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Nov. 16, 2011
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA Bats

OG means original, as in the OG Synergy blue & grey from 2006. This is an Easton bat (Flex); and, the model # is SCN3. There also is a red & grey = OG Easton Extended, model # SCX3.
Faulkner, there is no simple answer to your question. There is a current situation in the ASA, where there are pre-ABI (after break-in), and post ABI = after break-in. There are many bats from pre-ABI, 2009, that are good bats. LeeLee mentioned some. You can add the Mikens: Recoil, Velocit-e, Demarini: juggernaut, Easton: SCN8, SCN9, Worth: Mutant98, JH Mut98, Rawlings Rush98, Mizuno Crush, TPS SB206, Rip It reaper2 from 2008, etc.
Post ABI, the Easton Speed line, TPS Z-1000, Anderson Nanotek, Demarini one.12, the one, Worth 454 line, Miken FX700 line.
There are many choices. Go to a shop and dry swing as many as possible, also try your teammates' bats. Balanced vs. endload, stiff vs. flex barrel, one piece vs. two piece, 12" sweetspot vs. longer sweetspot, are other factors. The ypes of ball used is also important. If the 52/300 balls, the post ABI bats are tuned better fot the softer balls. ABI= the ASA rolling and testing a NIW bat 3X.If the bat exceeds 98MPH, it will be banned. The whole hitting barrel is tested. Usually, the pre-ABI bats have a longer break-in. Sorry about the War & Peace answer; but, it is a complex issue.
Jan. 12, 2011
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA approved bat

Crazy thing on the SB73V, SA had them on sale at clearance prices. Crazily, unil the ASA banning, they were selling on ebay for ~ 500.00 used, name your price NIW.
Jan. 11, 2011
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ASA approved bat

The SB73V was banned by ASA a few days ago. I would suggest the Easton SCN3, SCX3, SSR2, SRV4, Rip It Reaper, Miken Recoil, Anderson Nanotek, Demarini RD28, The One.12, etc. ASA bats are not cheap.
Dec. 24, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Most Unusual, outlandish, Funny, etc. Softball story

Gary: It was pegged and strapped down. However, there was a chalk line; and, the bag was on the chalk line. It hit the bag/chalk line. Not a big technical issue; just telling for some yucks.
Dec. 23, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Most Unusual, outlandish, Funny, etc. Softball story

This happened in 1982. One ump (female)is doing our game. Late in the game, our team is batting. We are down by a couple of runs. There are 2 outs, bases are loaded. Our pitcher is up; and, he is a RH dead pull hitter. He hits a screaming ankle high line drive that hits the 3rd base bag on the line.
Two runs score, with runners on 2nd & 3rd, tie game. Nope, the female ump calls dead ball. The ball hit the foul part of 3rd base she states. We are totally dumbfounded. I advised our mgr. to protest the game; and, document that this is a rules interpretation not a judgement call. He would not do it; and, we had to go by the call. We lost. It wasn't funny then; but, it is more hilarious every time That I retell this.
Dec. 22, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Wishing All A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Frank.
Dec. 22, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Re: Christmas shopping

I will be going to Sears and buy some stuff. This is the way employers should do it.
Dec. 22, 2010
zonk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

Gary: Most of the guys cannot run. But, as Mike60 states this is getting old (and I am already old). It took its toll last year: groin, hammy, & quad issues. Sometimes, there are 3 or 4 EHs in a game. I still run well for my age (67). This year, I will only go with the game on the line; as I play ~ 200 games per year.
Dec. 22, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Ridge Hooks has been hospitalized

Hang tough Ridge. Prayers and thoughts to you.
Dec. 22, 2010
zonk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

I play 65+; and, usually leadoff. I get to CR a lot too. It does wear you out. Plus, guys in this age group have bad knees about 60%. Being an OF, I am really tired at the end of the day.
Dec. 22, 2010
zonk
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Courtesy Runner Positive & Negative Views

I believe DMac means that he ran once an inning as a DR; and, his official at bats. Thus, if a batter comes to the plate 4x; he potentially could run eleven (11), times in a game.
Dec. 8, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who'd a thunk...

Thanks, Ken. I will look it up.
Dec. 7, 2010
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ONE MORE TIME

mad dog: I forgot to add, the KSP from Anderson takes the place of the Pyrotech line. It retails for 199.00; and, is a singlewall. Performs a shade under the Nanotek.
Dec. 7, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who'd a thunk...

I am near Willow Grove, Pa. Hershey is about 2 hours away. That Hershey facility sounds cool.
Dec. 7, 2010
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ONE MORE TIME

Robert (I am Frank), the NT is a SW; it says so on the barrel. Also, ASA agrees; as, their stamp is on it. However, the NT performs close to most composites, plus, the NT sleeve makes it look like a PST, EST, RT, etc. It also retails for 299.99. Thus, the ban.

Bruce: I have a 28oz green monster; and, it hits Dudley THs 44/375 well.
Dec. 7, 2010
zonk
Topic: Bats
Discussion: ONE MORE TIME

The Demarini 375 is a doublewall bat. Some pure singlewall leagues are banning the Nanotek. A nice alternative is the Anderson KSP. Performance depends a lot on what balls are used.
Dec. 4, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: QUESTION FOR OUTFIELDERS

For the last few years I have used 13.5"-14" Vincis. They take a bit longer to break in; but, they have deeper pockets, and reinforced thumb and pinky. Also, the ball sticks after a catch; and, the transfer to the throwing hand is smooth. I have tried most brands; all are good, Vinci works best for me.
Dec. 4, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Who'd a thunk...

Jose: Is that the facility in Dowingtown or Hatfield ?
Nov. 25, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: THANK YOU

Amen to this.
Jan. 17, 2010
zonk
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What are some of your favorite Famous quotes, lines or sayings?

"I trust you, you trust me; we just don't trust each other".
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