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April 8, 2021

Over the past few tournaments, there has been yelling, drama, more yelling, followed by explanations and then bouts of disbelief. And that is just at the snack shack. The field, and backstop fence, have their own experience. Much of this is caused by a mash-up of zealous parents, coaches, and umpire …

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February 18, 2021

Recent Illegal Bat Announcements Perfect Game Bat Bans 2021 Starting in 2021, Perfect game bans all the USSSA banned bats, see below, and the 2017 DeMarini CF drop 5, the 2016 USSSA CF8 line of bats (5, 8, 10), the 2015 CF7 in a drop 5 and the 2015 Eaton XL1 in a drop 5. All banned for Perfect Game …

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October 23, 2020

Little League International and PONY baseball changed the birthday cutoff from May 1st to August 31st. Within Little League, this rule is gradually implemented starting from 2016 through 2019. PONY baseball implemented the change in 2018. See the official announcement via ESPN. Age Cutoff Following …

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December 2, 2020

We compared the 2021 and 2020 DeMarini CF in BBCOR, USSSA drop 10, 8, and 5. In short, the bat is EXACTLY (but a paint job and serial number) the same. And that’s not a slight on DeMarini. They are not claiming the bat is different. The CF is legendary and has dominated the USSSA space. So, why chan …

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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

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

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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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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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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November 13, 2020

With the new USA Baseball Bats changes 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 BBCOR). …

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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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October 23, 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

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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October 23, 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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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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December 9, 2020

There’s a lot of (mis)information out there about overload underload programs. The genesis of weighted bat training is justified in a clinical research paper in the Journal of Strength and Condition from 2009. It has been backed up by several others since. We discuss what is actually proven about un …

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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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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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March 8, 2021

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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March 15, 2021

We have yet to hear anyone claim they purchased such a bat because they love the end cap. It’s the least sexy part of any bat. While the end cap gets put in the crapper, things like barrel size, brand name, and grip-feel are the features that get noticed. Some bat connoisseurs might notice the knob …

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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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December 3, 2020

Blog > Opinion What an exciting day in Bat Land. It’s been a while since a bat ban has taken place with such a harsh, polarizing social media response. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 2020, it’s that there are 16 sides to every story, and everybody thinks they know the answer. I surely don’t …

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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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