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Jeff Thomas

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Ocala, FL

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Men's 65

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May 1, 2014
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dimarini One

My question is for Alan (Tri18). I've heard nothing but positive feed back from FHC players as well as many players in The Villages league that have either tried or purchased the bat. Several tournaments ago(FHC), a vendor set up demo bats on a field that wasn't being used. I took about 15 to 20 swings with the end loaded model. It had a good feel and the ball(375/44) seemed to jump off the bat. My question for Alan is this. Some time ago you were going to do a complete review of the "Demarini One" end load. Have you completed your testing and what are your thoughts.

Jeff, Ocala, Florida
April 4, 2014
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: "The One"

Any comments on Demarini's new end loaded senior bat? A vendor was at a FHC tournament several months ago and set up demo's on an open field for hitting. It had a nice feel and seemed to have good pop right out the wrapper. What are your thoughts?
March 1, 2014
cheezhed1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Face masks

"To wear or not to wear, that is the question" More and more pitchers are starting to realize that no matter how quick they think their response time is, accidents will happen. In the last FHC tournament a pitcher was hit in the face and suffered serious injuries and several days in intensive care. Some associations and tournaments now require a face mask for all pitchers. I am an infielder and occasional pitcher. I have opted to wear a face mask (Champro, $25 at Play it again sports) for obvious reasons. About a year ago in a local senior league, while playing shortstop, was fielding an average, easy playable ground ball. When the ball was approximately 2 feet in front of me, it took a freak bounce straight up into my mouth. 9 stitches and an emergency room bill later was enough for me to realize how easy it is to have a facial injury. I 've been playing very competative softball for over 45 years and never been hit in the face before. I was about 80 to 85 feet away from home plate. Pitchers are much closer. Senior players and especialy pitchers need to subscribe to the attitude that "the older we get, the better we used to be". What are your thoughts on requiring all pitchers to wear a protective face masks?
Aug. 26, 2013
cheezhed1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitchers Mask or Helmet Mask Combo

My recommendation would be the Champro adult face mask. I'm an infielder and pitcher in a local softball league and the infield isn't in the best condition. I wear the Champro face mask and find it very comfortable to wear with a good field of vision. Most of the other masks I researched were much more expensive. You can get the Champro Adult mask at Play it Again Sports for $25 or on line for around the same price.
June 15, 2013
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Reborn Miken user

Several months ago I lost faith in miken because of the short life span of my 3rd red end loaded Miken Ultra II. I bought the white Centenarian combat and was using it in tournaments. I talked to Alan Tanner at Team 1 Sports about a good back up bat. He suggested the new Miken II 2-piece end loaded. I was somewhat reluctant but based on his knowledge and experience, I bought the bat. Now the Combat is my BP and back up bat. Several weeks later I called Alan again because I wanted an ASA bat for a local senior league I play in. He again recommended Miken and suggested the new ASA end loaded bat. So, I bought it also. I couldn't be happier with the new 2-piece Ultra II and was very pleased with the "out of the wrapper" performance of the Miken ASA end loaded bat. Alan is now my new "softball Guru" best friend and has been added to my Christmas Card list! Thank you Alan for your advice and recommending I give Miken another chance.
March 3, 2013
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Cold Weather Clarification: Bats or Balls?

All of us at one time or another have played in cold weather. I live in Forida and occasionally have had to play ealy morning games in a FHC tournament when the temp was in the 40's. I am considering buying a microwavable bat warmer to protect my bats. I know that the Bat manufactures clearly state not to use a bat in cold weather conditions. My question is, does a bat warmer give the necessary protection or is it actually a false sense of security and the real culprit in cold weather are the balls?
Feb. 20, 2013
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II bats...may they rest in piece

Thanks to all for your response in regard to my choices. Please bare with me in the following comments. I am no different that every other senior who plays softball in that when I purchase an item for $200 I would like some kind of assurance that the product is worthy of that investment. We, as seniors, have allowed the bat manufacturing companies to prosper by continuously shrugging our shoulders when a bat breaks too soon and turning around and purchasing another one because there is no warranty. I understand the use and abuse bats take depending upon who is swinging it. Wouldn't be nice if just one of the bat manufacturers offered a limited warranty. Example: 90 day return policy with a new replacement bat. 6 month limited warranty with a $50 certificate or discount toward the purchase of a new bat. 1 year limited warranty with a $25 certificate or discount toward the purchase of a new bat. If just one of the bat manufacturing companies would consider some kind of an assurance that their product is a good investment and they stand behind it, the rest would soon follow. Remember when bats were $300 and came with a 1 year warranty. All bat manufacturing companies offer 1 year warranties with the exception of senior bats. I would gladly pay the additonal $100 knowing that the company stands behind their product rather than paying $200 for a bat and in 6 months I will have to pay another $200 and still have no guarantee how long it will last. Okay I'm done venting, but dammit aren't we, as seniors, supposed to get smarter as we get older????
Feb. 19, 2013
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Ultra II bats...may they rest in piece

