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Murray Williams

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Austin, TX

Division:
Men's 60

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, Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

Sorry about the double post. I was trying to correct a typo in the first one and I thought I was editing it but was actually reposting it.

, Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

It was a nice day Saturday so we were able to get out and take some batting practice. There is a button on the zepp sensor that you are supposed to be able to push to mark your good swings so you can go back and compare your good ones to your bad ones. This was not working for me so all I had was data for 74 swings (2 rounds). Fortunately the last swing of each round I had two HR swings with one of them being the ball I hit farthest during the practice, so I was able to know that those two swings were good ones.

Most of my swings were in the low 60 mph range. My fastest was 68 mph (paste this into your browser to see the graphic: http://tinypic.com/r/33dfrxt/8 . The last two swings of each round were 63 and 59 mph -- the 63 mph was the one that traveled the farthest).

It was interesting to see the path of my bat on each of the swings. The one that I included the link for the picture was the one at bat that I took the most direct path to the ball. On some of the others you could see an adjustment I had to make after I began swinging to adjust to where the ball was.

I can see this as being a useful tool once I figure out how to mark the good swings. For this session I used the same bat for all my swings but I also want to use this to see how my bat speed changes with different bat weights so I can try to pick the optimum weight/speed combination.
, Feb. 3, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

It was a nice day Saturday so we were able to get out and take some batting practice. There is a button on the zepp sensor that you are supposed to be able to push to mark your good swings so you can go back and compare your good ones to your bad ones. This was working for me so all I had was data for 74 swings (2 rounds). Fortunately the last swing of each round I had two HR swings with one of them being the ball I hit farthest during the practice, so I was able to know that those two swings were good ones.

Most of my swings were in the low 60 mph range. My fastest was 68 mph (paste this into your browser to see the graphic: http://tinypic.com/r/33dfrxt/8 . The last two swings of each round were 63 and 59 mph -- the 63 mph was the one that traveled the farthest).

It was interesting to see the path of my bat on each of the swings. The one that I included the link for the picture was the one at bat that I took the most direct path to the ball. On some of the others you could see an adjustment I had to make after I began swinging to adjust to where the ball was.

I can see this as being a useful tool once I figure out how to mark the good swings. For this session I used the same bat for all my swings but I also want to use this to see how my bat speed changes with different bat weights so I can try to pick the optimum weight/speed combination.
, Jan. 14, 2014
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat swing, analyzing it

I ordered one. I probably won't start hitting for another month, but will post my results/opinions when I start using it.

, Dec. 9, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing after knee replacement?

Good luck Webbie25. I had my right knee replaced 3 years and 2 days ago. I found this site helpful for rehabbing it. http://bonesmart.org/forum/view/knee-replacement-recovery-area.9/

Replacements are unlike other surgical rehabs. There is major trauma to your body in sawing, pounding, cutting bone, etc. You have to balance you desire to get back on the field with your body's need for rest to help the recovery. There is a fine balance between pushing too hard and letting your body rest to heal from this traumatic event. In this case you can't always go by the old adage of "no pain, no gain".

Good luck!
, April 5, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AUSTIN TEXAS SENIOR SHOOT-OUT !!!!

Thanks for correcting the date, Chris. I'm not sure I can make the 2103 tourney unless you have an over 150 division.
, Jan. 10, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Juicing To Heal & Strengthen

Ed, check out the Gerson Institute for information and juice recommendations. We have the Norwalk juicer at work and get all kinds of fresh juices daily. A fantastic benefit.
http://gerson.org/gerpress/faqs-juicing/

Good luck with your juicing and I hope that you are able to beat back some of those medical challenges.
, Jan. 9, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best leadoff hitter

Dave, Yes I played with Ed Rose in the mid 80's through early 90's before I moved to Texas. Tell Ed hello for me when you see him. The Soupie Maroadi's story I heard included some more colorful language in addition to the "Rattle, rattle..."
, Jan. 4, 2013
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Best leadoff hitter

Conman, Sorry to hear about Eddie...this is the first that I knew about it. I played with Eddie and Soupie back when I lived in Florida in the 80's. Is Soupie playing senior ball?
thanks,
Murray Williams
, Dec. 19, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Funniest Softball Stories

2010 SSUSA Vegas Worlds, 50 Major. Losers bracket game on Saturday night game that started around 10pm. I think it was originally scheduled for 8pm.

We are down 9 going into the bottom of the 7th with 1 HR left. We score 8 (without using our HR) with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. The guy on 1st is the winning run and he is a guy we ALWAYS run for. For some reason we don't this time.

