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Mark Weber

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Albuquerque, NM

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, April 5, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: asking for opinions

Hi coop. I made this suggestion several years ago when I was 58. Now that I am closing in on 64, I am not so sure. There seems to be bigger drop offs in physical abilities as you get older. I thought I held on well through my fifties and into my early 60's, but now seem to be losing it faster each year. I think it would work for 50-57, but the 58-64 is more problematic.


, March 30, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bryce Canyon & Zion

It will warm up quickly-that's the way it is in spring. Storms come through roughly weekly, but temps recover quickly. Should be nice this weekend.
I never leave my bats in the car anyway.
Look forward to playing you again, Timmy
, March 30, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Impending April Fool's Day Always Reminds Me of How Happy I Am to be Here!!

Thanks for the reminder of what men that fought for our country went through. Thank you for your service.
Mark Weber
Tucson Bandits 55M
USMC 1972-78 (never saw action)
, March 27, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Number of Posts

I noticed again that a relatively new member recently came on and was immediately critical of one of our members that has posted a lot. Guys like that don't realize that some of us enjoy conversing here, batting around hitting ideas (pun intended), debating controversial calls, remembering teammates, friends, and on field competitors that have passed, and sometimes battling 'controversial and adversarial' posters. (Read Dirty/Gary19, Einstein, Tim Millette). Some of us have been posting for 10 years or more, so 2000-3000 posts isn't really all that many. I have many friends now that I met on the field and we realized we had been talking here for a long time. It has been fun.
We are a unique community of players-playing well past our primes with tremendous passion to play the game we love. I have found that the camaraderie on the field is like nothing I have experienced in my career. I know I will continue to come here to relax, debate, dig a little at some people in fun, and enjoy the message board. Thanks, Dave (And SSUSA Staff), for the venue.
, Feb. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mendoza Line

Also, is there a Mendoza Line for a player that is only a DH? Would that be higher than if he was a position player? What about different positions, like between a pitcher and a first baseman? Good pitchers are in big demand-would their Mendoza Line be lower?
, Feb. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Mendoza Line

I am just curious-what would a reasonable 'Mendoza Line' be in slow pitch softball. Does anyone have a personal Mendoza Line-an average that he shoots for each and every tourney? Or are there feelings among coaches about what their Mendoza Line is for keeping a guy in the lineup or on the team.
In baseball, if memory serves-.200 was the Mendoza Line and was referring to a shortstop who hit about that for his career and it was debated whether he could contribute enough without the offense, no matter how good he was defensively. And, is your Mendoza Line a bit more forgiving if the guy hits for power, but hit for a low average?
Thanks.
, Feb. 29, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Hey, someone else knows what the Mendoza Line is. I made that comment during a tourney recently and nobody knew what I was talking about. If memory serves-dubious at this age-it was a major league shortstop that hit around .200 which was supposedly the cutoff point for how low a person could hit and still contribute enough to play in the major leagues.
I do have one more thing to say about stats, too. They can almost be a negative, especially if someone is struggling. It puts extra pressure on, and sometimes you just don't need that when you are 'lost'. I say don't put too much emphasis on stats.
, Feb. 23, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Stats can lie, also. This past weekend I made 2 outs in 16 or 17 at bats. I made one error in 5 games at third base and in left center. Good? Well, I hit one easy fly ball lost in the sun,had 3 infield hits that I reached base on without an out being recorded that were hit so poorly the ball hardly made it to the fielder, and walked twice in situations where 5 was on 3 and they were setting up the force. In the field I went until the 5th game and had a total of 4 balls hit to me-and booted one. Doesn't sound quite so good now, does it? There also has to be some interpretation of your performance, too.
, Feb. 23, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Peoria, AZ Sidewinder's Tourney

I also agree it was great!And it was nice to have the 88 degree weather. Got home and it is snowing in NM today. Yuckk! Nothing worse that a cold sunburn.
, Feb. 18, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

I agree with the thought about a solo home run-but only to a point. There are occasions when a solo can spark a flat team, or provide a needed run late in the game when homers are available. But I think a solo that wastes a home run should not be counted as a HR in the stats, and that grand slam with the 5th run on 3 and no outs should be counted as an out. Maybe that early solo could be evaluated at the end of a game. If you have homers left, then it counts. If you ran out, it does not count in your stats. This is why stats can get complicated.
, Feb. 15, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

