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Real name:
Murray Williams

Location:
Austin, TX

Division:
Men's 60

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, Nov. 27, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bone On Bone

Capt Kirk, I would look at another surgeon if yours is skeptical about you playing again. Many people are doing it and I have not heard of one person (I am sure there are some out there) who are not playing after TKR. I had a partial replacement 7 years ago and have played ever since then. Next week, I go back in and get a TKR on that knee due to some issues with the 1/3 of the knee (and ligaments) that was not replaced. I hope to be back on the field hitting by April 2018.

, Nov. 22, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WORTH WICKED REVIEW

Dr. Gary, you misspelled Alan. :) My attempt at sarcastic humor.

, Oct. 26, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When did our generation become such cry babies

I don't think all teams with a scoring difference between pool games and bracket games do it for the sinister reason you state to "keep their numbers in line". Many teams, and we are one, view it as an opportunity to get some reserve players more playing time. Without these guys we could not play throughout the year and handle injuries. I'm glad that you look at seeding games differently from bracket games in making your determinations.
, Oct. 26, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When did our generation become such cry babies

This is a GSA tournament and I should have put it in my comments. It is billed as a "World" tournament. Our team would have loved it if some of the 55 Major teams from around the "world" would have entered, but none did. We were the only one. Since this is an in state tournament for us we wanted to play so that we could get some games in before Phoenix, so we dropped down to the 50's. There was not a 50 Major bracket so our only option was 50 AAA, which should be equivalent to our 55 Major team. I suspect that L.Martin's team wanted to do the same thing...get some games in and since there were no 50 Major teams they were going to play 50 AAA and give up runs and play by the AAA rules.
, Oct. 25, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When did our generation become such cry babies

The same thing happened to us in the same tournament. We are a 55 Major team and there was no one to play in our age division so we were going to play against the 50 AAA's. According to SSUSA's matrix the two are equivalent. The director told our coach that too many 50 AAA teams complained so we could not enter the tournament.
, Sept. 27, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tournament seedings

Or how about this novel idea. Enter the scores into an excel spreadsheet as the games are played then do the seeding in 10 minutes after the last pool game is played like it should take...not 2 hours like it did for the 55 Major 30 team bracket.

, June 2, 2017
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An unspoken courtsey gesture...

Why not just swing and miss if the pitcher was behind in the count, then both players compete on the next pitch?

, Nov. 29, 2016
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Durability of Total Knee Replacements

I had a partial knee replacement (makoplasty) December 2010, so I am approaching my 6 year anniversary. As far as it wearing out, I will worry about that when it happens. Besides, by the time it wears out hopefully the surgery options will be even better than now. Like others here, I had constant pain and the deciding factor was not being able to sleep at night due to the pain. I never go all my ROM back (it's about 115 now), but it doesn't limit me in anything I want to do on the softball field.

I went back to my ortho last month because I thought I might have an ACL or other ligament problem unrelated to the knee replacement. Turns out it was probably a hamstring strain. He took x-rays of my knee and said everything looked great.

I rarely have pain. The most is sometimes slight swelling and aching after playing all day on it but it returns to normal after a day. I probably should ice it after playing all day, but I don't.

Softball was important enough for me to risk shortening the lifespan of my new knee.
, Oct. 31, 2016
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Speed up rules

I have to disagree with not allowing infielders to throw the ball to first to warm up after the first inning as reducing the amount of time to complete a game. As an infielder, I may not get a ground ball for several innings, so by the time I get one it can be more than 1/2 hour since I have thrown a ball. This greatly increases my odds of making a bad throw from 3rd to 1st on a ground ball giving the team at bat an extra out leading to more batters hitting in that inning thus extending the time that inning takes. Most of the time I am at my infield position for a couple of minutes before the first pitch is thrown which would be plenty of time to take a few warm up throws without impacting the time before the first pitch is thrown.
, Aug. 31, 2016
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Masters Championships

BLD with it's super short fields was a joke for 60 major plus last year. Not sure why any major or major plus teams would want to play there.

, April 27, 2016
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Release

I thought a player was only allowed to change teams once during the year. After he got his release from the 1st team isn't he committed to the 2nd team now and wouldn't be able to be released again to play with another team (even if that was his first original team)?

, April 18, 2016
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Vegas 50's Fields

Why does everyone consider BLD as a reward? The fields are way too short. 280-290 ft fences should not be used for national championship games when home runs are outs and hot balls are being used.
, Feb. 16, 2016
MurrayW
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Team moved to 55 now stuck out!

