Wilson Baseball Gloves

Wilson Baseball GlovesWilson baseball gloves are just one of the great products made by one of the most recognizable names in sporting goods. Wilson Sporting Goods was founded in 1913 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The company features more than 1,600 employees that help to design, produce and market baseball gloves, footwear, other sporting goods and accessories. In 2010, the company reported a net income of greater than $600 million. Among the sports the company produces items for baseball, basketball, badminton, soccer, tennis, golf, softball and volleyball.

By the time Cast Away starring Tom Hanks was released, Wilson Sporting Goods was already a popular brand in sporting goods. Despite that, Hanks best friend in the movie, a Wilson volleyball, became a pop icon and the company soon began marketing volleyballs with Wilson’s “face.”

Wilson Sporting Goods is the official provider of balls for the National Football League, AVP volleyball tour, NCAA basketball just to name a few. The company once made jerseys for more than a dozen NFL teams. Like many other sporting goods manufacturers, the company has sponsored many athletes from different sports to use their products and display the Wilson logo. Among the most notable are Major League Baseball stars Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera, Paul Konerko, Ivan Rodriguez, Hanley Ramirez, David Wright and Elvis Andrus.

Wilson is also one of the most popular providers of tennis rackets for professional stars and amateurs. Among the world class tennis players in the world that use Wilson rackets are Victoria Azarenka, Serena and Venus Williams. Legendary tennis players Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert also used Wilson rackets during their playing career. Wilson is the supplier of the official ball for many tennis tour events including the U.S. Open Championship.

Whether you are looking for a baseball glove, golf clubs for your next round of 18 holes or a tennis racket to help you step up your game, Wilson Sporting Goods has been a trusted source for 100 years and is one that you can rely on for the best quality products.

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Rip-It Manufacturer Spotlight

Rip-It Sweet SpotRip-It is one of the most promising of the crop of new companies to enter the lucrative slow pitch softball market. The company was founded in 2003, but it wasn’t until recently that they have really picked up a loyal and growing market of baseball and softball bats devotee. The company is based out of Orlando, Florida and was originally known as the company that created the smaller and more comfortable face masks for infielders before branching out to bats.

Rip-It face masks became an instant hit because their brand was used by those in little leagues where masks were required for all batters, as well as slow pitch softball leagues that required masks for catchers.  Their masks are also used by pitchers who wanted to protect themselves. As the company began to get more popular, they moved out of a small garage into a large warehouse where they can stock up on more of their products. This meant faster and better customer service.

Rip-It produces softball and baseball bats for most leagues including senior and high school baseball, slow pitch and fast pitch softball and other leagues. One of the most popular Rip-It models is the Prototype. The Prototype series features various models for different league types. It is manufactured with a one-piece fully composite material and is slightly end loaded to enhance a hitters power swing. One of the things the Rip-It brand is known for is it has an enlarged sweet spot that nearly covers the entire barrel and is made to reduce vibrations in the swing with a raised ridge dampening grip.

The Rip-It name is one that will continue to grow in the baseball and softball equipment business and one that will only see its reputation grow with each line of new products.

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Mizuno Baseball Bats and Equipment – Brand Profile

Mizuno bats and equipmentMizuno is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia and has been a staple in baseball bat and accessories since being founded in 1906. Rihachi Mizuno founded the company in Osaka, Japan, where they still have their worldwide headquarters. Mizuno USA manufactures and sells products for golf, baseball, track & field, softball and volleyball. Since the company was founded, Mizuno has put relentless effort into improving their products to compete with others that have come after them.

Mizuno began to manufacture baseballs and gloves in 1913 and in 1933 the company starting planting Ash trees that would become their baseball bats. They have since grown and evolved into the company that is now considered one of the top in the industry. Not only do the sales of Mizuno products reach the top of the baseball equipment and apparel market, they are also one of the most trusted companies for the professional ball players because of their high quality craftsmanship and durability.

Mizuno’s top products are wood bats and the company has seen the need to advance the technology further. Among the wood bats they now produce is a maple composite bat. These bats are constructed with a composite handle and a wooden barrel. This advanced technology allows the bat to last longer than traditional maple bats. It still has the top performance one would expect from a maple bat from Mizuno, only more advanced.

