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, May 27, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Bubble gum,
The two bats and weights you have listed will swing and feel TOTALLY different. If you want to call me I'll be happy to speak with you and help match you up with what will best suit you.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, May 20, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Product review
Discussion: New Mizuno Erupt Turf/Cleats

Fence,
They don't list that info so I grabbed a pair of 10.5 in the 3/4 model and they weighed 1 pound 8 ounces which is fairly light for such a well cushioned and supportive shoe. The low top version will be even lighter. Every player I have supplied them to has really liked them. Again, they only come in a standard D width so if you have a really wide foot I would suggest New Balance. If you need help or questions call me anytime.

Alan Tanner
561-718-7504
, May 20, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The Combat Ambush...revisited

Taits,
Good to hear from you. All is well in South Florida! Heading to the field now to test some prototypes on a new bat that I'm working on and then to the gym before leaving for the West Coast of Florida to play this weekend. You are very correct in your statement about the break in period. Most players don't want to spend the time hitting enough (but they should 😏) to get bats game ready. I will say technology has shortened that cycle on several bats while still giving us good durability. Only a few years ago bats that broke in quickly usually....broke quickly! Several companies have made great strides in that area and we now have a lot of good choices that don't require huge amounts of break in. This is a reason why we "tweaked" the Ambush in order to keep up with some of the very best of the best out there. You brought up a great point about individual players break in times. Some guys will take longer than others depending on swing speeds, mechanics, strength, and also the type and condition of the balls that they are using. I break in a lot of bats for guys and still notice subtle differences from bat to bat as we also must consider each bat is not perfectly like the one before. I again must point out that most of the companies that have had top tier bats out for more than one or 2 production runs are providing very consistent products for the most part. We will wait and see how some of the newcomers do in that department!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, May 19, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: The Combat Ambush...revisited

Hello guys,
A lot of info out there on new bats and I have received a lot of calls recently on one piece bats vs. 2 piece bats. I've always said a player needs to pick a top notch bat that FEELS good to them when swinging it and it most likely be the one they are the most successful with so.....I know a lot of players aren't real comfortable with how a lot of the newer two piece bats swing so you may want to consider the Combat Ambush with its new resin system. The Ambush delivers great performance and once broken in has a tremendous sweet spot. The balance point of both the end loaded and balanced version swing comfortably and are very easy to adapt to. If you have questions or want comparison information feel free to contact me and I'll try to help you out.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, May 19, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Senior Patriot

The Patriot in the senior version comes with a 1/2 ounce end load and does not have quite the same "sledge hammer" feel that the Rocket Launcher has. My opinion on this is more SENIOR players will be able to effectively swing the Patriot due to its balance point difference. I have swung the Rocket Launcher and it is indeed a good bat but I have not swung it enough to test its durability. I do know the Patriot extensively and I can tell you it's the finest 12" barrel senior bat out there right now. And.....I will do a review on the USSSA version soon. At this point I'll summarize. WOW,,,!

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, April 28, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Senior Patriot

Miken just informed me that the 28 ounce Patriots have been released from production and have begun shipping. All sizes are available now including 25,26,27,28 and 30 ounce models....

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, April 25, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 Senior Patriot

Lefty,
Just got in late last night from playing in Alabama. I received 26&27 Patriots while I was away so yours should be here real soon. I'll check in with Miken this morning on the status of the 28's...

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, April 16, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Spoke with Miken yesterday and the first batch should be shipping to me in about 7-10 days....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, April 13, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Hail,
Fair questions so let me explain further...
I try to put out factual information so players can make the best choice on a bat that fits them and their needs.
I did not design the construction of this bat, the engineers at Miken did that. I did have input on feel, balance points, flex, performance, durability, and sweet spot on the various prototypes that I swung along the way to selecting the finished product. I have very good feed back on durability as its a very big concern or mine since it's a big concern of most senior players. The Patriot showed very good marks in durability on the last versions that we tested and ultimately selected for production. When combined with its outstanding performance and sweet spot it will be among top tier levels of any senior bat.
The reason I gave the Dudley a slightly higher mark is that their 12" bat has shown to be exceptional in durability and they have hundreds out in the hands of a players of a variety of skill levels. Because of a proven track record such as this, I feel "street credibility" should be considered when rating bats. I believe the Patriot will achieve this as well once I get my shipment in and start getting them out to players. Based on what you stated you were looking for in a bat I think the Patriot will fit you well and you will be very happy with it.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, April 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Perl,
I should have mentioned my 3 measuring sticks:
Performance
Durability
Sweet spot
Thanks,
AT18
, April 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Perl,
When I rate a bat unless I specifically mention one of the three areas by itself that's what I use to measure. All of us as senior players want those three attributes in a bat and the Patriot delivers in each one. As a direct comparison with the Dudley I'll say this:
The Patriot has a slight performance edge after break in
The Patriot delivers a more consistent hitting area
At this point I will give the Dudley the nod in overall durability as the Patriot has not yet established itself in that area. I will say that in testing, the Patriot delivered acceptable levels of durability but let's wait to get a few hundred out on the street to be objective about this part of the equation. The Dudley is certainly a good measuring point as it too is a fine bat. Hope this helps...

