2017 Tentative Tournament Schedule:
April USSSA Las Vegas
April USSSA Hall of Fame Dual
May USSSA either Columbus, IN or Euless,TX
June USSSA Chicago
June USSSA Dudley
June USSSA Seattle Dual
July USSSA Smoky Mountain Classic
July USSSA Cincinnati
August USSSA Columbus, Ohio
September USSSA Conference Championships
September USSSA Major World Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2017 MIKEN/WORTH/SIS/ALBICOCCO FLAGSHIP MAJOR TEAM ANNOUNCED WITH ROSTER
Caledonia, MN – November 15, 2016 – Miken/Worth Sports/Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, subsidiary Newell Brands (NYSE:NWL), announced today the final roster for the flagship Major Team sponsored by Rick Schiffhauer of Smash It Sports (Rochester, NY), Tony Albicocco of The Scene (Huntington, NY) and Miken/Worth Sports (Caledonia, MN).
Rick Schiffhauer stated, "Smash It Sports is very excited to be one of the lead sponsors of the Smash It Sports/Albicocco/Miken/Worth men's major softball team. We feel this positions us to have a strong chance at back-to-back Major world titles. We are also excited to be teamed up with one of the best sponsors in the game, Tony Albicocco. In addition, having the great partners Miken Sports and Worth Sports involved in our team brings winning tradition, technology, performance and instant credibility".
The Miken/Worth Super Team will be comprised of some of the game’s leading players, 7 players representing the Miken brand and 7 players representing the Worth brand, to include USSSA Hall of Famers Don DeDonatis JR, Andy Purcell, Dennis Rulli and former MLB First round draft pick (#6 pick overall) Ryan Harvey. The roster will consist of several veteran leaders like the Hall of Famers mentioned above, Jason Branch, Brandon Dillon, Jeff Graus and Long Haul Bomber champion Kevin Filby. A good mix of youth and defense will be brought to the table with players like Nic Santana, Luis Reyna, Andrew Collins, Lee Payne, Erik Kanaby and Cory Briggs.
The team will be managed and coached by USSSA National Hall of Famers John Rector (Manager) and Jason Kendrick (role player/coach). George Phillips will coach as well and serve as the team statistician.
Limited Edition Smash it 7 Tony Albicocco player model bats will release March 2017 and the team will begin their USSSA Conference schedule in Las Vegas.
7 WORTH PLAYERS
7 MIKEN PLAYERS
Miken Sports is a leading composite sporting goods manufacturer having held the position as the premier innovator and technology leader for over a decade. With the introduction of the Ultra, Miken reinvented the game of slowpitch softball by developing the first high performance composite slowpitch bat.
Worth Sports has been an industry leader in Diamond Sports for over 50 years, dominating the slowpitch bat category as an original power brand. Worth introduced the premier poly core softball four decades ago and continues to lead the industry in the ball category.
About Caledonia MN Manufacturing
The Caledonia MN facility develops and produces product that elevates the performance of serious athletes ranging from youth to professional, including composite softball bats; composite fastpitch bats; composite baseball bats; and composite batter’s helmets.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods worldwide. Founded in 1887, Rawlings is an authentic global sports brand, trusted by generations of athletes of all skill levels. Rawlings’ unparalleled quality and expert craftsmanship are the fundamental reasons why more professional athletes, national governing bodies and sports leagues choose Rawlings. Rawlings is the Official Ball Supplier and Batting Helmet of Major League Baseball®, the official baseball of Minor League Baseball™ and the NCAA®, and the approved baseball, basketball, football and softball of the National High School Federation®.
About Newell Brands
Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Jostens®, Marmot®, Rawlings®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Waddington and Yankee Candle®. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play. Additional information about Newell Brands are available on the company’s website, www.newellbrands.com.