Another ideal bat for those looking to add a Mizuno piece to their bat bag is their classic maple bat. The hard maple wood is used from the handle to the barrel and provides you a great feel with each swing. Mizuno uses only the best maple wood to ensure their bats will last for multiple seasons, giving its customers the best product for their money. Mizuno produces a full line of baseball equipment from bats, to bags, to gloves. It is your one stop brand!

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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.

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Manufacturer Spotlight: Easton Baseball Bats

Easton Baseball BatsEaston is a name known around the baseball and softball world. Since being founded by Doug Easton in 1922, the company has worked relentlessly to put out products that their customers could rely on. The company is currently headquartered in Van Nuys, California has grown to include more than 1,000 employees working in various divisions ranging from softball and baseball to ice hockey, cycling and archery.

Easton Baseball Bats really began to make a dent in the bat market in 1969 when they released the first aluminum bat. Ever since, Easton has been trusted to complete other “firsts” in the bat industry, becoming the first company to produce bats from titanium, C405 and the first to use a carbon core. The Easton brand has grown to include more than just bats in the baseball and softball division as the company also puts out some of the most trusted gloves and accessories on the market.

In terms of their most popular bats, Easton puts out bats that can be used in wood, aluminum or composite leagues. The Easton B3.0 is one of the best composite bats available for recreation league players. Approved for use in ASA and ISF leagues, this bat has a two piece composite design completed with ConneXion Technology. It is also a part of the Raw series, which is one of the most popular bat franchises in the sport.

For those looking to use an Easton bat in ASA aluminum leagues, the Easton Salvo is a popular option. This bat has the end loaded feel, making it a solid option for those looking to get a little more power in their swing. It was built with a composite handle with a THT100 scandium barrel, giving it the best of both worlds: production and durability.

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Demarini Softball Bats for All Leagues: Wood, Aluminum and Composite

DeMarini stands outDeMarini is a brand that stands out and is known by baseball players in just about every slow pitch softball league in the country. As the sport of softball continues to gain in popularity, each year thousands of players take to the fields. Whether you are playing in wood bat, ASA, SSUSA or USSA leagues, DeMarini makes great softball bats for everyone.

What are some of the best DeMarini softball bats for each league?

Composite Bats

The 2014 DeMarini CL 22 is a brand new bat that was designed from scratch for Chris Larsen, one of the most popular slow pitch softball stars in the country. Made with two pieces, the bat features a huge sweet spot, has the ultimate end loaded feel and when contact is made, feels as though it was constructed with a single piece.

Wood Bats

For players that need a wood bat for their softball league, the DeMarini Pro maple composite bats could be perfect. The barrel itself is made of high grade maple wood that is made to withstand swings from the entire team night after night. These bats have composite handles and are BBCOR approved. Be sure and check that your league allows composite handle construction.

Aluminum Bats

The 2013 DeMarini Raw is one of the best models you can get for use in aluminum ASA leagues. This bat is end loaded and is hot right out of the wrapper. Make sure to use this bat above DeMarini’s suggested temperature range (55+) because at below 55 degrees, softballs are harder and it can dent the bat. This model comes in three weights, 26, 28 and 30 oz. making it a perfect bat for any user.

Senior League

A lot of senior slow pitch leagues require different bats than the ones used in open leagues. With that in mind, DeMarini’s The One was designed to help allow everyone to reach the fences or beyond. Be sure to check with your league requirements on bats because this model is not eligible for use in ASA or USSSA leagues. If you play in a SSUSA league, the bat, made with a composite handle and barrel, this bat will make you feel like a teenager again.

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Fastpitch Softball Bats – Making the Best Choice

Slow Pitch Softball BatWhat are the best fastpitch softball bats? How long should the bat be? Is my bat too heavy or too light? These and other questions that might pop into your head are the key to finding your ideal bat is choosing the perfect size and weight that suits your game.

Let’s start with some basic technical information

Fastpitch bats are generally 26 to 32 inches in length for younger players. High school or older players normally use fast pitch bats that are 30 to 34 inches long and have a drop weight value, ranging from 8 to -13.

The term drop weight value may sound complicated but it’s really very simple. The drop weight value of a bat indicates the length to weight ratio. This concept is not difficult to understand. All you have to do is weigh your bat and then subtract the length to get the number. For example: Let’s say your fastpitch softball bat weighs 24 ounces and is 34 inches long, its drop weight will then be 24-34, which equals -10.

