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The Tale of King Kassius Grabus

When we last heard of King Monopolus, he was trampled and passed away when his castle was stormed. His son, Kassius Grabus, now heir to the throne, had reached the age of 19. He was ready to take over the Prussian Grolov Kingdom for his beloved father and grandfather, King Alloy III. When his father […]

BBCOR Bat Swing Weights and Barrel Sizes

2024 Barrel Sizes We slide a plastic ring under 2 5/8 of an inch down the barrel. When it stops, we measure the differences between the end of the barrel and the ring. This gives us the ‘barrel size.’ In some cases, like the F5 and the Pro 44 Alloy, the ring slides off, so […]

The Lyin, The Rich, and the Wardrobe

It was the best of times for the Prussian Grolov Kingdom. Its domination of all lands east and west had extended into its 3rd decade under King Alloy III. The Kingdom’s strength was the power and tenacity of its warriors. While the War Charter of 115 A.D. dictated that no soldier could be older than […]

NCAA Home Run Rate By Year Charts

Ever wondered about the home run rate in NCAA Baseball? Below are a few charts and tables you might find helpful. We captured loads of data via Official NCAA Statistics and made these charts ourselves. As of April 24th, a bit more than half way through the season, the HR/AB rate is almost exactly as […]

Ebay Baseball Bat Deals

In the middle of 2023, we analyzed the sales data on over 5,000 BBCOR bats on eBay to consider the popularity and what might be a good deal. Our results are below. We’re hopeful this information can give you insight into buying the best bat. In short, the tricks are: 20%+ At Peak Season, Avoid.. […]

The State of Travel Ball [Real Parent Survey Results]

In June 2023, we conducted a survey involving approximately 700 parents of baseball players regarding their experiences with travel teams. We aimed to present this data in an annual report called the State of Travel Ball, making it easily accessible to a broader audience. To assist parents, players, and coaches in forming their conclusions, we […]

Is the Perfect Game Worth It?

Is a Perfect Game Showcase worth it? Their website implies a lot. Millions of pageviews, well over 10,000 PG attendees were drafted, 300,000+ college commits, and access to college coaches, to say nothing of guys like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado who attended these things. How can it not be worth every penny you’ve got? […]

NCAA Fastpitch Bats

We’ve tracked NCAA fastpitch bat usage for a few years now, and you can find most of our work on the subject below, categorized by year and then, usually, team. 2024 NCAA Fastpitch Bats Oklahoma, which looks utterly dominant this year (again) has a sponoship with Rawlings (as you can see). We can’t tell the […]

4 Reasons Behind the Historic Home Run Surge in 2023 College Baseball

The current season of college baseball has seen an unprecedented surge in home runs, reaching record-breaking rates that have sparked widespread discussion among fans, players, and analysts. This remarkable trend is likely the result of a convergence of several distinct factors. In particular, four key areas stand out as potential contributors to the increase in […]

The Power of Pivot Points in Your Bat’s Performance

If you’re wondering why your performance of the bat does not match the demonstration you saw or why your plate appearances are not having the same results as your BP or soft toss sessions, it may have something to do with the pivot point of your swing. Because everyone’s swing is at least a bit […]

What’s The Best Bat for my Age?

Are you looking for the best bat for a specific age? For starters, you’re asking a great question because the first trick in getting the right bat is realizing that your best bat bet is not one someone else can hit the hardest. We’ve spent hours hitting each age group and collecting data to determine […]

What’s Difference Between Baseball and Softball Bats

We spend much time talking about fastpitch and baseball bats—even more time reviewing and ranking them. But we haven’t spent much time getting bare and discussing their differences. But, it turns out, people have several questions about the differences; we’ll do our best to answer them below. Is there a difference between a baseball and a […]

2024 Bat Droppings: Should We Hype The Hype

The 2024 Hype Fire drops this week. Or is it next? Or was it last? We can’t keep track as the buzz around this bat is at fever-pitch levels. Easton’s Instagram said June 1st direct and June 6/7th at select retailers. But outlets have Harry Potter book 7-type parties this Friday, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok […]

What is BBCOR? What Does BBCOR Mean?

