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August 24, 2019

Update 8/10/2019 This page will serve updated information over the weeks leading up to the 2019 Little League World Series in Williamsport (where we will be attending the championship games). If you want even more up to date information check out our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. As well, f …

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July 29, 2019

Navigate Science: How To Hit More Home Runs1. Learn to Hit the Curve Ball2. When in the On Deck Circle use a LIGHTER BAT3. Overweight and Underweight Bats4 & 5. Stop Working Out Your ForearmsMedicine Ball Rotational StrengthLOWER BODY Strength Matters, A LotHow to Hit Home Runs? Want to hit more …

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July 16, 2019

We stayed up late and searched through every 2019 Amazon Prime Day Baseball/Fastpitch deal we could find. We put together a hot list of links we thought would be useful in your search. There are a few serious deals we’ve never seen the likes of. One Day Left Update We went back through the Prime Dea …

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July 11, 2019

Little League Age Chart for 2020 (and 2019) follow. These cuttoff age rules affect players born August of 2002. Those born before are no longer eligible for “Little League” as they are too old. Not all little leagues follow the same age rules as Little League. (Notice the capitalization). Little Lea …

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July 10, 2019

What Kind of Bats do MLB Baseball Players Use? In short, wood. MLB Players use wood bats made mainly from Maple. In years past Ash was more popular. But, today, over 95% of MLB Baseball players use maple wood bats. Here is what we cover: MLB Bat Usage Market Share National League Break Down American …

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July 10, 2019

Major manufacturers are unloading their inventory. That inventory blowout is causing a number of vendors to drop their prices on all sizes of bats for the first time this year. (DSG has the most deals going on. They are calling it the “Biggest Sale of the Season”. We can’t confirm that, but there ar …

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June 27, 2019

If you want even more updates, check out our twitter feed. Updated 6/27/ 11:15am MST Well, we made it back from the 2019 CWS. The Vandy boys pulled it off (again). It was a fun run. Here’s our video of the Wilson shop called the Baseball Experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPmUQtMapv0 Update …

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June 17, 2019

Looking for a HitTrax Batting Cage near you? We spent time in the Dick’s Sporting Goods (Henderson, Nevada location) with their HitTrax setup to do some bat fitting and a home run derby. Here’s what we learned. https://youtu.be/kjozKDGWGq0 4 Things to Notice for Bat Fitting in a HitTrax Cage We’ve h …

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May 25, 2019

There are two things to buy in the baseball and softball world on Memorial day. Cool Americana items. Stuff that goes on crazy sale because most of 2019 bats come off of MAP pricing. (What is MAP Pricing?) We cover both below. Jump to the deals. 8 Best American Designs for Memorial Day 2019 #1 Adida …

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May 15, 2019

For the 2020 season NCAA baseball (not High School Baseball) is implementing a couple bat rule changes. They include details on the White Bat Ban as well as compression testing before each game. Compression Testing Before Each Series Compression testing is standard college fastpitch bat procedure st …

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April 17, 2019

We’ve spent more time buying used baseball bats than anyone. Really. Over the last five years we’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on hundreds of different bats from no less than two dozen different sites and companies. Where do we buy our used bats? Well, that just depends. Where do we (BatDige …

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April 15, 2019

Serious baseball players tend to avoid Walmart as a go to option for upper end baseball bats. We are guilty of that—often looking to the likes of our favorite online bat retailers. We tend to like the home grown feel of many of them and talk about them often on this site. Walmart, however, through …

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March 31, 2019

We’ve seen more than 1,000 bats come and go. After heavy work with the bats, we usually just ignore considerable ball marks and ball scuffs. But, every now and again, we want to remove ball marks and clean the bat. How do we clean our bats? Two tricks we show below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j …

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March 27, 2019

The season is upon us. Those still looking for their right choice in 2019 might consider a few bats that rarely make it to the top of any best seller list. Our experience isn’t because those bats are bad but, instead, because they are forgotten. What are they? We put 6 bats in the baseball space bel …

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May 8, 2019

Looking to buy your first serious baseball or softball bat? You’ve come to the right place. (Take our what bat you should get quiz) Over the years we’ve bought hundreds of bats. We’ve also coached several into their first serious bat buy and recommended bats to millions more. Here is our beginners g …

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March 21, 2019

In short, the 2019 Evolution is a much different animal compared to the 2018 Ghost X. Although we could generate nearly equal exit speeds for both bats in a cage, the feel on the Evolution was night and day compared to the 2018 Ghost X. We aren’t quite sure what was originally the matter in the 2018 …

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March 21, 2019

We are in the process of updating many of the bat reviews we’ve written over the years. In the process, we’ve run across a few bats no one has thought much about since their inception. Some of those forgotten bats are still for sale new in wrapper. Since the have fell off the marketing train many mo …

