Marucci Elite – Best Bat You’ve Never Swung

Marucci EliteThe Marucci Elite name is not one that is as known or popular on baseball benches around the country, but it is one of those bats that once used, will make you a lifer. The 2014 line of Marucci Elite bats features baseball bats for senior league players and BBCOR leagues. The senior league comes in two sizes, while the BBCOR model comes in four different weights.

Senior League -5oz.

This bat is a half and half model featuring their patented technology molding together different materials. This technology fused together aluminum and carbon, which helps you swing faster while also getting a massive sweet spot to get the best contact. The bat was also constructed with another patented technology, this time the Unequal method which is their  Kevlar-grip that helps to eliminate sting on those colder nights. The technology Marucci Elite used to put together this bat is like none other and seamlessly combines the carbon fiber handle with the multi material barrel.

Senior League -10oz.

For those needing to swing a bat with a little less weight, the -10oz. model is the perfect tool to add to your bat bag. This bat was constructed with the same materials and technologies as the -5oz. model. This bat, like its heavier model is USSSA certified with a 1.15 BPF a 12 month warranty protecting you against cracks, dents and more.

Marucci Elite BBCOR Baseball Bat -3oz.

The Marucci Elite 2 BBCOR baseball bat is one of the best baseball bats released for the 2014 season. What the company did with this model was get rid of the extra weight that added no value to your swing and turned it into something that now has an extended sweet spot and an overall improved feel. The company even improved the end cap, replacing the last few inches of the barrel with material fused together with improved technology.

The Marucci Elite name is one that is just that, elite. Once you use one of these BBCOR bats and experience the difference during batting practice or in a game, you won’t want to go back to swinging any bat purchased from a chain and will be hooked forever.

Marucci Sports – Manufacturer Spotlight

Marucci Sports Baseball BatsMarucci Sports was founded in 2002 in Baton Rouge and has made a notable dent on the baseball bat market. This American company was founded by Louisiana State University Athletic Director Jack Marucci. The company’s co-founders are former Major League Baseball players Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence.

Jack Marucci first thought of making replica baseball bats after his son Gino wanted a bat of his own so he can copy his favorite stars. Marucci found it difficult to find the perfect bat for his son so he made his own. The initial bat made for his son was done with Amish wood and Gino ended up using the bat in his games, which in turn led to Marucci making more bats for Gino’s friends.

Marucci Sports eventually made a baseball bat for then-MLB first baseman, Eduardo Perez. Through Perez, now the bench coach for the Houston Astros, Marucci found a home for his products in the hands of several MLB stars. Among the MLB superstars that swing these premier wood bats are Jose Bautista, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, David Wright, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols and Shin-Soo Choo.

While Marucci Sports began by making only wood bats, the company has since evolved to include BBCOR baseball bats, helmets, bags, batting gloves and a limited edition series of softball bats. Their one softball bat offered comes in two weight drop ratios of -8 and -9. Only 500 of each bat were made for 2013 and each comes etched with the serial number. Their bats are constructed with Marucci Sports’ two piece construction that provides you the ultimate power with each swing.

Drop a comment on this blog if you have any questions about Marucci Sports equipment.

What Is The Best BBCOR Baseball Bat For 2013?

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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

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.

What is the Best BBCOR Bat for 2013

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Check out as we update the list for 2013 BBCOR Baseball Bats

[poll id=”1″]The new BBCOR bats have brought in a new era of baseball bats.  Every bat manufacturer in the country seems to have a BBCOR bat offering, even the smaller bat makers like Marruci and Rip It have introduced a bat with the BBCOR Certification.

We hit every BBCOR bat on the market for three weeks straight at our batting cages.  Combined, we put in over 10,000 swings on these bats. It all came down to sting, vibration and balance of the bat. All BBCOR bats have a smaller barrel than their BESR counter parts. All BBCOR bats feel heavier because more weight is distributed to the end of the barrel.

Here is the ugly truth about BBCOR bats… The “pop” is almost indistinguishable between bats.  However, that is where the similarities end and the testing begins.

There were clear “winners” in the shootout. Not because one bat hit the ball further every time, but because one bat allows you to control the bat better and put the sweet spot on the ball more consistently. While they all hit the ball approximately the same distance, several bats had advantages in comfort and swingability that will ultimately help you be a better hitter.

How the bats differ: Vibration, Sound, Balance (more/less end heavy) and bat control.

One Piece BBCOR Bats:

