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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2013 Easton Softball Bats Shine In Home Run Derby

Team Easton’s Brett “ the hitman”  Helmer was the top Long Haul Bomber with 12 points using his 2013 Easton Brett Helmer Signature Softball Bat.

Helmer set the pace early, sending homers sailing into the right field bleachers. “ I felt good, balls were flying and I love Petco Park. This morning I hit a hole in one at a charity golf event for the Wounded Warriors and won a trip to Europe, but I donated the trip right back to the charity, so tonight was the capper to an awesome day” .

 Helmer’s Easton team mate Brain Wegman finished with 9 points, putting Easton out front early in the battle for the manufactures cup.

Denny Crine of Team Miken threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Padre’s-Marlin’s game. Crine had a solid day at the plate ending up with 8 points and sent multiple “show bombs “ into the upper deck.

Also taking cuts Saturday night, Team Louisville Slugger’s Tim Cocco and Lee Powers. Cocco is a veteran on the tour and was part of the team that won the Manufactures cup last season. Cocco’s new teammate Lee Powers had an impressive rookie debut with 8 points.

Here are the final standings for round one of the stadium power tour at Petco Park Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Brett Helmer, Team Easton:  12 points

Brian Wegman, Team Easton:  9 points

Denny Crine,Team Miken:  8 points

Lee Powers,Team Louisville Slugger:  8 points 

Ed Vega,Team Miken:  5 points  

Tim Cocco,Team Louisville Slugger: 1 point

Next up for the Bombers, a trip to Seattle’s Safeco Field for a Friday night slug fest on May 25. www.seattle.mariners.mlb.com  It’s the first opportunity to see Team Combat in action. Combat features a mix of youth and seasoned experience, led by veteran Johnny McCraw, who claimed a championship on the Stadium Power Tour and the youthful swagger of Brandon Perry. Team DeMarini is back in the hunt, with stadium power tour champ Chris “ the crusher “ Larsen and wily vet Kevin Filby. Expect softballs to be flying.

The Bombers are excited to announce: “ The Road to Miami “. The Marlins new park will be the host site for the 2012 the stadium power tour finals on Sunday, September 16. Details on a ticket promotion are coming soon. www.miami.marlins.mlb.com 

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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.

New USSSA Bat Stamp For 2013

By now, most softball players know there is a new stamp required on January 1st, 2013 for USSSA softball bats. All USSSA softball bats labeled as 2013 will have the spiffy new finger print stamp.

The 2013 USSSA softball bat rule is similar to the ASA bat rule from a few years back: 2013 softball bats will not be allowed to exceed 1.20 BPF at any point in their lifespan, meaning break-in time will be cut from a few hundred swings to a few dozen swings on most softball bats.

Upon exceeding the 1.20 BPF, bats will develop spiraling “cracks” up and down the barrel of the bat, indicating the bat should be removed from play.

Don’t throw your old USSSA softball bat away just yet.

Many private fields like Big League Dreams are expected to allow the old USSSA standard softball bats indefinitely. Moreover, many tournaments will still allow the old USSSA bats as well.

The 2013 and 2014 Easton, Miken, and Worth softball bats all carry the new USSSA stamp.

Individuals are rapidly buying up any remaining softball bats with the old standard, knowing that they can no longer be made, they will be in high demand for leagues and tournaments that do not acknowledge the new standard.

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.

ASA To End “Grandfathering” Of Pre 2008 ASA Softball Bats In Early 2012?

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UPDATE: This did not come to pass. We have heard from ASA officials that ASA would rather use a softer softball to curb bat performance, rather than change the bat rules again.

2008 and prior ASA softball bats that were grandfathered in and legal for play in ASA, will no longer be legal in a few weeks. More to come.

This means your Easton Extended, Easton SCN8 and all other pre abi (advanced break in) bats are going to be worthless in about week (according to what we heard).

DeMarini Voodoo vs DeMarini Vexxum

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DeMarini Voodoo versus DeMarini Vexxum

Are you looking at a new baseball bat and can’t decide between the DeMarini Voodoo and DeMarini Vexxum? You want the best BBCOR bat on the market, so we put two popular new DeMarini BBCOR bats up against each other in hopes to make your decision easier.

