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Jim Morgan

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Plano, TX

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Men's 70

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, July 18, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Carey Hall

Carey Hall died Sunday. Carey was a long-time player with the Dallas Spurs, first on their 60+ team and more recently on the 65+ team. If you played tournament ball in the Texas area, you probably knew or played against Carey. Like most of us on this board, he loved the game. Since his recent knee replacements on both knees, his joy for the game increased because he could run the bases like a young man again.

Beyond his involvement in softball, Carey had an accomplished career. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and held a Doctorate in Pharmacology. Over and above his softball and career accomplishments, he was just a super nice guy. He always had a smile and a joke. I never heard Carey say a negative word about another person.

Rest in Peace, Carey. I hope they're playing two in heaven today.
, July 17, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aggieland classic-college station,tx

Wouldn't that have been July 11?

, July 16, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: aggieland classic-college station,tx

Does that surprise you, bob?

, June 25, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How best to position11 defensive players?

I think it's situational, depending on both the game situation and the skills of the guy you've got playing the position. We (70AAA) usually play him as a fifth infielder shaded to whichever side of second the batter's tendencies dictate. For some situations (e.g. two out and runner on 1st, he may position himself deeper in the outfield looking for a force at second. Other times, when we're facing some good middle hitters, we may use him as a rover (and I've seen some really athletic guys do a lot of damage from that position). The only time i can recall seeing anyone use him strictly as a fifth outfielder was when an older team was facing a younger team (i.e., 75's vs. 70's) and the younger team had pretty good power.

The biggest problem we have with the 11th player is coordinating coverage of 2nd base because it's just different than you've done all your softball life.

And Benji4, as a hitter I might agree with you, but it is what it is.
, June 25, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rotator Cuff Surgery or not?

I will pretty much echo what lb16 said. The recovery is tough. I have had both shoulders done: right (throwing arm) in 1999, at 55, and left in 2009 , at 65. The recovery time to get back to playing ball was about six months in both cases, but it took the better part of a year to get back to throwing full strength. I wouldn't count on playing SS effectively until you're a year out. And I would make all those time frames contingent on really pushing the rehab hard. For the throwing arm, I did three therapy sessions a week for about four months, plus 30 minute sessions at home each morning and night up to and past the time I started playing. The non-throwing arm was a little easier.

Batting came around a lot quicker than throwing for me.

Either the procedure changed or my left arm was not injured as badly as my right. I have about a three inch scar on my right shoulder and only three little spots where they did an arthroscopic procedure on the left.

I found that my therapist tended to treat me like an old fart when I first went in. I had to challenge him a little bit. Once he realized I was serious about getting back to playing ball and not just being able to tend the garden, the therapy got a lot more rigorous than I observed other guys my age getting.

The good news is, my throwing arm was probably stronger after the rehab than before I injured it.

One of the most difficult things about the recovery was sleeping with my arm in a sling. I had a cuff for my shoulder which was attached to a little ice chest like device with a pump that circulated cold water around my shoulder continually while I slept and that was a great help.

I guess at our ages you have to way the potential lost playing time against being able to get back to playing your favored positions at as high a level as you're capable of. In my case, if I had been that limited, I probably would have quit years ago, so I figure the surgery has bought me another 18 years of playing time (and counting).
, April 28, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Changing Format for 70 Year Old Division

Agree with Curveball. While I understand the challenge of playing multiple games, I fear that any format changes aimed at limiting the number of games per day, would also have the consequence of limiting the total number of games you might get to play in a tournament. I doubt that many would be willing to extend the tournament into an extra day, with the additional associated costs, to accommodate some kind of restriction as to the number of games per day.
, April 26, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Seniors to the Rescue

Great story!

, April 25, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An Interesting Conversation

This post has nothing to do with softball except that it occurred this morning after our softball game. Not being in a rush to get home, I stopped at a local Whattaburger to get some lunch. While waiting for my order to come up, I saw an older guy (yeah, older than me) with a WWII Veteran cap sitting by himself, so I walked over to thank him for his service. He invited me to sit down and we ended up in an extended conversation. Turns out he was with the 101st Airborne at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge and had several combat jumps to his credit. After WWII he came home and worked until 1951 when he got recalled for Korea. He was one of five brothers who also served in WWII. He also lost a son from complications arising from his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. These guys are leaving us all to quickly. This fellow was 90 years old. Their generation went through a lot and we owe them a great debt. Please take the time to thank them when you see them. You might be rewarded with a really interesting conversation.
, April 23, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need your honest opinion........

