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Nov. 18, 2009
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Ft.Myers

No offense, but if you knew so much about Ultras, you would realize that the W stamped into the end cap is standard and means "no warranty" or in cases of returnable bats, "no warranty due to one time replacement of original". I would not get too excited about shaved Ultras. They really would not benefit a hard hitter. They would be apt to overcompress and take away from a big hitters power. I would suggest you run a wall thickness and ask Miken directly, if this makes their specs before calling it shaved...should be easy to do with an extensive backround of machining. Good to have all the facts before we pointing fingers.
Oct. 29, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 325 fences at Grayhawk good to go

mad dog
I think this combo of ball and bat and fence distance just made a nice game and gave outfield defense and speed an even hand vs. pure homerun power. I would guess some major teams hit only several homeruns and The major plus finals were on a field with the wind in, so that hurt some but it seemed to me to be a good and fair game. I was not at Vegas, but a buddy hit his first 4 homeruns of the year and told me Gerkle had like 25 homeruns in one game. A power hitter should have to hit a ball 85% to get it out, and a 65% mishit, should be a fly out, not a senior bat homerun. I saw a hitter, hit a line drive over that fence and to me, that shows there is enough bat ball combo. There should be a penalty cushion for the sluggers and the opposite premiem for good defense. Just a nice balance.
Oct. 27, 2009
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 325 fences at Grayhawk good to go

While my team did not place in the 55 major division, I think the 325 fences and outstanding fields provided an excellent venue for the games. Not many homeruns were hit, most by the bigger power hitters. The better defensive players ruled the bigger field and the wannabe "power" hitters found themselves flying out more often in that extra 25 foot zone. I did see some long hruns hit, so legit power was not an issue. Some great outfield play and the teams with speed had the edge. Not the best finish for my team but a fair game with defense rewarded and fly outs to those who mishit. The major plus 55s, seemed to have a good game too, without being a homerun fest like I read in Vegas. I wish all parks were as nice and had the 325 foot fences like they did at grayhawk. congrats to Travelodge and Roberts.
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