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April 28, 2004
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Mizuno Techfire Softball Bats

The Techfire line is being discontinued as a result of the ASA anouncement regarding grandfather the 04 bats. By discontinuing the Techfire line all the bats currently in the market will remian legal going forward under the Grandfather clause. I strongly suspect the Fury, Crush etc will simply undergo a name change for 05.
March 25, 2004
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HIT THE MIDDLE.

First of all let me be very clear on this. I FULLY support what you are saying. When folks are shooting middle in an effort to win a t-shirt, then they have serious issues. But shooting the middle is not new. They were doing it way back when with .52 cor 500+ comp ball, 38oz bats and 250 pound guys swing'n them. Today, it has become a public issue through the public medium of message boards. Add to this the fact that todays players are no longer retired fastball players or bulked up beer leaguers. Todays players are purpose trained muscled up monsters hitting the ball as far and hard as possible. Drop a hi tech bat in their hand and they become lethal. Especially in leagues that have not gone to a low compression ball. What I am trying to say is that this issue is not going to go away. Even if the bats are regulated, the ball compression will came back up. (Everyone loves the long ball). At our age, and I'm a kid by this boards standard, we don't move or react as fast as we would like to. Why not use equipment that is intended to protect us from injury? Masks, helmets, knee gaurds and whatever are fully certified and legal for play. I am not condoning a pitcher gearing up in catcher gear, that's a bit extreme. No offense intended but, I wear a face mask because it DOES make me feel 10' tall and bullet proof. It makes me confident enough to play my position and my team confident to let me. It makes me a better player. I'm a pitcher and damn good at it. The alternative is to change the way the game is played with a fence or a no hit zone but I'm sorry I do not support either. A 5 man infield is very effective but let's face it, how many teams have the legs to play a 3 man outfield an entire event. I have stood in front of Super major teams, Alesium Chase and Boardwalk wearing a helmet and cage as well as at the senior men's level (under 40)up here in Canada. If I had pitched at the World's last August, I would have worn it there. Considering all the Ultra II's and Synergy's I saw in the bags it was a good call. In My personal opinion, for what it's worth, I think leagues should look at making the mask manditory long before they do something silly to change the game.
March 24, 2004
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HIT THE MIDDLE.

I play Div 1 locally as well as 40+ divisions when possible. I pitch and I hit for power. As a pitcher I strongly believe that the player must be able to field his / her position. At the very least, back peddle and defend. 3 years ago I took one in the face. Hard ! The next season I was ducking at every ball that went by. At that point I made a mask and helmet combination that works great. I wore it at the SPN Mens' A natl's in 2002. The first 9 guys came straight up the middle. The confidence I had that I wasn't going to get killed let me stop or get a peice of 7 of them. It didn't take long for the other teams to realize I wasn't going to flintch. They stopped hitting middle shortly after that. Since then I have seen lacross helmets and a product called "Game face" used in senior ball. Scared to get hurt ??? Fight back with the right equipment !!!
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