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2011 Major World Series Preview

 

 

2011 Major World Series

Preview

 

The 2011 USSSA Men's Major World Series will again take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Champion's Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida the home of the Atlanta Braves spring training games.   The tournament starts on Wednesday, September 21st ends with the championship game on Sunday, September 25h.    The tournament features 14 of the top 16 teams in the nation.

Link to the World Series Almanac

The tournaments winner's bracket will be streamed live at ConferenceUSSSA.com

Whatever games they don't broadcast, which will be most of the loser's bracket, will be broadcast on SoftballCenter.com

Also at softballcenter.com we will have the chat room open to discuss the games.

The field of teams is a good one on paper.  Unfortunately a lot of the teams are in some turmoil chemistry wise.  And a few of the teams are missing key players.  It should be a good show though.

Men's Major Coverage:

Date Time Match Up Live Broadcast
Sept 21st 5:30 pm ET Combat/Pharmapar vs Team 454 Watch Live
Sept 21st 7:00 pm ET Doerflinger vs GTL Watch Live
Sept 21st 8:30 pm ET Resmondo vs TaylorMade Watch Live
Sept 21st 10:00 pm ET Team Combat vs Sinister Watch Live
Sept 22nd 9:00 am ET Sonny's vs Down2Earth.com Watch Live
Sept 22nd 10:30 am ET Wood Law vs R&M Metals Watch Live
Sept 22nd 12:00 pm ET Shoppe vs EWS Watch Live
Sept 22nd 1:30 pm ET Suncoast Reebok vs Darkside Watch Live
Sept 22nd 4:00 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 15 Watch Live
Sept 22nd 5:30 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 14 Watch Live
Sept 22nd 7:00 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 16 Watch Live
Sept 22nd 8:30 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 13 Watch Live
Sept 23rd 4:30 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 22 Watch Live
Sept 23rd 7:00 pm ET Home Run Derby Watch Live
Sept 23rd 9:00 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 21 Watch Live
Sept 24th 7:00 pm ET Winners Bracket Game 27 Watch Live
Sept 25th 11:00 am ET Championship Game Watch Live
Sept 25th 1:00 pm ET Championship Game (If Necessary) Watch Live

 

Losers Bracket

Date Time Match Up Live Broadcast
Sept 23rd 8:00 am ET Losers Bracket Game 9 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 23rd 9:30 am ET Losers Bracket Game 10 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 23rd 11:00 am ET Losers Bracket Game 11 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 23rd 12:30 pm ET Losers Bracket Game 12 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 23rd 4:30 pm ET Losers Bracket Game 20 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 24th 8:00 am ET Losers Bracket Game 19 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 24th 8:00 am ET Losers Bracket Game 18 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 24th 9:30 am ET Losers Bracket Game 17 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 24th 11:00 am ET Losers Bracket Game 23 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 24th 12:30 pm ET Losers Bracket Game 24 SoftballCenter.com
Sept 24th 3:00 pm ET Losers Bracket Game 25 Watch Live
Sept 24th 5:00 pm ET Losers Bracket Game 26 Watch Live
Sept 24th 8:30 pm ET Losers Bracket Game 28 Watch Live
Sept 25th 9:00 am ET Losers Bracket Final Watch Live

 

You can also follow the scores on the softballcenter twitter section on the homepage or on the bracket link

 

 

Wednesday – Saturday weather in Kissimmee, Florida

The ESPN Wide World Of Sports 


DW's World Series soap box rant:

Lets have a good professional looking world series.

1) When the star players "beg" for a walk by starting towards first base before the ball crosses the plate, let's take an extra second and make sure it's really a ball and not a strike.  Currently strike two against the top players basically has to be a perfect pitch.  Currently it looks as though umpires are looking for something "wrong" with the pitch so they can just agree with the star hitter and give him the walk.  If its a strike? then call it a strike.  There is going to be a lot of cameras on the major games this year and noone wants to see the best team of the decade, Resmondo, walk their way to a championship and lead the tournament in average walks per game.  They are plenty capable of run ruling all of their opponents without any walks.

2) Pitchers – let's make Resmondo hit the ball.  It's a baseball field, maybe they'll fly out 365 feet.  Do we really need Vince Bisbee (who, don't get me wrong, is a great hitter) walking 62 times this year?  The top 3 in walks this year were Bisbee, Jr, and Streibel.  Basically if you walk these three, then Connell gets to swing for a grand slam.  Some of this falls on the umpires who need to call the pitch and don't just automatically try to find something wrong with it so you don't "show up" the player.  This is the world series, lets get it right.