JB, there is a tournament in Baytown this Saturday. I'd recommend coming out and seeing if anyone is short on players or needs anyone for the coming season. I don't know any of the 50 teams in Houston other than just from playing against them.

For any teams out there that need players, I would highly recommend JB. He is a solid player with a great attitude.

Good luck.
, July 10, 2015
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: diving across home plate line

This happened to us in Las Vegas in 2010. Our team, Austin Rock was playing Rapid Erectors/Scrap Iron from Colorado in a losers bracket game that was supposed to start at 3:30 Saturday afternoon. It didn't start until 8 or 9 PM.

It was close the entire game. Rapid Erectors was the visiting team and they went ahead by 7 or 8 runs in the top of the seventh. We battled back and tied it in the bottom of the seventh and had a runner on 1st with two outs. Our batter hit a hard line drive into left and when the ball hit something on the ground it bounced up about 15 feet over the left fielders head. Our runner on first was sent home and was going to beat the throw home. He did a roll like you see football players do when they score a touchdown over the scoring line and was called out -- the game was tied.

In the top of the 8th they put up 9 runs. Once again we had a great inning and the same guy ended up on 1st, this time as the tying run. We pinch ran for him this time! The same batter who should have had the walk off hit the inning before was up, and this time he left no doubt by hitting a home run and we won the game 37-36.

The games were already behind so this game made it even worse -- the two buffet innings with almost 40 runs scored took about 1 hour.

We played right after and in 3rd or 4th inning the lights turned off when we were down 6 or 7 runs. We waited around for about an hour but they couldn't get them to turn back on. So the decision was for us to come back at 7AM the next morning to continue the game. By the time we got back our rooms it was 1 or 2AM.

We get up the next morning and it was raining, about 40 degrees and the wind was blowing straight in about 40mph at the field we were playing on. It may have been the most miserable day I have every had to play softball. We ended up losing that game and no one was very happy with our player who caused all the extra time to be played the night before that made it necessary to come out in these conditions Sunday morning!

We were not the only team that was upset. We heard several teams point to us and say, "there's that team with that idiot player that rolled over the home plate line and delayed everything!"


, June 29, 2015
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: texas state championships

I agree fully with mad dog. If there are not many teams, why would you drag it out over 3 days? Have some divisions/age groups play Thur-Fri, others Fri-Sat and others Sat-Sun.

, April 21, 2015
MurrayW
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Player in Houston

JB, Are you only interested in playing league or tournament ball? There are some good senior tournament teams from Houston. We have a team out of Austin that has several Houston area players on it.
, Jan. 29, 2015
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder Pain

Have you had an MRI yet to see if there is some structural damage? Gone to see an orthopedic doctor?

I had very similar symptoms as you where it only hurt when I threw a ball (actually at the point of release) and it was a very sharp pain. I waited 3 years living with it because it only hurt throwing. I too couldn't do any shoulder (overhead) work when weight lifting. I'm sure waiting to get it fixed made the injury worse.

This past December I had surgery. They removed a bone spur which had torn my supraspinatus rotator cuff, repaired the rotator cuff and reattached my biceps lower on my arm out of the shoulder joint since that was torn also.

Good luck!
, May 28, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder Pain

We are an old 50 major team and are probably closer to a AAA team now. We played a major plus team earlier this year with 3 or 5 HR's then walks. We hit 2 or 3 balls over the fence and they probably hit 20-25 over. We won the game 25-23 or something close to that because we happened to have a rare game where everyone hit.

We were not bored playing this game. Their "walks" did not take any longer than our singles. It was much better than if excess HR's had been outs. If they did not adjust their swings and excess HR's were outs, then we would have won something like 25-10 which would have been boring.

Of course this was a good hitting team and they would have adjusted their swings to the rules if excess HR's were outs, so no telling if there would have been more shots up the middle. But in my opinion there certainly would have been.
, April 7, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Protection After Knee Replacement

I had knee replacement 3.5 years ago and never felt a need for any kind of brace. My doctor also told me that I didn't need one. What are you hoping to protect with a brace? Your new knee is probably stronger than you old one ever was. Now flexibility may be another issue.
, Feb. 18, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

I got my replacement sensor and hit on Saturday. The "button" was much more responsive on this one and I was able to mark my "good" swings with it as I was hitting.
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