2013 Demarini Voodoo vs 2012 DeMarini Voodoo

What is the difference between the 2012 DeMarini Voodoo and the 2013 DeMarini Voodoo?

Not much. The 2012 and 2013 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR bats are visually different, but the only actual difference is a slight change to the alloy in the barrel that is supposed to give the bat a little more durability.

The 2013 looks more Ed Hardy than the 2012. Both Voodoo BBCOR bats use the exact same TR3 FLO Composite in the handle of the bat. The barrel of the 2012 uses the SC4 Alloy, while the 2012 uses the new DX10 alloy. Both bats have the exact same balance and the exact same barrel size as one another.

We recommend saving $160 and buying the 2012 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR, then put that extra cash you saved into getting a new Wilson A2000 baseball glove!

H58A0154 H58A0155 H58A0156 2012 vs 2013 DeMarini Voodoo Baseball Bat BBCOR H58A0159

The 2013 Easton S1 BBCOR Bat Is The Best Selling BBCOR Bat

Well, the Christmas numbers are in… The new Easton S1 BBCOR baseball bat is far away the best selling BBCOR bat of 2012 and soon to be 2013.

The awesome balance, and the pop that come with the 100% composite, two piece BBCOR baseball bat are hard to match. Easton added the top of the line “Black Carbon” composite to the handle of the 2013 S1 BBCOR, something that the 2012 did not have. Black Carbon composite is the best composite Easton has ever developed. The new S1 Easton BBCOR is lighter and stronger than the 2012, and the feedback is that the 2013 is much better than the 2012 S1.

Marucci Issues Initial Response To NCAA Banning Certain Marucci BBCOR Bats

Marucci issued the response below:

NCAA RULING

June 6, 2012

Today we were notified that the 34-inch Cat 5² (MBC2) and 33 and 34-inch Black (MCB11) were decertified by the NCAA. We do not agree with this decision and believe the testing systems currently in place are flawed.

Our customers, both professional and amateur players, demand the very best and have come to expect a level of service from Marucci that is second to none.

In response to the NCAA’s ruling, we will provide all owners of the bats in question a comprehensive return program as proof of our commitment to you. Details on this program will be announced soon.

We thank you for your patience and support as we respond to the NCAA’s latest ruling and testing systems.

Brett Stohlton, CEO, Marucci Sports
Kurt Ainsworth, Co-Founder, Marucci Sports

http://maruccisports.com/ncaa-ruling/

Marucci Black BBCOR Baseball Bat Banned By NCAA – Marucci Files Lawsuit Against NCAA

BBCOR Marucci Black Baseball Bat Banned By NCAA

 

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
MEMORANDUM
June 6, 2012
TO: Head Baseball Coaches, Conference Commissioners, Compliance Officers
and Coordinators of Umpires.
FROM: Jeff Hurd, chair
Baseball Rules Committee
SUBJECT: Decertification of Marucci CAT-52 and Black bats.
This memo serves as the NCAA’s official notice of the decertification of the
Marucci CAT-52 34-inch and Black 33-inch and 34-inch models. Effective
immediately, these bats will not be allowed for use in any NCAA baseball
competition.
For ease of reference, photos of the bats are below:
The NCAA originally notified Marucci of this decertification in April, at which time Marucci filed suit against the NCAA. A temporary restraining order preventing the decertification of the bats was issued immediately and the district court ordered the proceedings to be kept under seal. On June 5, the district court
unsealed the case and dissolved the temporary restraining order against the
NCAA, thus permitting the NCAA to proceed with the decertifying of the bats.
This was the second time Marucci was notified of one of their bats being
decertified. In February, the Marucci Cat-52
33-inch model was found to be out of compliance and was decertified at that time. Team representatives are asked to check your team’s stock of bats and withhold
these bats if your team is in possession of any. Conference administrators are
asked to share this information with your umpires as well. If any of these bats are
attempted to be used during competition, it should be considered an illegal bat and
subject to NCAA Baseball Rule 1-12-b, (see the penalty section for procedures).
In 2011, the NCAA implemented a baseball bat testing standard called the
Baseball Bat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR) measurement. The decision to
implement the standard was rooted in preserving the integrity of the game and
ensuring the safety of student-athletes – as some non-wood bats hit the ball
significantly faster and farther than wood bats, they can create a significant
competitive advantage and also put players at greater risk of injury. The NCAA
certfies only those non-wood bats that perform like their wood counterparts to be
eligible for competition for this reason. All bats are tested prior to and throughout
the baseball season to ensure they are within the BBCOR standards. If a group of
a specific model of bats (three or more bats tested) are found to fail the
compliance test, they are decertified and removed from use in NCAA
competition.
For any questions on this decision, please contact Ty Halpin (Playing Rules,
thalpin@ncaa.org) or Cameron Schuh (Public and Media Relations,
cschuh@ncaa.org) at the NCAA. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
JH:clm
cc: Mr. Gene McArtor
Baseball Rules Committee
Selected NCAA Staff Members

What Is The Best DeMarini Baseball Bat?