Fastpitch softball bats are made of aluminum as well as composite materials. As for aluminum, or alloy bats, most are made from aircraft grade aluminum and variations in the alloy formula resulting in stronger alloy, has allowed manufacturers to design bats with thinner walls, hence lighter weight. Thin walls also contribute to rebound, or the “trampoline” effect when the bat strikes the ball. This effect enhances the power, thus, the distance, given the same swing speed.

These stronger or advanced alloys are marketed under different brand names by different manufacturers like Easton, DeMarini, Miken and Rip-It to name a few.  You can be sure if a bat is made of advanced alloy, it will be called out by the manufacturer somewhere on the bat or in the specs. On the other hand, bats -11 or lighter that don’t state the type of alloy used will probably be made of an alloy too weak to support the thinner wall. Beware of these bats. They can be easily dented, even in warm weather and even unsafe. Beyond standard aircraft aluminum, there are many good grades of alloy that determine strength and durability.

Composite bats consist of glass, carbon and Kevlar fibers molded together. They are designed to a different strength and stiffness than aluminum or wood bats.  There may be some great wood fastpitch softball bats out there, but you should probably go with alloy or composite over wood because wood typically doesn’t have as much pop as alloy or composite. Both alloy and composite bats are hollow which results in the barrel “squishing” during impact with the ball, or what is known as the trampoline effect. The barrel acts as a spring, storing some of the energy, which would otherwise have gone into compressing the ball. As the bat barrel expands it returns most of its stored energy to the ball and the resulting ball speed can be significantly higher than it would have been for a wood bat, which does not have a trampoline effect.

Is my bat of choice certified

Most bats come with an ASA stamp, which shows that they are certified for league play. Moreover, ASA stamped bats are acceptable in almost all leagues. There are a number of different sanction leagues such as ASA, NSA, ISA and USSSA and your bat needs to fulfill their rules before you can  play in their league with your bat.

Believe it or not, most beginners pick a fastpitch bat because of its color. Just because a bat matches your uniform or is your favorite color, doesn’t mean it is the best for you. So, choose a fastpitch softball bat based on performance to play your best game.

The worst mistake is to choose the same bat that your teammates prefer. Just because every other player on your team is swinging that bat, it doesn’t mean it is the right one for you. You should try a few bats and then select one that is best in your hands.  Don’t jump to conclusions; take your time, try out a few choices, after all no one else is as concerned about your game as you are.

Another thing to avoid at all costs is choosing a bat that’s too heavy. You cannot swing a too heavy bat “quick and fast”.  It will slow your swing down and you may even hurt yourself.

So, remember these simple three points when choosing fastpitch bats:

1) Not too heavy – pick the right weight for your swing

2) Not everybody else’s bat – don’t be an “accidental” hitter

3) Performance over color – even if it clashes!

If you keep these little things in mind, you’ll pick a fastpitch bat that performs the best for your game and results in a higher batting average.   Call us at Cheapbats and we will help you pick out the perfect fastpitch baseball bat!


Baseball Bats Evolution – From Simple to High Tech

Baseball Bats EvolutionBaseball bats date back to the days of Rounders and of course, Town ball. Town ball is one of the oldest games from which the current “national game” of baseball evolved as early as the late 18th century. The ball was hit by a four-inch flat bat with a tapered handle that could be firmly gripped for control and leverage. By the mid-1800’s numerous changes in all aspects of the game had been made and the players were each responsible for selecting baseball bats for themselves.

One of the first baseball games played was in June of 1846 in Hoboken New Jersey included 9 innings, 9 players on each team, and 3 outs per side. However, because players made their own bats, many different styles and sizes were used. Right around this time wagon tongue wood was predominately used and players were realizing that a round bat hit a ball much more solidly. The first bat limitation was voted on until 1859 when bat size was determined to be no larger than 2 ½ inches in diameter.  From there the baseball bat length rule was adopted in 1869 (no more than 42 inches) and over the next century and a half the baseball bat has been reshaped, reconstructed, restricted and recertified (see BBCOR video).

Today there are big differences between a softball bat and a baseball bat. Should you use a softball bat to play baseball, or a baseball bat to play softball?

The most obvious difference between  youth batssoftball bats, and baseball bats is length. 

The length of the bat used for adult baseball, adult slow-pitch softball, and youth baseball/softball will vary in length:

–       Baseball – 33″

–       Softball – 34″

–       Youth – 30”

The next significant difference is the bat weight

The primary reason for the range of available weights is that the speed with which a player can swing a bat is often related to weight. However, not all bats that weigh the same swing the same.  This has to do with something called the moment-of-inertia which is the physics of a bat swing, taking into account the center-of-mass and the rotation of the bat which together strongly determine the bat swing speed.

