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Mark Weber

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May 8, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Power fading

rightrj-of course mother nature will win this one, but I don't think you are done yet. I had a big drop off for a couple years. I worked with Steve Imlay off and on all winter and improved each time-and then went to one of his academies. We hit tons of balls-off the tee, then with a pitching machine, and then a live pitcher and got videos. For me it was the videos that made the difference. I was able to see the effect in my swing of something I was doing mentally. We smoothed it out and I have been hitting well since then. In practice the power has been back although situational hitting has not opened up the opportunity to try for more in tournaments yet. But when I do try, I hit it now. It is well worth the time and money-cost about as much a 1 bat.
May 4, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Hey OZ-since you may be referring to me commenting at 65-we are the only 65M++ team now and have already played against the 60M teams so we have played both 1-1 and 0-0 this year. I admit I used to think in baseball terms because I played it so much, but this ISN'T baseball. I don't know why you need 3 strikes in this game.
May 3, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

tall thunder-every team was told and almost no one seems to remember, but I was there when it was implemented. You can save a couple minutes by being ready. And SSUSA has no control on the scoreboards. I agree it would be nice to see the time........but then again I can see teams stalling too much.......
In Mesquite we played 8 games and I think all went 7 innings except maybe the 28-27 game. But my main point is this is NOT baseball and I don't think we should NEED the 4-3 count. Everybody wants to hit. Why should we be able to wait for 'cookies'? We're already spoiled!
May 3, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Dodn't? My new word for the day! Don't fits better.
May 3, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

tallthunder-one point you obviously dodn't know is that SSUSA tacked on 2 minutes to the start of the game and the clock starts right after the flip a couple years ago. If both teams are ready to hit the field, it will start on time. If not, you are losing playing time. It is all up to the 2 teams.
As far as the 1-1 goes, if it is a strike, you should be able to hit it. Why is it so important to be able to take a strike? This is not baseball, but a lot of us (me included) were coached to take a strike IN BASEBALL. I might do it now if there have been a couple walks in a row, but I am ready to hit the first strike I see. This is softball-we have hot bats-good balls (rock) when not using the Stote in hot weather, the pitcher has to hit the mat with his pitches to get a strike, we have height limits both ways (high and low), and outside of a few good knuckleballers and a few that can bend it some, most pitches come in straight. I also know a lot of pitchers that throw a couple balls intentionally to a lot of batters believing it helps get them out and this rule makes them throw more strikes.
I play 65M++ but we have played 60M this year and got in 7 innings almost every game without rushing with the 1-1. I like it. And I hit about the same with either count.
Mark Weber
Timberworks
May 3, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Remembering Shark

Shark's up there starting in left-center for God's team!
April 30, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting Academy

Last chance to sign up for Hitting Clinic in Elk Grove, Cal May 2nd Bartholomew Sports Park. Phoenix Hitting Clinic Esteban Fields May 8, 2018, and Las Vegas May 9th at Lorenzi Fields. Last two Hitting Clinics in Phoenix and Las Vegas until end of summer.
Follow this link to get more information:
https://sliacademy.com/clinic/
April 28, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Stealing other teams Softballs

Softball4b-you had better be careful about admitting you might have even one of Imlay's balls. He is very protective of the 250 that he brings to every tournament for BP. However, I can tell you we ALL appreciate the fact that he goes the extra mile to provide a screen and the balls for BP.
Back a couple years ago we were in Bullhead and hitting at that little baseball field on the way to the fields. Over the right field fence was the river- about 600 feet from home plate but bare hard dirt and downhill. When I got up he yelled 'Move over Webbie'. I didn't, thinking there was no way I could hit one there. But I did. Steve was incensed that I had lost a ball in the river and to this day I have a new nickname-'Move Over Webbie'.
March 13, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SliAcademy Hitting Clinics

