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June 22, 2009
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
no fences
Saw part of a tournament that einstein would love. It was in Redwood City, CA last weekend, and the age 50 teams played on a baseball field with no mound and no fences! Closest building in left was about 400 feet and closest tennis court in center about 450 feet and closest sidewalk in right (with pedestrians) was about 350 feet.

Therefore, there was no over-the-fence home run rule. No limits. No one-up. No home runs as outs or singles. Used a 375/44 ball. All senior bats allowed. As einstein would say: "all that senior players want is a lively bat/ball combo and we'll be happy." It was a slugger's delight, you would think, except for the fact that defensive fielders could play 300+ feet back on the bigger hitters.

The results? No team went undefeated. Average score of losing teams was 11 and average score of winning teams was 17. It also attracted a full bracket of 6 teams. Not every community has access to such a field (it is an all-weather field as well, so no bad bounces), but it was an interesting experiment.
June 22, 2009
Men's 65
4549 posts
If I remember right Concord, Pleasanton and a short one in Fremont all have one or more. There are a few in so cal as well,
June 22, 2009
Men's 55
94 posts
Einstein played in the tourney for No Dice . I played there as well . For the very reasons you stated , I won`t play there anymore . Anything hit in the gap, on that artificial turf is a homerun .Senior Of`s not the fastest in the world . Balls rolled forever . You are right . If OF think you have any power , they play you back at about 320 . A ton of balls hit up the middle and at 3rd baseman .
June 23, 2009
Just -a-base Hitter
Men's 50
12 posts
what people don't know is that Einstein plays in San Francisco and there are some fields with fences but not what you are use to, the fences are out of the playground.The league put players like Einstein on fields with no fences.He is well used to hitting gaps and basehits.
June 23, 2009
Men's 50
3114 posts
That's a big field we played at
in Redwood City at Red Morton Park.
I had a blast.
No Dice are the best guys and competitors
around and I got a chance to play with my friend, long ball mentor and new member
to senior ball, Joe Tang.
Slowly but surely, everyone is getting to see what we've known for some time
in SF and that Joe is a monster with a bat.
The ball was slightly retarded from what we have used in the past and acceptable to me given the current cries and concerns for safety.
I love playing on the turf
primarily for it's consistency
in that there's less bad hops for
the infielders.
Thanks, Chewey and Rich and Jake
and Bruce for a great time.
Portland next weekend.

June 23, 2009
mad dog
Men's 65
4153 posts
i think i know these fields,building in left with bushes ,sidewalk coming from between building and tennis court going toward right.they have made this an all weather field,field wasn't that bad with grass if i remember right.what about the field with a fence(can't remember if there was a full fence there) that is straight out from right field beyond the trees.
June 23, 2009
353 posts

I wanted let you know I enjoyed our conversation in Oakdale about the balls/bat combos. It is good to share thoughts and address the outcome of the test held in Elk Grove and the players input being heard. It wasn't a positive outing for my team in Oakdale; we had several injuries occur, resulting in some time off being required. We'll see you in Turlock in a few weeks if you’re headed that way. Love hitting on open fields line drive travel forever. Turf surface out west are great for seniors we need more of them.
June 23, 2009
Omar Khayyam
1243 posts
mad dog, your memory is right on the field. The outfield wasn't that bad before as it was primarily a hardball diamond. This meant that the infield (which wasn't that great) extended forever. Hardballers love the true hop surface—only problem is they insist on wearing metal cleats and it is ripping up the batter's box prematurely. Liked the comments on playing on such a field (and the unexpected opportunities for a home run when the ball rolls and rolls and rolls).
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