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Shutting Down Ottoinfocus

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

YUCAIPA, Calif. – I want to thank all who have visited and contributed to my blog over the years by sending me story ideas, press releases, tournament and league information, fliers and photos. I humbly thank you for your support.

I have enjoyed writing, photographing and blogging about the great game of men’s fastpitch softball, but other interests on my “bucket list” are demanding attention, so on Dec. 1, I will be shutting down the blog.

However, I encourage my loyal supporters to send your fastpitch news to Al Doran’s
alsfastball.com and Jim Flanagan’s
fastpitchwest.com.

As many of you already know, both websites do a wonderful job of promoting and getting the word out about our great game.

And for Facebook followers, “Those Were The Days (of) Men’s Fastpitch Softball,” does a terrific service in reliving fastpitch days of yore for us oldtimers.

Thank you,
Bob Otto

Iowa Men’s Fastpitch Hall of Fame holds 2017 induction ceremony

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Many of Iowa’s greatest fastpitch players and umpires were inducted into the sport’s 2017 Hall of Fame class on Oct. 15, including:

  • Stan Wisnieski, umpire
  • Bill Clark, umpire (posthumously)
  • Jason Darling
  • Matt Darling
  • Dale Lassen
  • Tom Owen
  • Scott Petersen
  • Jerry Schneekloth
  • Mike Stickney
  • Michael White
  • To read each Hall of Fame members biography, click on 2017 Iowa Men’s Softball Hall of Fame Class

    Softball is ‘back where it belongs’ according to Canada coach Mark Smith

    Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

    CANADA WILL BE AMONG THE MEDAL FAVOURITES IN THE WOMEN’S SOFTBALL AT TOKYO 2020, AND THEIR COACH MARK SMITH – A WORLD CHAMPION AS A PLAYER – BELIEVES THAT JAPAN IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR THE SPORT TO ENJOY AN OLYMPIC RENAISSANCE.

    Ottawa, ON – Softball is ‘back where it belongs’ according to Canada coach Mark Smith.

    “I think Tokyo will put on an absolutely phenomenal show for softball,” said Mark Smith, coach of the Canada women’s team. “Japan is the ideal place to profile the intensity of this great game. Last year I was at the Tokyo Dome for a match between Japan and USA, and there were 31,000 fans, all absolutely loving it.

    Smith is a softball veteran. He has experienced the dizzying highs of winning a world championship gold as a player for Canada’s men’s side in 1992, and two world championship bronze medals as a coach of the women (2010 and 2016). He also had to face the disappointment of seeing the sport lose its Olympic status.

    “It’s funny, when you’re in the middle of your career as a player and win a big title, you don’t really appreciate it – you’re naive enough to think you’re going to be doing it again next time around,” he said.

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