the outfield. It is too hot (and some infielders and pitchers are concerned with safety) and there are so many better balls (the Baden Fire, for example, as a lively ball that doesn't break down in heat).

Don't usually have a problem with the Trump Stote, but in Central Valley tournaments in California (like Sacramento for the Westerns) there is a noticeable decline in performance as temperature climbs into the 90s in the afternoon. Discouraging to hit the ball well and see it nestle into an outfielder's glove who was playing 30 feet in against the Stote.
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