Barrel diameters differ too

Bat profiles, or barrel diameters differ between baseball, softball and youth bats. The barrels of baseball bats are fatter than those of softball bats and can be up to 2.75”.  Adult softball bats (both slow- and fast-pitch) are narrower, with diameters of only 2-1/4″. Youth bats have the same diameter as adult slow-pitch bats.

Understanding the differences between bats, deciding on the right kind of bat and buying the right bat for yourself or your child might seem a daunting task if you are new to the game. One thing to keep in mind is at the youth level, there is no difference in bats for softball and baseball. Another thing is the right bat feels right so trust your gut.

However, at the adult level, baseball and softball bats are designed to match their respective games.  You could use a baseball bat to play softball, as long as you adjusted to the slightly shorter total length, and the heavier weight. The performance would be about the same as using an older lower performance softball bat.

Using a softball bat to play baseball would most likely result in cracking or breaking your bat. Softball bats are not designed to withstand the forces resulting from an impact with a baseball.

The same would be true of using a fast-pitch softball bat in a slow-pitch game; the performance might be really good and the ball might come off the bat faster, but you would most likely damage your fast-pitch bat.

You could use a slow-pitch bat in a fast-pitch softball game without damaging it but the larger weight (actually, larger moment-of-inertia) makes the slow-pitch bat more difficult to swing quickly and you would probably not hit as well.

You don’t want to make a bad decision and waste your money on a bat that doesn’t serve your purpose. There are so many different bats on the market so when making a buying choice consider:

–       Which ones are best for your style of play?

–       Is this one right for your league?

–       What makes THE one worth the price?

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Pick the Right Wood Softball Bat: Maple, Bamboo or Ash

Wood softball batSome slow pitch softball leagues around the country are switching to wood softball bats due to insurance issues. If your league has recently made the move to wood, your team will need to stock up on new bats.

There are different types of wood softball bats but what are the best materials to use: maple, bamboo, or ash? What are the best bats made of these woods?

Maple

Maple is a hard wood that is used in many products from butcher blocks to bowling alley lanes to bowling pins. Maple softball bats are built to last longer than other materials and will give users a lot of pop from the first swing to the last.

An ideal maple bat to look for is the Louisville Slugger MSB1. This bat is made with a black finish and features a more traditional barrel size, making it easier for baseball players to adjust to the sport.

Bamboo

Many people think this wood is softer, but in fact, it is harder than many other materials including maple. While it is just as hard as maple, it is considered more stable.

One of the best all bamboo wood softball bats available comes from Mizuno. The Mizuno MZB271 is a durable bat that comes with a 90 day warranty.

Ash

Ash wood is commonly used in furniture because of its ability to be molded easily. Ash-made softball bats aren’t the most popular as other wood, but they have a great feel and are good for smaller hitters.

If you are looking for a quality all-ash softball bat, the Louisville Slugger 125SBAS might be the best bat for you.

Combination

Some of the best wood slow pitch softball bats on the market are those made with multiple materials. The Worth Toxic bat is made with both bamboo and maple wood and is available for those who like swinging a 28 oz. bat. The handle on this bat is slick compared to others, but pine tar or tape can be the simple solution to that.

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Easton Softball Bats – A review of Easton’s Best

Easton Baseball BatsEaston softball bats are made by one of the leading bat manufacturers in the world. Each year, they produce elite level bats that are used in various leagues around the country. If you are looking for a solid Easton softball bat, your options are endless and many of the best can be found at Cheap Bats.

What are some of the best Easton softball bats currently available?

Easton Raw Power B1.0 Slow Pitch

When it comes to the best two piece composite bats on the market today, the Easton Raw Power B1.0 model is at the top of the list. There is no breaking-in period with this bat as you will be able to hit bombs from swing one through swing 200 without losing anything. It is approved for use in several leagues and comes with a six month warranty. It was constructed for use in extreme 100 MPH or more performance.

2013 Easton Mystique Fast Pitch

The Easton Mystique fast pitch softball bat was made of 7050 aircraft alloy, making it one of the best constructed bats on the market. It has a 12 ounce weight drop and a thin handle that allows you to get your hands wrapped around it tighter. With more control of the bat, you will be able to pick where your ball is going to be hit every time. It is USSSA certified and has a larger than normal sweet spot to reach for.