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March 21, 2019

Thinking of buying a bat in September or October? 10/10 Only: DeMarini is doing an 50% sale. 10/10 Only: Louisville Slugger Doing a 50% Sale. Probably not. But that is just the point. It is officially the the BEST time to buy baseball and softball bats. Here’s why. Vendors and Manufacturers flush in …

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March 21, 2019

For 2020 both high school and college baseball will require a NOCSAE certified chest protector. Every chest protector made before 2018 does NOT have the certification. Most chest protectors sold so far in 2018, with exceptions of some All-Star, Under Armour and Wilson, do NOT have the certification. …

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March 21, 2019

The finals of the LLWS are this weekend. The USA and International Championships are on Saturday. The finals are on Sunday. All via ABC. If you are just catching up, here are 7 things we’ve noticed after watching all 28 games leading up to this point. Consider this your primer on the 2018 Little Lea …

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March 21, 2019

Little League World Series bats for 2018 are much different than those of the 2017 Series. The 2018 versions have much less trampoline effect due to a new USA Bat Standard (which restricts performance by upwards of 10 to 20%). With that said, the 2019 Easton USA bats are serious upgrades from the fi …

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March 21, 2019

2018 MLB Player’s Weekend is this last week in August (8/24 through 8/26). During Player’s Weekend the MLB relaxes equipment rules.  This allows players to put unique names, colors and designs on, among other things, bats. We keep track of many of the bats you’ll see this weekend. They are, to say t …

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March 21, 2019

The CF Zen for 2017 (the blue one pictured below) is illegal in USSSA play. That is the 2 3/4 drop 10. As well, the 2017 CF Zen in a 2 5/8 with a drop 8 (that is a green/white version pictured below) is also illegal. DeMarini made new versions of these bats that have an orange end cap and new serial …

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March 21, 2019

Thinking of attending the Cooperstown All Star Village and want to know what to expect? You’ve come to the right place! One of our readers spent a week at the tournament and put together the most important Copperstown All-Star Village tips. These are 8 essential ‘need to knows’ before you go. Cooper …

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March 21, 2019

Designing the best team trading pin for your Cooperstown trip is no small task. It requires planning, organization and finding the right fit to represent your team. Below you will find: 5 quick and easy steps to walk you through the process of creating a dream pin for your Cooperstown experience. 9 …

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March 21, 2019

A limited edition bat is a small quantity edition designed with a unique feature. A custom bat is not considered a limited bat. Custom bats are unique designs with buyer input. Limited Editions are unique designs produced by the company in small quantities. Below are many limited edition bats. The A …

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March 21, 2019

We measured the exit speeds of a BBCOR composite bat pre and post rolling. We found rolling did increase the bat’s average exit velocity but not by much. In our focused test (one bat, one hitter, 20 measured exit speeds) we found an increase of 1 mile per hour and just over 5 feet of distance. This …

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March 21, 2019

We watched just about every 2018 College World Series plate appearance. This includes all the games up to the finals (to be played this week between Arkansas and Oregon State) and amounts to 980 documented plate appearances. We marked what BBCOR bat they were using and a number of other metrics abou …

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March 21, 2019

Slow pitch softball, known for its yeti-shaped players and immobile third basemen, has produced a number of iconic bats. Among them, and maybe chiefly so, is the Miken ULTRA II softball bat. As a single piece composite, the bat’s post-break-in trampoline effect resembles the effect a spark has on je …

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March 21, 2019

We’ve been asked more than a few times to compare the exit speeds of USA Bats and wood bats. We took up the challenge. Three different hitters of differing ability took over 300 swings with two competing bats. We measured the exit speeds on our Rapsodo device. Then, we compared to the 2019 Techzilla …

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June 21, 2019

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, has its own experience. See our 2019 USA Bat Reviews Much of this is caused by a mash-up of zealous pa …

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April 22, 2019

Illegal Baseball Bats (4/22/2019) Year League Brand Model Amazon 2017 USSSA DeMarini CF Zen (*Sizes) See It 2018 USA Bats Easton Ghost X 30-inch See It 2018 USSSA DeMarini NOW LEGAL ** See It 2018 USSSA Dirty South Bats KAMO (***Sizes) BBCOR Mattingly Balistk Check BBCOR Nike CX2 Check BBCOR Slugger …

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March 21, 2019

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 B …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

Wooden baseball bats have been used since the beginning of the game. The first wood that was widely used across the game was ash. It was used because it is one of the most widely available woods back when baseball first started. It was also easier to chop and cut compared to other species of wood. M …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

We baseball parents/players live in a world of composite vs. alloy, USSSA vs. USA, USA vs. Wood and the list goes on and on. There is typically little, if any, 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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