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Marucci F5 vs. Marucci CAT 7

Posted by JustBats.com on Dec 6, 2017 11:54:00 AM

When Marucci introduced its famous CAT baseball bat series, they named it after hurricane categories. And the popularity of the CAT 5, CAT 6, and CAT 7 bats have wreaked havoc on plenty of baseball diamonds.

So, for the 2018 season, Marucci opted to name their new series after nature's most violent storms: an F5 tornado. Much like the CAT series, the Marucci F5 has taken the baseball world by...umm...storm. But, what's the difference between the two popular Marucci bat series? JustBats.com dives into the storms to deliver some clarity.

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Topics: BBCOR Bats

Baseball Age Cutoff Dates (2018)

Posted by JustBats.com on Dec 4, 2017 1:47:51 PM

Little League adopted a rule change starting in 2016 that changed the date of birth for a player from April 30 to August 31. While Little League adopted the rule early, other Leagues have followed suit. Starting in 2018 PONY baseball will implement the change. However, Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, USSSA, and AABC will not make the age change.

The birthday age cutoff is important to know, notably since 2018 marks the start of the required USA Baseball stamp bats. JustBats.com has provided some resources to help if you have questions regarding the cutoff age dates.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Rules & Regulations

How Does Cork Affect A Baseball Bat?

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 29, 2017 9:16:36 PM

Baseball is hard sometimes.

Every player has had a case of the “Mondays” out on the diamond. We have all been plagued by untimely hitting slumps, harsh weather conditions, and even having to face another team’s ace. But, have you ever had the moment when you thought, how can I make baseball easier?

What about trying cork in your wood bat? Believe it or not, a small object such as a cork can have a huge impact on the dynamics of a baseball bat and swing.

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Topics: Wood Bats, Baseball Bats

All About Victus Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 27, 2017 4:13:15 PM

If you watched the 2017 World Series, you probably noticed some Houston Astros swung Victus wood baseball bats.

Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and George Springer--among others--spent most of the 2017 season swinging Victus bats. The exposure of the 2017 baseball champs using the bats has made Victus a popular wood bat model since October; almost as much attention as Chandler Bats received when Aaron Judge won the Home Run Derby.

Given all the attention, JustBats.com highlights all the essential things to know about Victus bats.

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Topics: Wood Bats

Bat Review: 2018 Louisville Slugger Solo 618 -11 USA Baseball Bat

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 21, 2017 2:12:23 PM

USA Baseball approved youth bats have now been available since September. So far the customer reactions to USA Bats has been mixed.

However, bats such as Easton's Ghost X, Rawlings' Quatro, and the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 have garnered high marks. Adopting style and features from its parent baseball bat (Solo 618 BBCOR Bat), the Louisville Slugger Solo 618 USA Baseball Bat is set to take off for the 2018 season. JustBats.com has collected initial feedback on this new USA Bat bat and here is what we discovered.

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Topics: Youth Bats, Bat Reviews

10+ Best Fastpitch Softball Drills & Tips

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 20, 2017 1:19:42 PM

Are you a first-time softball coach? Maybe, you're a veteran coach looking to polish up the ol' practice plan. Or, you're an elite softball player who is looking to get better on the diamond. Either way, the team at JustBats.com is here to help make yourself and your team excel. Hitting, fielding, pitching, and catching drills are all equally important and need to be practiced tirelessly so team goals can be accomplished. Without further ado, here are the best softball drills for fastpitch softball. 

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Topics: Softball Bats, Lists

6 Best 2017 Metal Baseball Bats

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 13, 2017 3:14:04 PM

Aluminum bats have a trampoline effect. This is the main benefit of a metal baseball bat over a wooden bat. Simply, a metal bat springs the ball back off from the bat. So, hitting a baseball with a wood bat is like jumping on your floor, whereas hitting a ball with a metal baseball bat is like jumping on your bed.

Easton created the first aluminum bat in 1972. Louisville Slugger followed. Then, in 1974, the NCAA legalized metal baseball bats for use in college games. And, the revolution was complete. With more manufacturers making enhancements, JustBats.com compiled a list of the six (6) best 2017 metal baseball bats based on customer feedback, bat reviews, and internal feedback.

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Topics: Lists

Bat Review: 2018 DeMarini CF Zen -10 Youth Big Barrel Bat (WTDXCBZ)

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 8, 2017 10:38:18 AM

Zen 
[zen] (noun)
A total state of focus that incorporates a complete togetherness of body and mind. 

CF Zen
[cee-ef-zen[ (noun)
A baseball bat built for all out grinders.

For the 2018 season, DeMarini has outdone themselves yet again. Their lightest and their most balanced composite bat is back, better than ever, and ready to dominate the diamond. JustBats.com details the CF Zen in this bat review.

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Topics: Bat Reviews, Youth Big Barrel Bats

Baseball's Dream Team | Best Players At Each Position

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 6, 2017 2:49:13 PM

Baseball has been played for quite some time in our nation, hence why it is called “America’s Pastime." We have been involved in baseball in some way whether that is playing a game, going to your hometown team’s game, watching highlights on TV or just even playing catch in the backyard with your family.

There are so many great players to have played this game, that listing the best players is a difficult task. But, based on internal conversations and unofficial polls, this is JustBats.com’s Baseball All-Time Dream Team. Basically, the all-time baseball greats that would be the best player at each position around the diamond.

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Topics: MLB

What Is Pine Tar? Here's Everything You Need To Know

Posted by JustBats.com on Nov 1, 2017 1:40:49 PM

What exactly is pine tar? Is it illegal in baseball? Why do players use it? Where does it come from? How is it made? These are all questions the team at JustBats.com gets from our favorite bat fanatics, so we decided to lay them all out and answer them one at a time. 

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Topics: Bat Care