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ProBatter Sports

March 03, 2009 17:03 ET

Cincinnati Reds Acquire Their Own Big Machines -- ProBatter PX2 Pitching Simulators

Reds Become Sixth Big League Club Training With Leading-Edge "Flight Simulator" for Hitters

MILFORD, CT--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - ProBatter Sports has completed a deal with the Cincinnati Reds for the National League club to purchase two of the company's flagship model PX2 pitching simulators. Perhaps the most sophisticated training tool ever developed for hitters, the machine recreates the experience of facing live pitching through a seamless integration of video and computer technology.

The Reds recently finished installation of one ProBatter system at their spring training site in Sarasota, Florida. After the season begins, they plan to move it permanently to their Great American Ballpark home in Cincinnati. The club will be moving their spring training location to Goodyear, Arizona next year, and a PX2 will be installed in the new facility in the next few months, as final touches are being applied.

The Reds are the sixth major league franchise to incorporate ProBatter systems into their hitters' training regimen. Multiple systems are in use throughout the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations, including their home ballparks. In addition, the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have units installed at their spring training homes in Florida, where major and minor league players can train and rehabilitate throughout the year.

"We're thrilled to see ProBatter continuing to expand across the baseball landscape as a must-have tool for any team striving for peak performance from its players," said Adam Battersby, President of ProBatter Sports. "Competition is fierce these days and a growing number of pro, college and top international clubs have turned to our simulators as they look for a competitive edge."

Similar in approach to an aircraft flight simulator, the ProBatter PX2 system recreates real-life hitting situations with astonishing realism. A batter faces the life-sized image of a real pitcher winding up (or throwing from a stretch) and delivering a pitch on a video screen. At the moment of release, an actual ball is fired through a small hole in the screen, delivering virtually any pitch a human being can. Synchronization is precise and the effect is extremely realistic. Hitters can be challenged by an endless array of fastballs, sinkers, cutters, curves, sliders, change-ups, etc. -- at speeds up to 100 mph and variable in increments of two mph. Moreover, the pitches can be delivered with pinpoint accuracy and thrown to pre-selected locations inside and outside the strike zone.

Besides the major league clubs that have embraced ProBatter, the pitching simulators have proven to be extremely popular throughout the baseball world. Division I college programs, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Maine, Navy, Ohio, Old Dominion and Nevada incorporate ProBatter systems into their training routines, as does the 2005 Japan Series champion, Chiba Lotte Marines, under the leadership of former big league player and manager, Bobby Valentine.

The systems are also in high demand at private training facilities, while even individuals have purchased units -- including active pro players, Jason Giambi and Trot Nixon. ProBatter has even caught on in the international softball world, with the Chinese National Softball team acquiring a system for their Beijing training center as they prepared for last year's Olympic Games.

About ProBatter Sports

ProBatter Sports was formed in 1999 by members of Kent Communications, Ltd. and Stahl Real Estate, LLC. Stahl Real Estate is one of the principal commercial real estate developers in New York City, while Kent Communications is a publisher of a variety of journals and books on such diverse subjects as intellectual property and licensing.

Originally founded around the ProBatter Professional system, the ProBatter product line has substantially expanded since its inception with products such as the ProBatter II retrofit kit for commercial batting cages, ProBatter Professional Softball system, and a host of ancillary products including a Smart Card control system, a Scoring system, feeder systems, and the ProBatter seamed pitching machine balls, which are licensed to Baden Sports. The ProBatter line of products has received 13 U.S. patents and more than 20 international patents.

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