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Real name:
Mark McDaniel

Location:
Salida, CA

Division:
Men's 60

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April 7, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

I like it better than the Ambush, as it seems to hit harder. It's close to the older Melee. The more I hit it, the hotter it gets. The latest Melee's seem to take a lot more to break in. My newer Melee's aren't as hot as the new Dirty. The best part!, They are available right now. I tried to buy an end loaded Melee for a friend & they aren't available.& who knows if they will ever be available........ I'm not in the bat business, I have to buy my own bats. So right now the hot bat seems to be the G3 Dirty Reload.......
April 5, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

I just received a 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload. GREAT BAT. The new Dirty breaks in a lot faster than the original Dirty. New technology, thanks to Bauer buying Combat, really helps the Dirty be game ready in a few swings. I'm not sure why, but this Combat has a huge sweet spot, making it a very forgiving bat. If you are looking for a bat that doesn't take 150+ swings to break in, this is it. I was very happy with the old Dirty & the new Dirty is even better. Now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 4 older Dirty's I have hanging in my garage......

Buy the new Dirty, You won't be sorry.

Plus, rumor has it there is a 2 piece Dirty in the works.

I try to hit twice a week & play 2-3 tournaments a week. I'm going to keep hitting it to see just how hot it will get. I'll post more as time goes on.

March 25, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth Pitching Helmet

Our other pitcher, Donnie wears glasses under the Worth helmet. I have worn sun glasses under the helmet, it works just fine. Hard to rip the helmet off, to grab a pop fly, with glasses on. I prefer to not wear any glasses. Less visual interference.
March 24, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Worth Pitching Helmet

After playing in 2 mandatory face mask tournaments, I have changed my mind. I definitely prefer the Worth Pitching Helmet/Mask. It's light weigh, we'll ventilated, offers a clear line of sight & more importantly, it's far more comfortable. I tried the Rip-it face mask & the elastic strap hurt my ears.

Part of the fear I have of a head shot, is going to be my automatic reaction to turn my head. That's exactly what happened 30+ years ago playing against Sunnyvale Valve.

The helmet is really light. I've had 2 shots hit toward my upper body since wearing the helmet. One was a mis hit that I over reacted to & it drilled me. The other was this past weekend playing against a Major+ team, in St George. It was a #3 batter, he smoked it & I was able to catch it. The helmet/face mask didn't hamper me in the least.

Our other pitcher had a pop up that was harder to track, with the helmet on. He was able to make the play. He was afraid to rip the mask off, as he wears glasses.

Try the worth helmet/face mask, you won't be sorry.

Timberworks Construction 60 Major+
March 24, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Spring Worlds Mesquite

Dang, I didn't see you Ed...... I love the Canyons complex, A1 fields, with unsurpassed views! SSUSA hits one out of the park with this tournament.
March 24, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Has anybody seen CERCE?

Let's see....... Slow pitch? Un-hittable? Come on east coast, speak up! Send him out to the west coast, we'll knock him around for a while!! LOL
Jan. 7, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

Capt Kirk - the TOC in Florida, is last years teams & subsequently will be using last years rules ( I already check). No Masks & No DBO's in Major or Major+.....

There is a HUGE difference from hitting at a pitcher & hitting by a pitcher. But, mistakes happen. I'll wear the mask. The Rip-it is my choice. I just hope batters don't think it's a Bullseye........
Jan. 6, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: where are all the pitchers

I really dislike the face mask rule. I've been pitching for 25 years & only had 1 close call. Yes, I am getting older, but so are my batting opponents. A good friend of mine had a close call a year or so ago & started wearing a mask. He has since been hit in the mask 3 times in the last year. Why? Are the odds catching up to him? Or do people not care about wether or not they want to shoot the middle, since he is now wearing a mask?
I'll wear the mask. I wore it in batting practice last week & the only complaint I had, was that it was hot and it was only 62 degrees. I'm dreading when the temperatures reach triple digits.

Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year, I can't wait to get back out on the field.

Mark 44 Timberworks Construction
Jan. 1, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking to play with a 60's traveling team

It helps if you tell us where you live......
Jan. 1, 2014
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: classification

3 I believe
Dec. 29, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: REEBOK BARRAGE vs MIKEN ULTRA 2PIECE MAXLOAD

Hey Donnie, Tri18 (Alan) was a big help getting my barrage replaced. Got it last week, it's not as hot as the one I broke in 25 swings, but it is hotter than the 2 piece Ultra's that I have.

A Big Thank You Tri18
Dec. 29, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

In all actuality, I've been hitting a pretty HOTT single wall Demarini. It's too cold to be swinging those delicate by design, senior bats. Going back to single wall bats is fine by me. I think I'll swing the Demarini in my 50+ USSSSA league.
Dec. 28, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Time to eliminate senior bats

Can't we all just get along? Love it or Leave it. I love playing ball, I can't believe at 60 that I'm still playing a kids game. Every year they bring out new rules. Some work, some don't. I hate the idea of DBO outs. I'll keep playing & thank God that he still allows me to play. If you think that isn't politically correct, who cares.... Batting practice Tuesday at 11...........

Mark 44
Dec. 27, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: T.O.C. 55 Major Player looking

Have my flights, a place to stay. Now all I need is a team!
Dec. 24, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: T.O.C. 55 Major Player looking

Merry Christmas Ed Ho Ho Ho
Dec. 24, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: T.O.C. 55 Major Player looking

I live in Califormia. Played for the Reds in 2013 & pitched for 4Seasons in the Winter Worlds.
Dec. 24, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: T.O.C. 55 Major Player looking

I'm a 55 Major Pitcher looking to play in the T.O.C. If you are short handed & need a player,please contact me soon. mark00asa@aol.com

Mark McDaniel #44
Dec. 16, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: players please respond to rule changes

I will be playing this year with a 60 Major + team. I've played with the same team when we were 55's, but know I turn 60 & I can join my friends again. I helped coach this team at the Worlds in Vegas this past year. We hit together 2-3 times a week. Our team never hit there limit of home runs in any SSUSA tournament last year. Our team wins with speed & defense. Novel thought.

There are some people, that express there opinions, that are using shaved senior bats. They need to be weeded out. I hit my fair share of home runs, but at my age they don't come as frequently as they did as when I was 50.

Ego's. Don't we all have them? But Steve Imlay an egomaniac? You obviously don't know him. I've played against him now for 10 years. He has worked harder at his game than anyone I know. I use to love seeing him come to the plate, but not anymore. When you lift for 1 1/2 hours a day & hit as much batting practice as he does, it doesn't matter what bat he uses.

This year I'll be wearing shin guards & a face mask, for the first time ever. Do I fear senior bats? Not at all. I fear idiots that think they need altered senior bats. I played with a 50's AAA team in the Winter World & got drilled by a big guy using a questionable bat. That I have a problem with.

As long as we all use the same equipment, Who cares. If you don't like it. Don't play! That's what's so wonderful about our country. You always have a choice.
Merry Christmas to all

Mark McDaniel #44
Nov. 26, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Update: Reebok Barrage

Thanks for the update & responding to my text today. The bat I returned to Reebok was definitely the hottest bat, from the get go, that I have ever hit. I got one of the first Barrages & was hitting home runs within the first 15 swings. I'm looking forward to only carrying the Barrage in my bat bag for next year. Thanks for you help getting my broken Barrage replaced.

Mark McDaniel
Nov. 18, 2013
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WINTER WORLDS 60's MAJORS

Men's 55 Major
1. Double Play
2. So Cal 55's
3. 4Seasons
4. Just 4 Fun
5. Rio Grande 55's
6. Fan Grabbers
Double Play was really tough to beat. Almost all of the teams were great to play against.
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