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Real name:
Mark Weber

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Marana, AZ

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Men's 65

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April 16, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLI hitting Academy

After retiring for 5 months, I forgot how to hold the bat, so Steve was able to help me with that. I guess I will never really retire.....love it too much.
April 14, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SLI hitting Academy

I have known Steve Imlay for over 10 years and consider him a good friend. Yesterday, for the second time, I attended a school with 6 other Seniors on hitting. I am always amazed at what he knows about hitting. I watched 6 guys improve their exit speed considerably. He picked out a problem with my swing also and helped me. Watching the guys see the improvement was fun.

Players, I actually got a blister through a batting glove because we swung so many times. This is about a 6 hour clinic and is the real deal. This school is definitely worth it to anyone that wants to improve.

Mark Weber
Scorpions 65 Major Plus
April 11, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Umpire's call

The fact that the throw was an excellent throw for a 65 year old outfielder-low, hard, and about 2 feet off the ground right over the base was what made that play happen. The runner never thought it would be close.
April 9, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Umpire's call

It is not often I have seen posts giving kudos on calls by umpires. I want to change that for a minute. We were playing in Fountain Hills last weekend in the 60M bracket. One umpire. I play third base. A throw came in from the outfield. It was perfect, right on the base and about a foot off the ground. The runner was coming in and did not slide. I reached out between his legs as he got near the base and caught the throw. I knew immediately that I hadn't actually tagged him. Then I heard the umpire, at close range, say 'SAFE, there was no tag.' He had come full tilt down from the plate and was in perfect position to call the play after a 6 -8 foot slide to the correct position. Great hustle and correct call!
April 1, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Softballs

Because of the new standard in softballs since supply is hitting us so hard and the best ones are tough to find, I have begun my own company to produce comparable softballs to the balls we have been provided with lately in our league, at least, at a reasonable price. The new ‘My Pillow Softballs’ -with apologies to Mike Lindell, will have a COR rating of 22/187 and are guaranteed to leave the bat when hit. No more need for 300-foot fences. We can play on any nice field with fences over 200 feet. No more bad hops on the infield. No more masks for infielders, pitchers and catchers. Like the DH, it will keep players playing for longer because they will run much less, including from the bench to a defensive position and back every inning. We can go back to 60-foot bases. The new softballs will retail at $155.99 per dozen now and go up 10% every month to allow for inflation. They are a must have! (PS I am very close to getting them approved at the Field of Dreams in Las Vegas. We might just have to change the name to Field of SCREAMS.
March 6, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scorekeeping Question

One other point. Had the outfielder dropped the ball and everyone was safe, do you still give the sac fly? No,I don't think so. It becomes an error on the outfielder and the sac fly is gone.
March 6, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scorekeeping Question

So, playing devil's advocate here, same situation and the batter hits a ground ball to the infield. The infielder boots it, but picks it back up in time to make the play at second. Run scores. If the outfielder can be charged with an error even though he got the force out at second, why isn't the infielder also charged with an error because he also booted the ball? AND, for scoring purposes, can you ASSUME the sacrifice fly if the ball is not caught? The runner still would have had to tag correctly and beat the throw. I think what you have here is a batter that lost his sac fly because the ball was dropped. It becomes only a fielders choice.
Feb. 14, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

I know how to play it as I do play third. But it is a play that shouldn't even happen.
Feb. 14, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

I've watched an increasing number of players use that commit line in a way it was not intended to be used. They go up to it and stop and wait until the third baseman comes up to tag them, and then they quickly step over. I believe an amendment needs to be made to stop this. Possible ideas-runner can stop at the line for a limited amount of time before he is out. Defensive player can make the tag past the commit line in certain circumstances where a runner has attempted to use this rule. Maybe someone else has a better idea. When it happens, it is not a bang-bang play.
Feb. 1, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scoring Question

Awww, come on, guys. The guy circled the bases. It took a triple to force in the winning run. I give him a triple and I buy him the first pitcher of beer. 19-18.
Jan. 5, 2022
Webbie25
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: TOC in Feb. 1 out fielder

