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July 3, 2020

If your summer plan included visiting the grave sites of five of the best baseball players in history, then, if you lived in Mount Pleasant New York, you could do it in just over…wait for it… Thirteen Hours. Much of that drive involves getting to Macon, Georgia to see the mausoleum of Ty Cobb. B …

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July 3, 2020

Baseball has an obsession with both America and Women. These are, we could argue, reasonable things to commemorate. As such, there are no moments with more pageantry then that of Independence Day and, at least more recently, Mother’s Day. See Amazon’s mother day deals. Not many baseball related thin …

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July 3, 2020

After hitting extensively with every CF Zen from 2017, 2018 and 2019 we have some comparisons to make. Many, maybe even most, consider the CF Zen the top shelf bat in the youth baseball and BBCOR space. It is, by our account, one of the funnest bats we ever get to hit (and we’ve hit them all). We di …

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July 3, 2020

Last weekend at a game, it was 38 degrees here in Northwest Ohio or as we call it “the start of Spring baseball.” As we remember and learn every year, it is going to be cold the first month or so of our season. With the cold weather comes the need to alloy bats to remain totally un-phased by the col …

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July 3, 2020

To go along with our best youth baseball bats, we thought it appropriate to make a list of the worst bats ever made. Forbid we leave out the other end of the spectrum! For reasons we explain below, each bat has its own path to the top—er, bottom—of the list. Some earned the distinction for strai …

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July 3, 2020

Hey, softball fans this week’s article is going to address a bit of different topic. We are going to talk about one of the best players in the game today. We are going to talk about the current Male Athlete of the year, Dale “Bubba” Brungardt. Dale “Bubba” Brungardt, USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch At …

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July 3, 2020

One of the most popular fast pitch questions asks to explain the difference between the Louisville Slugger LXT and Xeno. Below is a head to head comparison. Why Choose the XENO over the LXT? Find this in Stock The XENO is, about, $50 less than the LXT due to the fact the LXT has a slighter longer sw …

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July 3, 2020

From Just Bat Reviews to Bat Digest. Nothing really is changing, except for the header. At least for now. In the minor long run much of the justbatreviews.com site will continue to host our articles. As we see fit, and as Google seems prone not to dock our rankings, we will migrate to the batdigest. …

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July 3, 2020

When I was in Little League around 9 years old, my dad, a former MLB catcher, was our coach—and he stole the other team’s signs EVERY game. He knew the obvious indicators like the bill of the cap or swiping both arms. But funny thing was—he didn’t tell us. He let us play. As I got older and the game …

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July 3, 2020

As I look back on my playing career, I realize that I was EXTREMELY lucky to be born into a baseball family where I was taught at an early age the proper fundamentals of the game—especially hitting. In this article, I will break down the three basic parts of the swing that generate power and consist …

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July 3, 2020

Vendor bias and manufacturing margins push a lot of baseball bats off of your facebook and instagram feeds. This has nothing to do with the bats not being legit but, instead, vendor’s inventory levels and marketing teams’ focus. Both of which are understandable traits to have when you are looking to …

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September 19, 2020

Since the beginning of baseball, wood bats were used. The first wood that, widely available, was ash. Ash is one of the most commonly available woods, particulary when baseball first started. It was also easier to chop and cut compared to other species of wood. Modern players, like Derek Jeter, used …

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July 3, 2020

A magical time begins every February when the pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. As fans, we feel the warmth of a new season as the frost from the long, cold winter begins to thaw. But for the players, it’s often a time filled with uncertainty and a real concern that this may be the la …

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July 3, 2020

The 618 Solo from Slugger is by far the most popular bat in the 2018 USA Bat space. Through February and March of 2018, it has been an impossible bat to keep in stock even at the biggest places. Even eBay versions of the bat, if you can find any, are actually selling for more than retail price. Slug …

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July 3, 2020

Since the dawn of pro baseball, the same question has loomed over great high school players—to sign or play college? In this article I’ll walk you through the history of this question and where things stand today. All three generations of my family had to deal with this question—to sign or play coll …

