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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

In the 2023 Fastpitch College World Series, the most frequently observed bat was the Mizuno CRBN1, appearing 21 times. Following closely behind was the DeMarini CF model from 2022, which was seen 11 times. The Rawlings Mantra+ (2023) and Louisville Slugger Xeno (2021) bats also made a significant presence, with counts of 10 and 9, […]

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 […]

The BBCOR Test Isn’t Broke and Other Things We Learned From Tracking NCAA Baseball Bats

We tracked bat usage and the at-bat results of more than 30 NCAA baseball teams at the start of the 2021 season. Our hope was to find themes in the dataset that lent commentary on BBCOR bats. Data Highlights The industry lacks competition. 90% of NCAA baseball is ruled by Wilson and Rawlings. The remaining […]

Tobacco Smoke Enemas, Private Labels & Other 2021 Bat Industry Insights

A few years back, I read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The book tells the story of, among other things, the 1893 World’s Fair. One exhibit at the 1893 Fair (as far as I can remember from the book) used tobacco smoke for its supposed medicinal purposes. This exhibit, in particular, invented […]

Custom DeMarini Bats | 4 Reasons It’s Worth It

We’ve reviewed bats here since 2014 and we’ve seen a lot of innovation (and reprinting) in the bat space. From spinning handles, soft barrels, and bats filled with helium—all have tried to convince parents that their player’s bats are worth the premium. Another significant innovation in the last several years is custom bat design. DeMarini/Slugger lead the […]

Bat Rattle – Is It Broke?

One question or complaint we hear a lot is about bat rattle. That is, when you shake the bat, it sounds like a small piece of plastic or metal is shaking around in the bat’s barrel, and, as such, it sounds like a rattle. The vast majority of the time, the bat is fine. A […]