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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
Jan. 4, 2018
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Patty Mac could use your prayers

Patty Mac-I also look forward to seeing you back on the field. Having had one replaced myself, I know you can get back-and the pain will be gone. See you at World's!Our prayers are on their way!
Dec. 19, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

I am always amazed how defense is downplayed-and here it is again. How many games have you lost 28-26 where you hit the heck out of the ball and couldn't catch a cold defensively. We had a game 3 years ago in Dalton that we lost 48-37 and gave them about half of their runs with errors-including a two out error on an easy play that turned into a 9 run inning instead of being out of the inning with 0 runs. What if your team gave up 12 runs a game instead of 20 from playing good defense? I guarantee you would win a lot more games. Very few teams hit ALL the time and sometimes you have to win a game defensively to win a tournament. If the wind is blowing in hard you had better not give up runs defensively, either. And ib16-a run or 2? An inning here or there? One inning that you get out with no runs can change a game. It can save you 5 an inning. That one error you make with 2 outs and nobody on can easily become 5 runs. And the higher the division you play, the more it can cost you. Everybody can hit-but the teams that win consistently also play good defense.

Dec. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Defense

I was reading the survey thread and something OZ said resonated. So as not to hijack the thread, I started this one. How many of us hit 1-4 or more times a week, but never actually PRACTICE defense? I think it would be most of us, because the emphasis of our game is hitting. But one of the things I have always said is that when hitting the best you can do is a grand slam for 4 runs, and you have to have the runners on to do that. Defensively, one good play like taking away a hit, getting the double play, throwing a guy out, or just not making mistakes to open the door can stop countless 5 or 7 run innings. Actually having infield practice has seemed nonexistent for many years.I personally enjoy playing defense and am practicing hard to become the best third baseman I can now that I am on a team with several great outfielders. No matter how natural you are as an athlete-it doesn't happen without practice. The best teams I have ever played with were real good, if not great, defensive teams. At Major+ you can open a 7 run inning with one small mistake, considering the great hitters in that division. And OZ-you are correct that better defense would shorten games.

Mark Weber (Webbie)
Timberworks 65M+
Oct. 19, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Well excuuuuuussseeee meeeee! LOL

There is no way to just do that in M or M+. I'm out!!!
Oct. 19, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Gary, I respectfully disagree-to some extent. Our team learned the senior game and improved to the point we did our best as an older 50's team. The drop off in abilities that just comes with age is MUCH slower between 50-58 than it is every 5 years after that. At our age we tend to forget we were pretty strong in our 50's compared to now. And at our age-I am 65-the every 5 year increment is right-and the difference in a young 60's team and an older 60's team is pronounced.

Oct. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Time to Eliminate One Age Group?

Back about 7 years ago when I was 58, I floated the idea of eliminating one age group by going to a 50-58 division, and a 59-65 division. It did not get much traction then, but after this discussion about Thunderstruck, maybe it is time now. I did not see much drop off in ability between 50 and 58, and as I have gotten older this has not changed. But, the drop off has accelerated tremendously now at the older ages. At 58 I still had the mindset to compete with the 50 year old 'kids'. But as we age, Father Time has taken its toll more and more, on all of us. There is a huge difference between 60's and 65's and an even bigger one at 70's. A lot of guys, including me, are much more ready to 'age up' now. I know from conversations that many agree with this.
The advantages of this new setup would be that there would be more teams to play in each division, especially in the M and M+. I get it that 50AAA will get super large in Worlds, but Dave is great at putting the brackets together. And there would be 4 less brackets. This problem of putting a 55 M+ team into the 50 M bracket would be much less likely to happen, and you don't seem to see it in the older divisions.
Conditioning, technology, new surgical techniques and so many other factors have us playing better and better at older ages. "We can rebuild him!" from the 6 million dollar man is actually here and more guys are staying stronger longer, with the biggest difference in the 50 and 55 age groups, as I see it. Maybe it is time to consider this.
I know this is just a forum for airing ideas, but if it does gain traction, I think it might be worth putting it to the SSUSA office officially. What do you guys think?

Mark Weber
65 M+

Oct. 18, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it fair?

Back when I was 58 (7 years ago) and still pretty strong, I felt that they should eliminate one age group by going to a 50-58 age group, and a 59-65 age group. I put that idea out but it never gained much traction. But tattooball hit the nail on the head and I feel even stronger that this might be a viable idea. There really is not much drop off in ability from 50 to 55 for most, but as I get older I see the drop off accelerating. The elimination of the 55 yr old age group would be positive in many ways. One less age group makes larger bracket sizes for all-and we all like more teams to play, especially M+. Everybody talking about this above is in the 50-55 age bracket-and you don't seem to see the same problem in the older age groups. I was not mentally ready to 'age up' when I was 58 because I knew I could still compete with the 50's, but I sure am ready now at 65. I think I will also start a thread for this discussion only so as not to hijack this one.
Mark Weber
Webbie
65 M+
Oct. 4, 2017
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Any results yet for the 50 major?

Hey Rich-I have met you and know who you are. I was not accusing anyone, just stating the fact that nothing gets done here.
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