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Bat Around™ Gamifies the Batting Cage Experience for Baseball and Softball Enthusiasts and Newcomers



New batting cage software and app combine the thrill of swinging a bat with a live video game experience, bringing a new level of fun to the sport

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Batting Challenge Holdings, Inc. officially debuts Bat Around™, a new batting cage software and app that gamifies the batting cage experience for teams, players and novices, at the American Baseball Coaches Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 5-8, 2023. Bat Around is part baseball and part video game, inspired by some of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball history, including David Eckstein, Fred McGriff, Matt Holliday, Luis Gonzalez and more.


With Bat Around, we are introducing a whole new level of excitement to baseball and softball.

The game is for all ability levels and brings fun and competition to batting cages. The beta version of Bat Around is powered by HitTrax and is available at batting cage test locations in Colorado, Florida, Georgia and New York. The Bat Around app is now available for download through the App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android phones.

“We get so consumed with teaching people a swing and chasing metrics that we forget the game is supposed to be fun,” said Clint Hurdle, Bat Around co-founder and former MLB manager and player. “With Bat Around, we are introducing a whole new level of excitement to baseball and softball, reinforcing strategy and overall hitting skills through a game that is fun to play for anyone wanting to swing a bat.”

“Bat Around is a new player in the “sporttainment” industry and is perfect for growing usage at batting cages, challenging existing players and introducing new people to the game,” said Matt Farrell, CEO of Batting Challenge Holdings. “We’re looking forward to expanding Bat Around’s availability across the U.S. to batting cages and entertainment venues.”

The game is designed to help teams make batting practice more fun and purposeful through competition, allow players to try news skills or improve existing ones, and encourage novices to grab a bat for the very first time and take a swing. It is an exciting way to connect with people and the ball to have a good time while improving skills.

Bat Around is inspired and advised by some of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball, including:

Sean Casey—3x MLB All Star, TV personality on MLB NetworkJeff Cirillo—2x MLB All Star, 1,598 hits, 343 doubles (5x 30+)Darnell Coles—World Series Champion, Washington Nationals hitting coachDavid Eckstein—World Series MVP, 2x MLB All Star and 2x World Series ChampionLuis Gonzalez—World Series Champion, 5x MLB All Star, 2,591 hits, 596 doubles, 354 home runsTravis Hafner—250 doubles (5x 25+), 213 HR (4x 24+), 731 RBI (4x 100+)Matt Holliday—7x MLB All Star, 4x Silver Slugger, National League batting and RBI champFred McGriff—2023 Baseball Hall of Fame electee, 5x MLB All Star, 3x Silver Slugger, 2x HR Champion, World Series ChampionJuan Pierre—2,227 hits and led National League 2x in hits, World Series ChampionRyan Spilborghs—Career .272 and popular TV/radio broadcasterKevin Young—Two seasons 40+ doubles, three with 20+ HR and two 100+ RBI

This list of clutch hitters comprises the Bat Around Hitting Legends Council, who advise on the game and will be featured throughout the app, providing pro tips to players.

“Bat Around makes batting practice better because it takes the tradition of just swinging and turns it into a game and a competition that everyone loves,” said David Eckstein, two-time MLB All Star and World Series MVP. “With this game, we have the opportunity to put a bat in everyone’s hand, and they are going to enjoy hitting!”

When playing Bat Around, hitters move through six rounds of play, keeping the practice fresh and fun, while developing different hitting skills and game strategy. The initial six rounds include:

Liñas – barrel it up and hit a line drive to centerAround the World – hit two balls to left, two to center and two to rightLunchbox – go to work and move runners in various situationsGamer – the pressure is on to score runs in three minutes or three outs, whichever comes firstLaser Show – just hit it hardWalk-Off – the dream scenario of bases loaded, two outs, bottom of the ninth

Other features of the game include the Bat Around Metric, known as BAM™, measuring overall skill. Players will see their stats in the app and can track how they performed in each skill. BAM is also a handicap system allowing people with different ability levels to play each other and compare stats.

The game is accessible to all levels, and hitters can play off a tee, soft toss, front toss, pitching machine or live pitching on three skill levels.

The Bat Around app features your stats, including your BAM, and a digital player card that allows users to create their own digital baseball card that can be shared. Pro tips can be accessed through videos from the Hitting Legends Council, whose members have more than 25,000 collective professional hits. A future version of the game will feature leaderboards showing how players rank against others.

“Bat Around brings out fun and competition,” said Fred McGriff, who was recently elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2023. “When you see kids and adults step into the box, they are immediately energized, have fun and enjoy the competition.”

Bat Around is featured for the first time at the American Baseball Coaches Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 5-8, 2023. Show attendees can see and demo the game and app at booth number 75.

To learn more about Bat Around, visit or follow us on Instagram at @letsbataround.

About Batting Challenge Holdings

Batting Challenge Holdings, Inc. is a New York-based company specializing in sports technology mixed with innovative games. Follow Batting Challenge Holdings on LinkedIn.

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AgentSync Appoints Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum to Board of Directors




DENVER, Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — AgentSync, the company that’s powering growth and operational efficiency for insurance carriers, agencies and MGAs with world-class producer management and compliance solutions, today announced the appointment of Guidewire Chief Executive Officer Mike Rosenbaum to its Board of Directors. Rosenbaum’s leadership and in-depth corporate experience in insurance and technology will help AgentSync on its mission to revolutionize and modernize insurance compliance.