So you all know that DeMarini has made a huge impact in the baseball bat world over the past ten years. DeMarini first came out with the Vexxum for high school and college play, and it took Easton and TPX by surprise. The Voodoo was right behind the Vexxum and offered the same barrel, but a more high performance composite handle than the Vexxum. Lastly, the full composite DeMarini baseball bats were released, like the CF4 and the CF5. The CF5 is an extremely balanced baseball bat and is among the most popular bat models in baseball.

So the question is: What is the best DeMarini baseball bat?

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Baden Axe Baseball Bat – First Major League Baseball Home Run

The Baden Axe bat is a concept thought up by baseball legend, Ted Williams. The theory was, that swinging a baseball bat is a lot like swinging an ax.

Recently, the first MLB BADEN AXE home run was hit by Jimmy Rollins.  When he came back after that game, he told us he loved how when he just swung away, the bat just naturally got his hands in the right position.

Jimmy Rollins Baden Axe

Jimmy Rollins Baden Axe

2013 DeMarini Baseball Bats

DeMarini has officially announced details of their new 2013 baseball bats. We have not swung them yet, but we expect good things as always from the Oregon baseball bat company founded by Ray DeMarni.

DeMarini will keep the 2013 CF5, 2013 VooDoo, 2013 Vexxum and 2013 M2M in the line with a few small changes. Bat manufacturers like DeMarini typically upgrade the composite or aluminum in the baseball bat to make the bats more durable.

2013 DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Bat

2013 DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Bat

The 2013 DeMarini CF5 gets a upgraded composite that is thinner and stronger (more durable).

2013 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR Baseball Bat High School and College

2013 DeMarini Voodoo Baseball Bat for BBCOR

The handle of the 2013 Voodoo baseball bat from Demarini gets the new composite, making it a little more durable.

2013 DeMarini Vexxum BBCOR Baseball Bat

2013 DeMarini Vexxum BBCOR Baseball Bat

The 2013 DeMarini Vexxum has a new end cap. And is a solid choice for anyone looking for a more balanced baseball bat a price that is not out of the park.

2013 DeMarini M2M Baseball Bat BBCOR

2013 DeMarini M2M Baseball Bat BBCOR

The 2013 DeMarini M2M gets the best graphics of all the new DeMarini baseball bats.

How To Return Banned 33″/30oz Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR Bats

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR CONSUMERS (FAQ)

Q:           Will Marucci replace my 33×30 Cat52 BBCOR?
A:            Yes.  We Marucci stands behind their products and will replace your 33×30 Cat5BBCOR with another Marucci bat.

Q:           What are my options in replacing my bat?

A:            You can find out more details on Marucci’s return program for the 33-inch CAT52 BBCOR bat at www.maruccisports.com/returns.

PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR BATS TO THE STORE YOU BOUGHT IT FROM. THEY ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO TAKE THEM BACK – THEY MUST BE RETURNED TO MARUCCI ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS FOUND AT www.maruccisports.com/returns.

Q:           When can I expect to receive my replacement bat?

A:            Marucci will process returns in the order that they are received and anticipates sending out the first replacement bats in March.  For those opting to upgrade to the Marucci Black or choosing the Professional-Cut Wood bats, Marucci will begin fulfilling returns immediately.

Q:           Why was the 33-inch CAT52 banned?

A:            A very small sample of three bats was tested and those results were assumed to apply to the thousands of bats in the field.

33″/30oz. Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR Banned In NCAA

The 33″/30 ounce Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR has been decertified by the NCAA.

No other sizes or models are affected by this ruling. No word on what Marucci will do to compensated customers who purchased 33 inch Cat 5 BBCOR bats for NCAA play.

Below is the NCAA release regarding the ruling.

