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May 18, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best ASA bat for mush balls

I see, shorter fences and that ball you're using bring back memories of the old kapok center, yarn wound balls and the 225-250 fences, maybe a Spaulding wooden bat would be the ticket......
May 18, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: International rules extra innings

Dave, hold on their my friend, it's not my league, I'm not quite ready for 70+ yet :-) I received this response from a man who umpired that league last year:

It is not listed in the Michigan Senior Softball League rules.

What is listed is; A regulation game shall consist of 9 innings with a two-hour time limit. No new inning can start after the time limit. If the score is tied at the end of the time limit, the game will be recorded a tie game.

At the league meeting Roger said that we would use the rule that the last batter would start from second base. I might be wrong but I think Roger said they were international rules.

So presumably there was extra time left otherwise, tie game. If I was umpiring I would of put the last batter at second. If he had a runner from home then he becomes the runner at second base.

That said, I know they have many special adaptive league rules in place since the age gamut runs from 70 to over 90, among those rules are runners from the strike mat for batters that require them.
May 18, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Best ASA bat for mush balls

Do you know the manufacturer of the ball you are using? I've not heard of a 230 compression ball before. That comp number even with a .47 or .50 core number would still be a dead ball. Do you play on open or fenced fields? Is the league men's, co-ed or church recreational? This site may give you some info on the type of bat you would need.

http://www.softballhitting.info/softballcorcompinfo.html
May 18, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: International rules extra innings

My thought exactly, I walked over to that set of diamonds just as the 'discussion' was ending so I'm not sure what the end conclusion was.
May 18, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: International rules extra innings

Watched a 70+ game yesterday with a league using a compilation of rules. The game went to extra innings in which the rule states the team start the extra inning off with the next batter on second base. The batter had been using a designated runner throughout the game so my question is: Who is placed on second base to start the inning the batter or his designated runner?
May 15, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Strike board/mat

My thought exactly...great minds thinking alike!
May 15, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Strike board/mat

I don't know if I gave enough information, the batter actually did hit the pitched ball, it shot straight down and hit the strike mat and popped up to the batter where upon he caught it and flipped it to the catcher.
May 14, 2018
OZ40
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Strike board/mat

Was watching a game today in the middle division of our league. We all use a 2 x 3 plywood board for a strike mat. The batter swung at a pitch and the ball hit the strike board and bounced straight up, the batter caught the ball and flipped it to the catcher. I thought he should be out and the umpire called dead ball...... out, or dead ball?
May 9, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Softball for 2018

We are going into our second full morning league season using Alan Tanner's 44/375 MicroCell balls, these have consistently performed the best of any ball we have ever used. Here in Michigan we get all the climate changes throughout the season from chilly cool morning to balmy humid dog days and I have noticed no marked difference in performance from this ball under the various conditions we use it in.
May 8, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Somerville

Stick (and probably a few others out there) will remember the old Nothdurft Masters teams! Dynasty, powerhouse, all were applicable names to them.
May 8, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Power fading

Ahhhh yes, the one game everyone eventually loses, the game against time.
May 7, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Team Ratings

A big part of the problem when it comes to understanding rules is that not just here in this case but in just about any organization or entity is that rules are written by legal eagles to be interpreted by like individuals.
May 5, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

It's not so much that my actual name was used, (technically it wasn't) suffice it to say I'd not seen that before from you, and maybe I was just taken aback a bit and expected better stewardship of my information by this forum. Just because it can be 'figgured owt' should it just be put out there? But hey, whatever, I'm a big boy and that along the jibes from others I'm sure I can handle. As stated before, everyone have a good, fun, safe season and we'll see how all this plays out. See y'all at the fields.

Dave, no apology necessary, but if it will ease your soul I'd settle for a blue Gatorade if we run into each other at the ball field.
May 5, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Dave, I'll keep that in mind. I honestly didn't know that I wasn't exercising responsibility. I thought responsibility was more in the area of not posting personal information of other forum members that was given in good faith without first getting permission to do so. I didn't know that by using a time honored well known colloquialism would brand me as a racist and put me under SSUSA's proverbial Sword of Damocles and place me on the very precipice of banishment. It's all good, it finally looks like winter may be over here in the north country so my posting on the forum will wane anyway. Everyone out there have a safe and enjoyable season, see you all at the fields.
Oz
May 5, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

I think anyone following this forum can see what's going on here and yes the organization does hold all the cards. I am not the only person on this forum guilty of 'cyclical redundancy' but I am the most vocal on this issue so I get it, no more 1-1 comment from me.

May 4, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Dave, thank you for using my forum name again (it's very professional of you to do so). I am wrong so far, and when does the season end? Get back to me when you can quantitatively rate the 1-1 vs enjoyment. I want to feel relaxed in the batters box, not like I'm waiting in the dentist's office. I have said it before that I and probably most hitters offer at one of the first three pitches. So why should I and others with similar plate habits forfeit the luxury of taking a pitch in the latter innings of a close game?
May 4, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

You are wrong, first definition to come up on a "Bing" Search of the term I used:

Play the __ __ is a term used in parts of Britain meaning to be decent and trustworthy in one's actions. The similar American expression is "that's ____ _____ of you" with the meaning of "thank you for being fair". The origin of the phrase is obscure.

So you are wrong and I certainly meant nothing near what you were imagining or thinking I meant. That is not my nature at all and I can provide team mates and acquaintances for verification if you'd like.


May 4, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Tim: "Quality is subjective, based on each person's expectations heading into a tournament. I'd argue that most players define a quality tournament on field conditions, umpiring, scheduling and whether or not the tournament stayed on time."

So only the games that go 'the full 7' qualify for the criteria above? Is it impossible to have a 6 inning game that meets the above 'expectations'? And if those are the defining characteristics why the fixation on 7 innings rather than the full time allotment and the game just taking it's particular course for that game be it 4-5-6-or the full 7?
May 4, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

Gee Dave, leaking someone's personal information? That's kinda disappointing. Maybe there's an opening in the FBI for you. As I alluded to before there is no stat that accurately gauges quality vs. inning count.
Web: because 2 is not enough and 4 is one too many. :-)
May 4, 2018
OZ40
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Get rid of the 1-1 count

"Meanwhile, back at Reality Central the empirical data continues to show the rate of games reaching the 7th inning at ≥ 98% for the divisions playing the "1-1" count ..."

"I'm sure come fall we'll be treated to all sorts of analytical data extolling the greatness of the 1-1 but not a shred to whether the enjoyment of the game has improved or for that matter stayed the same..."

Don't know that 65+ actually has a horse in this race....

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