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Real name:
Murray Williams

Location:
Austin, TX

Division:
Men's 65

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Aug. 25, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Major Plus Fields for Vegas Worlds

Hi Dave, you are the best. I knew there was a valid reason and you weren’t just doing it to spite me!😁. I already had that chat with my manager asking him to see if he could get one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so I guess it’s that MurrayW’s fault!
Aug. 25, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 60 Major Plus Fields for Vegas Worlds

Hi Dave, It looks like the 60 Major Plus division is playing the pool games at BLD. The preliminary schedule has them playing on Sunset. Will we get to play the bracket games at Sunset? I hate those short BLD fields and don't think Major Plus should ever play there. Thanks!
Aug. 25, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Which Baden softball is going to be used in Vegas for the Worlds?

I'd be happy with new balls. Oh, we are talking about softballs. :)

Aug. 22, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Hitting

Unless the ball is coming straight down (it would be illegally high) you shouldn't be able to let the ball drop down to the waist level. If you mean take the chin and chest level pitch and wait for a waist level pitch, then that is possible. But I don't think you could have a pitch that is chin or shoulder high drop down to your waist to hit it.
July 29, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Safety

I think that pitching nets should be used. I played the past week in Columbus IN for the ISA World and Sacramento for the SSUSA Western Nationals, and in both tournaments, Gold Dot balls were used. You should have heard the complaining by almost everyone about the dead balls, especially when it got hot in the afternoon. You will have a lot more people upset about inferior equipment than will advocate changing it.
July 29, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Medical exemption

Hit the post button accidentally.
60 Major Plus Texas Crush
65 Major Plus Texas Crush
July 29, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Medical exemption

From my personal experience of having 3 knee replacements (right knee partial 11 years ago and full 4 years ago, left knee 1.5 years ago) I agree with Dave's pain and mobility statement.

Before my partial knee replacement, I went through 2 or 3 years of knee pain that led to back pain. I could force myself to get through a tournament, but due to the pain in both the knee and back, I couldn't workout or take batting practice. My play deteriorated going from a 50 Major Plus player to not being good enough to play on my Major Plus team and playing AAA and Major with my friends.

After the surgery I had no pain and I became more mobile so I was able to workout and take batting practice. I became a much better player than I was then and able to be a productive Major Plus player after that. At 68, I am able to play on a 55, 60, and 65 Major Plus team.

With that said, I think each surgery and situation is different so I am not going to assume that everyone else will have the same results as I had. But, I do not think that a replacement part should automatically qualify you to be rated at a lower level. There should be some kind of evaluation you have to go through with input from directors and other coaches that know you.

Murray Williams
55 Major Plus Rock-n-Legends
60 Majopr Plus Texas Crush
July 6, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Equalizer

5 runs plus an extra fielder since 40 Major is two rating groups higher than 50 AAA.
July 5, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player ranking

G Man, yes, that is exactly what I am saying. If you are a 55 Major player you don't need to play 40 AAA, you would already be considered Major Plus at 60. In my opinion, SSUSA has it right with this rule. There is at least a rating difference in the level of play between two age groups (maybe with the exception of 50 to 55). Every 5 years there is a definite falloff in ability. Someone who is 60 but is good enough to play for a 55 Major team should be Major Plus in 60 and over.
July 5, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Player ranking

I'm not really sure why this is being called a "punishment". If the player is good enough to play down at a certain level then why shouldn't he carry that rating index with him? If he is not good enough, why is he playing at that lower level where he can't compete?
June 13, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Southern Championships - Dalton, GA

Texas Crush 65 Major Plus is going to be there if there is anyone to play.

May 14, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Enough Said

mnball, just curious. If you think the white one-piece bat was great, why would you buy a black one instead of another white one-piece bat?
March 9, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 11 defensive players 65+

Montanapnc, I think it would penalize the lesser skilled levels more than the higher skill levels. Higher skilled players should be able to keep the ball out of the middle and not hit infield grounders with runners on first.
March 6, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What’s the Rule

Tim, I thought I did specify that the runner had a foot on the bag and is hit by the ball in fair territory. Anyways, your assumption that the 3rd baseman was behind the runner and the ball hit the batter's body in fair territory is correct. The runners on 2nd and 3rd were not forced. Donna and Tim, thanks for clarifying the rule for me, and restoring my faith in rules should make logical sense.

March 6, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What’s the Rule

First of all this was at an ISSA tournament so the rules may be different. Here’s the situation. Runners on 2nd and 3rd. Batter hits a line drive that hits the runner on 3rd base. The umpire rules it a fair ball and that the runner kept his foot on the base when he was hit.

I don’t know the rule, but logically I think it should be a dead ball, the batter awarded first and the runners on 2nd and 3rd remain there, since there was no runner on 1st to force them to advance. The umpire said that it was a dead ball, the batter is awarded first and both runners move up a base, scoring the runner from third and the other runner moving from second to third.

What is the correct ruling?
March 2, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scorekeeping Question

Benji4 not Benju4...I wish there was an edit function here.
March 2, 2022
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Scorekeeping Question

Benju4, I agree totally except a sacrifice fly that scores the last run of the inning or wins the game counts as a sacrifice fly.
Dec. 16, 2021
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Same age, different divisions...

So if a "friend" plays 65, 60, and 55 all on Major Plus teams, is his rating at the lowest age group? 65 Major Plus could theoretically play 50 AA, but since this "friend" also plays 55 Major Plus, does that mean that the lowest he can play on a 50 team is Major? Don't worry; this "friend" has no desire to play 50 AA or 50 AAA. Only 50 Major if caught in a moment of weakness! :)

Nov. 19, 2021
MurrayW
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Stepping out of the box to avoid being quick-pitched

It also goes the other way. After all, this is slow pitch softball. How much time do you need to get ready for a pitch?

Years ago, when I played young man's league, an opposing batter would take until he got a strike and step out for 20-30 seconds after every pitch. Since we had a time limit, he could make the difference between getting to play an extra inning. We got to the point where we just intentionally walked him every time he came up to bat. Eventually, he got the message and begged us to pitch to him and stopped with his game-wasting actions before every pitch.
Sept. 24, 2021
MurrayW
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: More on Major Plus

Doak, congratulations to you and your team, you guys played well and hit when it counted. When I heal up I am still looking forward to our race! :)
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