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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
Aug. 21, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken 2 piece knob came off.

Joe and all of you guys....
Get some 3M 5200 Marine glue from Home Depot.

Lightly sand off any remains on the bottom of the bat and the inside of the know. Apply a coating around the base of the bat and also inside the knob. Push the know back on firmly and twist it to seat it properly. Wipe off any excess glue that is forced out. Let it sit for 24 hours and I have never had one come back off that I fixed this way. This is also your product of choice for repairing a loose end cap or one that pops out. If you need help, I'll be glad to do it for you.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
Aug. 9, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Excellent Customer Service!! - Team 1 Sports

I appreciate you guys very much. If you anyone needs to get information on the new Dudley Lightning or any Senior, ASA , or USSSA bat I work with them all so feel free to contact me anytime and I'll help you out.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 31, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Excellent Customer Service!! - Team 1 Sports

Thank you guys for the kind words. I am a self confessed bat and gear geek who greatly enjoys what I do and I sincerely enjoy meeting all of you guys on the phone and then at the ballpark and trying my best to get you the best equipment for your personal needs. I still look forward to rounds of bp, testing equipment, learning about new bats and things and sharing it with you. My passion for the game and the camraderie is still there after many years and we are blessed to be able to play and have organizations such as the SSUSA setting up quality events for us. If I can be of help for any of you you can call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 22, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Senior Bat

Festus,
There are 3 that really stand out. Mikens new one piece Freak 52 or DeMarini makes the Aftermath and Juggernut which are 2 piece models. Coming in a close 4th and a great bat for the money is Mikens Psycho which comes in both balanced and end loaded. The top 3 that I mentioned are all end load models. If you need help obtaining one or have more questions feel free to contact me at 561-718-7504.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
July 13, 2014
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Red Miken Maxload

Larry,
If you try one of the limited edition TOC bats in 30 oz it will feel just like the red old red version . ( because it is) also, the TOC edition will last longer than the previous red one. It will just take a few more cuts to open it up. there are still some floating around and I can help you if you need to get one.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
July 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: BEST ASA BAT

Antle,
I have to agree with Fred (since I sent those Freaks to him, lol!) the Miken Freak 52 is super good. The DeMarini Juggernut and Aftermath Flipper are also excellent choices in the top tier of ASA bats this year. Keep in mind these 3 bats were engineered specifically to provide excellent performance with the 52/275 ball. If you are lucky enough to play in a league or tournament that still uses 44/375 balls.....sit back and watch them fly! They REALLY hit those crazy good. The Miken Psycho is pretty close as well. I'm happy to help you out with your decision as I have them all and have tested each extensively.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
July 1, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MIKEN TRIAD BLACKOUT SEHIOR BAT

0,
You bring up a good question. The Senior Blackout may not be for everyone but their really isn't one size fits all in senior bats. It may not be the answer for you but for a guy who breaks a lot of senior bats this could save him a lot of money over time. The big thing for you and everyone to consider is this: am I willing to give up some bat performance by using a USSSA bat that gives me a year warranty or do I assume the risk of a shorter lifespan with better performance? Remember, the Triad maybe isn't quite as hot as several senior bats but does eventually get to that level later on in life and it will outperform a overwhelming majority of USSSA bats. My experience in selling thousands of bats in senior, USSSA, and ASA models tells me probably less than 5% of senior tournament players use a USSSA or ASA bat instead of a senior model. So, hopefully this information can help guys make the best choice for their situation. If you need help please contact me.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
June 30, 2014
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: MIKEN TRIAD BLACKOUT SEHIOR BAT

Hey guys,
All of you put up some good information. The Triad Blackout is definitely a workhorse...no doubt among the top 3 senior bats in durability. It is not a hot out of the wrapper bat and has to be hit on extensively to get into acceptable senior bat performance levels. Don't give up on it just keep hitting it more than you ever have with a senior bat. Generally speaking it won't deliver the top performance you get in a relatively short time compared to the TOC limited edition or the new Big Cat. Both of these bats will really deliver in 75/100 swings and change personality from there. The 2 piece max load and the black 1 piece break in quickest of all and don't take long to get the ball moving quickly and...far! Mikens 2 piece balanced will take a bit more work,,,,usually 100 swings and sometimes 125 to reach good performance levels. This should give you some idea on break in for the Miken lineup this year. I have them all and hit with them extensively so if you have questions feel free to call me at 561-718-7504. I will be at the field breaking some in for clients tomorrow!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
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