Batter hits a hard line drive to left field that the fielder chargers and the ball takes a big hop over his head. Runner on 2nd scores to tie the game. Runner on 1st is sent home and is going to make it by a couple of steps. He gets to the home plate line (there wasn't a second plate, just a line) and he does a barrel roll over the line because he is excited that he is the winning run! He is called out for sliding.

Top of the 8th, the other team scores 9 runs. We come back and score 8 runs with our same runner on 1st and 2 outs. This time we pinch run for him! Same batter who should have had the game winning hit the previous inning comes up to bat and this time hits a HR. We win by 1 run.

Because of the bone-headed running play the previous inning the game is extended by about 30 or 45 minutes and the next game starts around midnight. We get into the 4th inning and the lights shut off! They can't get them back on so they tell us we need to come back at 7:30 Sunday morning to finish the game. We get up the next day and it is raining, about 45 degrees and the wind is blowing straight in about 40 miles an hour. Neither team is too thrilled that we have to be out there in these conditions all because our runner extended the game the previous night. We end up losing the game and are eliminated from the tournament.
, Oct. 18, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Oh and Dave, I forgot to add. Thanks for listening to our feedback!
, Oct. 18, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: LV World Tournament Discussion

Dave, here is my 2 cents worth:
1. 2/3 format is fine, but the 0-2 teams should play each other to have the opportunity to advance in the tournament and it should be an extra game that puts them in the back of the losers bracket. In other words, they get no advantage in moving up further in the losers bracket by playing this extra game than any other one loss team. This would also help address southerson's concern about two 1-2 teams not getting the same treatment. If one of the 0-2 teams won against another 0-2 team they would be 1-2 then when they played another 1-1 team in the losers bracket, the winner of that game would have the better record (either 2-2 vs 1-2 or 2-1 vs 1-3).
2. Pods are OK if needed. In the AAA bracket in Vegas, I think the biggest problem was determining the seeds into the bracket. If this had been done on time it would have eliminated a lot of the delays. As others have suggested, do it with computers. A computer with the right software could do this in 10 minutes. I could write an excel macro for you that could handle this if you want help. Another delay was having fields double-booked with a coed tournament. How does this happen in a nation tournament?
3. I really don't think pods are necessary, but if you do break the bracket up in pods, try to separate teams by geography as much as possible. We are a team from Austin Texas and this year we got a bye in the first round. Our first game in the bracket was the winner between a team from Austin and Houston. We have played both of these teams many times this year.
4. Tournament size. If you have enough fields, don't limit the size. If you get into the loser's bracket early then you really don't have a reason to complain about playing a lot of games. A premium should exist for staying in the winners bracket and you should not make it easier for a loser's bracket team to win.
5. Also post the bracket game times and fields for the first games for each team once the seeds have been determined on your website. In this day and age it is unreasonable to require all teams to be at one field at 2PM to find out their game times, especially how it worked out this year with all the delays.
, Oct. 3, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Double Knee Replacement Surgery

A few of us have. See some of the previous threads.
http://seniorsoftball.com/?keywords=knee+replacement
, Aug. 27, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Houston Based 50

Just curious, what team is this?
, Aug. 20, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: AUSTIN TEXAS SENIOR SHOOT-OUT !!

Chris,
Have you decided which weekend to reschedule? On Saturday you said you were leaning towards Sept 8th...is that the most likely date?
thanks,
Murray
, July 27, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: TOURNAMENT WINNER AUTO MOVEUP

Tim, you state: "if we had won the tourney we would have had three bad choices to make...cut friends to get better, or stay together and get whooped at Plus Worlds, or break up for Worlds...none of which would have been enjoyable."

If you force a major plus team to break up aren't you forcing them to cut friends or break up? Why is this any less enjoyable for major plus players than others?
, July 9, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Available Teams

taits, not necessarily true. You will only get taxed if you are a high earner and sell your home at a substantial profit that exceeds the $250,000 (single) or $500,000 (married) exclusion.
http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/realestate.asp
, June 5, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Any rules about location of safety screen?

neck10, does the pitcher walk towards the screen after pitching to make sure he remains behind it and is protected? It would seem that a 6ft or taller pitcher would be in jeopardy if a ball just cleared the screen and he was at the pitchers mound or deeper.
, May 31, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: new bat

Ed, why is the vector-O being discontinued?
, May 22, 2012
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best Method for Breaking in a new composite Senior Bat ??

You have to type it to either email or post it here. Might save you a few keystrokes typing it here once rather than emailing several different people who contact you about it.
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