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September 19, 2020

We, baseball parents/players, live in a world of composite vs. alloy, USSSA vs. USA, USA vs. Wood, and the lists go on. There is typically little, if any, the discussion around composite wood bats. We change that here. What is a composite wood bat? Composite wood bats categorize a large selection of …

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July 3, 2020

Over my long playing career I played for all kinds of different coaches with various types of personalities. Many of them had their own way of “motivating” players to get the most out of their talent. The BEST coaches looked to develop the player’s talent regardless of the immediate results. This ar …

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September 19, 2020

There are a lot of small wood bat companies. Of course, you have the usual suspects like Louisville Slugger, Marucci, Rawlings, and Sam. Newer guys, like Victus and Tucci, have hit the big time too. But there are also several small wood bat companies out there offering quality wood bats. Most of whi …

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July 3, 2020

So you’re trying to decide between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini? That’s a difficult decision. The Easton Ghost X and the DeMarini CF Zen are the top of the line bats and their price tags reflect it. Of course, when we are spending that kind of money on a bat we want to make sure we are getting what w …

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September 19, 2020

Maple is one of the most common species of wood that is used to make wood bats. It is a hard wood that provides great pop and is used across all levels of play. We discuss the major maple wood bats on the market today, give some recommendations on brands and insight as to why maple bats are best. Se …

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July 3, 2020

I have been training baseball players since I was a pro player myself. Something like 30 years at this point and I’ve seen big changes in the Youth, High School and College games. Back in the day, we ALL played Little League and were forced to use the very specific 2 ¼” barrel that had to be “Little …

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July 3, 2020

With the new changes in USA Baseball Bats starting in 2018, we were reminded of this article we wrote in 2015 discussing the difference that BBCOR bats made on the BESR approved college and high school baseball game. (BESR, you may recall, was the standard used in high school and college before BBCO …

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July 3, 2020

Every successful hitter from Little League to the Major Leagues has three common traits. Good Mechanics Solid Mental Approach Good Timing These are the three pillars of great hitters.  Without even ONE of these traits, the hitter will struggle. As a former college and pro catcher, I needed to be sur …

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July 3, 2020

Wood bats have been around since the beginning of baseball—in fact, they were the beginning of baseball. Today, there are many different species of wood used to make bats. Each species has its benefits, lending it toward a specific hitter’s needs. We have compiled information on some of the most p …

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July 3, 2020

By Jim Campanis, JrAs hitters gain experience, they begin the process of categorizing pitchers into what I call “Buckets of Pitchers”. The size of the buckets represent the amount of experience a hitter has against the various types of pitchers in each bucket.As a private batting coach of primarily …

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September 19, 2020

Wood USA Bats are legal without a USABat stamp AS LONG AS they are constructed of a single piece of wood. Bats built with multiple parts, meaning those we often refer to as composite wood bats, laminated bats, and bamboo bats must have a USABat stamp to be legal. Single Wood Piece Bat USA Bat Option …

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July 3, 2020

I grew up listening to discussions on mechanics and fetching bats for players like Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Richie Zisk and more. They taught me something that appears lost today with most players. That is, using a different bat based on the pitcher you face makes good sense. As a bat boy for t …

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July 3, 2020

One industry secret to getting serious deals on big time bats is finding a blem bat. These bats are just what they sound like—functional but with a blemish, usually a cosmetic imperfection that occurred in the factory. There are typically NO warranties on these bats, although they do come new in w …

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July 3, 2020

In addition to our bat reviews (baseball bats, softball bats) we also run the most visited bat blog on the internet. This includes our articles that discuss the best bats, industry news and a number of other topics that aren’t necessarily bat reviews. Outside of the reviews, we put together our list …

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September 19, 2020

In addition to our 2018 Quatro BBCOR review we write this 2018 Rawlings USABat Quatro Review. We used the 31 and 29-inch USABat version of the 2018 Quatro extensively among different hitters. We measured its barrel size and exit speed as well as compared its swing weight in relation to other bats in …

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July 3, 2020

Axe has been an a war path of licensing deals this off season. A few short weeks ago they announced their agreement with Tucci Lumber to add to their agreement with Victus from last year.. Last week they announced their new relationship with George Springer (to add to their Mookie Betts agreement). …

