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Real name:
Bruce McClain

Location:
Sun Lakes, AZ

Division:
Men's 60

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Oct. 30, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken SPU2P Ultra II USA 2012

My USA model is a dud, I sent it back to Miken and they said it passed their compression test and they sent it back to me. It may have passed their compression test but if you hit with it you know it's a dud. So no matter what Ap39 says, they helped some with replacement bats but they didn't help all and they lost some customers because of it.
Oct. 6, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: World Tourn. Updates

It sure would be nice if we had nightly updates on what was going on in Vegas this weekend. For the players and teams that couldn't make it and for the players that played last week and have friends on teams that they would like to know how they're doing.

$695 x 446 teams = $309970

You would think SSUSA would be able to hire someone for 2 weeks to update the scores on their website each night. Am I asking to much?
Sept. 26, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

Mine was stamped 1.21. I think Miken had a bad batch or 2 but they wouldn't give out the serial numbers of the bad batches, they wanted you to spend $20 to send it in and have it tested.
Aug. 27, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Tanel 360 Top Gun IV - San Clemente

I also played in this tournament with my 55AAA team from AZ. We were the only Az team and it was nice to play the CA teams. There was 1 other 55AAA from CA so they grouped us in with the 50AAA teams, which I didn't mind. What I did mind was that we didn't get to play the other 55 team in the seeding games. We did finally get to play each other in the Bracket on Sunday. The tournament could have been run more smoothly, our 1:15 game on Sat didn't start until 2:15 and our last game on Sat night at 7:15 started about 8:45. So we were at the fields from 12:15 PM to 10:00 PM for 3 games. That we didn't enjoy very much but it's always fun and I enjoyed the great weather.
Aug. 27, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

Got my USA model back today with the same letter every one else got, "Thanks for sending it in but it passed our tests and we're sending it back". They said they did a compression test and a field test. The bat may have passed their compression test but the bat under performs from what we expect from an Ultra II. I guess I'll be using it for BP, but it's my last Miken. I saw Gorilla Boy has a new Combat out, a 2 piece Senior Bat (Twilight), I'm going to have him send me one.
Aug. 22, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: What does it take?

Hi Mike, G19 is right, it's a trade off between performance and durability. If I could get a Senior bat to last 1 year I would be happy. I play 30 tournaments a year, 25 at bats per, equals 750 swings, plus 50-100 for break in, that's 800-850. I think most guys would be extremely happy if they could get 850 swings out of their Senior bat. I've hat Combats and Mikens and the only bat that lasted for more than a year for me was your Yellow MM Gear. Just make that bat again.

Thanks,

Bruce
Aug. 20, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken VP Email address

Does anyone have the email address of Miken Sports Vice President Jim Hoscheit?

Thanks
Aug. 19, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

Dave & #6, I'm glad that Miken took care of your bats, they're just not taking care of mine. I'm not a HR hitter, but I break 1-2 Ultras a year, so I know what one should hit and sound like. Anyone who hits with an Ultra knows what it sounds like. This USA model that I purchased a couple of months ago doesn't have the same sound and or the same pop. This is Miken's email reply to me;

"I am pleased to inform you that your bat has passed all of its test and we're shipping it back to you."

They might be pleased but I'm not. What tests do they perform?

I've owned 8-10 Ultras in the last 4-5 years but I'm not happy and I won't be buying any more. Sorry to spout off, just wanted to get the word out on the bad experience I had with Miken Customer Service.
Aug. 17, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken is NOT taking care of the problem Ultra IIs

I have one of the problem Ultra IIs, the USA model, and I sent it back to Miken 2 weeks ago to be replaced. The bat is dead, it doesn't sound like a UII or hit like a UII. I received an email today from Miken and they said my bat passed their tests and they were shipping it back to me. So now I have a $200 log that will sit in my garage and collect dust. This will be the last bat I buy from Miken. Does anyone have a Reebok or Combat they want to trade for a 27 Oz Ultra II USA?

Thanks,
Bruce
July 29, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: READY TO PLAY AGAIN

Gary, your boys won their bracket in Prescott, it was 20-19 going into the open and they scored 18 to put it away. Good seeing you again and Tom hit a 3 run walkoff to beat us on Sat.

Bruce
July 18, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Miken U2 Performance

Thanks Armando, I just received a Return Authorization(RA) Email from Miken. I'm going to send in my Gray USA Ultra II with the Red Knob, it has 100 swings on it and it's dead. Hopefully they'll send me a new one. I've been using my Blue Combat MM that I bought last year at the worlds and it's been a great bat for me.

Bruce
July 18, 2012
BruceAZ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Batters Box Dimensions/Layout

Ed, SSUSA has their Rule book on this website. Go to the top of the page, Tournaments Tab, then Rules. Go to Page 103. Paul was right, the box is 7ft x 3ft. With the Mat, the back line of the Batter's box should be 10 inches behind the Mat and the front line should be 39.5 inches in front of Home Plate/Mat. So yes, the Batter's Box lined out in your league was wrong. It's wrong in most leagues I play in.

Bruce
Oct. 16, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Coming To Phoenix

Mike, have you left yet? I was hoping you could bring me a Blue Macenko 27 Oz Balanced when you come.

Thanks,
Bruce McClain
Sept. 14, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: How about 55AAA for Phoenix?

CJ&S Express will be there, it's in our backyard. Webbie, we look forward to more great games against you guys as we've had over the past few years.

Bruce
Aug. 29, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another what's the right call?

Webbie is out, my understanding of the rule is if you cross the commitment line and then change direction and go back over it toward 3rd, you're out.
June 21, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitching motion

Tucson, we played against that pitcher twice. On Sat, he did his little hop before he started his pitching motion, someone said something to Blue but he said he did it every pitch so it was part of his pitching motion and he wasn't going to call it illegal. On Sun when we played them, someone must have told him he couldn't do it anymore because he didn't do his little hop the entire game.
June 21, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Pinetop

A Division:
1st - Fangrabbers
2nd - Old School

B Division:
Gamblers & Paul Tone were playing the championship game when I left.

C Division:
Don't know
June 20, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Another what's the right call?

We're in Pinetop Az this weekend, runner on 1st, batter hits a line drive to 2nd, runner tries to get back to 1st, 2nd base throws the ball wide to 1st, 1st baseman catches the ball but his foot is on the orange bag and the runner is called out. Umpire says the rule is, that the orange and white bag are one.

Thanks for the responses,
Bruce
June 8, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: new player

papoo, I played with a Mark Smith in the late 70s in Ohio, where did you play ball in the 70s? I can also hook you up with a tournament team in Phoenix if you're looking.

Thanks,
Bruce
May 8, 2011
BruceAZ
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for Seniors ball in Phoenix Metro area

Hi Bop, Not much going on in Senior ball in the summer in Phoenix, it picks back up in the winter when the snowbirds get here. The only league for 50+ in the winter is in Mesa, it starts in Jan and it's run by the parks and rec dept. You can call them or check out their website. They'll put your name on a list for managers that are looking for players. There are leagues in the fall but they're mostly retirement park leagues and you have to be 55. The only other option on the East side is in Scottsdale (see taits post above), they go all year long on Tues & Thurs. They take BP and then play 1-2 games.

Good luck,
Bruce
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