CAT, we hit Stadium balls three or four times a week in our BP sessions (not my choice, but one of the guys supplies them), believe me they are much hotter than what I hit in any league or tournament. I would guess that I get at least 20-25 feet more distance with the Stadium balls than with the 44/375's we use in most tournaments. I have HR power with the Stadium balls, whereas 280 would be a good shot for me with the 44's. Not only do they carry, they come off the bat hot. They're pretty hard on bats, too, for the big hitters. Not that any of this will make any difference to the guy who thinks he's Giancarlo Stanton because he can hit a HR with a hot ball and a senior bat. If you use them, tell your pitchers and infielders to armor up!
, April 23, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need your honest opinion........

No way I'm pitching in this league if you're using senior bats. I'd love to be a hitter, though. Sounds like a dangerous combination to me. Lots of fall off in reaction times from early 60's to early 70's (I've been there), but lots of guys in this age range can still mash the ball.
, April 2, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An Old, But Never Forgotten Memory

My experiences were not nearly as dramatic as Southpaw's and Airbosn's. I spent the first 6 months of my tour on Hon Tre Island in the bay off of Nha Trang. No action at all while I was there although there was some immediately before and after. I do have a dramatic picture of Nha Trang, taken from the island on the opening night of Tet '68. Later I moved to the Tuy Hoa/Phu Heip area. I was Signal Corps. we provided signal support up and down the coast. At Phu Heip we supported, among others, a battalion of the Korean White Horse division and an element of the 173rd. Was on Tuy Hoa airbase one night when sappers got through the wire and destroyed a couple of C-130's. Otherwise, I was fortunate enough to spend most of my time in secure areas (spell that REMF).

Welcome home, guys!
, April 1, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: An Old, But Never Forgotten Memory

Amazing how those memories stick with us. Where did you spend your time In-country?

My nephew and his new wife recently took a vacation to Vietnam. They actually had to pay for it. I told him he was just 50 years too late, or he could have gone for free with all expenses paid!
, March 25, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bats and balls allowed for ASA and USSSA tournaments

Kev,

I see you live in TN. In addition to the associations listed above, SPA (Softball Players Association) conducts many tournaments in the Southeast. You senior bats will be acceptable in SPA. If USSSA has any significant senior presence, I am not aware of it.

, March 24, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shoes

If you are considering the Soloman's (Diesel Dan's link) take a close look at their "Lacing System.' I, personally, find it to be a pain in the neck and it can't be replaced with regular shoe laces.

Otherwise, the shoes are comfortable, lightweight, very grippy. They fit me true to size, but I have a somewhat narrow foot. Can't speak to durability because my dislike of the lacing system keeps them in the closet most of the time.
, Jan. 26, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

Mannjo, the best information I've found confirms what you've been told. I was intrigued by the possibility of multifocal lenses so that I could get rid of glasses altogether, but even the literature from my ophthalmologist stated that if night driving was a concern multifocal lenses were not a good choice because halos and glare could be a problem. I deduced from that, that playing softball at night would be problematic as well.
, Jan. 13, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

Thanks rh25. After reading the literature the ophthalmologist gave me and doing a little research online, that was the conclusion I had drawn. I've worn glasses since high school, so, if I still need them for reading that will be OK. Just want to be sure I do the right thing for softball.


, Jan. 13, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

Thanks for all the input. Curious to know who opted for multifocal lenses and who for single focus. I understand that single focus would require me to wear glasses in some situations, but I'm trying to figure out which would be better for softball.
, Jan. 13, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Cataract Surgery

For those who have had cataract surgery:

After the surgery and recovery period, did you go through an adjustment period in getting used to you new (a presumably improved) vision? In other words, even though you're vision was better, did it take you some period of time to get use to it?
, Jan. 12, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: North Texas (Allen/Plano area)

Chris, I sent a copy of your post to the coaches of two teams I play on in the Richardson league last night. You should be hearing from one or both of them shortly.

You didn't indicate whether you were interested in league, tournament, or both, but the league is a good place to make some contacts for tournaments.

The Richardson league plays at Heights Park (Arapaho and Floyd Rd, behind the Rec Center).

The only senior leagues I am aware of in DFW are this one and one that plays in Grand Prairie (plus a day league, which would be a problem if you still work).
, Jan. 10, 2017
TexasTransplant
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Interference

Randall, this has come up a number of times in the Umpiring section of the Softballfans website. The consensus among the experienced umpires is exactly as you described it. As long as the runner does nothing to overtly interfere (wave his hand, throw a hip, ala Reggie Jackson, etc) he is entitled to his position, with no requirement to "slide or get out of the way." As one umpire put it, "the runner can't simply go poof and disappear." In fact, one guy opined that, were the runner to veer out of the base path and get hit, he might then be guilty of interference.

My understanding has always been as you described.

We all know we have a number of rules in Senior Softball that differ from USSSA, ASA, and other organizations. I am not disputing what the Staff posted because SSUSA may have a different rule (or a different way of interpreting the rule).

Depending on what sanction you are asking about, you might want to check out that forum (softball fans.com).
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