AT18
Team 1 Sports
, April 12, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

I received the first Patriot bat this Friday and my team unwrapped it at Bp at the Ssusa spring Nationals. After a few of us hit it , it was deemed game ready and it was used in several games over the weekend. The good news is that the production model hit and acted just the same as the last prototype that I worked with. Those of you who like a slightly shorter barrel with a tad bit more end load will really like this. Miken tells me they are still on course to have bats produced in the next 2-3 weeks so get ready for another great choice in bats. Call me with any questions at 561-718-7504.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, April 5, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Hi guys,
If you want to see some footage on when I was testing the Patriot go on you tube and put in Alan Tanner softball and you will see listings for 3 prototype bats and you can view a few short videos there. The bats should be out of the factory this month....
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, March 27, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Crusher,
Excellent observation as its been my experience that bat speed can actually slightly increase while swinging shorter barrel bats. Additionally, when you consider the end load and increased inertia from this you can add it all up to additional bat speed. As always, select a very top tier bat (which this is) that FEELS comfortable with your personal swing habits and techniques. You will find your most success by doing so. The new Patriot 12" bat is the best short barrel senior bat that I have ever tested and swung regularly and for those guys who like those balance points....you are going to love it too.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
, March 26, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

You could say that....The Freak12 now known as the KF30 is certainly up there amongst the best USSSA bats on the market. The Patriot will soon have that distinction as well as soon as the first batch hits the field in April.....

AT18
Team 1 Sports
Tricoach18@att.net
, March 25, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Swing!
Thanks for the kind words and creating your usual Avalanche and firestorm at the same time about your glasses! That $20 story is sure funny:) , but you are killing me! Lol
AT18
Team 1 Sports
, March 25, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mikens NEW 12" Patriot senior bat

Miken is announcing their new 12" Senior bat which is named the Patriot. I have been working with them in testing this bat and a variety of prototypes for the past several months. It is a Maxload version which in Miken language means it has a 1/2 ounce end load. It will come in during April and will be immediately available. I will just simply tell you it's among the very top tier of senior bats out there in performance, durability, and sweet spot so if you like a slightly shorter barrel and a fraction more end loaded feel, this ones for you. Even though it's a 12" barrel almost all of it produces great results on impact. I have swung it thousands of times and it's certainly going to be very popular with guys who try it. It's red, white, and blue graphics make it easily recognizable and more importantly take note of this:

The bat is made in the USA and is part of a new line of bats from Worth and Miken to honor our country, the military, and it's veterans who have sacrificed for each of us for our freedoms. A portion of proceeds from all of the bats will benefit the Heros Fund which directly supports this amazing effort. More information is on Mikens website about the fund and the new bats will soon appear there as well.
This is an opportunity for all of us to support our country through a sport that we all love. Get with me for more information or questions at your convenience.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports
561-718-7504
, March 22, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Paco,
Let's stick to the facts and the TRUTH. The balls that were used in the tournament were given to us by Pete Fowler who we bought them from on site. My ball is made by TRUMP so it says TRUMP on it. My ball has different colored stitching on it as well. The balls we used in the tournament were made by BADEN and they said BADEN on them. At NO TIME did my team use ANY OTHER ball other than the BADEN BALLS that we were supplied by the tournament director. It would have been OBVIOUS if we had done so just by looking at the manufacturer of the ball. Our balls all had the same cover, stitching, and BADEN stamp that yours did. You were pitching and I'm pretty sure that if we would have thrown in a ball marked TRUMP on it during the game you would have looked at it and protested and RIGHTFULLY SO. Of course, that never happened because we never did that. I'm not quite sure how you expect anyone to believe you or why you keep saying this? Our softballs were looked at by your team, the tournament director, and everyone else and deemed to be the exact same balls that you had. I really don't think us beating you by the run rule would have been changed by any ball that you wanted us or you to hit. We played well that game and throughout the tournament and won. Your team is certainly capable of the same thing with ANY ball being in the game but that was our weekend to put it together on the field.

Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports

Ps: ok I feel guilty. I actually flew in 3 ladies from the ball factory in China, had them take the cover off of my Trump balls and sew on a Baden cover that I ripped off another ball with my teeth. Urban Legend continues.....
, March 19, 2016
Tri18
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

James,
I have been working with Miken in developing a 12" senior bat for the past few months. I will tell you it's extremely good and I will have more information about its debut and on the bat itself most likely next week.
Alan Tanner
Team 1 Sports

Ed....glad you are back with us. Get better soon.
AT18
, March 17, 2016
Tri18
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Sunglasses for Softball

Thanks for all the calls guys. I'm out of all black and camo and have them being made now. I still have ten other frame colors to choose from right now.
Get with me with any questions.

AT18
561-718-7504
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