I attended the MLB Alumni Players Association Dinner a few months ago; Donnie was among the award winners this year. Among other former and current players I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Stanley. Mike was a teammate of Donnie’s in the early 90’s when they both played for the Yankees.
Mike had a lot of interest in Mattingly Sports and in particular our new BBCOR -3 bats. Since he is coaching his son’s high school baseball team in Florida he knows very well that all high school players will need to use BBCOR bats exclusively effective January 2012. His players as well as many high school players across the country are trying to find the BBCOR bat that feels right for them.
We sent Mike both V-Grip and round handle bats to demo with his players and they were met with an overwhelming approval. After trying out the bats Mike sent me a note saying:
“My son put the bats thru a few days in the cages and he loves them. He liked the V-Grip on the Ripped, but liked the Demon for the way he felt the ball came off the bat. I was able to pry them away from him to let the other guys swing em today and the majority were singing the praise of the V-Grip. Only one of the kids couldn’t get use to the V-Grip and liked the round handle Demon. Good thing you guys have both grips to offer!!!!
A few weeks later Mike sent in orders for most of his players:
“Bat orders are coming in. The kids love the bats! The V-Grip has been very popular. I also heard a comment about how balanced they were. This one kid hadn’t felt that kind of balance in any other BBCOR.”
Our BBCOR bats have been getting great reviews if you are a high school player or if you know one feel free to pass the word – the Mattingly BBCOR Bats – Ripped and V-Force with the V-Grip and Saber and Demon with round handles are just flat out hot!!
– Jim F. from Mattingly
Jim Falco is the current CFO and VP of Back Office Operations for Mattingly Sports. He is also on the board of directors for Mattingly Charities, a Mattingly organization that works to bring sporting equipment to underprivileged youths around the world.
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