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July 30, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Bat Knob Issues with Miken/Worth Equipment

STLO
very good discussion and point. FYI Miken has now gone to a new fastening system utilizing a set pin combined with epoxy to secure end knobs. I believe Worth is following suit on their line too. I have tested numerous Miken bats along with breaking in many of them for clients and have not experienced any failures in months now. If you do have a older model with a loose knob it can be easily repaired and secured with 3M Marine Epoxy which is carried by Home Depot or Lowes.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 29, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Leelee,
This is not a one off bat. This is a bat made on the production line to the specs of the projected mass produced model. The name and graphics will be coming very soon. Guys are getting their name on a list with me to get the first ones produced. It seems like you personally should just wait until guys have them and you can see it for yourself and then make a decision if you think it may work for you. Maybe you should wait and try one after one of your buddies get one so you can hit with it and be sure you like it.
Good luck,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 29, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

WAY better in ease of break in and overall liveliness. Durability is outstanding. This bat will raise the standard of what an excellent senior bat is....

AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 29, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

UPDATE:
Today the New Miken crossed the 2,000 swing barrier and it's still going strong. The only thing breaking down seems to be the leather grip! Lol Too much stick 'em I guess. So guys we have a real winner here. I spoke with the powers that be and I should be getting additional bats WITH GRAPHICS in about 10 days or so. I have numerous players asking to be put on a list to get some of the first ones so I have now started a list for that. It is the goal to have those bats in players hand so they can try them out in our granddaddy tournament of them all....the SSUSA Las Vegas Event. If you need more information you can reach out to me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 28, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Guys remember a couple of things:
One particular bat may not work for every single player. If you have a good quality bat and you are comfortable with it you will probably hit good with it. If you aren't you will most likely lose the 100% confidence you need in order to be the best hitter YOU can be. It all comes down to you as the player and hitter. That being said this bat with it's multiple weighting options and the fact that it has outstanding performance and durability is definitely worth consideration. For you other players that are happy with what you swing, stay with it but don't arbitrarily discount the fact that something better may be available to you. As far as Mikens usage of composite materials etc....this bat utilizes a different design and different materials than previous models. I don't work directly for Miken so I cannot comment on their policy's or material choices. I would recommend that you call them directly to discuss your questions concerning that.

Thanks,
AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 27, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Hombre,
You and the wood bring up some interesting topics. I am objective in my opinions based on hundreds of hours on the field in every possible situation with multiple ball types, players swinging, etc....So let's jus summarize quickly and say this. ...This bat is good enough that it's legend will spread quickly through the ranks. You 2 guys shouldn't buy one , just sit back and watch when players around you are using one. Don't necessarily listen to me either, observe and draw your own conclusions after you see it perform. It's really that simple and you can then make your own educated opinion.

As far as updates on the bat goes....I just returned from Dalton and took the bat with me. My entire 50 M+ team swung it both days in bp multiple times. Each player got in 30-50 cuts using bp balls on a SOAKING WET high school baseball field. The bat started out at app. 1600 swings and we ended up at over 1900 swings. We have one 1/2 crease in the upper layer of paint now but it isn't taking away from performance as it's a upper paint layer. We hit over 350 WET softballs over two days with no issues. The first day we hit 25' behind home plate to not disturb the batters box. I'll not bore you with details of broken pine trees and signage as apparently some do not wish to hear about that. Most importantly, the bat is not broken and continues to deliver great performance....