  • Rip It Prototype 2TOP CHOICE – This BBCOR bat from Rip It was a pleasant surprise and proved to be the top dog in our testing. It hits as hard as any BBCOR on the market. It has good balance, little to no vibration and above average pop. The Rip It Prototype 2 has a VERY LOUD metal “ping”, almost to the point of hurting our ears. With the Rip It “Love it or we’ll buy it back” 30 day guarantee, you have nothing to lose with the Rip It BBCOR bat.
  • Marruci Cat 5 – TOP CHOICE (NOW BANNED in 33″/30oz) – The Marruci BBCOR bat is the lightest feeling bbcor on the market. The Cat 5 has ZERO vibration and swings very well. This bat is as good as the Easton Surge and Demarini Voodoo but sells for $100 less. Hit it and see for yourself.
  • Marucci Team Series – We have not swung the Marucci Team Series BBCOR yet. We will update the site the instant we do.
  • TPX Z1000 – The TPX Z1000 BBCOR is the most balanced bat in the group. Great pop and feel. No vibration at all.
  • TPX Omaha – The Omaha BBCOR bat has a nice grip and does not feel as heavy as other bats but there is a little sting and vibration on mis-hits.
  • Rawlings 5150 / Worth Toxic (Same bat, different name) – Surprisingly, this bat was our second favorite one piece BBCOR bat. It had good balance and very little vibration. The grip is nice and fat too.
  • Rawlings Velo 5150 – The difference between the Velo and the original 5150 is the end cap. For an extra $50 Rawlings will sell you a Velo with an upgraded end cap that actually does reduce vibration and ever so slightly extends the sweet spot.
  • Combat Backbone – A very good practice BBCOR bat but nothing we would ever use in a game. This bat is a great training tool, but do not fool yourself into thinking that this bat is for anything other than practice.
  • Combat B3 – The Combat B3 is another good BBCOR bat with very little vibration and good pop, but we do not like the price. For $50 less the Voodoo is just as good of a baseball bat.
  • Combat 52 CaliberMaybe all of us testers were having a bad day, but the 52 Cal from Combat was stinging our hands like crazy. We are going to retest soon… UPDATE: We swung the same Combat 52 Caliber again today and there was no vibration at all (Did it break in?). It feels similar to the B3AB but stiffer. It is balanced well and swings easy. No complaints here.
  • Combat Classic – This $199 100% composite BBCOR bat is the only minus 3 all composite bat under $349. If you are looking for a value priced 100% composite BBCOR, the Combat Classic is there to fill your need. It is fairly well balanced, but does have a small amount of vibration.
  • Worth Prodigy Legit – Very good bat here. Extremely similar to the Rawlings 5150. A small amount of vibration is felt when swinging, but is to be expected on a one-piece aluminum. Soft, fat grip is comfortable.

Two Piece BBCOR Bats

  • Marucci Black – TOP CHOICE -Marucci Black BBCOR swings pretty well. It is a little more end loaded than the Cat 5, but just barely, and Marucci is still calling the Black a balanced bat. The new AV5 harmonic dampening knob prevents almost all vibration. We had an extremely limited first go around with the new Marucci Black BBCOR, but we just got a 32″/29oz and 33″/30oz in stock to try out. We’ll do a much more in depth review shortly.
  • 2012 Demarini Voodoo – TOP CHOICE – The Voodoo baseball bat was at the top of the list for best BBCOR bat on the market. No vibration, balanced feel and a proven durable alloy. You can’t go wrong with the Demarini Voodoo.
  • 2012 Demarini Vexxum – The Vexxum hits just as hard as the Voodoo (it is made from the same metal after all), but it does have more vibration than a Voodoo BBCOR. If you have the extra $100 go for the Voodoo.
  • 2012 aston S1 – Easton has a winner with the S1 BBCOR. A smooth feel and no vibration to speak of help the Easton S1 rise to near the top of the pack of current bats for High School and College.
  • DeMarini M2M – Untested
  • Rawlings Machine – End loaded with a composite handle and 5150 alloy barrel. If you are a power hitter, and like an end loaded bat, we would suggest the Rawlings Machine.
  • Easton Surge – The Surge by Easton Mako Torq was at the top as well. Just like the Demarini Voodoo, the Easton Surge has zero sting/vibration while the light feel allowed us to swing and control the bat better in order to get the bat through the hitting zone. The Surge BBCOR is a great bat. If you are an Easton fan then this is the Easton BBCOR for you.
  • 2012 PX Exogrid –  TPX Exogrid is another good BBCOR. Aluminum barrel bats seem to be the winners so far in the BBCOR world. As is the case with the Z1000, the Exogrid has little to no vibration and great pop.
  • 2012 Demarini CF5 – Well balanced and great pop. If you love composite bats, the DeMarini CF5 is the baseball bat for you. Like all high end bats, the CF5 has zero vibration and excellent pop. The con is the bat tops out at $400. You will do just as well with a Voodoo at $100 less. When the CF5 goes on sale in April, 2012, you should pick one up.
  • 2013 DeMarini CF5 – Unchanged from 2012 aside from graphics.
  • 2013 DeMarini Voodoo – The composite handle remains unchanged from the 2012 Voodoo. The big change for the 2013 Voodoo BBCOR is a new X10 alloy in the barrel. The 2013 DeMarini Voodoo X10 alloy is stronger than the older, SC4 alloy, allowing DeMarini to make the walls even thinner, while still adhering to BBCOR standars.
  • 2013 DeMarini M2M – The M2M BBCOR gets the new, stronger X10 alloy (just like the  2013 Voodoo and 2013 Vexxum). Because the handle is metal, the 2013 M2M is stiffer and provides more feedback to the batter.
  • 2013 DeMarini Vexxum – For 2013, the Vexxum gets the new X10 alloy. Exclusive to DeMarini, the X10 alloy in the barrel is stronger and lighter than the 2012 SC4 alloy. Expect better balance, thinner walls and a small jump in performance from the 2013 DeMarini Vexxum BBCOR. Also, added for 2013 is the N2M end cap, which decreases vibration.
  • Combat Grifter – The Grifter from Combat has a small barrel, and you can tell just by looking at it. We are not impressed.
Check out our breakdown of the 2012 Easton Power Brigade BBCOR bats.
Special thank you to Home Run Park batting cages in Anaheim, CA for letting us use their 90 MPH batting cages to try out our BBCOR bats.