I have been an ultra II user for 15 years. I used the black balanced bat for a long time and switched to the red end loaded two years ago. I am not a power hitter but occasionally will take 1 or two out per tournament. I just cracked the third red bat after 6 tournaments. I only used the red bats once a month in FHC tournaments. When one would crack I would use it for BP trying to extend the life of the new replacement bat. I will no longer buy Ultra II's. I am ready to make the switch to the Centenarian. Which bat, the black or the white, is the best choice and why?
July 30, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Two questions. How did you ever find a new Yellow MM. I had one, loved it, but it had an endcap issue. Even with the end cap problem a fellow player at one of the FHC tournaments offered to buy it for $175 regardless of the glued endcap...Sold! Second question. Where can I find the Canadian version of the white centenarian?
July 30, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Thanks rightj1 for your input. Where can I find the Canadian version with the small knob? I also have the MM Combat senior gear 2 bat. It's not broke in yet but I'm very pleased with the performance so far. Have you hit with that bat and what's your opinion and comparison to the white centenarian?
July 30, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: White Centenarian Short barrel

Now that the White Centenarian has been out for awhile, what are the latest opinions, comparisons and reviews? My main concern is the shortened barrel from 13" to 10" reducing the "sweet" spot. I have been told that there's also an issue with paint chipping. Will umpires, after seeing the chipping, not allow the bat to be used during the game? Has the issue been addressed and resolved by Combat?
April 22, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Wandering info on original question

I haven't been on the message board for several years and when I asked a basic question("Need your Input") about the Combat Centenrian bat, it ended up with answers and discussions that were completely irrelevent to my question. While the wandering answers were off target, they were still entertaining. For those of you who kept to the topic, thank you. For those of you who didn't, what the hell were you talking about? :) :) We, as seniors, have earned the right to ramble on about anything and everything including the game we love. As we get older we become very opinionated and sometimes lose our train of thought. I can personally testify that memory is the second thing to go and I forgot the first. Again, thanks for the informative responses and also for the misguided, but still entertaining, replys.
April 16, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Update on Combat SEN-GR2

I am pleased to give a very favorable update on the "New Blue" combat. I have been swinging the Ultra II for many many years and am now a big combat fan. I was only able to take about 40 swings at BP. This weekend I decided to use it in our last game at the FHC tournament in Lakeland. I pulled the first pitch and sent it well beyond the fence in foul territory and then hit solid laser beam line drive on the next pitch. The ball jumped off the bat everytime I came to the plate after that. I am excited about the future performance once this lethal weapon breaks in. The only part of the equation that's left is duribility. I'm not a qualified player to judge or test bats, but in my humble opinion, the "New Blue" is a great bat!
April 16, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Saston Salvo SRV5

I purchased the salvo for a local senior league that only allows ASA approved bats. I've had it for 5 months now and am very pleased with it. Solid line drives, a good feel when the bat makes contact, and respectable distance for an ASA bat. It's not going to compare to any of the senior bats, but still is a great bat with good pop. You can find the Salvo on Ebay for $152 with free shipping and it comes with a 400 day warranty!
April 8, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The game we love

I added a comment to the "Need your input" discussion (that I started). I would like to share my thoughts with my fellow senior softball players in regard to the latest responses. Thanks.
April 8, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Need your input

The game we love has gone through many changes since we played in our 20's and 30's. While change can be good, it can also cause situations that are not in the best interst of the game. When associations try to make softball safer by banning bats and changing softball specifications, they're creating a smoke screen. Lets be real. We can't stop the technology used in manufacturing the bats. The ball is still going to go through the infield at a very high rate of speed regardless of it's core value and compression. We all know that injuries are part of the game. As an infielder and pitcher, I would like to think that nobody in senior softball would intenionally try to hurt or severly injure a fellow player. In my humble opinion, the only person that make a difference in the safety of the game is the person swinging the bat. We can't turn back the hands of time when either your were a home run hitter or you were not. Bat technology has changed that. To avoid those unfortunate injuries, we, as seniors, adjust our game according and try to play smarter. The older we get the better we used to be! Bottom line is, softball isn't broke, associations need to quit trying fix it!
April 6, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Combat SEN-GR2-E Bat

First, Thanks for all of your comments in regard to the comparison of the Combat Centenarian and the Reebok Melee. Since then I talked with a friend who is well known in the Senior softball circuit. He's tested many of the bats we use and his opinion is held in high regard. With that being said, he agrees with most of us that the Ultra II is the leader of the pack in distance but lacks durability. I told him I was considering buying the Combat Centenarian. He rated it at third in the pecking order of senior softball bats. He recommended the 2012 Combat SEN-GR2-E Senior Gear bat(blue barrel-Mike Macenko model). In his personal testing and comparing all aspects of the Combat Gear 2, in his opinion, it was a very close second to the Ultra II in distance and has a longer life span. I bought the Gear 2 and just received via UPS today. I will give updates as far as my thoughts in the future. I truly trust this man's opinion and feel very comfortable with his recommendation. Has anyone else tried the new 2012 Gear 2 or have any comments about it?
March 29, 2012
cheezhed1
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Need your input

I, like many other senior softball players, am an Ultra II (red endloaded model) user. I also, like many other senior softball players, am getting tired of the "roll of the dice" life span of the Ultra II. I am considering buying the end loaded black Combat Centenarian or the end loaded Reebok Melee. I don't play alot of tournaments anymore other than the Florida Half century tournaments twice a month (50 and 60 divisions). I would like your input, brief comparison, and what the best choice would be.
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