I attended a clinic of Steve's in Phoenix 3 or 4 weeks ago. I have struggled for a year and had an idea what was wrong but could not correct it. While analyzing the videos that he made, we could see where what I was doing MENTALLY was translating into my swing. By putting my mental mistake with his video and adjusting, my swing has smoothed out and power has returned a lot. I'm sold for sure-this approach works.(be ready to swing a LOT-I was pretty tired at the end of it!)
March 2, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: MLB discussing allowing anyone to bat in 9th inning

I just checked-it is not April first yet. You sure this is not fake news? LOL
This would be a stupid idea, for sure. As a matter of fact, why not just bring out anyone watching the game from any team if you need him?
Feb. 26, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it time for Full Time Screen?

Omar, I was referring to M+ pitchers only. I inadvertently have hit rockets up the middle and they get snagged by a good M+ pitcher, but I HAVE seen pitchers at other levels that cannot get their hands up fast enough. Personally, I had a bone in my hand broken and quite a bit of ligament damage by a line drive at 3rd base this year-one that I caught right in the palm, so I understand all too well how fast it can get there.
Feb. 26, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it time for Full Time Screen?

I don't think you will find any M+ pitchers that would ask for the screen in games. They pride themselves on taking away the middle and making the big plays like double plays.
Feb. 26, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ratings

I don't understand......
Feb. 13, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Today's "super" bats

Anybody who really thinks that SSUSA will back off the ball or the bats any time in the near future need only look at the fact that they changed balls this year because of complaints on the Trump Stote 44/375 not flying when it gets hot. Let's face it, we all are trying to maintain the level we used to hit at, and these bats and balls give us the illusion that we can-LOL. But, I do think banning someone that is caught with a shaved or doctored bat should face criminal charges-not just banning. At our ages the reflexes are going and that is dangerous and purposeful.
On the balls, as an infielder I hate the 52/300 as it is way too bouncy and on even a slightly rough infield takes a lot of bad hops. The Rock also has a tendency to 'spin up' as I phrase it, on the second hop. I have seen countless times that the second hop is higher than you expect and have seen that hop break noses before (High Street Bucs third baseman a couple years ago in Worlds, I think it was). It is usually just enough to carom off the glove when you think you have it.
This is just something we have to live with and adjust to. I'm not ready to retire yet.
Feb. 9, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

Crusher, I disagree a bit on power. As we get older-we are getting weaker. It is the cycle of life. Even when working out, I see myself not being able to work out like I used to. A 100+ mile week on the bicycle used to be average and I felt great. I recently went 115 in a week and it was just too much. I am now shooting for 50-75 and after averaging 16-18 mph when younger, I now average 14-15. Now I notice those 'ooops, I didn't quite get that one, but it went out anyway' is now a fly out. Exit speed is going down slowly and those line drives that used to carry, don't any more. Fewer HR's-but they do still go.

Still giving it 100%.......

Webbie
Timberworks 65M++
Feb. 9, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

Mango-you are spot on about the running and 'D' over 60. As outfielders, me included, get older we can't seem to keep the ball from 'bouncing in the air'-meaning we miss more when running hard to them. Our bodies are not performing on command any more-they have a mind of their own. For crying out loud, we are on Medicare! and playing softball. We are blessed to be playing. And I still-as I said in my thread a while ago-that defense is easily as important as offense, if not more.

JDub-you forgot an 'O'--STOOOPOIDBATS!!!!LOL
Feb. 6, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spot the Major + player

