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Started this discussion. Last reply by Kyle Grucci Oct 10, 2012. 2 Replies

 There’s a cursed sound across this land,a cursed sound held in the hands,by young and old who play this game,by young and old who forsake its name. A sound that insults the grass,the baselines,…Continue

Fielding Hits Between the Mound and the Plate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Ervin Mar 13, 2013. 1 Reply

In the amateur game, fielding hits that are in a pitcher’s range of responsibility can sometimes find the pitcher and catcher rushing to the same spot, then left guessing – whose  got it?In…Continue

The message from the movie Moneyball

Started this discussion. Last reply by John A. Baker Oct 3, 2011. 2 Replies

You're only as good as your last hit, your last pitch, your last catch, your last stolen base, your last play.  If for any reason you forget this - - -  more than likely others will too.


Started this discussion. Last reply by John A. Baker Aug 31, 2011. 2 Replies

You’ve played on heck of a game up to this point, neck-n-neck all the way - score is tied. Now it’s the last inning of play, two outs and the other team has their last ups, runner on third. If you…Continue


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The Hot Dog Mascot

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

A funny baseball story, huh?  Well, this brings up an interesting experience with a sponsor that supplied us a mascot.


A club I was with had a contest about picking a mascot. So, a lot of entries came in, along with costumes and stuff… but the one that won was a hot dog… yep a hot dog. To this day I still can’t figure that one out.

Anyway, as it came down… a local provision company had interests in the club, money wise, and it was a way to promote their products and…


Just Too Good To Be True

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 10:56am 2 Comments

I was just leaving our home field and going to my car when this kid yells our to me to

throw the ball back please. As I turn around I see this baseball bouncing towards me.

I then see a kid, oh maybe twelve years old, on the other side of a fence, holding his

glove up. I pick the ball up and toss it back… saying to the kid “just be careful playing

catch near the fence, there’s no one around to toss the ball back to you after I leave.”

The kid proceeds to tell me… Continue

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At 1:43pm on December 26, 2009, Jim Hawkins said…
Hi John, thanks for excepting my friend invite. Enjoyed reading "The Christmas Gift". Hope you and your family had a great Christmas and looking for a nice New Year.
At 8:23pm on November 15, 2009, Mike Goodman said…
John thanks for the input i do coach but i don't coach my son because he does'nt respond to me in the dugout i posed this question because he had a really bad tournament outing in Myrtle Beach you see this is his coach for the regular season the last 3 years he had another coach so he only had this coach for the fall though he is a really good coach teaches the game the right way but sometimes the kids are scared to fail like when miss a sign or don't pitch well he has a quick hook my son is a real good pitcher but he won't pitch for him he is too uptight on the mound he knows what he's capable of but he won't respond to the coach he did play for both teams this year the team in the higher league or the A division got knocked out in the 1st round of the playoffs the lower team or the D division is playing for a championship.Playing a team that should be in the A division i will let you know how he does again thank you for your input Mike Goodman
At 4:29pm on October 27, 2009, Bill Stanton said…
John- Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making new connections and talking softball and baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!
At 11:33am on October 27, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, John!

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