|Aug. 24, 2012|
|Miken.....why no official recall?|
In any other industry, Miken would be absolutely crucified on their recent stance vis a vis their recent production of defective bats, to the point that their would be a Congressional inquiry.
Meat industry....tainted food. Could you see a meat company, knowing they have tainted food, state "we know we have bad meat out there, but go ahead and buy our product, and if you get you sick and/or you become infected with mad cow disease, let us know and we will have you see our doctors and then let you know what our responsibilty is"
Pharmacy industry...we have all lived through recall of bad/tainted drugs either due to contamination or production issues. They don't guess which individual bottle may be good or not, they take the safe route by removing all from shelves.
Car Industry....known defects that puts consumers at risk are recalled on a national basis, whether or not your car has experienced any of the symptoms of the defect or not.
Miken has admitted they have bad bats out there. Are their inventory control procedures so lax that they can not identify by serial number, lot number, design number, or some other identifier, whether a bat that was purchased or one that is currently for sale, is form the "bad group". This "send it in after you have used and we will test it" stuff is bunk. Can you imagine any of the above industries telling its constituents that - they would be villifed.
SSUSA has informed us via this website that there are/were bad bats out there, but no one is willing and/or able to identify which bats were affected. At the Worlds, what assurances, other than "we say so", do we have that the bats sold by the SSUSA approved vendors meet the standards?
I know many people who are afraid to buy Mikens right now due to uncertainty. I was going to buy two Mikens for the Worlds, but i can not take the risk of buying one that might be from the "bad group" and using a tournament game as a clinical trial. Even if they replace a bad bat a month or two later, that ship has already sailed for this year's World.
There is a lot to love about senior softball, and always a few things we would like changed, but the way this has been handled by Miken is wholly unacceptable.
On another issue, i, and many of my teammates, would glad fork over more $ if we could get even 300 (yes 300) swings out of a bat - and we baby our bats, only using them in games. it is sad that we have set the expectations so low with senior bat manufacturers. i read on here that guys get more than 500 swings and i am envious.