I lived in Albuquerque for 39 years until May 2017 when my business took me to Tucson.. During that time, the best teams we had were far short of the top levels with the exception of the Diablos back in the late 70's and early 80's. I did play open out of Lubbock in 82 and 83, but after that only in New Mexico, and never higher than A or B. I could not afford to travel much. We never came close to winning at A. In 2005 I had a major shoulder surgery and thought I was done playing at 53. But in 2006 a AA team that I had played league with for years-friends-decided to try Worlds. We actually came in 3rd. The next year we move to AAA and I played there until 2012. I learned to save the HR's until late in the game. But never really considered trying Major Plus until GSF asked me to try in 2012. I have played this level since.
Major Plus players come in all sizes-from the Kenny Vaught mold (leadoff hitter-can hit it anywhere at any time-hits .800-fast-plays great outfield-but rarely hits it out), to the big power hitters we all know. In their 50's, most players are still strong with a lot of the big guys still able to run and play defense to go with their power hitting. As players move into their 60's the big guys begin to call it quits at a faster rate because their 6'5" 270 bodies just cannot take the pounding any more as well as the smaller guys. Home runs become rarer, although the young 60's teams will get their 9 sometimes, it's not a given any more. The older 60's teams, as we were the last couple years don't come close very often. At 65 the teams are really getting smaller. There are a few big guys left, but a lot of them are hobbled, do not play defense anymore, and home runs are fewer. The premium is shifting to the guys that can play defense and still run. I expect that trend to continue as I get toward 70.
OZ, making it at the Major Plus division for a lot of guys is a state of mind. Lots of guys have the talent,the power, and the physical tools but either will not play M+ or just don't perform the same when they try to play at that level. There are lots of guys playing M+ that could blend in at AAA but are great M+ players. There are a lot of AAA players that could play M+ but they don't believe they can.
At 65 now I think I would pick the #2 player above. A good defense can save you so many runs when you get 7 runs an inning.
Jan. 21, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Magic Stuff

I have used Wintercrest-or now Magic Stuff since 2006 when I pulled a hamstring at World's and it actually kept me in the game at about 3/4 speed. I about take a bath in it before I play, but it is great. When I had a small tear in my rotator cuff in my throwing shoulder, I rubbed it on that right shoulder and combined it with ultrasound from my Chiropractor-the miracle man- and it healed my arm, and I still throw reasonably well for a 65 yr old. This stuff works!
Jan. 21, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: I Believe!

Thanks for this thread! We also are believers. I am a pure duffer golfing-if I break 100 it is a good day. My mother and I used to golf every time I visited her in Florida while she was retired-1 week every year for many years. She was really good-80's. When TIAS slowly incapacitated her-she came to Albuquerque where she finally passed in 2008. A couple months later a customer asked me to golf in a scramble. I said sure. The 5th hole we played was a par 5-510 yard hole. My tee shot came to rest right next to the 179 marker-a 331 yard drive(NM is dry and it rolled a long way downhill, too). Mine was best drive. I grabbed Mom's 7 wood and hit it over the ridge to a blind green. When we got up there we could not find the ball. Then one of the guys looked in the cup-and there it was. A 2-double eagle-Albatross-I had never heard that term. But the guys went nuts. A couple holes later I hit another great drive, a 5 iron to 3 feet and birdied the hole and after another par, got to another par 5 and was 20 feet from the hole in 2,and birdied again. 5-under par for 7 holes. Here is the amazing faith part--the day that happened would have been my mother's 80th Birthday. I used her 7 wood from 179. The 331 yard drive (I did not catch this but one of Mom's friends did) she passed away on March 31-3/31. And recently another friend noticed the 179 yard second shot-she passed at 79. Mom played a few holes with me to let me know she was ok. Yes, without a doubt-we believe!
Jan. 18, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Drum Roll thread closed ?

AJC-most likely 'Pitch Count'-as Dave would put it-He doesn't let a thread get way too long and this one could go on for a long time. A lot of guys will not take that first strike in 1-1 like they do in 0-0 because you have just given the advantage to the pitcher. Same reason I never automatically take the 2-0 pitch in '1-1' because it is not 3-0, it is really 3-1 and by taking that strike, you have again given the advantage back to the pitcher. I would bet that SSUSA is going to document the number of games that go 7 this year vs. past years and it may be an increase. The question is how much. But one other change that will skew the results is the new ball and how much livelier it is. If the games are higher scoring because of it, then they will take longer and the results may be different........always something........lol
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