2013 Easton Typhoon Fast Pitch

With an 11 ounce weight drop, the 2013 Easton Typhoon fast pitch bat has its weight evenly distributed throughout. This allows you to get faster swinging speed because the weight is less than traditional bats. It is approved for use in USSSA leagues and is USSSA certified for 1.20 BPF. It comes with a thinner handle that has a cushioned grip to help fight vibration.

Easton Maple Wood Bat

The popularity of wood bat in softball leagues is growing around the country. One of the best wooden bat producers to turn to is Easton. With this bat, you are getting a 34″ bat that was made with North American maple. It was laser engraved and has a cupped end, giving you great potential for big power.

Here is a link get a closer look at these bats and other Easton softball bats.

Slow Pitch Softball Bats- Tips for Finding the Right One

Slowpitch softball batsSlow pitch softball isn’t as easy as those who don’t compete say it is. While the idea of hitting a large ball coming in at you in with a 12 foot arch seems easy, the sport, much like any other competitive sport, is as mental as anything else. One of the many things involved in the sport that can affect your ability to play is your softball bat. What are the most important things to consider when picking the right softball bat?

Pick a Weight and Stick to it

From season to season, you may find the need to move up or down in weight, but during the season, you should stick with the same size from start to finish. When you play on a fenced field, you might psyche yourself out and pick up a heavier bat to try to hit a home run, but if you were swinging a 28 oz. bat for three months and switch to a 30 oz. bat for this game, your swing won’t be right and your hand speed might will likely be off.

Slump or Success, Don’t Change Bats

The only time during the softball season that you should ever change your bat is if you play in multiple leagues that use different materials or if your bat breaks. If you find yourself in a 0-for-20 slump and can’t seem to hit the ball as well as you were previously, don’t blame the bat. There is something that has changed mechanically with your swing that can be corrected with batting practice and some good coaching.

Don’t Use a Bat Beyond Your Strength

One common problem that is seen on a lot of benches across the country is a smaller player trying to use a bat that their body won’t allow them to properly swing. If you are shorter than six feet and weigh about 150 pounds, you shouldn’t be swinging a bat heavier than 28 oz. The same doesn’t hold true for someone that is taller than six feet and weighs 225 pounds. Just because you are bigger doesn’t mean you can’t get a great swing with a 26 oz. bat. Hand speed is more important to slow pitch softball success than strength and this is evident when you see bigger athletes properly swinging a smaller bat.

Here is a great selection of slow pitch softballs bats

Easton Softball Bats – Four Bats That Make Good Choices

Easton Baseball BatsEaston Softball Bats

Easton is one of the leading bat manufacturers in the world. Each year, they produce elite level bats that are used in various leagues around the country. If you are looking for a solid Easton softball bat, your options are endless and many of the best can be found at Cheap Bats.

What are some of the best Easton softball bats currently available?

Easton Raw Power B1.0 Slowpitch

When it comes to the best two piece composite bats on the market today, this Easton model is at the top of the list. There is no breaking-in period with this bat as you will be able to hit bombs from swing one through swing 200 without losing anything. It is approved for use in several leagues and comes with a six month warranty. It was constructed for use in extreme 100 MPH or more performance.

2013 Easton Mystique Fastpitch

This Easton softball bat was made of 7050 aircraft alloy, making it one of the best constructed bats on the market. It has a 12 ounce weight drop and a thin handle that allows you to get your hands wrapped around it tighter. With more control of the bat, you will be able to pick where your ball is going to be hit every time. It is USSSA certified and has a larger than normal sweet spot to reach for.

2013 Easton Typhoon Fastpitch

With an 11 ounce weight drop, this fastpitch bat has its weight evenly distributed throughout. This allows you to get faster swinging speed because the weight is less than traditional bats. It is approved for use in USSSA leagues and is USSSA certified for 1.20 BPF. It comes with a thinner handle that has a cushioned grip to help fight vibration.

Easton Maple Wood Bat

The popularity of wood bat softball leagues is growing around the country. One of the best wooden bat producers to turn to is Easton. With this bat, you are getting a 34″ bat that was made with North American maple. It was laser engraved and has a cupped end, giving you great potential for big power.

To get a closer look at these bats and other Easton softball bats, Cheap Bats is the place to go.