ADULT SPORTS – Mike Henning |

ADULT SPORTS – Mike Henning

Mike Henning of Chicago Park, an outfielder in the GCSSA league, readily makes himself available as a substitute for games. And who wouldn’t want him on their team? Henning, heading into Thursday’s action, has knocked in 78 RBIs this season, third best among those in the classification known as the “Sexy 60s.”

“RBI production has a great deal to do with where you are in the batting order,” said Henning, who typically hits fifth. “If you were a home run hitter and nobody on in front of you, you wouldn’t have a big RBI total. I’m not a home run hitter, but there usually are guys on in front of me.”

Henning, who plays for Penn Valley Mini-Storage, is in his fourth season with the GCSSA since moving here from San Diego. To make himself available as a fill-in player, Henning comes down early and adds his name to a sign-up sheet. The managers say what they need in terms of the players rankings, and then roll a die to draft the rank-appropriate players available.

In the past, the GCSSA used to force the subs to play right field and limited their hitting to singles. The ranking system frees up players to have more of an impact in the games they play as subs.

“We play just as hard for a team that might not hurt us in the records,” Henning said. “If I played for Plaza Tire, I’d play just as hard for them as I play for my own team.”

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