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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4264 posts, RR: 52
Posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1360 times:

Just have some general questions for anyone who knows about them or is involved with any adult baseball groups.

1) Where is the best place to find leagues in rural areas? Right now I'm specifically looking at the mountains of Colorado.
2) How is the competition? I understand there are tryouts and drafts for some leagues. Are we looking at pitchers throwing around 90 or around 75? How stiff is the competition to get onto a team?
3) For those who play, do you enjoy it? Is it something you look forward to and would recommend?

So some background on why I am asking: the one regret I really have in life is quitting baseball. I never hit for power, but I was an on base machine and a really instinctive fielder (mostly played SS and 2B, with some 3B, OF and pitching thrown in), rarely making a fielding error. Definitely was an intense S.O.B. on the field -- the manager in whatever league is after little league used to put me in charge of some parts of practice and also had me as the third base coach occasionally, since I would threaten to bench teammates if they didn't hustle -- but it paid off by having our team make less fielding and baserunning errors than most teams in the league.

The long and short of it is that I really miss the game and want to get back in. I still go to the batting cages occasionally and have friends give me fielding practice whenever possible. Are these leagues the way to go?

Anyway, thanks for your help!

Texan


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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7128 posts, RR: 87
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1344 times:

The Texas Rangers are always looking for the next Nolan Ryan, Pat.  bigthumbsup 

You could be legal counsel for MLBPA on the side for the team too!  duck 


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4264 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1339 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 1):
You could be legal counsel for MLBPA on the side for the team too!

Maybe the Rockies, assuming I pass the bar  Wink

Quoting FXramper (Reply 1):
The Texas Rangers are always looking for the next Nolan Ryan, Pat.

Good! I used to strike out everybody I didn't walk or hit  Wink Kinda like The Ryan Express!

Texan



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7128 posts, RR: 87
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1338 times:



Quoting Texan (Reply 2):
assuming I pass the bar

No need to be modest buddy.

Quoting Texan (Reply 2):
The Ryan Express

I'd pay $500 for plate tickets to see you headlock Craig Counsell and bloody his face.  fight 


User currently offlineONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 379 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

I'd say the best way to find adult leagues would be to talk to locals involved in the sport like the batting cage owner, local sports store employees, etc...I play in 2 adult leagues in the LA area and one is more of a rec league while the other is probably a step down from semi-pro. The more intense league has a bunch of guys who at one point or another played some level of pro ball (most low to mid minors) but a lot of those guys can still bring it in the high 80's to low 90's. My teamate was a closer in college and still throws 90-93 mph. Its a blast and I love playing ball. Good luck finding a league/team!


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User currently offlineSmcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1212 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 3):
Craig Counsell

Why you gotta be teasin' my HR hittin' boy?! C'mon he's gonna hit 5 HR this year if we get lucky! He's already at his 2nd highest of his career... Can't ya pick somebody like Jeff Salazar or something?!



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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1208 times:



Quoting Texan (Thread starter):
Are these leagues the way to go?

Softball leagues are the way to go.



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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1186 times:

Try meetup.com.

That said, I played three games of adult league hockey last year and I had enough. Nothing is less enjoyable than having some 300 lb. 45 year old accountant cross-check you in the nose because he thought I sprayed his goaltender (If he had hit my finely repaired teeth, I would be serving time in Huntsville now).

I stick to kickball and dodgeball these days. Why? Everyone is out for a good time and you don't have assholes thinking there is some scout in the stands trying to recruit Bobby from marketing.



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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1181 times:



Quoting September11 (Reply 6):


Quoting Texan (Thread starter):
Are these leagues the way to go?

Softball leagues are the way to go.

Definitely. I'm 21 and played baseball as a kid, but never in high school or college, and I'm gonna be honest with myself- I can NOT hit a 90 MPH pitch in a batting cage.

Softball leagues, for me, have the perfect mix of formality/competition and fun. I love playing 1B and I can hit for average, and its a great way to meet people and get exercise.



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User currently offlineTb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1548 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

I've been playing washout baseball(softball) for the last 6-7 years and have been thinking about playing baseball again. I too regret ever giving it up but I honestly don't know if I could get back into playing it. I'll throw a baseball around sometimes but it's a big change from that huge softball! I don't know if I could hit a fastball again after being out of it for about 12 years. Hmmm now I really want to hit the cages!


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User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4264 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1141 times:



Quoting September11 (Reply 6):
Softball leagues are the way to go.

I'm not a huge softball fan because the approach both at bat and in the field is different. My softball swing is different from my baseball swing and screwed up my baseball swing for about 3 months.

Quoting San747 (Reply 8):
I can NOT hit a 90 MPH pitch in a batting cage.

I used to be able to hit low 90s fastballs in games and throw about 87 myself. I go to the cages to hit 80s fastballs a couple times every year, trying to get my swing back. Hand-eye coordination is off batting right handed, but I can usually get ahold of them pretty good from the left side.

Quoting Tb727 (Reply 9):
I don't know if I could hit a fastball again after being out of it for about 12 years. Hmmm now I really want to hit the cages!

Feel the same way! Really looking to get back into a league and lay it all out there, though.

Texan



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