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Bruce MacLaren

Location:
North Bend, WA

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Men's 55

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March 19, 2021
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 55+ (no upper age limit) League in Lynwood Washington (near Seattle)

Men, looking for a weekly league? Raffles has 2-3 spots open for this season. It's Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Meadowdale Park in Lynwood starting in May. Some are double headers. If you are interested, please contact the manager, Bob Applebaum at r.applebaum@comcast.net Turf infields!
Feb. 8, 2021
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When to go backside

So, given that the left-handed batter has the ability to hit to all parts of the field, and the defense is playing you straight up, here are my thoughts: If there are no runners on base, you could plan to hit the 5-6, 1-6 gaps. However, if there are runners on base, your primary goal is to advance them. So, you want to hit behind them. That means the 1-4 or 3-4 holes. If the defense closes the 3-4 hole with people on base, likely the pitcher is going to try to throw inside. Given that scenario, you would take that pitch if there are less than two strikes. You are looking for an outside pitch or a pitch down the middle, You could then take the 5-6, 1-6, or 1-4 gaps. If you miss and hit to 2B or SS, you are hitting into a double play. I'd be interested in your thoughts...
Jan. 22, 2021
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When to go backside

Granted, I agree with Alan Tanner. You need to hit to the quadrant that the pitcher gives you. I would not try to push a ball backside if the ball is coming on the inside of the plate. I would be looking for a ball down the center or ideally on the outside of the plate. A great pitcher will shift their people over to cover the 3-4 hole, pitch inside, and move over to cover the 1-4. Respectfully, not all pitchers can do that unless you are playing at the most elite levels.
Jan. 22, 2021
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: When to go backside

We all need to go backside from time to time. If we don't, the defense will figure you out and make the proper shift. So, when should you go backside if you are a left-handed hitter? Realize that when you do, you are hitting into the strongest part of the defense. Typically, we say you should hit "behind" the runner. So, if you have a runner on 1st with 1 out, you would go to the 3-4 hole to advance that runner and prevent a double play. Same thing with a runner on first and second. So, assuming you are being defended straight up with a 4 person outfield and less than two outs, when should a left handed batter go for the 1-6 or 5-6 hole? Thoughts?
Dec. 31, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Solid 62 yr. old center from Western Washington (left or right) fielder seeking an equally solid tournament team

Bobby is a great pick up. I hit with him regularly. He will be a fantastic addition to a great bunch of guys who love to win. Solid bat. Solid outfielder. Fantastic personality. Team player.
Dec. 9, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: May I use a Jimmerstick as a warm-up bat?

@SSUSA Staff. Could you please advise? Thx.
Dec. 8, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: May I use a Jimmerstick as a warm-up bat?

No, Jimmers are not stamped with anything. They are solid metal. The barrel is 1 inch. I've of course seen many people using them in Conference Tournaments. I've also head that seniors use them with no problem. I'm would just like confirmation from SSUSA.
Dec. 8, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: May I use a Jimmerstick as a warm-up bat?

For sanctioned SSUSA tournaments, Rule 3.4 lists the requirements for a WB. Am I permitted to use a Jimmerstick? It obviously can't be confused with an official bat. It seems to meet all the requirements.
Dec. 2, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How about listing the Hall of Famers on this Website?

How about putting a section on the top of the website which you can click on. It then unfolds to all the SSUSA hall of famers….when they were inducted…and maybe short biographies. That would be cool! Maybe it’s there..but I couldn’t seem to find it.
Nov. 20, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 and 1: Take the pitch or swing away?

I love the discussion on this. Some really good insights. Thank you! As you can see, there is no absolute "right" or "wrong" here. Some people will swing no matter what. Some will take the pitch. Some will look at the specific game situation. That is one of the things that makes this game so great!






Nov. 16, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 3 and 1: Take the pitch or swing away?

Let's say there is one out, bottom of the 4th. You are a good hitter. You are down by 1 run. You have 1 runner on base. You know the next pitch is going to be straight down the center of the plate, exactly where you like it. The argument for taking the pitch: 1. Chance of walk (OBP) 2. Make the pitcher work. 3. A walk doesn't hurt your OBP. The argument for swinging away: 1. Get a good pitch to hit and swing! 2. If you take a meatball, the next pitch won't be straight down the center: aka...a touch harder to control.

Thoughts? Perspectives?
Oct. 8, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

Yes, we still have a couple slots open for 2021.
Oct. 1, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

So, due to the rule changes, we can take 2 players from outside Washington's immediate borders. You need to reside in a State that is West of the Mississippi. Keep in mind that most of our tournaments are in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, except for Worlds and a few other TOCs.
Sept. 29, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

Thank you Dave! Much appreciated.
Sept. 29, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

Hey Tom, thx. Is this a new rule?
Sept. 26, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

Keep in mind, per SSUSA rules, you would need to live in a neighboring state of Washington...or in Washington. Thx to those from Cali who contacted me...but I can't pick up players from Cali.
Sept. 22, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

We are looking for 2 outfielders and 2 infielders with strong bats for the 2021 season. Please text me by interest.
Sept. 14, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batting

Everyone has the opportunity to improve, no matter who you are. There are two essential components to achieve more distance: 1. Technique. 2. Practice. Power hitters are made, they are not born. Check out these videos: http://sportstechnique.com/swing-makeover-shows.html I recommend hitting off the T. It doesn't help timing, but it does help to focus on technique. I also strongly recommend video-taping yourself. It will help you identify the flaws, which you can then correct. The greatest hitter in the world, Ted Williams, used to get very upset when people called him a "natural". He would show them his hands, which had callouses all over them from batting practice. He would practice until his hands actually bled. He worked harder than most people. Hard, focused work and good technique will help you achieve your goal.
Sept. 14, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2021 DeMarini Denny Crine

Mine cracked after 240 swings. Above 70 F. 375/44. Great bat, but you have to have a lot of money for replacement bats. I expect more out of DeMarini
July 31, 2020
Bruce M
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: Washington State 55+ AAA Team has spots open for 2021 season

Dan - text me...
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