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By Bat Digest
Updated November 17, 2022
Baseball bat reviews are inundated with the word pop. Amazing Pop, Great Pop, Freakish Pop, and so on and so on. This drives me batty for a handful of reasons. Not the least of which is how .50 BBCOR and BPF 1.15 regulations constrain the trampoline effect of performance alloy and composite bats, making any claim of pop vs. another high-performance bat an unfounded claim.
Quite truthfully, top-shelf high performance bats don't have different 'pop'. They aren't allowed to. And most big time companies with big time wallets make sure their big time bats get as close to that regulatory limit as possible.
The 2015 Mizuno Generation baseball bat boasts a tapered alloy wall. Outside the center of the barrel the bat walls are thinner. This allows the bat to pass BBCOR standards with less trampoline effect in the middle of the barrel as well as extending the length of usable sweet spot. In other words, if the bat is tuned perfectly, you can get the same .50 BBCOR or BPF 1.15 pop along any part of the barrel.