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March 21, 2019

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 barrels on the bats 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 …

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March 21, 2019

JustBatReviews teams up with closeoutbats.com to deliver a series of podcasts surrounding baseball, softball and fastpitch bats. This baseball bat podcast will be called the Batcast. As the only baseball bat podcast in the world, we feel confident claiming it is the best. Including many industry exp …

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March 21, 2019

This week, we are excited to be heading to the ABCA, or American Baseball Coaches Association, annual convention. It is the largest conference dedicated to amateur baseball in the world. As coaches of a few different teams, we are hoping to pick up at least a few different pointers in the presentati …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

In 2015, DeMarini released a special edition of their flagship bats for the 2016 season. The Americana designed CF8 was deemed the Delta Force National Anthem. This special edition design category is referred to as Delta Force, and is intended for brick and mortar stores ONLY. This year, the Delta F …

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March 21, 2019

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we want to give a shout out to a custom bat builder who has a unique way of supporting the cause. He custom designs “We the People” laser engraved bats, and from there adds color and design to your liking. The base model runs $48, which includes shipping. Proceeds, minus m …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

Cole Wagner, of Little League World Series fame, used the 2015 Anderson Techzilla 2.0, more often than not. There are good reasons for this, as we point out below. One news report suggested he couldn’t use the Easton MAKO bats because they broke when he used them. This seems suspicious considering h …

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March 21, 2019

To match our ‘Bats of the Little League World Series’ article, we put together this Major League World Series bats article. Bats at the Major League level are heavily regulated. Wood grain strength and size and weight measurements must meet minimum and maximum standards. However, that doesn’t keep a …

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March 21, 2019

When choosing your best bat, the first step may be to 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 …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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September 5, 2019

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 21, 2019

You can count on Axe Bats, a division of Baden sports—yes, the same Baden that makes basketballs—to always do something interesting with their bats. The asymmetric knob, which we’ve discussed a number of times on here, is slowly and surely gaining traction at every level of the sport. As well, i …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

One highlight of the summer was designing our own Louisville Slugger Custom bat. Below we discuss and highlight our process and give some ideas as to what might help you in your quest for the perfect wood bat. Louisville’s site to customize can be found here. Slugger Custom Site Overview As an overv …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

Over the years of buying performance baseball and softball bats we gathered a number of tricks along the way. We share with you three general categories that can save you several thousands of dollars over the years. Consider this the how-to of best bang for your buck on a bat. You may also find our …

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March 21, 2019

Just as we have done on the top baseball bat side of things, our intent is to take aggregated statistics of bat usage by each collegiate fastpitch team that made the big dance in 2016. The categories are teams compared to one another in terms of useful offensive production. In some sense, we can gat …

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March 21, 2019

In 2014 we began tracking the performance of baseball bats by brand in post season Division I play. In 2015 our results were as well read as any entry on this site. Our collection of data points dissecting 2016 college bat performance lies below. It serves as one of a few significant articles we wri …

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March 21, 2019

Our Perfect Game Showcase review continues into day three and four. (See Day 1, Day 2 (Pitch Smart), Day 3 & 4, And Day 5 Recommendations). Days three and four have consisted of pool play games starting at 8am, 10am or 12pm, depending on your schedule. We have been scheduled for double headers o …

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March 21, 2019

There isn’t a more anticipated bat release than the 2017 Easton set of bats. We know this since there isn’t a more visited page on our site than this 2017 Easton MAKO Reviews page. Last year’s MAKO lines, released in conjunction with the Little League World Series and NCAA Tournament, became what ma …

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March 21, 2019

We spent some time at the 11U Perfect Game in July of 2016. Since we review baseball and softball bats, we thought it to be fun to do a gear check on what the so-called ‘best of the best’ swing. Indeed, what better proof of the ‘best bat’ than in the actual pudding? Amid our thousand different ways  …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

JBR is excited to report on our inside look at the Perfect Game Series Classic in Fort Myers, Florida. Our week during summer 2016 was spent participating in this invite only tournament, the goal of which is to gather the absolute best talent in the country at a given age group and showcase their sk …

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March 21, 2019

Recently the SFIA (Sports & Fitness Industry Association) estimated that the total sales of performance bats in the U.S. totaled over $190 million, which is a 9.7% increase over 2014.  It is an industry with increasing prices and enough marketing lingo to fill Fenway.  When the dust settles, it …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

[su_heading size=”20″ margin=”10″]Easton MAKO vs Combat MAXUM Comparing and contrasting the 2016 Easton MAKO and the 2016 Combat MAXUM can be rather straight forward. In short, the Easton MAKO vs the Combat MAXUM comes down to a two-piece vs a one-piece bat conversation. If you prefer the butter sof …