Head to head, here is a brief rundown of the Vexxum vs Voodoo.

Both the DeMarini Vexxum and Voodoo use the proven SC4 aluminum alloy (exclusive to DeMarini) in the barrel of the bat. The main difference between the two DeMarini’s is the handle and the balance. Voodoo and CF5 use the TR3 composite in the handle, which is the strongest composite on the market according to DeMarini. The Vexxum gets the older C6 composite handle for 2012. Many baseball players like the Vexxum BBCOR because it is the most balanced bat in the 2012 DeMarini lineup, and the Voodoo is one of the most end loaded DeMarini BBCOR for 2012.

We suggest you try and swing a friend’s bat before you spend $200 + of your hard earned cash.

Here is the dirty little secret DeMarini doesn’t want you to know (Not really, but it sounds good): The DeMarini Vexxum is every bit as good a baseball bat as the DeMarini Voodoo! Spend $199 on the Vexxum and save the extra $100 for a down payment on a new Wilson A2000 baseball glove (Wilson owns DeMarini). Much like the less expensive Easton Salvo softball bat is every bit as good as it’s more expensive cousins, an extra $100 for a slightly different composite material in the handle on the Voodoo is not worth it.

But the Voodoo costs more, it has to be better, right? NO! It is all about personal preference and hitting style. The only difference you can really feel between the Voodoo and the Vexxum is the weight distribution (Vexxum Balanced, Voodoo End Loaded). If you are 6′ tall and strong, you should swing a Voodoo because you will be able to swing faster and generate more bat speed despite the added weight at the end. If you hit line drives, are not a bulky individual or you just want more bat speed, buy a Vexxum.

Just as many college teams and players use the DeMarini Vexxum as they do the Demarini Voodoo.

Quick Observations of the two 2012 DeMarini BBCOR Bats:

2012 DeMarini Vexxum

  • Feels absolutely solid
  • As good as the 2011 Easton Surge or better
  • Better than the Easton Rival
  • Very good pop
  • Average sound. Not a loud ping at all, but not dead sounding either
  • ZERO vibration
  • Very well balanced
  • $100 cheaper than the Voodoo
  • Grip looks a little different but feels the same as the Voodoo
  • Kind of ugly
  • Made in USA

2012 DeMarini Voodoo

  • Also feels very solid when you make contact
  • No vibration or stinging at all
  • Harder to swing than the Vexxum because of the Voodoo being end loaded
  • SAME pop as the Vexxum
  • Louder ping than the Vexxum
  • Better graphics
  • Cooler looking end cap
  • Made in USA

DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bats Arriving This Week

We have confirmation that some sizes in the BBCOR CF5 and  Little League DeMarini CF5 baseball bats have been shipped from DeMarini headquarters in Oregon to at least a few of their dealers.

CheapBats.com said they should have the DeMarini CF5 in the sizes and models listed below by Thursday this week.

BBCOR DeMarini CF5

  • 32/29oz

Little League DeMarini CF5

  • 29″/18oz
  • 30″/19oz
  • 31″/20oz
  • 32″/21oz

The new DeMarini CF5 bat is the most highly anticipated baseball bat we have seen in a while. DeMarini is using a new, lighter composite that will help the bat feel lighter and swing easier, a huge advantage in BBCOR bats. For Little League, this will be the first all composite baseball bat to hit the market since the new Little League composite bat testing procedures went into effect at the beginning of 2011.

UPDATE: They have arrived.

2012 DeMarini Voodoo Baseball Bat

The 2012 DeMarini Voodoo Baseball Bat will use the same all new composite material in the handle as the new Demarini CF5 baseball bats. The new Tri Strut TR3 Composite is claimed to help balance the new Demarini Voodoo and help keep your swing consistent and efficient during every at bat by transferring energy to the aluminum barrel of the Voodoo.

The barrel of the new Voodoo bat is made from the same alloy as previous years. Demarini has no need to change one of the best baseball bat alloys on the market. The SC4 barrel on the Demarini Voodoo is, like years prior, thinner in certain parts of the barrel to help balance the baseball bat while keeping it strong where it takes the most abuse.  I am sure it happens, but I have never seen a cracked Demarini Voodoo, ever!  I deal with bats all day, every day and SC4 alloy Demarini baseball bats are the most durable bat ever made.

