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, Feb. 14, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: OKRA FOR POSSIBLE DROP IN GLUCOSE/SUGAR LEVELS FOR DIABETICS ?

I saw you last Wednesday, Frank. You were a picture of health......jk

Proper diet and exercise are the best way. The okra "slime" might have something in it that helps Don't know. There is a drink called Glucerna that helps with diabetic diets also.

My big problem over the last couple years is a condition called gastroparesis. Might have to have some stomach surgery to correct the problem.

Take care, Amigo!
, Feb. 14, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas AA Team Seeking Pitcher and Outfielder

What date on a Saturday? Alex did mention a one day tourney in Austin on March 5th. I went to SA last year. I will be leaving for Florida on the 25th of this month and will be back on the following Tuesday probably.

, Feb. 14, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Team moved to 55 now stuck out!

Couldn't Murray recommend you to any team? He should have least done that much for you. You can always search Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico.

I just don't know anybody out there. Relentless is supposed to be several different age groups, at least, I thought they were.

I'll check with some of my contacts, and try to get you some info. There is usually an early tournament in Baytown. Some of those teams might be looking, at least, adding a player.
, Feb. 14, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting Average or On Base Percentage

OPB is ...............................

On-base percentage (average) is the measure of the number of times a player gets on base via hit, walk, or hit by pitch, expressed as a percentage of his total number of plate appearances.

What’s a plate appearance you ask? Unlike an “AT BAT,” a plate appearance is counted every time a player comes to bat regardless of the outcome of that time at the plate. The statistic known as "AT BAT” counts only the times a player gets a hit or makes an out, while “PLATE APPEARANCES” count walks, sacrifices, hit by pitch, and so on.

Here’s how you calculate an on-base percentage: Hits+Walks+HBP/At Bats+Walks+HBP+Sacrifice Flies)

Disclaimer: No hit by pitches in slow pitch.

I used to bat 10th on a good hitting team. Several times I led our team in RBI's because I usually had people on base for me. The biggest difference I had was I didn't score many runs because the two batters behind me were weak hitters.

The manager told me I would have batted higher but I didn't cross the plate often enough. The bad thing was I was the fastest and probably the best baserunner on the team.
, Feb. 14, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

1.21 bats are for division A only. They just can't sentence structure very well.

@Mannjo ~ I can't swing an end load. Too unnatural for me. I have hit some with mine. It really still needs to be broken in. Think Imma gonna use it until they tell me not to.

They are going to us 52/300 balls.

Thanks, guys. All the info was very helpful. Stay healthy and have a great season.


Picture of the bat I will be using.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/MIKEN-ULTRA-34in-27oz-ASA-SOULTA-SOFTBALL-BAT/262167438765?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D34864%26meid%3D9cb9599f92aa4a6ea1a9eeec1c5ad0a6%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D262167337521
, Feb. 13, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

I didn't buy the Freak 98. Let him keep if he is so proud of his "used" bat. This is from their minutes from a meeting:

There are only 2 bats not approved by the ASA for senior play. They are the Miken MSU Ultra and the Miken MSUM Ultra Maxload. All bats marked with an appropriate ASA logo, or [improper conjunction used by them] have BPF 1.21 or less (1.20) stamped on them are legal bats.

My bat is the white Ultra that came out in 2013. It has no marking as to what they are calling MSU or MSUM. This bat doesn't perform anything like a 1.21.

The way they worded their rule, the last sentence implies that a bat just have an "appropriate" ASA logo on it.......mine done's........."OR" a bat must have a 1.21 or less stamped on them.


Maybe I should go to Earl Schieb and get my Ultra II painted purple with an ASA sticker screened on?
, Feb. 13, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Texas AA Team Seeking Pitcher and Outfielder

Austin Wizards 60AAA are supposed to get back together this year according to the emails I've gotten. I won't know what happens until it happens. Wish I have more info for ya.
, Feb. 10, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: OKRA FOR POSSIBLE DROP IN GLUCOSE/SUGAR LEVELS FOR DIABETICS ?

Frank,

You try it out for 30 days and tell us it how goes.

No mas Cerveza!

Are you still playing with the Legends on Monday nights? That'll be the only time I'll see ya.

The A Division Bandits moved down to the B Division. Arlington disbanded. Only four teams now. That fourth seed is all y'all's!
, Feb. 10, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Renting a car from Budget

As long as you have it in writing, nor offered you insurance. They have it insured. Why must you pay double their premiums?
, Feb. 10, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

Thanks, Fred S. I'm putting a hard negotiating deal on eBay for a used Freak 98. He wanted a $150.00. I offered $85.00. He counter offered $140.00. I counter offered $100.00. Guess we'll see who blinks first. Bet he comes down to $125.00..........Let me call a buddy of mine who knows more about these bats!

@neck10 ~ DeMirini is too proud of their bats, and I've never heard people talk about them.........at least in favorable terms.

