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, Aug. 25, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Little League World Series

when I coached little league 10 yrs ago, the strike zone was 1 fist on each side of the plate....this prevented tons of walks and encouraged kids to swing the bat....BUT after seeing some of the calls the last 2 days it seemed like 6 inches
, Aug. 3, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: SOFTBALL SHOES

I wish they made the Erupt in more colors besides black and white...the shoes are great though...I put extra insole for more cushioning
, Aug. 1, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Combat no longer making bats

I heard about Combat not making bats any longer and researched it and found a company letter stating that Performance sports (basically Easton) will no longer make Combat bats and close their Canadian plants.....once they sell out all their current product, they will be done making bats....their technologies will still be used in future bats probably under an Easton nameplate.....looks like another giant has swallowed up a smaller one , which is really how the world is changing every day
, July 11, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Northeast Championships Results Session One

great weekend for Custom Logo of Syracuse.....undefeated at 5-0 to win 50AAA......Syracuse had great representation throughout bracket as teams competed well in all brackets.....congrats guys
, June 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: End cap reglued Altered Bat

can an aftermarket end cap be used if the original cap is broken?
, June 14, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: My son Tim

I have had the pleasure of meeting Alan personally and know he is a great person....my heart was saddened when I learned of Tim's passing this weekend......Alan, you are in our thoughts and well wishes in Central NY....god bless you and your family......Brian in Syracuse NY
, April 4, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: same team playing in two different age groups

how does a 60 yr old play on a 65 team????
, April 4, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Opinions about custom glove makers....

Dancer....this is my 2nd Vinci glove.....I got the exact model as you did and I am breaking it in right now (took the winter off and I should have been working all that time in the winter months).....it is about a 1/2" longer than my other Vinci glove....I found out about them yrs ago when the same question came up about getting a new glove...I had an A2000 that the pocket just wasn't big enough for softball outfield......but follow the instructions on break-in and work the glove often...the leather softens up quickly and soon it will feel as good if not better than the old reliable you had
, March 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Dudley lighting 26oz balanced

my end cap broke on my first 25 swings....it appeared that the 2 part epoxy wasn't mixed properly and half the endcap remained glued solidly in the bat end...the "glue" was still wet and that told me that it was a 2 part epoxy that wasn't thoroughly mixed....end result was that I got a new bat or new end cap whichever because the bat was so new, I couldn't tell a new one from mine yet...Dudley was good about it...it did take a month because that was the first batch of Dudleys made and they were in great demand
, March 23, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Amen to that Fabe....thank you for posting
, March 18, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Achilles Tendon Soreness

do you wear mid or high shoes...I found that the mids would irritate my Achilles usually by the middle of the summer leagues...I switched to lows and will see how they go this year...the Achilles would hurt to the touch...I mean REALLY painful.....I figure I had tendinitis but it last a long time and rest was the only thing that helped
, March 17, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

I thought this post was a bout the NEW Adidas Melee2.....let's get back to that topic...I had a few guys hit one at a BP session last week and many were astonished.....the ball "jumps" off the bat, the sweet spot is "great" were some of the comments from 6 different hitters...this is all out of the wrapper too.....some say that it take 75-100 swings to break it in, many can't wait for that to happen
, March 10, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: 2016 melee

I hit a new Adidas Melee 2 a few weeks ago in florida...after 5 swings, I said "Yup, its as good as my reebok"....just glad that Melees will be available again because when reebok stopped, the world almost stopped....not quite, but finding a 26 ounce balanced Reebok was like searching for Bigfoot.....I think I got the LAST one in the world a few months ago...lol
, March 10, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2

Deep14, buy a Dudley or new miken sr bat....they seem to have solved some durability issues...for the rest of us NON bat breakers, the Melee both the reebok and the Adidas perform great for me....but every player swings differently and what works for one guy might not work for another....my brother hits his driver 250 down the middle, I use it and I pull hook it 8 out of 10 times...is his driver crappy???, no, it just doesn't work for me......same goes for bats....
, March 10, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: face masks

seems a pretty simple rule...if you pitch, you wear a mask...I play hockey, I wear a full cage .....I have lost count how many times I have gotten hit by stray sticks, lifted pucks and errant elbows which definitely would have knocked out some teeth or broken bones or blackened eyes...some guys wear 1/2 visors and some wear only the required helmet........I have NEVER seen a guy need stitches while wearing a full cage......sure it is great to skate without a visor or half shield or a cage BUT, bottom line is safety.....I choose full protection......rules are rules...I don't like going 55 on the highway but its a rule...it probably is better for everyone and that's why there are rules...it is a small price to pay for a mask then to see someone get seriously injured playing a game without one....
, March 4, 2016
bkb555
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Your opinion on best Senior Bat

I hit the new Melee and it is as good as my current reebok melee....other than the small graphics with adidas and melee2 on it instead of reebok, it should be a winner
, Feb. 28, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

Alan.....fantastic job again in Vero Beach....had a great time and it was a good feeling to get on the field again...Davey and Bob were as good as ever both in their hitting prowess and the wealth of knowledge they had...and you, Alan are a great hitter and organizer and instructor...also a great person....thanks again for giving us the opportunity to play ball in the late winter months and taking the time individually to instruct all the participants on different areas in softball.....I had an awesome weekend.....sincerely

Brian in Syracuse
bkb555
, Feb. 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

always has to be some smartass in the bunch...thanks for the help
, Feb. 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

....besides, I am here now in vero beach so I can use local TV news...just wanted to know what to pack...I guessed correctly
, Feb. 24, 2016
bkb555
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Weather Forecast Spring training 2-26 Vero Beach

yeah, weather.com never makes mistakes...we were supposed to have 2 MASSIVE 2-3 foot snow storms the past 2 weeks....guess what...we got 5 inches one day and the other one was rain...ooooops, I guess they were wrong...but really , I was looking for someone who lived in the area and got the local forecast, not some national weather service that speculates on generalities etc....thanks wagon
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