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Oct. 19, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Mule,
Just got back from the Villages tournament with my Team 1 Sports/Miken team. We put another 310 swings on the bat this weekend all with 50 Major Plus players swinging the bat. Prior to that approximately 750 of the original swings on the Freak Black were done by me and the rest by a balance of Major and Major Plus players. Additionally, I had a 320 pound youngster in the area put about 60 swings on it too and he really mashes the ball. You bring up a good point....all swing counts on a bat are not created equal as it depends on the player swinging, temperature, balls being used, etc.... When you consider the stress that has been applied at now over 1300 quality swings...the Freak Black is even more impressive.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 15, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

We hit the magic 1,000 swing mark with the Freak Black and boy are the balls flying. Great bat, great feel, great durability and a WARRANTY.
What's that?!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Guys,
A couple of things I should have mentioned....
I usually put in a range of swing amounts when discussing break in periods. This can be a little deceptive as we have a few variables to consider:

Each player has his own strength, swing speed, technique , and even the type of balls being used varies. Thus, we don't all get break in established at the same time. The other thing we have to realize is that any bat can vary slightly and you may get a bat from ANY company that is a bit stiffer and requires a little more beating. A bat might take a few more swings here and there but your patience will be rewarded with longevity and good performance. Miken has been putting out pretty consistent bats for a long time and these two models will both be a good choice for you depending on your needs.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Oct. 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Lefty,
I think we have to realize they are two DIFFERENT but very good choices that we have. First, the swing weights are much different as the Big Cat uses a full ounce end load while the Freak Black uses a 1/2 ounce. The next biggest difference is the break in period. Remember....each player has differences in swing speed, strength, and technique so the amount of hits to break in a bat varies but: The Big Cat will get to Championship Game level performance before the Freak Black does. However, the Freak Black certainly reaches acceptable performance levels equaling many other senior bats in the 75-150 swing range. The good news is that it slowly keeps getting better and better each time you use it. My demo bat now has 800 swings and I had no problem hitting multiple balls out of a baseball stadium while filming video last Friday. I believe the Freak will continue to SLOWLY get better even yet.
Now for the Big Cat....I have tested and broken in dozens of these bats for clients. I have found the Cat to be responsive rather quickly and the big difference here is that the Big Cat changes personality QUICKLY and noticeable along that 50-100 swing range and becomes a different beast altogether. It's hitting well and suddenly within 2 or 3 more swings it's performance just explodes to high levels and continues this way.
To sum it up....The Freak Black needs coaxing and a little more patience from a player while the Big Cat delivers crazy results quicker but it's lifespan while very good, does not equal the Freak Black. I am happy to discuss these two or any other bat comparisons that you have questions about. Any player can reach me anytime at 561-718-7504.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Oct. 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Easton BSR Senior bat

Rick,
Let me gently say it wasn't one of their better efforts. I think you will find several other senior bats out there that will give you better results....The Elder could use a little refining.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Oct. 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

We had a great day of testing on Friday. We were able to hit on a local high schools baseball field so we could see true performance and distance. The field dimensions are 325' down the line, 375' in the gaps, and 400' to dead center. We used a variety of 44/375 balls from 1-3 years old and a handful of newer balls. My second swing went over the 375' sign and it got better from there. The Freak Black now has 800 hard swings on it and is going strong !
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 6, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

AP,
Just got back from the ball field and another 100 swings on the Freak Black. And...we got our first cool weather here in Florida, it was only 83 degrees when we were hitting and man was the ball flying! The bat continues to hit well and shows almost no sign of wear at 600 swings. We will continue to beat on it all this week!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Oct. 6, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

333,
I agree with you this design shows it to be a very good bat. I hosted a tournament along with my team mates in the 60/70 division of Florida Half Century this weekend. I let many people swing the bat along with my team in our bp session after the games were over. We now have over 500 swings on the bat and it's fantastic. If you look at the condition of the bat it barely looks like it's been hit. It's awesome to have this kind of bat along with a ONE year warranty. Cool weather is coming....this is a great choice!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 5, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Crusher,
Some of those were seriously good and obviously you got one !

