Last Updated 12.8.2019
Looking for the best gift for baseball players?
Good. You’ve come to the right place.
#1: The Best Bats of the Year (USA, USSSA, BBCOR, Fastpitch, Wood).
#2: Glove Deals (Especially for Lefty’s or 1st Baseman use Code Gloves2 at Wilson.com).
#3: Bat Digest Exit Speed Data
#4: Hitting Vault/Bat Digest Exclusive Membership
#5: Limited 2018 Quatro BBCOR from Closeoutbats
#6: EvoShield Armor
#7: Lizard Skin Grips (Or Vulcan)
#8: Boombah SuperBag
#9: Warstic Batting Gloves
#10: Pocket Radar (Ball or Smart Coach)
#11: Thumb Guard
We’ve spent the whole year reviewing, playing with and using baseball and fastpitch gear. Below are our top 11 go-to’s. These are the things we could not live without.
Is it too obvious to point out the bats? We couldn’t do what we do, indeed wouldn’t do what we do, if there wasn’t a difference between bats. Our testing gave us the five best bats for 2020. Without regard to cost we think they are the best and we highly recommend them for baseball and fastpitch player gifts.
Important: For the last few weeks of December Wilson is offering an extra 20% off a number of lefty gloves in the outlet. But, you have to use the Gloves2 Code at checkout.
Okay, Okay. We’re so predictable. A glove! But, for reals, have you ever heard a baseball or fastpitch player say ‘you know, I just have too many gloves.’ No, you haven’t. Because there’s no such thing.
Wilson has a deal on some 1st base gloves and lefty gloves. But, you have to use the code GLOVES2 at checkout for up to 20% off.
Secondly, people overthink glove buying way too much. Here’s some of our life advice: If you can find an A2K or HOH for less than $180 buy it, ask questions later. If you can find an A2K or Pro Preferred for less than $200, buy it and ask questions later. We’ve never heard or seen a player put on any of the above mentioned gloves and thought it was anything but exceptional. Here’s where you look for deals on gloves—they are rare but worth checking for often.
Shameless self promotion. Our exit speed is worth every penny you would spend on it. (And it’s only like 1000 pennies).
Check out this testimonial we got just yesterday. This is one of many we’ve received over the years.
“Just wanted to tell you thanks for all your work! I ordered a DeMarini voodoo 1 piece partly from your data sheets. I knew it would be heavy on the scale but my son can swing it well. I purposefully didn’t weigh it until he hit with it so I had no bias. It’s scale weight is 21.1oz for an “18”oz bat. Never did I think he could swing something that “heavy” at the age of 8. Thanks again for everything you do!”
The Hitting Vault is offering our readers a special deal this holiday season. We log in to our account often, and have several times this year, looking for drills and updates. It’s the biggest repository of legitimate hitting techniques you can find.
Dial in your coaching and swing with this exclusive offer to the Hitting Vault because you’re a BatDigest reader. The Hitting Vault is the most popular online hitting training in the country. Led by social media giant Coach Lisle. Expect pro level instruction in the comfort of your own living room. There’s a 30 day money back guarantee if you end up thinking it isn’t worth your time.
Somehow, somewhere, Closeoutbats pulled off a coup by getting the last of the stock of the 2018 Rawlings Quatros. This bat was dynamite in 2018 and outpaced everyone’s exit speed. Sure, it broke a bit more than others. But, that’s why you buy it from an authorized vendor like Closeoutbats for the warranty. The fact you can find this bat for a near $200 while others are dropping a second mortgage to pick up the Meta is laughable. Save yourself a few hundred bucks and get the best bat you can in the 2017 Rawlings Quatro Glowsitck in BBCOR.
It’s cliche, but most kids dig this stuff. They have all types of guards. (The most popular, at least according to our clicks, is the catcher’s thumb guard). If you got a few bucks left in the budget and want something they’ll be impressed with the an Evoshiled protective piece is a great choice. (If you want to save a few bucks, and aren’t as concerned with the brand name, check out Boombah’s serious selection of batter protective gear).
If none of the above jump out at you, how about a top end Evoshield gear piece to protect your baseball player. Wrist guard, leg guard, arm sleeve and more. The 2019 of EvoSheild is good enough for MLB guys and good enough for you.
Never in the history of the world has a player said they have too many grip options to choose from. Lizard Skin Grips are inexpensive, quick and easy baseball/fastpitch gift of 2019. Dozens of colors, a product that fits in a stocking and price point where getting a couple might work and this is an easy choice for any gift.
The most popular bag with the most amount of colors is also a great baseball or fast pitch gift. This gift is consistently rated the best bat bag out there. It rolls like a champ, carries a wardrobe if you need it and comes in enough colors to match any team. It’s an easy choice for a team or individual bag with a long list of happy customers.
Not digging Boombah? Up for trying something you’ve yet to hear of. Check out this Songwin bag that gets unbelievable ratings for high quality stuff at a fraction of the price.
It’s very hard to differentiate between different batting gloves. Sheep skin or cow hide isn’t proprietary. But, Warstic batting gloves aren’t just anyone’s batting gloves. These are working man batting gloves with a texture and feel that could double as a brick layers work glove. They feel great, price right and look the part you’d expect for a brand as clean as Warstic.
The Pocket Radar has made our list of gift for baseball players ever since we first used one in 2016. For 2019 it makes it again. We use this thing all the time. It’s durable (we even left it out in the rain one night and it still works like a champ). Results seem repeatable. You can get both the Smart Coach or Ball Coach and they both track speeds. Smart Coach has some functionality that we like better (like the phone app you can track the speeds on). This is a winner gift for any dad or player who might have everything.
Last we counted, about 50% of MLB players user the Pro Hitter. (This is the little rubber piece that sits on a players thumb). It protects against hand sting and gives the top hand a little more girth to hold on to. This is a simple stocking stuffer than any ball player can put into use.
After hundreds of hours of testing equipment for 2019, attending a baseball convention or two and visiting a handful of huge baseball gear vendors and manufacturers we come up with this list of gifts for baseball players. The links above are included from several different vendors. But, most of the products you can find at other places too.
Some of these gifts are practical, most are fun, and everyone of them is coveted by us. We’d love to see these wrapped up under the tree.
Got any gift ideas we missed? Tell us about it in the comments below.