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October 23, 2020

Does the kid hitting look familiar? He should. As his face is all over Twitter and Instagram for fulling the prophecy of hitting into the trees. Who would have thought we unsuspectingly caught a glimpse of Jayce Blalock hitting against a JBR kid at last year’s Perfect Game? Here is the video of him …

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October 23, 2020

If you are deciding which type of bat to get, then the following should be informative. The differences between a Composite, Aluminum, Hybrid, and Wood bat may be obscure, but the following makes it simpler. We compare each type of bat to the other three. Below, we also have some general recommendat …

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July 3, 2020

What may be the two most popular bats this year in a number of baseball categories are the Marucci CAT 7 and the Easton MAKO Beast. Both bats come from respectable institutions with a history of producing great sticks. And although the bats compete for the same dollars, they are remarkably different …

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July 3, 2020

DeMarini’s CF Zen and Slugger’s 917 Prime are similar bats. We have hit with both bat lines extensively, spoken to manufacturers about the lineup at length and discussed the bats with parents and players alike. In the BBCOR space, we personally prefer the 917 for no other reason than it simply feels …

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July 3, 2020

Any chat room or discussion group surrounding DeMarini’s 2017 CF Zen in the 2 3/4 size contains at least one thread on its durability. Justbatreviews has received at least a dozen questions about the bat’s durability. In short, at least when compared to other bats on the market, the CF Zen 2 3/4 cle …

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July 3, 2020

Marucci Sports, a major player in the baseball bat space, announced today they have acquired Victus Sports. Victus, a mid level player in the pro-bat market who produced bats for Bryce Harper, among others, was the first wood bat company to license the asymmetric knob of Axe bats for use on their wo …

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July 3, 2020

Underload/Overload bat swing training is a series of swings a hitter performs with bats, both lighter and more substantial than their normal bat’s weight. At least two studies, done by brilliant people, have measured the increases in overall bat speeds among the elite to good players after a series …

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October 23, 2020

If you have yet to hear, starting January 2018, bat standards for Little League (14 and younger) will change to a more restrictive bat with BBCOR like pop. The bats’ barrels can be 2 5/8– just larger than the 2 1/4 of previous years. They will go on sale beginning September of 2017 from most major …

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July 3, 2020

Is a Baseball Swing Analysis worth it? Our general experience is, for most serious players, yes. Although swing analyses done by a third party hitting instructor or a gadget and app will never substitute for real practice, our two years of experience with these devices and services prove their worth …

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July 3, 2020

We have a number of reasons to be thankful for competitive baseball. This Thanksgiving, we pay homage to the value of competition, the love of organized sports and our grandparents. Why Comp Sports can be Terrible There are several articles making the case that ultra-competitive sports at young ages …

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October 23, 2020

Is bat shaving and bat rolling illegal? Our short answer is probably for rolling and flat out YES for shaving. There are some arguable exceptions and we discuss the reasoning behind our answer below. While there are a few sites that brazenly offer these services, most deals are found on eBay with se …

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July 3, 2020

At the end of October of 2016, Bauer Performance Sports Group, who acquired Combat Sports Group in 2013 and who also owns the Easton brand, stated they would be filing to restructure their debt under bankruptcy laws. PSG will continue to operate under a new debt structure as investors work out the d …

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July 3, 2020

We’ve all seen the posts on the internet claiming which is the best bat in each category.  Usually this is referring to performance, which is what most players are concerned about and rightfully so.  While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I’d like to look at this from a different angle.   …

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October 23, 2020

When choosing your best bat, the first step may be deciding if you prefer a one or two-piece bat. Such a categorization divides your options roughly in half and helps wade through the ridiculous number of bat options on the market. To make that decision, we need to understand the real differences be …

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July 3, 2020

Under our Best At-Bats section, we compile data from auction houses on bat sizes of past and present greats. That aggregated data shows some insights worth sharing. In particular, the sheer range of bat size metrics from Major League players is something we always find interesting. From our work so …

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July 3, 2020

Starting in at least 2014, the two most popular baseball bats on the market include the DeMairni CF and the Easton MAKO series. 2017’s models introduce the Easton MAKO Beast and the DeMarini CF Zen. We have spent several hours hitting, reviewing and writing about both lines of bats. After significan …

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October 23, 2020

If you’re looking for info on what bat has the most pop, you’ve come to the right place. Some argue BBCOR and BPF standards have leveled the playing field for top-shelf bats, implying any particular model cannot be better than any other, as each bat can only be as hot as the standard allows. They co …

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July 3, 2020

We have yet to hear anyone claim they purchased such and such a bat because they just love the end cap. It’s the least sexy part of any bat, and as the end hole, even a novice could guess that were the case. While the end hole gets put in the crapper, things like barrel size, brand name and grip fee …

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July 3, 2020

A few years ago we discussed the effect of BBCOR bats on offensive performance. We found, as many did, the implementation of BBCOR standards pushed offensive performance to all time lows. We were not the only ones to notice. Starting in the 2015 season, the NCAA attempted to rectify this by using ba …

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July 3, 2020

Our second day at the Perfect Game Series Classic brought on some highlights and lowlights. We learned that umpires are late no matter how expensive the tournament, Pitch Smart Rules are stringent and well thought out, and elite 11U pitchers throw about 62+ mph. We also observed that kids from Calif …

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July 3, 2020

We won’t claim to know exactly when it started, but at spring training 2008 when Josh Womack warmed up by flipping a bat in a 360 horizontal turn mid-swing, a seed was planted in a generation of YouTubers. The search for all possible maneuvers before, during and after an attempt to swing a bat took …

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September 19, 2020

We’ve spent at least 20 hours in the cage collectively with the MAKO TORQ brand of bats—including the BBCOR, Little League (youth) and Big Barrel versions of the bat. We’ve also seen the bat at the plate at least one hundred times and have spoken to nearly anyone we’ve seen who uses the bat, about …

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July 3, 2020

We recently ran a user generated poll on our fan voting page to determine the best Custom Made Wilson Glove of 2015 in the MLB. In the largest ‘best looking glove’ poll known to man (7500+ votes) we finally have our results. With over 60 submissions from all positions, all gloves were customized by …

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July 3, 2020

Bat throwing into the stands makes for some interesting photos. The one above most recently made famous by a boy who was more concerned about his clash of clans season then this fly Sam Bats baseball bat looked up just in time to open his mouth. Luckily, dad was there to help. About a year ago we po …

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July 3, 2020

Was Yoenis Cespedes’ Throw the Greatest? (Since the below was posted the blog sphere continued to erupt over details concerning the greatest throw ever. Those with a more sophisticated (read: accurate) approach got involved. Eric Lang produced a ‘white paper’ on the subject you can read here. It sho …

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