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Old 02-06-11, 01:12 AM   #1
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I want to start playing again. Last time was in high school for a brief time on the team. I ended up injuring my arm and haven't played since.
So my question is, how would you suggest stepping back in? I don't want to compete or do anything serious, but just be able to throw the ball around and take some at bats. Maybe an unofficial game or two with some friends in the park(?). Or are there leagues out there with amatures? Not sure if I could commit to anything regularly scheduled (due to work).

Other thing is equipment. I didn't keep anything from high school and don't want to spend a fortune on gear. Cheap places? Used stuff would be good...

I'm in L.A.

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Old 02-06-11, 02:50 AM   #2
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I never played organized baseball, but I used to play a lot of pick up games w/ my friends at a local park. I'm not sure about LA, but here in TX there are a lot of recreational baseball/softball leagues that you can join. Check and see if your office/church/YMCA are involved in any baseball/softball leagues. If that fails, then you can always go to a nearby batting cage to get some BP in.

As for cheap equipment, try searching on Craigslist or Play it Again Sports (If you have one locally).

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Thanks for the ideas. I checked out Craigslist and was amazed at all the stuff. There's also a local Play It Again store near me. Will check it out.
Will also look into local clubs and YMCA. I'm excited! I've bottomed out at the gym and this has to be the next thing.
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Old 02-07-11, 09:08 AM   #4
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I am sure they have baseball leagues in Cali. I play in one in Washington, www.pssbl.com and they have a wide range of divisions to suit all levels and age groups.

As far as equipment, I'm with inwood, craigslist or play it again.
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Good link, thanks.
So what exactly should I be buying for gear? Any particular brands better than others? I don't think the company Under Armour even existed the last time I played. haha
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Old 02-08-11, 11:01 AM   #6
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Glove, cleats, helmet, bat were minimum for me. Some teams in our league have team equipment and have a few helmets and bats for use, others require each player to have their own.

Brands will vary and it's subjective but the most common bats are Demarini and Easton. The most common brands I see on the field are Easton, Nike, Mizuno, Rawlings, check out homerunmonkey too.
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Do most leagues use metal cleats or non?
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As far as cleats it all depends on the fields and their condition. If you play on natural fields I would go metal, we have a few turf fields where we can not use metal. Here in Washington our fields stay pretty wet and soggy more than not, so outfielders really like metal.

I went with a pair of Mizuno's that have both sets of cleats that are interchangeable.
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Make sure you get the right glove bc they vary in size depending on position (ie the webbing on an outfielders glove is much larger than an infielders). I have a Mizuno that is very comfortable and it's also held up pretty well so far. Batting gloves help a lot also.
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Last time I played I had Mizuno and was happy with it.
Back to the cleats.... how much do they stretch or break in after initially being new?
Also wondering if sliding shorts are really necessary or not. They really weren't around when I last played and I don't recall getting any scrapes when sliding. Or maybe I never slid, I can't remember. But want to be prepared in my older age, I don't heal like I once did. haha
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stick with easton for bats...easton is all i swing...and get turfs since in CA u cant use metal cleats...turfs are easier on your feet than molded cleats.
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Easton sounds good. I've got some shopping to do shortly, as the playing will start soon once the fields dry up. It's been raining a lot here in L.A. lately. Now I got to figure a way not to track mud into the IS. hehe
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where in LA are you from? And you gonna play softball or baseball?
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I'm in the SF Valley. Haven't figured which ball yet. My friends are trying to clear their schedules.
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All this baseball talk makes me want to play again. Too bad you're not in TX, I'd be down to play some pick up games.
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