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July 3, 2020

Combining all the serious bat guides on the internet into one master bat guide might be useful to new bat buyers. Although many have written a ridiculous amount of information on buying the right bat, no one has yet aggregate them all. Why not? Turns out, bat vendors are not too interested in linkin …

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July 3, 2020

When Marucci Bat aquired Vicuts most had one question: how would the asymmetric handle found on a lot of Vicuts bats be affected by the Marucci acquisition. Marucci and Axe compete in a lot of markets so would Marucci drive the ergonomic handle out of their line up? While that process still plays ou …

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September 19, 2020

If anyone has been more prolific in their coverage of the Easton Mako, we would be surprised. Yes, that includes even Easton’s marketing team. Of the 600+ articles we carry on this site, no fewer than 10% of them address the Easton MAKO. The bat has dominated the airwaves as much as it has dominated …

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September 19, 2020

In 2018, Easton moved their premier bat line in both baseball and fastpitch softball to the Easton Ghost. The Easton Ghost replaces the Easton Mako, which led the brand in performance and price since 2014. The baseball line of the Ghost is referred to as the Ghost X. That line comes in BBCOR, USABat …

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July 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Email: admin@batdigest.com JUST BAT REVIEWS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH RAPSODO Partnership Marks a World First as Public Gains Access to Real Performance Data Just Bat Reviews is the #1 online destination for reviews of baseball bats and baseball bat accessories Bountiful, …

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July 3, 2020

We used our Rapsodo exit velocities to get a feel for how the Easton Ghost X matches up compared to the Rawlings Quatro in the USABat versions. This comparison of the 31-inch drop 10 bats found a slight, but not significant, advantage to the Ghost X. Below we explain several caveats to the data, as …

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July 3, 2020

We took our Rapsodo hitting device and tested pre and post break-in exit speed velocities on a brand new out of the wrapper 2018 Rawlings Quatro in a 31 inch drop 10. We found a slight increase in ball exit speed (1.0 mph faster) after the 200+ swing break in period. Although the exit speed is posit …

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July 3, 2020

Travel ball’s only major failure, if we were forced to name one, is the lack of a national title for the best teams in the nation. No doubt, many groups like the Perfect Game, Triple Crown and a number of others run a World Championship in some fashion or another. But there is no consensus on where …

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July 3, 2020

With the new USABat standard hitting the shelves this month, we have been asked one question way more than all others: with the new bat standardhandcuffing bat performance, why would anyone spend a significant amount of money on a premium bat thatperforms just like the cheap ones?They continue: simp …

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July 3, 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 years Perfect Game. Here is the video of him j …

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July 3, 2020

Ever wonder if a bat couldbe bought in the market today and sold at a higher price at a later date? The simple economics of manufacturers limiting or endingproduction onbats definitely makes it possible. In reality, only a number of bats can be bought today for more than they were sold for new in wr …

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July 3, 2020

Each month we get considerable mail via social media to answer specific questions. If some have those questions, we are sure others do to. A few of those conversations we put in this monthly Dear Bat Guy, article for your reading pleasure. Contents Bat Weight ReviewsMichigan Bat ChoicesWhen To Trans …

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July 3, 2020

Everyone has an opinion on how to hit a baseball harder. For proof, just go to any little league game and wait. Inevitably, at some point, everyone on the field and in the stands is an expert in hitting. Each self appointed commentator has advice. How do we hit a baseball harder? You can also find a …

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July 3, 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 recommendati …

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July 3, 2020

→Read our entire Best Baseball Bat Lineup→Read our Best Bats Article___TVE_SHORTCODE_RAW__<p>As the second largest social media site in the universe, we have found some of the best baseball bat Instagram accounts. What are they?</p><p>We put together our definitive list of Best Bas …

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July 3, 2020

After comparing the bats in live hitting, we found that aside from the starkly different color design, the Rawlings Quatro and Easton MAKO Beast are remarkably similar. How so? Both bats use a two piece composite design and attempt to deliver a light swinging big barrel. Each bat prices out on the v …

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