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Oct. 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Lee,
What that means to me is what I have said since I tested the Dudley bat...it's a very good bat. What it also means if they were selling that many bats in Las Vegas they could have sent those bats to dealers who had them on order for months before and had players waiting on them which is good customer service. They chose to do differently .....
What all of this means is as senior softball players, we enjoying the benefits of several good company's producing great equipment that we can enjoy. Each player can make their best choice based on what fits their individual needs. I try and help them do just that! Good luck to you this year with the bat of your choice!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Sound advice. Another thing to consider...cool months are coming and it will be nice to be able to use a senior bat and in the event it breaks....you get it replaced...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Lee,
Everyone in entitled to their opinion. My observations on bats are based on hours of field testing in a variety of situations. I was wondering how many swings do you have on the new Ambush or the new miken Freak Black?
Oct. 2, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Lee50,
I agree with you to a point...us senior players have several very good senior bats to choose from. And durability is slowly improving as well which is why Dudley's Lightning, the Combat Ambush, and Mikens 2pc max and Big Cat quickly come to mind.
But...here we have a top notch Senior bat with a ONE YEAR WARRANTY
Which makes this bat a real winner as nobody in the industry is offering this.
Best of luck to you with the bat of your choice.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Oct. 2, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Freak Black test update:
Just finished getting up to 300 swings on the bat in hot, humid, Florida on a 320' field with wind blowing in from RCF. We all know Vegas can be a fantasyland for bat testing and we also know if it hits here in this environment , it will hit even better elsewhere. Btw, I use an assortment of 44/375 balls in various degrees of shape for accurate results.

The tinny sound left the bat at 160 swings to be replaced by a nice tone on impact. As with most good quality senior bats, balls on the sweet spot really began to react well. The next level came when balls struck DOWN on the barrel towards the taper began to carry well. As hitting continued, the sweet spot continued to grow. At 300 swings it's on par with most any senior bat and it's somewhat deceiving as even though it doesn't give you the crunching trampoline feel, the ball travels far and fast. My feeling now is this bat is going to continue to get even better. Another BP session tomorrow but for now....
This bat is a winner WITH A WARRANTY, !

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Definitely not the Triad Blackout. The Blackout was a bit stiff and took hundreds of swings to break in. A little too stiff in my opinion. The feel of this bat is very similar to the 2 piece end load Miken with a slight bit of added stiffness in the handle/ taper area. I wasn't a huge fan of the Blackout feel but this bat is noticeably better right from the start. The handle flex is minimal as compared to many other 2 piece bats. I will be hitting the bat tomorrow and will provide follow up details the more I hit with it. Thanks for the questions.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Oct. 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Paco,
A valid observation but...we can't always control when our bats may break to wait for the end of the year close outs. Also, there may be good reasons as to why some bats are being closed out. But what's really important here is that this is a very good bat that has a ONE YEAR WARRANTY and that does "out do" other senior bats. I have done thousands of hours of testing and research on a majority of bats that are out there. I have always said: Once you get into the top 3-5 bats on the market it really boils down to which one feels the best when you swing it. (Not necessarily how the ball feels when hitting the bat but more how the bat feels as you the player swings it) there will be some differences in those top bats here and there but there should be some similarities as well if it's a top tier bat. Everyone that uses the Freak Black won't immediately hit the ball 25 feet farther although some just might do that. What they will get is a high performance bat with a nice feel and sweet spot that comes with a one year warranty which is unheard of in senior softball. The fact that Miken is willing to stand behind the bat and their new technology is definitely worth considering when looking for a senior bat.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Sept. 30, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: NEW Miken Freak Black Senior bat with a 1 year warranty

Hey Guys,
Just returned from Vegas and I was able to do a small amount of testing on Mikens new Freak Black in between playing and the raindrops....here is some basic information:

The Freak Black comes in a half ounce endload with a very similar feel when compared to the 2 piece end load Ultra 2. It has some new technology in it and it's mainly in the handle area....Miken used a combination of winning components in other bats to make up this fine piece of equipment. Believe it or not , the new handle fusion makes all the difference in the world in this bat. To break it down simply....combine the longevity of the Blackout with the performance of the 2 piece end load and you have....the best of both worlds in performance and durability.

HERE IS THE KICKER: Miken is standing beside this bat with a ONE YEAR WARRANTY, a first in senior bats. My initial reaction was....OK. A USSSA bat with a senior sticker on it and let's play the warranty game....! NOT THE CASE. I hit this bat in Vegas and right from the wrapper it had a nice degree of performance and feel...better than a USSSA bat and similar to a senior bat. With less than 30 swings , this bat was launching balls into the trees. It's no USSSA bat for sure.

I am back in Florida now and will continue testing protocol tomorrow and will update you. My preliminary response is it's a winner and will only get better as we continue to hit it. The bats will be available I am told in about 2 weeks. Kudos to the Miken staff for another great option for the senior player.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Sept. 3, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Jose and Ozzie Canseco looking to play 50 and over together in Las Vegas September tournament

Being fro South Florida I have played with and against Jose and Ozzie for many years. While being baseball players, both have them have played softball extensively for a long time at a very high level. Trust me, the only experiment here is going to be if you can find the balls that they hit or if you can see them going through the infield and....both of them can play defense. They are impact players at any level of any age group in senior softball.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Aug. 26, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok MeLee

Hello Guys,
Just wanted you to be aware that Reebok has announced that they have just shipped the last batch of the MeLees and as of now they won't be producing anymore.
Thanks,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Aug. 21, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Prayers for my son

Kenny,
I will get you and your son on our prayer chain. We will also pray for the doctors attending him.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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