Lots of good points here. I agree with the double play being 2 outs-unless it is because a runner made the mistake-getting thrown out trying for an extra base, leaving early on a fly or something like that. I do believe also in the sac for the 5th run or to win a game, but only if it has a big effect on the game. Outside of that, I am embarrassed to hit a 'sac'.
Lots of players cause errors just by hustling. If the other team knows you will come out full speed no matter what-they will make more errors. Also, maybe taking a look at 'slugging percentage' might help.
I have known guys that counted fielders choices as hits-unbelievable for sure. Probably the same guys that count batting practice home runs in their home run count for the year.
OZ, you are right about the guys that hit in the clutch. We often know who not to pitch to in those situations, and there should be some way to reflect that in the stats.
One other interesting fact-last year in San Clemente we were out of home runs, but still had scored about 20+ on some team in the open inning, and Mike Adair told me he would give me credit for a home run anyway if I mercifully hit it out. I did, and he did! Take that, 'Stat Purists'!
, Feb. 8, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Was it just me Superbowl

I wrote that this morning early, and forgot about the fumble-that just says huge things about who he is. I was also shocked they punted from their own end zone late in the game-I seem to remember this year Aaron Rogers was in the same situation and threw 2 Hail Marys to tie the game. They gave up---in the SUPER BOWL. And then Cam walked from the news conference. Just like a 5 year old throwing a tantrum when things didn't go his way. One of my customers said "He was supposed to be there the whole game , but just made a Cam-eo appearance."
Going for 2 was an easy choice. With a 13 point lead 2 touchdowns and 2 extra points beats you, and with the 2 point conversion that only makes it a tie game. No-brainer.
, Feb. 8, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Was it just me Superbowl

It is about time to see the headline "Cam gets shafted'.
Some of the blowout bowls from the past were lackluster-I thought it was great watching 2 very good defenses harass the offenses. Watching Denver's defense teach Cam a bit of humility was fun, too. His over the top 'in your face' showboating all year was sickening to see and sure sends a bad message to kids about sportsmanship. And his begging for a call in the end zone near the end was akin to a 2 year old's tantrum. I enjoyed the game-with no real 'horse in the race'.
Peyton needs to retire now-at the top. What a way to go.
, Jan. 26, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major Plus Out of Area Players

Well, 60 M+ loses another player that will not be able to play, and not because that player does not want to play. The sparsity of teams and distance I would have to travel have made it all but impossible for me financially to play this year at M+ level. And being out of area to almost all other 60 M+ teams, the 2 out of area player limit has kept me from playing with the closest team. I really wonder how many others would and could play at that level, but can't. Again, it is tough to get teams to move up to M+, I get that. But maybe there could be consideration for some players on a case by case basis to get exemptions from existing rules to be able to play.
, Jan. 26, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best Wishes to Terry Hennessy

Terry-Patti and I also send our prayers.

Mark Weber
, Jan. 17, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Words of Wisdom

Last year one of our guys hit our bp pitcher-who is also a regular pitcher and broke his foot-he didn't get behind the screen. Turns out, being friends and teammates for a long time, the opposite had happened many years ago. Long time to wait for a payback.
I play third base in 60 M+ and tried a rip-it this year -for 2 innings-I felt like I was catching and had reduced visibility and took it off. Any other ideas on a mask?
, Jan. 12, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

I didn't think about Aurora. Absolutely a tremendous complex.
, Jan. 11, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Everybody fill in the blank............$$$

I would finance a system for SSUSA to keep all tournament scores posted IN REAL TIME. I would be able to afford more than one 'game'bat at a time. I would hire Steve Imlay to be my bat caddy and pay him well. I would fly to all tournaments a couple days ahead instead of driving 10 hours and getting in at the last minute, and I would stay a couple days longer. I would sponsor my own team so I could play any level I wanted to.I would want to be cryogenically frozen so I could see how hot Senior bats will be in 2075. I would also donate to Donald Trump's campaign so he would have to answer to me instead of doing the right thing for the country (isn't that the way it really works?)
Ok, seriously, my wife and I would love to be 'Secret Santas' all over the world, and we would remember those that helped us through tough times.
, Jan. 10, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is your favorite complex you've ever played at?

I still have Golden Eagle as the best, with BLD right behind.
, Jan. 10, 2016
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Services for Nanci Shelley

Patti and I also send our prayers. Every day with your loved one is special.
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