Many years ago the question came up as to which state had more people to draw on. I researched it with available population stats.Tennessee came up number one at that time.So many states border Tennessee. I know I was surprised. Good luck.
Dec. 19, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules Committee Meeting

I waited for several days to see if anyone.....ANYONE....would comment on the REASON so many asked for and got a medical exemptions. No comments? Really? I know there are circumstances it is merited.........Your turn guys.
Oct. 20, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: major plus

Hi Dave-Steve Imlay was also interested and there are many more M+ players here in this area. I know it is a 3% interest, but there has always been a lot of talk. I will try to make it if there is interest.
Oct. 20, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: major plus

I would also like to be included but not in Sacramento. Maybe Phoenix?
Oct. 20, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

Well, excuse me, Mr. Jim Perry. I was commenting on the original discussion about the checked swing, and not the comments that came after. I have seen that happen before and agree it needs to be clarified, because the batter/runner was called safe in that game. I believe he should be out.
Oct. 19, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call - please

Interesting discussion. I believe the batter is out and here is why. If you allow a 'checked' swing hit, there are too many people with good enough bat control to learn to 'check' a swing at any time and abuse the rule. Seeing an actual checked swing is very rare-I remember maybe 5 times in my career. It needs to go as an out if contact is made and the ball goes fair. Always.
Oct. 8, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: major plus

Walt, I get it. I really do. The moves I referred to were in 65 M+. There is no good answer with Timberworks as dominant as they are. You do prove one of my points, though. If you were younger, the hunger to win would probably prompt you to pick up a few guys to TRY to compete. At 70, you are happy playing with your friends and not so hungry to compete with the best. Personally, I get it and agree with you. I think I am trying to get SSUSA to understand that this belief is not as uncommon as they may believe. Best of luck to you and the Ancients in future years!!
Oct. 8, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: major plus

Sorry I didn't answer sooner. I have been on the road working. 800, (Walt), precedence is my guide. I watched R&R do the same thing. They went up to M+ one year, lost, got moved down for one year, then won at major and got moved up again. Usually they move at least 2 in a bracket your size. By coming in second in worlds, that seems a good possibility. I understand perfectly that you are a local team of friends, but you have to admit you are a darn GOOD team of friends. It will be an interesting decision, but I am betting you both get moved. That brings us back to my original post that maybe there should not be a M+ level because teams like you will just end up not going to tournaments you would have gone to as a major team. It does get repetitious to play the same team or maybe 2 teams in Mesquite, Vegas, Reno, Sacramento, and then Vegas again. For many, it is a lot of money to spend to play the same team a best of 3 in 5 different cities during the year. The idea to only assemble Major Plus teams over 65 or 70 for Vegas Worlds still seems to make the most sense to me. It is a tough situation. I also believe the teams are already beginning to make that decision for you. To have only one 70 M+ team for worlds speaks volumes. And please understand, if it was just me that felt this way and others didn't, I would not say a thing, but I hear this from a whole lot of players and teams out there.

I also want to address one other idea-the one that a team like Timberworks has to play 65 or even 60 M+ to even things out. My question to a lot of 70's teams is 'Would you play M+ if Timberworks was reclassified as a 65 M+ team?' I bet many would. Having said that, if you won worlds at 70 M+, would you feel comfortable being declared the 70 M+ world champion knowing Timberworks is actually a 70 M+ team and is the best?
Oct. 3, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: major plus

I would like to be the first to welcome Minnesota Masters and Arizona Ancient back to 70 Major Plus after their performances in Worlds. Walt (800), Az Ancient, you guys now have a chance to knock off the 6 time World Champs and 5 time Triple Crown Champs. I hope both teams give Timberworks a heck of a battle every time you play them. Good luck.
Sept. 24, 2021
Webbie25
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: More on Major Plus

I have to commend the class which both teams employed to handle the situation. Now we have a 70 m+ champ and a 65 major+ to congratulate. Way to go!!!!
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