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Discussion: Whats up with Miken

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June 2, 2010
JamesLG
296 posts
Whats up with Miken
Hi All:

Have many of you noticed how many U2's are breaking this year? They seam to break in less than 200 swings. Most of the guys I know don't hit practice balls with them and they are still cracking in a short while. I got about 140 swings out of my last bat before it broke. A couple years ago it was easy to get 300-400 swings out of a new U2. Great bat but are they worth the limited use?

Thank You:

James
June 2, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3935 posts
reason i switch to combat,of the 6 combats i've had,1 broke at about 300 swings(red one 10" barrel)and 1 broke at well over 1000 swings.i still have 4 left,2 MM(white and yellow) and 2 original grays.
maybe you should try the combats and see if you like them.
June 2, 2010
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
The red Ultra 2
called a Maxload
is the best, hottest senior bat
I've swung in a long time.
The rule I try to follow
is once broken in, which these bats
don't need much of,
don't swing them in BP.
I see guys swinging
game bats in BP before the games
and then complain they break so fast.

Stoneman had a Mizuno bat
some years ago, he let me and tons
of others swing in BP
under any conditions and it was hot
and had thousands of swings on it.
I believe they, the manufacturers,
can make bats way more durable
but it's not in their best bottom line
interest, i.e. money,
to make bats that would last
us a long time.

June 2, 2010
ShaneV
Men's 55
381 posts
James,

The other factor for us is temperature.

Combat or Ultra II, the ball reall sails
in lower temps (<60) here in the NW. The
downside is they also break easier.
After the temps are consistently above
60 degrees, these bats can be expected
to last longer.

Ideally I hope to always have one of
each fully broken in for game/tournament
use and one of each in the process of
break in.

ShaneV
June 3, 2010
Johnny Hose
Men's 50
71 posts
JamesLG,
Geeze, now that you mention it, you're
right. We're getting less than 100 swings to our U 2's. We are a desert team where we don't have to deal with the cold very often and rarely hit them in BP. I'm wondering how Corky and the boys at MIKEN would respond.
Maybe it is the money, 'eh Joe? All we need is a Player's Assoc to make it right. We in Arizona are used to the word "Boycott".
June 3, 2010
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
You got that right about a player's
association, Johnny, and money driving
all that's going on in and around us.
Let's get ready to rumble!
June 3, 2010
einstein
Men's 50
3114 posts
What was that old quote, John
from the Bible?
I'm so forgetful lately.
Money is the root of all sneevil?
June 3, 2010
taits
Men's 65
4305 posts
I believe it is the love of money. But to me it's the same.
June 3, 2010
BruceinGa
Men's 60
2617 posts
Does anyone know or care to explain why there were extra ordinary deals on Miken bats? I first saw the deals offered by a poster on SF. Then a couple of weeks later our coach and sponsor was offered the same deal. This deal was for any currently produced Miken bat, ASA, USSSA and Senior.
I mentioned this deal to a dealer and she said that our price was under wholesale.
I makes me wonder why Miken would cut their prices so much, is it to deplete their existing stock because of some change in allowed bats is about to come?
I'd rather not post the price here and if you're wondering how many we bought, ZERO! Our coach failed to meet the person at the conference tournament this past Saturday and that was the last day it was offered, or so I was told.
June 3, 2010
Johnny Hose
Men's 50
71 posts
Bruce,
What deal, never heard of it. Tell me more. Towtime@cox.net.
And, Joe... right on... brother ! You always have a gift for saying the right thing.
June 3, 2010
JamesLG
296 posts

I need to buy at least one U2 and am going to give them one last shot. Anybody know who has the best price going right now? If this one breaks with very little play it is time to go to Combat.

Thank You:

James
June 3, 2010
Johnny Hose
Men's 50
71 posts
JamesLG,
I'm with you. My team will practice this weekend and we will make a decision about the Miken Bats then.
We currently swing 90% U-2's. That
can change in a heartbeat. I think we all should count exactly how many swings we're getting per bat. We also have noticed a definate difference in break-in time. The bats we purchased in the last six months, take little if any to break in. Stay in touch.
June 3, 2010
DCPete
232 posts
The U2's will break when the balls are wet from rain or dew regardless of the temperature.
June 3, 2010
mad dog
Men's 60
3935 posts
dcpete all senior bats will do that.i seen the maxload's getting broke last yr in 75 degree temps by some M+ guys in 100 swings and less.the ultra's seem to be hit and miss now a days.
June 4, 2010
Omar Khayyam
984 posts
No answer, just a story. Saw a guy at Golden Eagle in the tournament at Reno. Using a U2 that was so new, the shine was still on it. It broke on an average power hit. He was shocked. Yelled from first base to his teammate (who picked it up and said it was broken) that he had just bought it for the tournament. Probably didn't have 20 hits on it. The interesting thing was it broke right in front of the Miken truck that was there!:) Bet I know where the guy made a visit after the game!
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