I would have never disrespect H&B or Hank Bassett with such actions.
One time, after the fact, I found out a player on my team uses a 35 1/2 inch bat on our team. He NEVER played another game on my team..
On Shaved bats..and me doing nothing...
Maybe ask Danny Brown and Donny who informed them a NorCal B team had just won Usssa B worlds with bats they were shown how to open up and shave. That team was KC drywall, if Victor Cordova is at the convention ask him.. He should remember the ton of crap I got from outing them ON THIS SITE.
Maybe ask Danny Brown who he contacted and asked for ideas on how to test for this new cheating meathod. I met him at Diggers diner and gave home drawings and a business plan on ideas to testing..it included financial ways for usssa to hire Hank Bassett as a technology head.
I informed usssa that their stamp process at the World Series was not working because after the compression testing was done players were pulling the caps and shaving the bats at the world seres.
The following year usssa placed the stamps on the side of the cap and usssa thought they had solved that problem..I was not their that series but the following winter I was told KC drywall figured out they could still shave the bats by gentle prying the cap over instead of off so they went out and bought the tools needed and shaved the bats. This was second hand but I still shared it in an attempt to get the word out that there Bay policy had flaws.
Another year... in the early times of stamps on tests bats.. I was at the Series and being a coach I was in the announcers booth... while talking to Jim Mccarren who was one of the guys in charge of the stickers I noticed he was not paying close enough attention to the roll of “tamper proof” stickers so in grabbed a roll and put them in my pocket.. as I walked out of the room (with about six other usssa guys in the room) I stopped and from across the room with a loud voice said..”hey jim, you gotta pay a whole bunch more attention” and Ross’s dtonroll back to him across the room.. Jon got mad, but I made my point... and yes..this was the year rumors were that DD3s team was seen handing out stickers.
If Tom Formosa is at this year’s convention maybe ask him about all the crap I got pushing for shared bat games in NorCal..
it got so bad Tommy jr told his team he would pay anyone of them if they hit me while I was pitching.
Tommy sr in that same tourneys was coaching first base and yelling at me at the end of an inning.
We had the first base dugout and two of my teammates were right next to him as the inning ended..
as he was yelling at me I looked at him and my two teammates and said..
“listen, as I see it your all part of this mess, Tom your claiming your team is clean yet here we stand..the four of us... and here is the truth..
Tom, you paid to have seven bats shaved for last years worlds,
Mike (my teammate) you delivered the shaved bats, and Steve (my teammate) you had to be the enforcer and force Tommy to pay for then because Classic said they were not shaved “good enough” ... all three of them stood there silently.. only one sentence was said between the three of them..”how the hell do you know all this”.. k am pretty sure atoms last words to me were #### YOU.
Finally... when all the shaved bat stuff started happening..I openly, on the internet, listed everyone that was being talked about as shavers or swinging altered bats and asked them to share bats to stop the insanity ...
After that I had death threat calls (no, I didn’t take them serious) I had countless guys yelling and threatening me at me at fields..I had balls thrown at me from SoCal guys as I walked through world tourneys.. I had guys take swings and start shoving me during after game hand shakes/it got to the point I started taking off my glasses because one time a punch barely missed my face but broke my glasses,, I had cokes and food thrown at me.... at a world even in Michigan I went to the bathroom and when I came out six of my teammates were standing by the door.. they told me they walked over because they saw some of the “sancho” guys that had thrown balls at me see me go in by myself and they started coming over so my team stood by the door just in case.
Always, when I come home from my games Diane will ask how the game went... never during that time did I tell here what I really thought which was..it went well because I didn’t get the crap beat out of me by guys fat hate me because I pointed out they are cheating and ruining the game.
Dale, I would guess the convention is still going on..if you doubt my honesty feel free, if possible, to ask anyone associated with any of these stories if they are true. If they say they are untrue.. THEY ARE LIARS.