Have a good season, guys. Never know when it might be your last rodeo!!!!
, Feb. 9, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need a Tracker in Modesto/Escalon/Oakdale/Riverbank, California

SilverGhost,

Other animals are also attracted to greasy sponges. Very inhumane, and not very thoughtful. We used to board horses, and I made sure personally they were always put up at night secure and in the barn. Had a couple of geese, with a very good shed to put them in at night. Had a big silver wolf come up one night, but with all the sounds the geese made, and my brother shooting his shotgun in the air. Never saw it again. I suppose it went back down to the creek where we used to find many of their tracks.

Why cottontail rabbits were put on this earth. Wolf food.

FYI ~ They are hunting the crap out the wolves, and they will become extinct if we're not careful. They are very vital to the ecosystem if you believe or not.
, Feb. 9, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

Hey, Fred or Mad Dog. How about a 2014 Easton SP14B3 brand new for $100.00?
, Feb. 9, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

Fred S,

All bats MUST have the ASA certification on it. Makes little sense to me since U-Trip and ASA have basically gone their separate ways.

, Feb. 9, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Basics of Cutting the Ball with Ryan Harvey and Bob Woldyke. Swing Makeover #37

I wish you would allow comments. That way people who are NOT associated with this site could discuss things. You could also provide feedback to posters.

I understand not reading idiot comments. Just block them, or remove their comments.

Just my $0.02...........keep the change :)

, Feb. 9, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

The rules say .52/300. However, their minutes from a meeting say .44/375.

Believe me, when I say these people are anal to the max.

I thought all the new ASA bats were tested using the .52/300.

All the newer bats are around $250.00 to $300.00. I have found some of the older models fairly reasonable.

It is beyond me when one bat is banned, and all the others are okay for use.

Here is a link to their website. The minutes of Nov. 2014 say .44/375, and the rules say 52/300.

FYI ~ I have to play in the B division now. Two teams in the A division have desolved. My team decided to move down to the B division.


, Feb. 8, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

What is the best ASA approved bat going today? I had to start playing in a day league with geriatric babies who think the ASA Miken Ultra that came out in 2013 is too hot, so they banned it.

I played a few years back, but I couldn't handle all the bickering and arguing. Beginning to wonder if I want to play all now.

Anyway....................thanks in advance.
, Feb. 6, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: 55+ Looking for Texas Team

You might want to check with the Austin Relentless teams.
, Jan. 28, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: batter's box

Hold your hand up, and ask the umpire for time to get settled in the box. Some like to quick pitch as soon as both feet are placed in the batter's box, or even a split second sooner than that. In baseball that would be called quick pitching. IMO ~ the umpire needs to control the situation by holding his hand up to designate "don't pitch" and signal the pitcher when they all are set.

FYI ~ Many softball rules are exactly the same as baseball rules.
, Jan. 25, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need a Tracker in Modesto/Escalon/Oakdale/Riverbank, California

When we lived out of the city limits, I always put up my animals up at night. It is more than likely wolfes as this species is constantly being hunted and killed. Many predators have been displaced due to human population growth in their territories.

There isn't really much else you can do except trap these animals for release in a more remote location, or kill them yourselves.

, Jan. 18, 2016
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Travelling question

A few suggestions: Don't take a bag with straps unless you can carry it on. Remove the straps if possible and place in bag.

Don't take luggage that is overpacked. Some suitcases pop open even if locked.

Always have your name and address on your bags.

Bags that zip are your best bet. Place the little locks on them, and try to not LOSE THE KEYS!

Don't put anything in your bag that is breakable. Remember to close all lids on anything you carry. Putting things that might leak should be put in a plastic bag.

Do not put money or expensive items in your luggage even if you think your bag is secure.

Try not to take more than what you need clothes wise. Most hotels and motels have washers and dryers. Toiletries can be easily purchased when you arrive. Remember most things such as shampoo bottles are allowed in your carry on.

Don't take your pet(s) unless absolutely necessary. It is very traumatic on the animals if they are placed outside with all the engine noise, and elements from the weather. long delays just make that much harder on the animal The bins are cold and dark. Turbulence can frighten the animal, and cause them to hurt themselves. It is really best if you have a sitter or board them.

Try not to carry on so much you have a hard time walking. Most baggage claims are so far away, the luggage is already there by the time you arrive at the claim area. It is also very hard to navigate the aisles. Bags with rollers are usually best.

It is best to stay seated if you are in the rear of the plane when you arrive at the gate, unless you just want to stretch.

Don't leave your luggage unattended if possible especially carry on as they don't have destination tag on them.

Keep your bag tag stubs readily handy so you can don't to dig for them, or keep them secure in a pocket as not to lose them.

Don't wear anything metal if possible, and remember to leave all sharp objects (pocket knife, fingernail clippers, etc.) at home. Try not to travel with your car keys unless necessary. It usually is better to get transportation to the airport if possible.

Please remember to put your cellphones on plane mode, and turn off all electronic devices.

I don't tip Red Caps (your prerogative) unless they actually do some work for me. All they do is throw it on the conveyor belt mostly. That's what they get paid to do.

I might have left out a few things, but common sense should advise you as to what is best for your traveling needs.

Don't make stupid comments that can make others suspicious of you, or cause you to miss your flight altogether. Most of what is said is taken very seriously by TSA.

I used to work as a baggage handler, and I've seen most of what I described either working or traveling.

Try to relax, and have a good time. You're on vacation!
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