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, Sept. 14, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who is the best 50 AAA right now in SSUSA?

Marty I do think that you guys did an excellent job but don't think the term "cruised" would be appropriate in how you made it to the final game. I do recall Universal giving you some worries and if I recall it went to the final inning with you winning by only a couple or three runs? Just saying. You guys going to the worlds this year?
, Sept. 4, 2011
samg
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken's defective bats

I too purchased a Miken UII at teh beginning of the year. As I live in Ohio and this year it seemed to stay cool until we got into mid June, I did not use the bat, but used my Combat or Mutant. When I did get the opportunity to use the bat I saw what all of the hoopla was about with the pop it has. I swung the bat only in ideal conditions, rotated it every swing and had about 175 hits on it. Then the next hit it cracked. You could definitely hear the distinct sound difference when it broke. This was the week before Nationals in Michigan so I was kinda heartbroken. I did see when I bought the bat it was a no warranty and I do understand what it means, but it is sad that you pay that kind of money for an item and it only lasts for about three months. I guess rental on one if someone asked to use it would be around $100 per month or about $20 per swing? I am fortunate that God allows me the ability to still play ball and have a job that allowed me to make the purchase without taking out a mortgage on my house, of course the wife would have left if that did occur.
:-) I still think that Miken should look at it and make it good when you have individuals that do everything in their ability to maintain the bat in good condition. I forgot to mention I do not throw or roll my bat on the ground when running to 1st base after hitting. There shoudl be no erason the bat only lasted for 175 hits, that is $2 per hit with it. I did buy another bat in Michigan from the rep and did have a discussion with him about it. I sent the bat back but as of this date all I know is they say it is a non warraned bat. So looks like I am one of the less fortunate guys that did not get it replaced? It is an expensive lesson and since I am a youngster at this level, it will take a couple of more expensive hits before I get the message, swing a different bat!
, July 1, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What is Senior Softball to you?

I am new to senior softball. I played with the younger guys and finally got tired of getting PO'D because a young guy did not play fundalmentally. They would get burned thinking they can run down any ball or hit into a double play instead of hitting a sacrifice to the outfield.
I just wanted to have an opportunity to play with guys my age that had to use fundalmentals such as using a cut off or splitting the runners,(they all play the better odds)
I have played this sport at various levels and thank God each day he allows me to be in shape to go and hang out with a group of people that are as thankful as me for their health and ability.
The friends you meet in senior softball are friends you will have forever, the competition is still there, but at the end of the day, everyone meets up in the sauna to soak sore muscles. :-)

, April 2, 2011
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitcher's Screen vs Rocket Bats/Balls

As a pitcher at the "younger" age and moving into the senior level this year I understand the concerns about safety for pitchers. I too, have taken many a hit ball up the middle, most were done intentionally, as I know where I pitched the ball and whether the hitter pulls, hits middle, or opposite field. The middle became a bigger concern when the different sanctioning bodies of softball established homerun rules for the different classes. We can all remember "back in the day" when there were no homerun limits and if your memory is still good you don't recall this as a concern unless you had a team go after a pitcher intentionally. I hate the fact that even occurred, but when a player hit up the middle my team mates would always ask me where the pitch was. One would like to think that at this point in our lives, and if we are as good as we want everyone to believe we are, we have a lot more control over our bats. Noone wants to admit that most, I said most, hitters do have this control and just do not use it when the chips are down. They are so obsessed with a base hit or getting on base they hit a hard shot up the middle to get on or score a run. I am excited about this season at this point in my life that God grants me the skills and athleticism to continue to play a sport I dearly love and respect. I do not intentionally hit the middle but do try to go off to the left or right sides of a pitcher for a single. I also can hit for power or percentage. I think the screen at a recreational level is a viable option that will allow those with a little slower reflex time an opportunity to continue to play and maintain friendships they too have made over the years. Looking forward to meeting new friends at the senior level this year.
Sam Grisham
Universal Mechanical
Powell, Ohio

, Jan. 29, 2011
samg
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Trying to Play 55+

2awesome there is a team in Southern Ohio I think Dayton Legends that posted they were looking for a couple of players. You may check and see if they still need players.
, Jan. 1, 2011
samg
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a team in Ohio

Mike thanks for the post. Looking forward to this year with Universal Mechanical. Also had Berliner Legends and OKI Players give me a shout. Dave got me first and I am excited to be able to mix in with a good team. Maybe one day we will end up on the same team or opposing teams somewhere. :-) I listened well to my coach over the years. :-) If that time comes guess we will see how well. :-} Again thanks Brother and miss ya!
, Dec. 25, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Who do you play with there? I am the rookie this year playing senior ball. Been playing with a team from delaware ohio in league and got picked up for a recreational tournament which we won. I really had a good time with it though. My brothers team from cali won the 55 Major+ in Vegas and I hope some day to have an opportunity to play with or pitch against him. :-) I got the chance when I was in the military to play with a team in LR Arkansas with him. I had a great time. Maybe we will see you around this year. I will play on Weekdays with Universal Mechanical from Powell Ohio.
, Dec. 25, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Gary I will agree with you that most mats it will give a pitcher a wider margin of "error" since the mat is wider than the plate by in some cases 4 inches or more. I believe the intent was to make the games faster for league play and squash some mouth from players to umpires.

, Dec. 25, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Prospect Ohio. Just south of Marion and North of Columbus Gary. You from Ohio?
, Dec. 23, 2010
samg
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Plate & Mat as Strike

Being new to senior league this coming year in Ohio I will have to get use to the plate as a strike zone. As for the mat we have played with it in Ohio for several years now. I like the mat in it takes some of the younger players arguing and creating issues that cause delays and in some cases games away from theit teams. The height has alwasy been 3-9 and 6-10 unless in an unlimited height tourney. As for the short pitch, you are true in that most hitters will send it back up the middle on you. I know as I have pitched now fore several years with the younger guys, but it has actually kept me honest and on my toes. :-) Like southpaw I usually wont give a batter a straight pitch to hit unless I know they will take a first strike. Then I will get ahead and start with the angles and yes even a short or deep pitch here and there. :-) The mat did speed up play as far as an umpire is concerned with the calls, but there are times when the ball will hit left, right, or back hitting a small rock or clod of dirt and dart leading to a bad call by an umpire. I have done this and had it done to me. I try to look around the mat before a game to see if the ground is level or not or if there are any areas that may cause a ball to take off like it caught an edge. :-) Just using the field to my advantage? The only issue with short pitching a person is at the rec level and up to some of the higher ones we still have issues with the "young" guys using illegal bats that send a ball on you right now! Those are usually the ones that have no real talent or control of their bats, and probably cheat in everything they do.

, Dec. 23, 2010
samg
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How did you get your start in softball?

I grew up in the same area as softball4b. I played baseball and like softball4b had to find ways to get to practice. I was a natural at the sport and loved it. I joined the army out of high school and they did not have baseball so softball was as close as it came. Unlike softball4b, I did not have the size or strength so I had to learn quick to place the ball and usually would get a double out of it. Over the years I learned size is not all that is needed, after many laps running for not hitting a deep fly ball, and I now hit for power and can place hit most pitches and only 210 lbs compared to my 170 frame I use to carry. I am new to the senior softball league, "rookie", and even had to prove myself to a team here in Ohio before I could get a thumbs up to play with them. I thought that was actually pretty neat, :-) since most teams would call me to play. I am looking forward to playing in the senior level of play and hopefully one day, play with softball4b on a team or at least get the opportunity to play against him. :-) sorry bro, but you have to admit it does put a smile on your face.
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