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April 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken BIG CAR Ultra tested today!

Bruce,
We did not play well at all this week either offensively or especially defensively. In fact our team was laughing so hard when we had to vote on the Defensive Player award and we could not figure out who to give it to. My first response was to give it to our catcher but he piped up and said " I can't take it, I threw 3 balls in the s****er trying to throw it back to the pitcher!" So then I said, raise your hand if you caught more than 4 balls this weekend....
We laughed even harder when we had trouble finding someone to give it to. No excuses...every team we played was a team of excellent players and they beat us. The competition level there was very good and we love to play under those situations win or lose. Congratulations to the teams that won, they deserved it!
Alan Team 1 Sports
April 28, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken BIG CAR Ultra tested today!

Big Cat Update....
We played up in Georgia this past weekend so I took the Big Cat up with me to show it around and let guys demo it. It started with 60 swings on it. Let me tell you this....at 75 swings the bat absolutely changed and became a full on BEAST. Even with beat up bp balls guys that we let hit it were absolutely smashing it. Let me just say that with the players response to the feel and performance of this bat, I just emailed Miken to hopefully double my order as I need more to go around! Can't wait to get them in this week and continue hitting with them. Get with me with any questions about the bat at 561-718-7504.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 25, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II TOC bat

This is one of the best bats out right now. Imagine the red ultra II with better performance AND durability! That's what you get with the TOC bat. I took 2 more out of my stock and broke them in for clients this week. Results....just like those mentioned above. If you need more info get with me.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 25, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Miken Senior Bat Review- shich is the best bat of the 3?

Don't leave the new Miken TOC out of this discussion. If you like a durable end loaded bat....here it is so get them while you can!
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 24, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken BIG CAR Ultra tested today!

AP,
You beat me to the punch! I was going to update my posting with the corrected info as I confused some emails together! Thanks for further clarifying the construction for us.... As a swing update...Adam is correct in his assessment of the actual swing weight of the bat....it feels a little heavier than it swings but boy that ounce end weight comes through nicely. I should have mentioned yesterday's session came after a couple cardio workouts in the sun and a gym workout which took a little out of me before the testing began! It's darn hot down here today but the bat sings much more fluidly without all thee bating up on myself yesterday. The sweet spot is starting to expand on the bat and you can feel that slight barrel flex when you hit one square. Very solid feeling up and down the hitting surface.....overall, another big winner in the Miken lineup for us end load guys. Stay tuned for more in the coming days..
Adam, thanks for the input....
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 23, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken BIG CAR Ultra tested today!

Obviously...I missed on the spell check. Gorilla bot did not invent a new CAR....just a new bat! My fault on that one!
AT18
April 23, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken BIG CAR Ultra tested today!

Hey guys,
I got in the new Big Cat from Miken and quickly headed out to the field today. I have to mention that it was HOT and HUMID today with the field temperature at 85 degrees and a slight wind blowing in.
I was able to get about 60 swings in on the bat and here are some quick observations:

The bat is VERY end loaded so you end load lovers...are going to like that. We have 1.5 ounces out on the end so you do get the "sledge hammer" effect.
Just don't try to over swing the bat...let the end load pull the barrel through and swing smoothly and you will get good results. When I would hit one good, many times I would try and "hit it a mile" on the next swing but "loading up" is not necessary nor productive with the swing weight on this bat.
The Big Cat is basically the 2 piece shell of the Triad Blackout WITH. A substantial 1.5 ounce end load. You guys that have swung the very balanced Blackout will immediately feel this is a totally different animal. From the tech side coming from a bat geek like myself:
Expect a quicker break in than the Blackout but not as fast as the standard U2 or the 2pc U2.
Expect a larger sweet spot especially towards the end of the bat AFTER break in.
Expect a durable very end loaded bat that delivers very good performance...
These are some of my PREDICTIONS from experience and from hitting today. I will post more after I am able to hit more with the bat but today's session was very promising. I will say that guys who are true balanced bat lovers may not enjoy the extreme end weight. The end loaded guys will like it but there is a possibility that some guys may want to drop an ounce as compared to other bats in this class. Very promising performance with my limited hitting today...stand by for more to come. Feel free to call me with questions at 561-718-7504.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 22, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior Easton

King,
Got info. My preliminary work with the Easton shows a good quality shell that can take some extra swings to break in well. This is fairly typical of Easton's line. I am going to take another bat out of stock for continued testing later this week.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 22, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok MeLee and Barrage

Here are another set out of today's shipment: 1B FTC V50770
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 22, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok MeLee and Barrage

The Barrage 27 now has 370 hits on it and it's still going. I am going to take another 26 from this order and test it as well as a vast majority of the early problems were with these two weights. The Melees continue to be A-Ok.
Btw...some of you guys were asking for batch numbers from this new shipment. Here is a sample: 4A FTC V50 771
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 19, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

MK and guys,
My public apologies if I offended you or anyone else. My question was only meant to help me gain information not about your product specifically, but a experience of a player. I guess sometimes my quest for knowledge certainly can be perceived as getting in the middle of something and so I offer my public apologies. I don't have any intention of interfering with you or any of your customers.
Happy Easter,
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
April 19, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok MeLee and Barrage

Just got in my stock order of the new Barrage and MeLee. Since there were questions on break in and durability on both of these bats and I was asked to break a few in for players I randomly pulled a few for break in and testing. Here is what I found:

Reebok Barrage 27: we know that some earlier models had durability issues especially the 26/27 ounce models so I felt the need to durability test this new shipment. Break is was as usual for this bat....very quickly it attained game ready levels of batted ball speeds and distance so we continued on with it. I have now reached 310 swings with no issues on the bat whatsoever. It's hitting the balls VERY crisply and with excellent distance. This bat certainly appears to have acceptable levels of performance and very importantly, durability. If you are looking for a bat that breaks in very easily and reaches good performance levels, the Barrage may be for you. Additionally, if you are a older player or a player that does not have above average or average bat speed, the Barrage can still provide you with an easy swing weight and good results.