BBCOR bats have been used in college and high school baseball for quite some time, but there is still quite a bit of buzz about its introduction. “What is BBCOR, and what does it stand for? Why was the BBCOR standard created? Do I (or my player) need a BBCOR bat? Is this a BBCOR-certified […]

4 Data Driven Ways To Increase Bat Speed

We’ve had a lot of traction on our scientific way to hit home runs article over the years and are a bit surprised we’ve never put together a similar scientific approach to improving your swing speed. They are similar. After all, we try increasing our swing speed to hit more home runs. But, some studies […]

Do Bots Know Bats: ChatGPT vs BatDigest

We get asked a crazy ton of questions about bats, and we’ve written thousands and thousands of words over the years answering them. With the recent advent of Large Language Learning Models, we thought we’d see how well it has used our site to increase its knowledge database and can answer questions about bats. Chat […]

Why do MLB Players use Wooded Bats

Curious about why MLB players use wooden bats? Let’s explore the reasons. In short, the reason the MLB uses wood bats is because they are required to use them. MLB regulations mandate wooden bats. It’s even more specific than that. These wood bats must certain criteria, such as hardness, diameter, and grain straightness, to be […]

Are There Coupon Codes for Just Bats?

JustBats is a leading online baseball and softball bats, gloves, and accessories retailer. As a popular destination for sports enthusiasts, it is no surprise that customers are always looking for ways to save on their purchases. JustBats Coupon Codes In short, the general answer is generally no; JustBats does not offer coupon codes. However, they […]

End-Loaded vs Balanced Bats: Which is Right For You?

One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a baseball bat is its balance. The Balanced vs. End Load Fallacy We must understand that the range from light to heavy swing is a spectrum, not a category. Swing weight isn’t a binary determination but an actual calculated number. Companies certainly make bats trying […]

Wood Bat vs Metal Bat

Deciding between wood and metal can be tricky when choosing a baseball bat. Here are five reasons why you might want to consider using a wood bat: Why Wood over Metal Tradition and Preference 1. Many players prefer the feel and sound of hitting with a wood bat. Using a wood bat can also be […]

MLB Players By Country

What percent of MLB players are from other countries?Baseball is often called “America’s Pastime,” but it’s a sport with a global reach. Major League Baseball (MLB) is home to players worldwide; from the Dominican Republic to Japan, Brazil to Canada, and everywhere in between, the nationalities and birthplaces of MLB players are as diverse as […]

NCAA Baseball Bats

Over the years, we’ve tracked the bat usage of NCAA baseball and fastpitch teams. Our results are below. Sponsorship Bat Deals Many college-level programs have agreements with major sports brands for access to equipment. Usually, the players are not required to swing and use a specific brand, but they are highly encouraged by getting free […]

Gifts for Baseball Players [Updated Dec 2022]

We spent this entire year playing with and using baseball, fastpitch equipment, and related devices and items. This comprises our favorite gadgets, gear, and things for our best gifts for baseball players. These are the best gifts for baseball presents. Gifts for Baseball Players Baseball Gloves Buy It A glove is always appreciated. Don’t overthink […]

Little League World Series Bats

We track the Little League World Series bat usage yearly at the regionals. Our findings are reported here. Jump LLWS – 2023 Bats LLWS – 2022 Bats LLWS – 2019 Bats Method For 2023, we watched all of the first-round games on the family of ESPN channels. While watching, we track bat usage the first […]

USA Approved Bats

Below are each of the USA-approved bats. We took these from the USA bats site and we update it often. Compare this with our

BBCOR Approved Bats

41 New Bats were added in August of 2022. Manufacturer Model Serial Length 0 0 5 for 5 bats D5C71 D5C71 NaN 1 1 5 for 5 bats D5M10 D5M10 NaN 2 2 5 for 5 bats D5TXL D5TXL NaN 3 3 Adidas EQTBlastCF AMC29 32.0 4 4 Adidas EQTBlast AMC30 32.0 5 5 Adidas […]

2022 College Baseball World Series Bat Usage Data

We spent more time than we’d like to admit watching the 2022 College World Series and tracking the bat usage. We did this for the 2021 College World Series too. Below are our findings. See our disclaimers where we discuss how these numbers are affected by school bat contracts. Methodology We watched the starting lineup […]

How 8 Charts Tell the Story of Baseball Bat Performance

Over the years, we’ve captured 10,000+ exit speeds on any number of BBCOR, USSSA, USA, BESR, and Fastpitch bats. This data collection effort, we believe, is the largest in history (at least that isn’t owned by a bat company), and the analysts of our dataset put us in a unique situation to measure bat performance. […]

The Best Replacements for The Goods and the Voodoo One

If you’ve followed us at all you’ll know there are two things that trigger us: first, the idea that there are “must have” bats; second, the notion that, save the hallucinogenic effects of magic mushrooms, there would never be a reason to buy a bat in the secondary market for more than it’s MSRP price. […]

2021 College World Series Bats [In 7 Charts]

We have finished our 2022 NCAA CWS Bat data. Below is our 2021. We’ve tracked the bats of the college world series for several years. We’ve put that data into 7 charts. In good faith, we also put the data we capture out to the public here. You’re welcome to fact-check it or do with […]