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, Aug. 10, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: shaved bats


A few years back I think there were far more guys swinging shaved bats than there are now. The newer bats are hot enough so now teams are trying to figure out how to cheat with the balls.
I had 6 new Trump Stotes from about 8 years ago and threw them in with some of this years production and if you don't think the balls have changes just give that test a try.

Thank You:

James
, Aug. 1, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Older Miken U2



Thanks All:

I did remove the old grip tape and the production date is 4-1-03

Thanks:

James
, July 22, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Older Miken U2


Thanks for all the information.

One other thing I noticed is the bat has the ISF 1.20 oval on it. That is probably standard on the older bats.

Thanks:

James
, July 21, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Older Miken U2



Thanks for the input.

Are these older Miken's still legal for SSUSA play? I probably won't keep this one because my playing days are about over.

The end cap on the one I have is completely smooth with nothing on it at all. The only mark the cap has on it is where it looks like it was dropped on the concrete near the edge. I never got to hit one of the old gray originals but this one has a totally different feel than any bat I have hit is a few years.

Thanks:

James
, July 21, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Older Miken U2



Hi All:

I was wondering if any of you have information on an old Miken I recently traded for. On the outside it had the ASA 2000 marking. Has the flat paper Miken handle cap with the swoosh M and 34-28oz. The end cap is plastic with nothing on it. I know a lot of the older ones have the "W" on the cap. The grip was in bad shape from being in an old bat bag for many years so I took it off. The production date is 4-1-03. Is this the first year of the U2? The barrel has a totally different feel to it than the newer models. It is used but in good shape so I hit 3 balls with it and it fells very hot.

Thanks for any information you can give me.

James
, March 28, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Trump Stote Softball Concerns


The Trump Stote has been going down hill the last couple years and a majority of players who pay to play this great game are not happy about it. Senior Softball can ask Trump to correct this issue without changing the name on the ball and the contract would not be violated. That is what good businesses do when there is an obvious issue that needs addressed.

Thank You:

James
, Feb. 16, 2017
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: A True Equalizer



This is a topic I have always thought was way out of wack and needs to be fixed. The upper team gives the lower team a perfect inning of scoring without any effort or using any of their Home Runs. I have always heard it does not matter much because in the big tourneys all teams will be playing in their own division but it does matter for many reasons including pride. I have played in many golf tournaments where it is nearly impossible to win because of the handicap system and that is about the way it is when a good Major or Major+ senior softball team plays a good AAA or Major team. Then you get the guys who brag about winning a game where they get every possible advantage and think they really did something.

Thanks:

James
, Dec. 2, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Trump Rock


I don't know what the best ball would be but the Trump Stote we use now in most of the tournaments gets worse every year. I am not a HR hitter but still like to hit a good ball. It is time for a change and it would be nice for this topic to be discussed at the SSUSA summit meeting. If it is about $ I am sure most teams would gladly spend a few extra $ to hit a good ball. If it is not about $ then lets give it a shot.

Thanks:

James
, Nov. 26, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: When did bats start getting END CAPS ?


I believe it was back in the mid to late 70's when Bombat came out with a bat with an end cap. I thought their first models had a cap and shortly after they went to a solid end.

Thanks:
James
, Aug. 1, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Yes, Ratings again...


Hi Shane:

If they were going to bump your club up this is way to late in the year to do it. You guys have a good team but to do it near the end of the season is a poor decision.

Thanks:
James
, May 30, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno


Anybody know the results of 60AAA?

Thanks:

James
, April 6, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Which Batch Is It?


If the bat is as good as advertised I don't mind waiting even though I prepaid. If the bat is a dud that changes everything.

Thanks:

James
, March 20, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2


Thanks Alan:

Let us know when the timing might be for this new model.

Thank You:

James
, March 18, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: Bats
Discussion: New Adidas MeLee 2



Is the Melee II going to be ordered in a 12" version? The same for the 2016 Miken's. I heard both of them may make a 12" but is that confirmed?

Thank You:

James
, Feb. 4, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Need a Tracker in Modesto/Escalon/Oakdale/Riverbank, California



We have friends in Montana who had a similar problem and they got a couple Airdale Terriers to patrol the property as well as being house pets and the problem was solved.

Thanks:

James
, Jan. 28, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2016 Miken U2 Maxload



Thanks for the information.

Doerbaum, I could not find the video of you testing the Maxload. Will try again soon.

Thank You:

James
, Jan. 25, 2016
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2016 Miken U2 Maxload



Hi All:

Now that these bats have been out a while and some of you in the nicer areas have had a chance to use them what is your opinion? I bought one about a month ago but the weather has been to shitty to get out and take any cuts. The last couple years I hit with either a Reebok or Miken U2 balanced.

Thank You:

James
, Dec. 18, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Selection Question


I am probably going to go with a max load Miken. The big sweet spot is hard to pass up.

Hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy/Healthy New ear.

James
, Dec. 18, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Selection Question


Thanks All:

I have had both in my hands and the Dudley feels like a bat I could generate more bat speed with. I have a real hand and wrist type swing if that makes any difference.

James
, Dec. 17, 2015
JamesLG
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bat Selection Question


Hi All:

I want to add a new bat to the bag this year and have it narrowed down to a Dudley 12" and a 2016 Miken U2 end load. I am 5'9" 180lb and play 60 Major. I don't hit many HR's anymore but still hit the ball hard most of the time.

What would you recommend?

Thank You:

James
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