Reebok MeLee: there were some concerns that the new bats that we just received were taking longer to break in than normal so I thought I would investigate that. I used a 27el and a 28 bal MeLee that needed to be broken in. With most Melees I can usually begin to experience break in levels at around 35-50 swings while I have had a few get ready to go in as little as 20-25 swings. The 27EL hit well out of the wrapper and loosened up about 35-40 swings. I took it up to 65 swings and it was producing that great feel and performance we are used to with Reebok. I am sure it will rock once I give it to its owner and let him swing it 5 or 10 times...
Now for the 28BAL...THIS ONE PROVED A LITTLE MORE STUBBORN! After 50 swings it had not changed a lot and finally at 72 it shifted gears noticeably. I went ahead and took it to 80 and.....now we are talking!
All in all...the new Reeboks seem to be very similar to previous editions but some may take a few more swings to loosen up. Nothing to worry about as they still provide great performance and good durability for a top tier senior bat. I will be doing some other work this week, weather permitting and will post updates. As always, call me with any questions regarding your choice of bats and your options.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 19, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2015 Combat Dirty G3 Reload

Bigrey,
What ounce is your black centenarian and your Dirty?
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
April 17, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Senior Easton

Just got in some Easton Elders and will be banging on them pretty soon. I'll post some findings along the way or feel free to call me.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 15, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee end loaded bat

Manny and Mark,
I have had several reports of a little extra break in on the Melees and added durability from guys I have got bats out to. I just received the shipment of the new ones today. As I do when test bats, I randomly pull bats from stock orders from each company. That way we all get a fair evaluation of each bat model and also evaluation of batches. I will be working on a few of the new Melees this week and next and I'll update you guys on my findings. If you have questions you can reach me via email or phone.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
Tricoach18@att.net
April 14, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reebok Melee end loaded bat

Touch and go right now. I hit an unexpected shipment in this week but can't get them to commit to making more yet. ....it's possible there will be no more till June and after that they aren't saying anything. Quite a stressful story but that's what I am told at this point.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updated....

Performance and durability....ok here goes

Miken 2pc and Ambush are tops there.
The One comes in a close 3rd...
Some general comments on the rest.
2014 Easton Elder good on durability , average on performance.
2014 Barrage: excellent in performance, slightly below average on durability.
Boombah Boss: average across the line
Dirty: actually ...close to a tie with the One in third as both of these bats are good but not quite in the top tier. The Reebok MeLee belongs right there with the Ambush and the Miken 2 piece along with Mikens TOC bat.
The bottom line is at the top tier you have 3 or 4 choices of bats that are darn good. The one that feels good and matches your swing is the one that you most likely have your best success with.mim happy to discuss your swing and technique with you or any player to try and find the best bat that fits so contact me anytime.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updated....

Chick,
What's the criteria? Just performance? Performance and durability? Performance durability and sweet spot?
AT18
April 12, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat Ambush updated....

Hi Guys,
Was happy to get in the newly tweaked Combat Ambushes in and took a few out for break in for clients. The Ambush continues to give a great combination of solid performance, good durability, and a large sweet spot without vibration even on miss hit balls. The ones I broke in came to life very quickly in the 50-60 hit range. Keep in mind some things about breaking in ANY bat. First it should be done in the proper way and secondly: getting the bat broken in within a certain number of hits depends on the player(s) doing the break in swings. You have to consider swing speed, mechanics, and strength so some players will take a few more and some will take a few less to get a bat game ready. Also, the type of balls used comes into play. (I only recommend 44/375 for senior bats)
All in all the Ambush will get VERY good around 75 swings for an average range of players and the sweet spot is maximized even more around 100 swings with a majority of the barrel being effective. It is certainly a top choice for a bat while considering our 3 main criteria in a senior bat. (Performance, durability, and sweet spot) My 2 recent durability tests have resulted in 500 (and still going) major + level swings on each bat which is very good for the skill and strength level of the players who help me. Contact me if you need more info or have questions.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
April 11, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

Bogie,
I pulled a few out of stock to try various weights. What you mentioned is very true. Not only do they swing heavy with their end load but many of the bats actually weigh more than the posted weight. Many of my 27's weigh as much as 1/2-3/4 ounce more...27.5-27.9 range. I pulled a few more and checked those and got the same readings on many of them. So.....definitely a nice improvement over their previous efforts but you must be careful with actual weighting. I check with each player and then weigh them before shipping to get an acceptable range for them. You may want to do the same especially on the end loads. Get with me with any questions.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
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