The Ion End cap remains the same for the 2012 Voodoo. It is supposed to reduce vibration and point that energy back to the barrel to give you more power. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell how much the Ion End Cap actually helps in the real world.

Looks: This bat is ridiculously good looking. In what looks to be a salute to the late Demarini founder Ray DeMarini, the 2012 DeMarini Voodoo sports a punisher inspired skull that dominates the barrel of the Voodoo.

The Demarini headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon has left Ray’s office unchanged since the day he left.

Demarini Voodoo Baseball Bat

Demarini Voodoo Baseball Bat End Cap

Demarini Voodoo Bat

2012 Demarini Voodoo Handle with Faded Grip

DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bat Pictures Are Here

DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Baseball Bat pictures and details have been released.

CheapBats.com broke the news of the new 2012 DeMarini Baseball Bats this morning.

The all new CF5 uses a new composite called “Tru Strut Tr3” that Demarini claims is stronger and lighter than the composite material used on the CF4 last year.  You can see from the pictures below the 2012 DeMarini CF5 End Cap is all new as well, providing a stiffer barrel to make use of the barrel flex provided by the Doublewall and minimize vibration in your hands when contact is made with the ball. The grip is a new color but looks to differ only cosmetically from the current DeMarini Faded Grip. The new 2012 CF5 BBCOR has a double wall barrel that is supposed to add trampoline and “push” the ball off the bat. The 2012 DeMarini CF5 release date will be approximately June, 2011 and is priced at $399.95 (with Free 2nd Day Air from CheapBats.com)

We were very impressed with the 2011 DeMarini Voodoo BBCOR so we are extremely anxious to hit the new 2012 CF5 and see if Demarini was able to bring BBCOR bats to the next level.

DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bat

DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bat

DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Bat

DeMarini CF5 BBCOR Baseball Bat End Cap

2012 DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bat Handle

2012 BBCOR DeMarini CF5 Baseball Bat Handle

2012 DeMarini CF5 Hope Fastpitch Softball Bat Announced

Once again Demarini will be realeasing a special Hope version of it’s most popular softball bat.  Demarini will donate a portion of the 2012 Demarini CF5 Hope Softball Bat to fight breast cancer.

Look for the Demarini Hope CF5 softball bat to arrive in stores in late April or early May. The regular version of the Demarini CF5 fastpitch softball bat will arrive in June, 2011. It is exactly the same bat but without the special “Hope” graphics

We will post pictures as soon as we have permission from DeMarini.

[Updated March 29th] Demarini has allowed us to show pictures of the new CF5 softball bat. It will use an all new composite that is the strongest and lightest composite material ever in a softball bat. The larger sweetspot from the new composite in the bat handle and barrel should make the 2012 Demarini CF5 the best softball bat ever made.

All of the 2012 Demarini CF5 Softball Bats will sell for $299.95 (with free 2nd day air shipping from CheapBats.com)

Demarini CF5 Hope

Demarini CF5 Hope Softball Bat for 2012

2012 Demarini CF5 Hope

Demarini CF5 Softball Bat

2012 Demarini CF5 Bats

The Demarini CF5 baseball bat for adult, senior youth and fast pitch softball should arrive in late April. The youth Demarini CF5 version appears to be delayed until June.

It will be a 100% composite bat with an improved composite weave that should make it stronger and provide more trampoline effect from the barrel.

Pics and more info to come as soon as DeMarini gives us permission to release them.

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The best upgrade on the new Demarini CF5 is the lighter and stronger composite weave. This means a larger sweetspot and more trampoline from the barrel. Demarini didn’t stop at the barrel, the new end cap is also a leap in technology that uses an odd looking array of triangles to help lessen vibration on the new CF5 bats by focusing that energy back into the barrel (check out our pics below).

The 2012 Demarini CF5 bats should be available the third or fourth week of April, 2011. (All the new CF5 bats come with Free 2nd Day Air shipping from CheapBats.com)

Demarini CF5

Demarini CF5 End Cap

The grip of the new CF5 bats has changed to a gold color and it looks like it has triangles pressed into it.

Demarini CF5 Baseball Bat

Demarini CF5 Baseball Bat Grip/Handle