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Baum Bat Review | We Hit The Baum, Here’s What We Think…

August 16, 2020 | by Bat Digest Review Team | @BatDigest

We’ve hit with the Baum bat for several years. Our first experience was in 2016 when we got one from JustBats and took it for a spin. Our hitters didn’t like it, thinking hurt their hands too much and had too small a sweet spot. In 2020 Baum has had a sort of resurgence. Thinking something might have changed, we went out a bought our own. With rather high expectations, we took it for a spin. But, unfortunately, our hitters weren’t nearly as impressed as some of the reviews we read online. They did like the idea of an indestructible wood bat. But, none of our hitters would choose the Baum Bat (white label 32/29) they tried over their aluminum or composite bat.

We were entirely surprised by the idea that the Baum Bat swings balanced. It isn’t light, but it is by no means an end-loaded bat. Our hitters liked how easy it was to swing. Additionally, they liked how it is all but indestructible—so those required to swing wood bats could find a ho… Jump to the full review.


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We were entirely surprised by the idea that the Baum Bat swings balanced. It isn’t light, but it is by no means an end-loaded bat. Our hitters liked how easy it was to swing. Additionally, they liked how it is all but indestructible—so those required to swing wood bats could find a home in here.

Baum Bats may be the most popular bat in the lower levels of Minor League baseball. Their durability, MiLB approval, and wood bat-like performance make them a perfect fit for organizations uninterested in cutting down an entire forest and spending an entire bank account, on wood bats. As such, if you are a MiLB player where this composite-wood bat is approved, then the Baum Bat is a near-perfect fit.

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Junior College ball teams and summer ball teams that require a wood bat also like this BBCOR certified bat, for many of the same reasons Minor League teams use it. The Baum performs like wood, feels like wood, but doesn’t break like wood.

At the high school level, there are a few states (New Mexico & New York) that require wood or composite wood bat usage at the high school level. We struggle to see why this is a good idea, but that is beside the point. Players in those leagues should consider the Baum bat for the exact reasons Juco and MiLB players do.

Several other groups may prefer a wood bat’s efficacy without its short life span. Baum bats solve this problem.

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While there is a fair argument to be made concerning the value players garner from using a wood bat, the lack of offensive production when compared to high-end performance composite and aluminum bats, simply can’t be overlooked. In fact, it is the exact reason people don’t use wood at the highest levels of the non-professional sport.

As such, those looking for maximum production in their at-bats who are also allowed to swing composite or aluminum BBCOR bats should stick with an aluminum or composite performance bat. Performance composite and aluminum do pass BBCOR standards like the Baum, but the liberty that aluminum and composite give in terms of sweet spot length and swing weight simply can’t be beaten by wood or wood imitation bats.

Such players may find a lot of value with a Baum wood bat in their bag for batting practice and winter work outs. But, as a game bat, we suggest you look elsewhere.

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Baum Bat Review | We Hit The Baum, Here’s What We Think…

Is the Baum Bat Legal?

The Baum bat is a BBCOR certified bat with stamp and all. So, yes, the Baum Bat is legal in leagues that allow BBCOR bats (which is high school and college). As well, Baum Bat is legal in some minor league baseball leagues too. This is useful, considering wood bats break and Baum Bats serve as indestructible substitutes.

2020 Construction

We will save you a lesson in physics here. In short, the Baum bat consists of an Ash outer shell, a fiber-resin (think fiberglass plastic) second layer, and a super-secret foamy plastic inner layer. There is no hollow core in the bat which, if we understand it correctly, is part of the reason it is allowed in a number of other leagues that other so-called wood composite bats are not.

Bat Sizing Options

The bats come in a traditional drop 3 in lengths starting from 30 inches on upwards. Other drops are available up to a plus-two. The plus two is made for Zeus. You also have the options of a flared or standard knob.

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1 year ago

great bat

Xander Zumwalt
11 months ago

I am 13 and swing a 2019 ZEN bbcor. living in the midwest, where we see a lot of cold weather tourneys composite bats are a big no-no in early spring and fall. would the Baum Bat be a good choice for use in those early spring and fall tourneys where it is too cold to use a zen?

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