To answer many of you who have asked me from the field, email, texts, etc so you understand.....this bat is as of yet unarmed although I expect it to be finalized pretty soon. At this point it will not be a Alan Tanner signature model nor is it my exclusive bat to sell. This bat will be a model in the regular Miken lineup of senior bats through official Miken dealers like myself. I will be happy to answer any other questions you have concerning the bat and it's availability so feel free to contact me anytime. I will post updated information as soon as I am able.
Thank you,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 24, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Taits,
I'm hitting a bat that was produced just like the bat that is projected to be produced. Until they are SURE that the bat meets all projections and expectations no model name or SKU number is assigned to it. True testing by a good company requires more than 1 bat to be tested before committing to a production run. Everything from the other bats out there points to all systems go but I do not work for Miken nor do I create company policy in regards to assigning SKU numbers and model names. When the bat is deemed ready, you will know both and I will advise as such ASAP.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 23, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Taits,
I have not spoken to Miken today but as of yesterday the new bat is not named and I am supposing it doesn't have a model number yet either. Graphics and names were being discussed the last I spoke to them and when I find out I will post it. As far as warranty goes, I have not discussed this in detail as of yet either but again when I hear something you will know....
Thanks,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Diesel,
Your assumption is correct. We don't just test hitting home runs all the time there are times we are specifically trying to hit line drives to track ball response and even project "gappers". We are getting great results in these areas too and I'm now up to 1500 swings on this production line test model . So what we have here seems to be the best of all worlds. Top line performance, fantastic durability, and a great feel /sweet spot. All the things we as senior players are looking for in a bat.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

Ace,
The Ambush swing weight is very similar to the Dirty. The Ambush when fully broken in provides a sweet spot unmatched by many senior bats and performs very well.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Perl,
My test bat is a 27 with a 1/2 ounce endload. It feels just like the 27 White 2 pc Max which has the same endload. I look forward to swinging the 28 el as that is what I usually swing. I think I can get that to perform even better :)
July 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley ... Reebok

Bruce,
We did indeed have about 5-7 early failures back then and I'm sorry yours was one of them. This happens occasionally with any bat but we try and keep quality levels consistent. Subsequent batches of the Ambush have been very good with durability and performance. The Ambush does sometimes require a little more break in than some senior bats but this of course depends on the player swinging the bat. All in all it remains a good consistent performer with a great sweet spot.

Appreciate your feedback,

AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 22, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Tag,
It's not all about long home runs. It's about a great performing bat that lasts a long time. It's nice to be confident knowing the home run can be hit when needed or a nice gappers will work. Mainly it's about a truly high performance bat that lasts a long time.
Lefty,
It will come in 1/2 oz endload like the current 2 PC max, 1 ounce endload like the Big Cat, and a balanced version as well. With it's new design and materials, all of them will last and perform well.

AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 21, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Gray,
You are correct to a point. But consider this....NO bat that I have ever tested reached maximum output levels at 50 swings and continued to get better and better and has now lasted OVER 1400 Major plus and conference player swings and still HAS NOT BROKEN. this bat has met or exceeded any bat out there in performance and durability and it's still going. There is value in that for any player to consider.

And.....the break in period was similar and probably LESS than other bats in this category. So we get back to, How many Truly High Performance swings do you get in your bats life? Take off the approximately 50 break in swings and this bat has given us 1350 high performance swings and isn't broken yet. No bat that I have ever hit has done that. That's why I am impressed at this point.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 21, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Bubble Gum,
Not a bad idea at all. Just like my previous response I can see better what's happening since I have hit tens of thousands of balls with every bat imaginable and I know what's good or not compared to that but you won't necessarily know that by video alone. So....let's say on a scale of 1 being Poor and 10 being Outstanding I'll attempt to fill you in on this new Miken bat.

Overall feel and swing weight: 9
(NOTE* I typically swing a 28 EL and my test model is a 27 EL so I have to make that adjustment. I believe feel and performance for ME will actually increase once I swing the 28 EL. that's exciting!

Overall Performance: 9.8
( I am always of the opinion that I want to try and make something better, lol)
This bat will perform as good or better than ANY senior bat.

Durability: 10
After this morning, I am now at 1100 swings and it's still fine. I'm on my 2nd or 3rd Senior bat if I was hitting something else.

Sweet Spot: 9
It's scary to think but this barrel I believe still has a way to go with the sweet spot expanding and with more hits on it it will do so. A vast majority of it's 13.5" provides favorable results.

Combined rating: let's say 9.75 out of 10 gets it a better Overall rating than any other senior bat that I have tested to date. See why me the bat geek is a little bit excited?!

