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Re: Composite vs aluminum. Which is better?
Thank you for the compliment. As a coach for the Hague teams, especially 1995, I'd like to think we could hold our own with any team from any era. I slightly disagree with your assessment. I think you are underestimating the distance Meade, Rose , Rickard, Macenko, etc would hit the ball with composites. Meade hit a ball out of the Astrodome with one of those old Bombats. Macenko put one up on top of a school building in Brook Park in 1990 that might have been over 450 feet. Androff hit a ball against our Gooslin team in 1992 at the ASA World Series that went 417 feet with a CU 31 alloy bat. We paced it off after the game 317 to center & another 100 feet to where the ball landed. JC Phelps hit a ball over the centerfield wall in Daytona that was 400 feet. I believe that ball cleared by 40 or 50 feet. One year at the Smoky's, Carl Rose beat our Gooslin team by hitting 4 in a row out on the main field. Each one went further than the previous one. The last one was close to 400 ft.There were so many guys that could blast it with the " old" technology. I couldn't even comprehend what these guys could do with composites. Imagine pitching to Scott Virkus & he had a composite bat. I was in Cleveland when he smoked a line drive off Billy Jackson's shin from VIP. The ball ricochet out of play over the 1st base dugout & Virkus was awarded a ground rule double. Jackson couldn't walk off the field & was helped off by his teammates. This was in the early innings of the game. The manager of VIP decided he would pitch before he put his pitcher in the way of anything else. I wonder what Craig Elliot, Charlie Wright, Mighty Joe Young, Stan Harvey, Don Aarndt, Bill Gatti & Monty Tucker would have done with composites? I think they would have held their own along with quite a few others.Sorry, I guess I am just being old.