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL
MEMORANDUM
February 17, 2012
TO: Head Baseball Coaches, Conference Commissioners, Compliance Officers
and Coordinators of Umpires.
FROM: Jeff Hurd, chair
Baseball Rules Committee.
SUBJECT: Decertification of 33-inch Marucci CAT5 bat.
This memo serves as the NCAA’s official notice that the decertification process
has been triggered for the Marucci CAT5 33-inch model. Effective immediately
and until further notice, these bats will not be allowed for use in any NCAA
baseball competition.
For ease of reference, a photo of the bat is below:
Team representatives are asked to check your team’s stock of bats and withhold
these bats if your team is in possession of any. Conference administrators are
asked to share this information with your umpires as well. If this bat is attempted
to be used during competition, it should be considered an illegal bat and subject to
NCAA Baseball Rule 1-12-b, (see the penalty section for procedures).
For any questions on this decision, please contact Ty Halpin (Playing Rules,
thalpin@ncaa.org) or Cameron Schuh (Public and Media Relations,
cschuh@ncaa.org) at the NCAA.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
TYH:jjr
cc: Mr. Gene McArtor
Baseball Rules Committee
Selected NCAA Staff Members

Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR Out Of Stock For Extended Amount Of Time

The Cat 5 Marucci has been the most popular BBCOR bat in baseball for the past year and supplies are running low at most dealers. With the easy to swing, balanced feel and very fair price of $199 the Cat 5 is an all around great choice for high school and college baseball players. If you are planning on swinging the Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR this year, you better snatch one up right now, as many dealers are estimating back orders to arrive in April, 2012.

Marucci BBCOR Bat

Marucci Cat 5 BBCOR

If you can’t find the Marucci Cat 5 in stock, we suggest checking out the Marucci Black BBCOR, which is made from the same aluminum alloy as the Cat 5, but comes with a composite handle and feels even smoother than the Cat 5.

The Rip It Prototype 2 is also a great choice, but can be hard to find as well.

The DeMarini Voodoo is the tried and true veteran in the BBCOR bat world. The Voodoo is still one of the best BBCOR bats out.

Rip It Prototype 2 BBCOR Baseball Bat

And the best BBCOR baseball bat for 2012 is the Rip It Prototype 2 BBCOR bat.

Best BBCOR Bat Rip It Prototype 2 BBCOR

Best BBCOR Bat Rip It Prototype 2 BBCOR

Check out our poll (and vote) over at our run down of the best BBCOR bats.

2012 Rawlings BBCOR Baseball Bats – Velo, Machine

We have just seen and swung the new 2012 Rawlings Velo and Rawlings Machine BBCOR bats.

The 5150 stays in the 2012 lineup and remains unchanged from 2011. Rawlings is introducing the 5150 Velo, selling for $249.95 it is based on the 5150 Alloy, but comes with an upgraded end cap that takes away vibration and makes the bat feel more solid.

The Rawlings Machine BBCOR uses the 5150 alloy barrel but has a composite handle, making this $300 BBCOR the comfortable to swing, but also the most end loaded.

The good thing about the 2012 Rawlings BBCOR bats is they are all a little different, and you can tell the minute you hit them.

Here’s a quick break down of the 2012 Rawlings BBCOR bats:

Rawlings 5150 BBCOR – Model BBCA – $199

Rawlings 5150 Alloy BBCOR Bat

Rawlings 5150 Alloy BBCOR Bat

  • Same bat as 2011. No changes.
  • One piece all aluminum
  • Loud ping
  • Very balanced
  • A little bit of vibration, not much, but the most of all three of the bats
  • Has a hollow, almost golf club feeling when the ball is struck

 

Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR – Model BB51V – $249

Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR Bat

Rawlings 5150 Velo BBCOR Bat

  • New for 2012
  • One piece all aluminum
  • Nice ping sound, but not as loud as original 5150
  • Very balanced
  • Little to no vibration due to the new end cap
  • Feels more solid when the ball is hit

 

Rawlings Machine BBCOR – BBMC – $299

Rawlings Machine BBCOR Bat

Rawlings Machine BBCOR Bat

  • New for 2012
  • Composite handle with 5150 aluminum alloy barrel
  • Least ping sound of all, but sounds good
  • End loaded
  • No vibration
  • Feels great when hitting the ball

 

We enjoyed all three bats, but if I was going to buy one, it would be the Velo 5150. All the bats have the same “pop” and the Velo being balanced with pretty much no vibration makes it hard to beat.