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Ready for Hardball Softball By BRENDAN I. KOERNER Published: May 30, 2004 SUMMERTIME perk of office work is the company ...




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Old 06-08-2005, 09:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ready for Hardball Softball
By BRENDAN I. KOERNER

Published: May 30, 2004


SUMMERTIME perk of office work is the company softball team, which offers a chance to bond with colleagues while wearing cleats. For many players, the games are a weekly lark - light running and a few grass stains - followed by a few beers.

For some ultracompetitive types, however, the slow-pitch softball season isn't about fun: it's about walloping the opposition. The Anderson Bat Company of Placentia, Calif., has those serious players in mind with its $259 TechZilla, the Lamborghini of slow-pitch bats.

Much like recreational golf, now awash in space-age drivers that can turn almost any duffer into a John Daly off the tees, slow-pitch softball has been revolutionized by high-tech equipment.

In the early 1990's, a former data processor named Ray DeMarini developed the first multiwalled softball bat. Unlike older models, it had two layers of aluminum. This innovation made the ball fly off the bat faster, adding noticeable distance to hits. Singles turned into doubles, and doubles into home runs.

Steven L. Anderson, a former designer for the Hillerich & Bradsby Company, the maker of Louisville Slugger bats, founded Anderson Bat in 1991. It designed bats on contract for large sporting goods manufacturers. In 1999, however, he abandoned the private-label approach in favor of making his own bats, aiming at the needs of the most serious players.

The TechZilla has a patented network of tiny braces between the two walls that increase the flexibility of the barrel.

"If you look at the corrugation in a cardboard box, that's what our interior wall looks like," said Ed McIntosh, the sales manager for Anderson Bat. According to the results of company tests, the TechZilla provides 15 to 20 percent more distance than midpriced aluminum bats. In other words, a 290-foot fly-ball out could become a 340-foot home run if a batter used a TechZilla.

Numbers like that infuriate softball purists and some rival companies. As a result, the Amateur Softball Association of America, the sport's governing body, recently revised its rules to outlaw several high-tech bats, though not the TechZilla.

The revision was partly a response to safety concerns; the association was worried that balls were moving too quickly for players to react. But the new standards were also sought by the Wilson Sporting Goods Company of Chicago, which bought Mr. DeMarini's company, DeMarini Sports, for $20 million in 2000, a year before he died. Wilson's best softball bats are high-tech, too, but not quite the performance-bolstering monsters that some other companies offer.

The softball association's standard for bats depends on how fast a ball is traveling after it strikes a bat during testing. The new standard requires that bats be much less explosive. Bats that fail the test are banned from competition in sanctioned leagues.

The revised rules could have been disastrous for Anderson Bat, but the TechZilla slipped in under the wire: it was just barely within the allowed range. That makes the TechZilla one of the most powerful bats to receive the association's thumbs up.

Mr. McIntosh said the company's sales in the first quarter more than tripled, compared with the period a year earlier. Anderson Bat's revenue for all of 2003 was $2.4 million, he said.

But he sounds a little optimistic when he estimates that there is a market for four million high-tech bats a year. The softball association has registered 245,000 teams with a total of 3.5 million players. Would each of those players pay upward of $250 every year to buy a fresh bat? Many of them are probably content to use an antiquated model -and worry more about what bar they'll be visiting after the last out.




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Old 06-09-2005, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can tell by the last paragraph that this reporter didn't research this article very well but what can you expect from the New York Times anyway.
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I feel as far as alotta N.Y.ers mostly those whom are not tournament ball players, will buy anything they get their hands onto to make their company team, rec team and so forth better then the comp. in those leagues!!! The ones with money will spend it if it make their 60 mph line drive at 240 ft. into a 100 mph line drive @ 310 ft. those that can afford it will do it. It's sad because their competition level is higher, other people male or female suffer the consequences in low budget rec. leagues. Injuries and what not!!!!!! VERY SAD:wtf2
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Old 06-09-2005, 05:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The UltraII (maybe the Ultra, I forgot) won a corporate league for my company (I did not use the bat).

We had scrappy hitters hitting home runs. Guys who typically hit week groundouts were hitting line drives in the hole.

Our opponent was full of good ball players. We had a pretty decent team as well (for a corp league) but we won because the lesser players had career years that year and in the championship game.

The bat was banned the following year and now we suck again.

I still can't believe Joe Trop hit a line drive HR. 150 lbs with a slow as shit swing.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally posted on 11/04/2007 on the old SoftballNut

I thought I would post this so he doesn't rip off anymore people. He still owes me $500+ for some bats I never received. That was 7 months ago and he still wont pay. He promised to pay me again and said I would be paid after his October 30th paycheck, but of course he hasn't done shit. I left him a voicemail yesterday, but he still hasn't responded just as he only responds to about half of my messages/pm's and claims to never have received them. I just wanted to let all of you know so this crook doesn't take your money too.

Here is a link to the story if you feel like reading it.
http://www.softballfans.com/forums/s...d.php?t=314216

EDIT: On October 21, 2008 Jimmy paypaled me the last $100, 18 months after the original transaction. This is over and done with and Jimmy no longer owes me any money.
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here is a link to the thread on the old SoftballNut. I'm sure most of you have seen it already.

http://macartist6.proboards79.com/in...read=82&page=1
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dont let him pay you in casino cash
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Old 10-13-2008, 05:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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dont let him pay you in casino cash
Well, there goes that idea...

I negative repped him...

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