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March 21, 2019

We’ve spoken with several groups looking to produce a Smart Bat—that is, a bat which has built in technology to deliver metrics on a player’s swing via Bluetooth to a smart device. We even reported that such bats were coming soon not too many weeks ago. We’ve now received confirmation directly fro …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

Since we have a little down time now that aluminum and composite bat baseball has taken a back seat to football and school, we thought we’d revisit a couple ideas that were thrown at us during the year. One idea was HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN EASTON MAKO by taping down the spinning handle of an Easton MAK …

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March 21, 2019

We get the biggest kick out of watching what bats the best of little league baseball bring to the plate at their World Series. Easton, who has an exclusive contract with the Little League World Series, dominates the plate by contract. As a result, they smartly release their high performance 2016 lit …

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March 21, 2019

Fun fact #1: Todd Frazier’s walk up song during regular season play is Fly Me To the Moon. Fun fact #2: Todd Frazier’s little league team from Tom’s River, New Jersey won the little league world series in 1998. Fun Fact #3: Last night (during the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby which he won) Todd Frazier hi …

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March 21, 2019

As a writer of a blog that covers pretty much only baseball bats, we get to learn some interesting things by way of what some companies think of other companies and, maybe even more interesting, what is coming down the pipe. We are very good about holding our tongue on items coming soon (and there a …

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March 21, 2019

Reviewing the bats of the 2015 NCAA college world series is a year long event for us at justbatreviews.com. (See the 2014 College World Series article here). Now that the 2015 NCAA College World Series is well under way we thought reminding our readers of our previous reviews on the bats in that ser …

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March 21, 2019

Major bat companies are plenty smart enough to know when they’ve missed the mark. When a company quickly abandons a concept or erases last years ‘advancement’ for something new in this year’s release the reason is quite often the concept didn’t work. No review found! Insert a valid review ID. 0 / (0 …

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March 21, 2019

We made a claim a couple weeks ago in our initial 2016 Combat Maxum Review that the 2016 Combat Maxum’s barrel was not 20 to 40% larger than all competitors—as Combat had claimed. After further review and a novel way to measure the actual differences was brought to our attention, we found our asse …

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March 21, 2019

We’ve seen over 40 different BBCOR bats, 45 big barrel league bats and over 30 youth barrel bats come through JBR HQ to be reviewed for the 2015 class. Of those 100+ bats we’ve found several duds, many that are reprints from 2014 and a select few that were fantastic. Overall the 2015 class has been …

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March 21, 2019

A bat with a revolutionary spinning handle also backed by the biggest non-wood bat company in the world was bound to create some blogsphere and little league complex buzz. And boy did it ever. At one point we saw 4 out of every 10 bat review searches on Google specifically directed toward the 2015 E …

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March 21, 2019

In 2015 we’ve seen a lot of innovation 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. But no innovation, as we said in 2015, has quite squared up what the players are actually look …

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March 21, 2019

If you read our introduction blog to the 2015 RIP-IT line a few months ago you may remember that one of our most favorite BBCOR bats for 2015 was the RIP-IT Air Elite. Nothing has changed in that regard. (Other 2015 RIP-IT Bat Reviews are found here: 2015 RIP-IT Helium BBCOR, 2015 RIP-IT Air Elite, …

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March 21, 2019

Slugger makes the 915, 715, 515 and Catalyst for 2015 but they also make a metal bat worth a little bit more: The Silver Slugger. Bat Reviews | Louisville Slugger Bats The Silver Slugger award is a coveted MLB relic presented by Louisville Slugger to an individual in each position of each league tha …

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March 21, 2019

When I get a new bat to write a review on my wife and kids usually ask me something like, What do you think about that new bat? My first response is usually quite honest: I think it hits baseballs. (Other 2015 RIP-IT Bat Reviews are found here: 2015 RIP-IT Helium BBCOR, 2015 RIP-IT Air Elite, 2015 R …

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March 21, 2019

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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March 21, 2019

If just a few weeks ago you told me that several NCAA baseball players were swinging Adidas-made metal baseball bats in 2014 NCAA Division I baseball, I would have assumed you were dangerously stupid. Anyone who knows anything knows that Adidas don’t make no bats. Cricket Bats, maybe, but BBCOR base …

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March 21, 2019

Lebron James Baseball Gear Since every other sports outlet is discussing the news of Lebron James heading back to Cleveland, why not add a bit about him here? Seems fair…if only he played baseball. But, alas, in 2003 he took some BP before a Cleveland Indians game and, let’s just say, he should be …

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