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May 27, 2013
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Combat Twilight bat users

You might want to check out this review . . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqbXcQaRjSE
May 12, 2013
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW COMBAT DIRTY

W25 - the new 2-piece Mikens seem to outdistance the standard black & are supposed to last at least twice as long although for some of the beasts on this board that's still not a lot of swings . . .
May 10, 2013
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: NEW COMBAT DIRTY

W25 - which new Miken did you bust up?
(the new 2-piecers are supposed to be more durable & do have a harder barrel so just wondering)
April 9, 2013
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Tuff Shield

Just think of it as a bat condom . . .
March 13, 2013
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Talk regarding illegal bats

Sad but true, in fact there's 1 company whose website seems to sell nothing but shaved, juiced & rolled bats - they include these "services" in their pricing.
HJ, problem is who would pay the players for their disassembled bats if they turn out to be legal???
March 5, 2013
DCPete
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Miken ASA Ultra

So how does this ASA Ultra compare to a good U-Trip bat in hitting 44/375 balls?
Feb. 28, 2013
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: 1-1 or 0-0

Would much rather play at 8pm if necessary than 8am (or earlier in some cases).
At 8am games half the fields have blinding sun in either the batter or pitchers eyes, the grass is still wet which breaks senior bats quicker than anything, you have to get up way too early and there's not enough time to get loosened up.
And the 1 - 1 count probably averages 2 to 3 less pitches per batter since most swing at the 1st good pitch to avoid getting into a 2-strike count.
Jan. 23, 2013
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: loosing toenails

If you're having toenail problems, especially ingrowns, you really need to do yourself a favor & go to a podiatrist.
A lot of these problems are caused by fungus infections & only a podiatrist can effectively/safely treat these.
Jan. 1, 2013
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: More 1-1 Count Talk

Have never heard anyone that plays with 1 - 1 count complain that we should be using 0 - 0 instead.
Have heard MANY players complain with 0 - 0 count when the umpire announces that the 5th or 6th will be the LAST inning.
Dec. 27, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: survey

If you're an outfielder on a hot summer day, the 1 - 1 count will cause the batters to swing earlier in their at bat, which beats the hell out of standing around shooing the gnats away while the hitter waits for the perfect pitch with the 0 - 0 count . . .
Dec. 16, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: AAA Home Run Outs

Memory might be faulty here, but didn't aluminum bats also have durability issues especially with denting and/or cracking? Didn't the umps start using the ring to check if bats were out-of-round from denting?
Seem to remember the alloy bats denting easily in the cooler weather, especially the hi-performance ones that had thinner walls?
Nov. 14, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

This is another argument for a return to the unlimited arc.
The pitcher has time to back up or move to the side and the umps no longer have to make the call or argue with the hitters about illegal high pitches.
Sure it's more challenging for the hitters, but this helps to reduce the impact of the senior bats on the overall balance of the game.
There were arguments in the past with unlimited arc as to what constituted a pitch that was too deep; with the mat the only possible ball/strike argument left would be the flat pitch call.
Nov. 13, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Update from USSSA National Convention

Basically, makes no sense at all. If the pitcher stays behind the screen, then what purpose does the mask serve?
And if the pitcher doesn't stay behind the screen, then what purpose does the screen serve?
And if the pitcher doesn't stay behind the screen, why should it be a dead ball out or even a strike if the ball hits the net?
Are they trying to protect the screen from being broken?
Whoever came up with this clearly didn't think any of this thru . . .

Nov. 12, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Why so few AA teams

It's not very complicated; AA teams that win get moved up to AAA but there aren't any "Single A" teams to be moved up to AA.
Sept. 28, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Associations
Discussion: future of senior softball

Looking at Omar's chart, a lot of states only have 1 M+ team. If these teams were dominant and you broke them up, where would the rest of their players end up playing?
Sept. 26, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

Are the dud Ultras all stamped 1.20 or 1.21?
Sept. 11, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it too much to expect ice water in the dugout?

A plaintiff recently won a $14.6 million dollar judgment in Little League. The pitcher was hit in the chest by a batted ball & suffered permanent brain damage when his heart stopped. The plaintiffs sued the manufacturer (Louisville Slugger), the retailer (Sports Authority) & the Police Association sponsoring the game even though the bat was certified and approved for play.
All the defendants were found guilty even though parents routinely sign waivers holding these associations free from liability in the case of non-negligent injury.
Go figure . . .
Sept. 11, 2012
DCPete
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Is it too much to expect ice water in the dugout?

Pretty likely you would also be liable/sued if a player collapsed/died in a dugout that didn't provide any water.
Not saying that's fair, just saying that's reality . . .
Aug. 28, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ambush Review

Bunch of us swung a brand new Ambush (plastic wrap still on bat) this week & no one seemed to like it. Stiff & lacking any more pop than an average U-trip bat.
Maybe it takes awhile to break in but this one sure has a long way to go to approach U2s, Reeboks, etc.
Aug. 21, 2012
DCPete
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

GB; you might want to add a wrinkle to your project which would be how many swings the bat lasts AFTER break-in.
Don't know if that's doable but that would be the more critical factor since a bat that lasts 500 swings but takes 400 swings to break-in isn't wouldn't be a very good product in most players minds.
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