I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum at AgentSync

“We welcome Mike’s skill set as both an insurance and SaaS leader,” said Niji Sabharwal, Chief Executive Officer of AgentSync. “His experience running the largest insurance core system business on the planet, combined with his 14 years leading product teams at Salesforce, make him a one-of-a-kind fit to help direct the company through this next stage of growth.”

Rosenbaum has been Chief Executive Officer of Guidewire since 2019, where he oversees the company’s position as a top software provider to the global Property and Casualty insurance industry. He also ensures the success of the Guidewire customer community, and directs the advancement of its cloud offerings. Rosenbaum spent 14 years at Salesforce and most recently served as Executive Vice President, with responsibility for customer success and product development.

“AgentSync is a company with a bright future, and I am thrilled to be able to play a role in its success and growth going forward,” said Rosenbaum. “The company’s insurance compliance and producer management solutions unlock significant value for carriers, agencies and MGAs, and I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum for the organization,” he said.

About AgentSync

AgentSync builds modern insurance infrastructure that connects carriers, agencies, MGAs, and producers. The company’s solutions create onboarding, licensing, and appointing processes insurers and producers love while ensuring growth and compliance never compete. Founded in 2018 by Niranjan “Niji” Sabharwal and Jenn Knight, and headquartered in Denver, Colo., AgentSync has been recognized as one of Denver’s Best Places to Work, as a Forbes Magazine Cloud 100 Rising Star, and an Insurtech Insights Future 50 winner.

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Snow Joe® Breaks The Ice For Winter 2023 With Its Innovative Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper




High-quality steel craftsmanship and spring-loaded, shock-absorbing design make for the most efficient ice chopper to date

HOBOKEN, N.J., Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Snow Joe, America’s #1 brand of snow throwers, debuts its latest ice-breaking innovation: the 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle. Engineered to alleviate the painstaking task of chopping hard-packed ice, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper features a unique spring-loaded, durable poly handle with a reinforced, D-ring grip to absorb the shock from ice chopping and reduce the strain on both your wrists and shoulders. Its durable, 7-inch carbon steel chopper blade and heavy-duty, 39.7-inch steel shaft offer control and precision to swiftly scrape, slice, dice and break through layers of tough ice and hard-packed snow on driveways, decks, steps, sidewalks, patios, and more!

“This is no ordinary ice chopper…consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”   –Paul Riley, Jr., COO

“This is no ordinary ice chopper,” says Paul Riley, Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Snow Joe. “With its state-of-the-art steel construction and the significant ease of the spring-loaded, shock-absorbing handle, consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”

Weighing only 3.2 pounds, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper is easy to maneuver and stores compactly.  Plus, it comes with a complete two-year warranty, so consumers can enjoy strain- and pain-free ice removal around their homes, yards, gardens, and garages for seasons to come.

To date, the Snow Joe Chopper has garnered over 3,700 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, earning Amazon’s choice for best ice chopper!  So, when it comes to ice, don’t play nice—Go With Joe® and Get Equipped® with the Snow Joe 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle, available while supplies last at and Amazon.

About Snow Joe

Snow Joe — and its complementary brands Sun Joe®, Aqua Joe®, and Auto Joe® — planted its roots in 2004 as a digitally native, direct-to-consumer company that designs, develops, and distributes high-quality, yet affordable, lawn and garden tools. It has grown to become a leader in electric and cordless snowblowers and electric pressure washers, and now offers a wide range of tools to tackle any outdoor chore, any season. For more information, visit or connect on Facebook and Instagram

© 2023 Snow Joe, LLC. All Rights Reserved. AUTO JOE, AQUA JOE, SNOW JOE and SUN JOE are registered trademarks of Snow Joe, LLC.

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CCTV+: China’s top disciplinary body adopts communique to promote full, rigorous Party self-governance




BEIJING, Jan. 11, 2023 /CNW/ — The Communist Party of China’s (CPC) top disciplinary body on Tuesday pledged in a communique that studying and implementing the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress will be the primary political task now and in the near future, and constantly promoting full, rigorous Party self-governance.


The communique was adopted at the second plenary session of the 20th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC, which was held in Beijing from Monday to Tuesday.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the session and made an important speech.

The speech made by Xi at the session was studied, and it was agreed that it provided fundamental guidance for advancing the great new project of Party building in the new era and the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on China’s new journey in the new era, according to the communique, which called on all Party members to study and implement the spirit of Xi’s speech.

Discipline inspection and supervision organs must take the study and implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress as a primary political task at the current stage and in the years to come, and turn effective implementation of the guiding principles into a strong driving force to promote high-quality development of the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on the new journey of the new era.

An eight-point requirement was put forward by the session:

To focus on implementation of the strategic decisions of the 20th CPC National Congress to intensify political oversight;To promote improvement of the systems and regulations for the Party’s self-reform;To ensure that political inspections serve as a powerful tool;To implement the central Party leadership’s eight-point decision on improving conduct with perseverance, tackle pointless formalities, bureaucratism, hedonism, and extravagance;To make all-around efforts to tighten Party discipline;To win the tough and protracted battle against corruption;To advance reform of the discipline inspection and supervision system in an in-depth manner;And to develop qualified human resources capable of shouldering responsibilities in discipline inspection and supervision on the new journey in the new era.



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