3) The other thing that needs to be done is to toss the players that swear and throw the bat excessively towards the backstop.  I've seen three bats go through the fence like darts in the last two years.  This is very dangerous and there will be kids at the major.  This goes for EVERY player on EVERY team.  Announce it at the managers meeting and at the pre-game meeting.  

4) Bat testing.  It is time to test the bats at the World Series after every two games played.  Why?  Because the bat doctors have "dialed in" their bat doctoring to the point that this is the only way.  Those shiny new bats that don't have a mark on them shouldn't be testing just above the minimum limit.  I understand its a lot of extra work but sponsors and players have put a lot of money and time into making the Conference the best in the nation, lets make it a clean game and get the hot sticks out this week.  Any bats that are removed for failing the test at anytime during the week should not be allowed to be replaced.  You get 20 bats for the 5 days and thats it.

5) Lets see a new umpire rotation behind homeplate.  There isn't one person on ANY team in the land that doesn't want this.  Doc is a great umpire, a hall of famer, and a great guy.  But lets switch it up, just for the heck of it.   Lets have a straight rotation of all 8 conference umpires behind the plate for Resmondo games, GTL games, and everyone other game.   If I have to take pictures of the homeplate umpire for each game and put it in the report, that can be done.   It is quite frankly the biggest conspiracy theory going and quite frankly the Conference teams including Resmondo are tired of it.   Again this is nothing against Doc, I'd be saying the same thing if it was any other umpire behind the plate for the Resmondo games, lets just get a full rotation going.

Good luck to all teams…keep it clean…come out free swinging…we are watching!

Link to a poll on umpire rotation

Link to a poll on who you think will win the Major World Series


[FL] RESMONDO-SPECIALTY TANK / WORT

               

Wed 8:30 PM Std. (1

 

             

[VA] TAYLORMADE/TM SPORTS/MIZUNO

 

             
 

Thu 8:30 PM Std. (13

 

           

[TXN] WOOD LAW/MIZUNO/FAMOUS/EASTON

 

 

           

Thu 10:30 AM Std. (2

 

 

           

[IA] R&M METALS/TROUPE/TCP/EASTON

 

 

           
   

Fri 9:00 PM Std. (21

 

         

[TN] SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / D2E / ELIT

 

 

 

         

Thu 12:00 PM Std. (3

 

 

 

         

[IL] EWS/SHIRTSANDLOGOS/DRGRAPHX/EASTON

 

 

 

         
 

Thu 5:30 PM Std. (14

 

 

         

[WA] COMBAT/PHARMAPAR/TRANSAT HOLID

 

 

 

         

Wed 5:30 PM Std. (4

 

 

 

         

[VA] TEAM 454 EMERALD/WORTH

   

 

         
     

Sat 7:00 PM Std. (27

 

 

 

   

[WA] TEAM COMBAT/LASERVISION/D2E/SU

   

 

   

 

   

Wed 10:00 PM Std. (5

 

 

 

   

 

   

[MI] SINISTER/PRITCHARD/MIKEN

 

 

 

   

 

   
 

Thu 4:00 PM Std. (15

 

 

   

 

   

[FL] SUNCOAST REEBOK

 

 

 

   

 

   

Thu 1:30 PM Std. (6

 

 

 

   

 

   

[CT] DARKSIDE/TYJA/EASTON

 

 

 

   

 

   
   

Fri 4:30 PM Std. (22

     

 

   

[WY] SONNY'S/DESERT FALLS/ELITE

 

 

     

 

   

Thu 9:00 AM Std. (7

 

 

     

 

   

[GA] DOWN2EARTHSPORTS.COM/WORTH

 

 

     

 

   
 

Thu 7:00 PM Std. (16

       

Sun 11:00 AM Std. (30

 

 

[WA] DOERFLINGER/TSC/PRO-COAT/COMBA

 

       

 

 

 

Wed 7:00 PM Std. (8

 

       

 

 

 

[WA] GTL CARTEL/DEMARINI

         

 

 

 
           

 

 

 
 

Loser's

Bracket

     

 

 

 
           

 

 

 
 

L-16

       

 

 

 

L-1

Fri 4:30 PM F4 (20

 

   

L-27

 

 

 

Fri 8:00 AM Std. (9

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

L-2

 

