SOURCE: ProBatter Sports

April 04, 2007 17:00 ET

New York Yankees Close Latest Blockbuster Deal: The ProBatter Pitching Simulator

Bronx Bombers Acquire New Systems for Use at Yankee Stadium and Throughout Their Minor League System

MILFORD, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 4, 2007 -- ProBatter Sports has completed a landmark deal with the New York Yankees for the purchase of three new ProBatter PX2 pitching simulators. Long known for their commitment to producing a winning team and doing everything possible to excel, the 26-time world champion Bronx Bombers have acquired the breakthrough training systems for use at their Yankee Stadium home, as well as their minor league facilities in Tampa and Scranton.

ProBatter Professional Baseball simulators utilize patented technology to nearly perfectly duplicate the experience of facing live pitching. The PX2 was recently introduced and represents a refinement in the basic ProBatter design, taking advantage of the most recent advancements in hardware and software development.

The Yankees purchased a ProBatter Pro system at the beginning of last season, temporarily installing it at their spring training site in Tampa. It was subsequently moved to Yankee Stadium, where throughout the regular season, hitters took advantage of the simulator's unique ability to provide "live at-bats" against the highest level pitching. The new PX2 machine replaces the Pro unit, which is projected to be reinstalled in Charleston, home of the Yankee's class A farm team.

"We are extremely pleased with the New York Yankees' decision to install ProBatter simulators throughout their organization," said Adam Battersby, Executive Vice President of ProBatter Sports. "We consider their acquisition of multiple units to represent a genuine commitment to providing every advantage possible for players to develop and achieve excellence throughout their system."

The ProBatter pitching simulator projects a DVD-quality image of a real pitcher onto an 8x10 foot screen. The hitter watches as the pitcher winds up (or throws from a stretch) -- 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 perfect and the effect is startling real. Indeed, 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.

Batters benefit from a hitting experience that very closely simulates live major league pitching. By so closely approximating recreating reality, the ProBatter system can hone hitting skills like no other pitching machine ever created.

The Boston Red Sox and New York Mets have ProBatter simulators installed at their spring training sites and the Chicago White Sox have also purchased the system. The Cleveland Indians have ProBatter machines installed at Jacobs Field, their home ballpark, as well as Dunn Tire Park in Buffalo, home of their AAA farm team. In addition, the 2005 Japan Series champion Chiba Lotte Marines, under the leadership of former big league player and manager, Bobby Valentine, also use ProBatter in their training regimen, as do Division I college programs, Connecticut, Maine, Old Dominion and Nevada.

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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