That should tell you something.....

AT18
Team 1 Sports
July 20, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Titan,
Valid response...let me go into a bit of detail though.its hard to show where balls are landing and it's sometimes why I may make a comment about a ball or two in the middle of the round. While I am known as somewhat of a power hitter, I know very well my capabilities and potential to hit balls certain distances and with certain batted ball speeds. The video of me on the baseball field is a great example....there is a scoreboard that sits at 365' and is about 25' high. It happens to be in LCF where I happen to hit a lot of the longer balls that I may hit in a couple of rounds which may be 60-85 swings. If I have a little wind blowing out I may hit a couple of balls clear over the scoreboard which for me is a long shot. Sunday at 7:30 it was hot and muggy and NO wind at all. I hit about 26 balls in that video and 7 of them cleared the scoreboard while 2 of them hit another fence behind the scoreboard which is over 400'. These are regular 44/375 balls that I use all the time. I have NEVER done that before with any bat. But....truly the more important thing here is this bat is among the very best in performance but is showing outstanding durability while doing so. So....you have the best of both worlds here. So Titan....this is why this bat is exciting to me and will be for any senior player. I understand you can't really tell that from just the video but any player can potentially benefit with this new model and it's attributes.

Thanks for your input,

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 20, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

Sully,
Thanks for your kind words. I try and help whoever I can whenever I can. Stop me at the ballpark, email me, pick up the phone and call me and I'll help you any way it can. I'm still learning everyday about design, manufacturing, testing, etc....on balls bats, gloves, etc.....it something I enjoy doing and I'm happy to share it with all of you.

That being said...just got back from another round with Mikens new bat. Today I invited 2 young bucks with STRONG swings to see what a senior bat can do and put some extreme durability stress on the bat. We all hit it and the bat just continues on and on. We are at 1045 swings on it and the bat is solid as ever. At this point , I would probably be on my 3rd senior bat because I would have broken 2 by now. The performance is right there with ANY senior bat along with it's sweet spot.,it actually hits balls great down on the barrel lower than most bats I test. You know you didn't hit it just right but the ball continues to carry. Today's video is on my facebook timeline for you to see. I will work on downloading it so I can possibly email it out upon request.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 20, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

JT,
You are very welcome. I am very blessed to still be playing and fortunate to be able to do what I do with testing equipment and providing advice to senior players and some young bucks too. I still get excited to get to the field to hit bp, play in games, AND of course test out new equipment. The other big benefits is meeting and establishing relationships in the senior game which I think is extremely fun and fulfilling. Glad to help you and everyone out when I can.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 20, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

? Ummmm, not so much. I have tested MANY versions of bats BEFORE they hit the marketplace and told them it's better to rework this before offering it for sale. Sometimes they listen, sometimes they don't. I just give honest input and evaluation and then it's up to them to decide where to go from there. There are several bats that I don't think hit "top tier" status. If you have a particular bat that you would like me to give you information on feel free to call or email me anytime.

JT miken has not yet decided on name or graphics at this point. I believe they will be working on both of those in the next couple of weeks so production can get started ASAP once this round of testing is completed.

Alan Tanner
Tricoach18@att.net
561-718-7504
July 20, 2015
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Senior bat (You might want to read this one !)

RLS, I copied and pasted it and for some reason the entire message I posted came with it. If you do try and paste it just delete the words/letters BEFORE and AFTER the URL letters/numbers and it will work.

LeeLee: yes and no. Earlier testing models were made by hand and tested. The bat I am testing is a bat made to the same specs but done utilizing the standard production line. We have to be sure the concept/original prototype can be exactly produced from the production line and produce the same durability and performance. They also must be sent to an approved independent engineer/testing facility to receive certification after being tested there. The bat has passed all certification requirements and this production bat so far is producing just like the hand made ones. Miken does not rush things without extensive field testing in a variety of formats. MULTIPLE test bats from the production line are being field tested right now. If we get favorable results from this batch of bats then they can go into regular production. Right now the target date is to get them in players hands sometime in September.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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