Sat 11:00 AM Std. (23

 

 

 

 

Sun 1:00 PM Std. (31

 

 

L-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-3

Sat 8:00 AM Std. (19

 

Sat 3:00 PM Std. (25

 

Sun 9:00 AM Std. (29

 

 

 

Fri 9:30 AM Std. (10

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-4

   

L-21

 

 

 

 

 
 

L-14

   

 

 

 

 

 

L-5

Sat 8:00 AM F4 (18

 

 

Sat 8:30 PM Std. (28

   

 

 

Fri 11:00 AM Std. (11

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

L-6

 

Sat 12:30 PM Std. (24

 

 

   

 

 
 

L-13

 

 

 

   

 

 

L-7

Sat 9:30 AM Std. (17

 

Sat 5:00 PM Std. (26

     

L-30

 

Fri 12:30 PM Std. (12

   

 

         

L-8

   

L-22

         

 

 

My Picks (which we all know aren't very good, and I'm disapointed in myself for not picking any real upsets but thats the way it goes)

I'm rooting for Darkside, D2E, and GTL or Combat/Laser Vision to pull the upset.

 

[FL] RESMONDO-SPECIALTY TANK / WORT                
Wed 8:30 PM Std. (1 Resmondo              
[VA] TAYLORMADE/TM SPORTS/MIZUNO                
  Thu 8:30 PM Std. (13 Resmondo            
[TXN] WOOD LAW/MIZUNO/FAMOUS/EASTON                
Thu 10:30 AM Std. (2 R&M Metals              
[IA] R&M METALS/TROUPE/TCP/EASTON                
    Fri 9:00 PM Std. (21 Resmondo          
[TN] SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / D2E / ELIT                
Thu 12:00 PM Std. (3 Shoppe              
[IL] EWS/SHIRTSANDLOGOS/DRGRAPHX/EASTON                
  Thu 5:30 PM Std. (14 Team 454            
[WA] COMBAT/PHARMAPAR/TRANSAT HOLID                
Wed 5:30 PM Std. (4 Team 454              
[VA] TEAM 454 EMERALD/WORTH                
      Sat 7:00 PM Std. (27   Resmondo      
[WA] TEAM COMBAT/LASERVISION/D2E/SU                
Wed 10:00 PM Std. (5 Team Combat              
[MI] SINISTER/PRITCHARD/MIKEN                
  Thu 4:00 PM Std. (15 Team Combat            
[FL] SUNCOAST REEBOK                
Thu 1:30 PM Std. (6 Suncoast              
[CT] DARKSIDE/TYJA/EASTON                
    Fri 4:30 PM Std. (22 GTL          
[WY] SONNY'S/DESERT FALLS/ELITE                
Thu 9:00 AM Std. (7 Sonny's              
[GA] DOWN2EARTHSPORTS.COM/WORTH                
  Thu 7:00 PM Std. (16 GTL       Sun 11:00 AM Std. (30 Resmondo  
[WA] DOERFLINGER/TSC/PRO-COAT/COMBA                
Wed 7:00 PM Std. (8 GTL              
[WA] GTL CARTEL/DEMARINI                
                 
  Loser's Bracket            
                 
  L-16  Sonny's              
L-1  Taylormade Fri 4:30 PM F4 (20 Wood Law     L-27  GTL      
Fri 8:00 AM Std. (9 Wood Law              
L-2  Wood Law   Sat 11:00 AM Std. (23 Wood Law       Sun 1:00 PM Std. (31  
  L-15  Suncoast              
L-3  EWS Sat 8:00 AM Std. (19 Suncoast Sat 3:00 PM Std. (25 Team 454 Sun 9:00 AM Std. (29 Combat    
Fri 9:30 AM Std. (10 Pharmapar              
L-4  Pharmapar     L-21  Team 454          
  L-14  Shoppe              
L-5  Sinister Sat 8:00 AM F4 (18 Shoppe   Sat 8:30 PM Std. (28 Combat      
Fri 11:00 AM Std. (11 Darkside              
L-6  Darkside   Sat 12:30 PM Std. (24 Shoppe          
  L-13  R&M Metals              
L-7  D2E Sat 9:30 AM Std. (17 R&M Metals Sat 5:00 PM Std. (26 Combat     L-30  
Fri 12:30 PM Std. (12 D2E              
L-8  Doerflinger     L-22  Team Combat          
                 

 



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