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July 15, 2005
Grommet
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II Beyond 2005

Doesn't seem that long ago that some players were whining about double-wall bats being too dangerous, especially for seniors. Now you seldom even hear the term used anymore. Quietly, they've become safe bats for everyone, and all talk now centers on the Ultra II. I used the U2 for one year and hit 11 home runs-- ten more than I had hit any year before. I enjoyed that year immensely and still fantacize about what I was able to do with the help of "technology". There were no bat-related injuries in our 500-player senior day league. Miken users were going for the fences, not up the middle. Now, with our detuned bats and 325 ball, I have seen more close calls involving hot shots back through the mound. Given the opportunity, I would vote for continued use of the Miken Ultra II, but I do understand the feelings of the singles-hitting defensive specialists who play on the infield corners or on the mound.
July 13, 2005
Grommet
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Broken Ultra II's?

So if you have a damaged U2, is it good or bad to have the "M" or "W" stamped in the end cap? When I saw these broken U2's attracting all the bidding on Ebay, I put up the shattered one I was going to throw away and already got a bid. It does have the letter stamped on the end cap. I bought it in April 2004 but never sent in the warranty card or saved the receipt, considering how indestructable people were claiming this bat was. It lasted six months. I figured I wouldn't have received another U2 as a replacement so I never bothered to follow through with any warranty stuff at the time.
July 13, 2005
Grommet
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Broken Ultra II's?

I'm seeing people bidding over $50 on Ebay for cracked Miken Ultra II's, and almost $30 for one that is in two pieces. Can the pieces of these busted U2's somehow be salvaged and turned into useable equipment? What's the attraction of these damaged bats? I'm tempted to check all the trash cans at the next tournament.
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