As a way to evoke baseball to its more youthful levels, Major League Baseball (MLB) launched their inaugural Players Weekend from August 25 - 27. The weekend games included players wearing MLB and MLBPA collaborated equipment, including batting gloves, socks, uniforms, cleats, tribute patches, and nicknames.
Ivy Leaguers. Moneyball. Bill James. Michael Lewis. Are nerds inheriting baseball?
Statistics, such as weighted runs created plus, expected fielding independent pitching, range factor, leverage index, are being used more and more. These sabermetric tools might seem like overkill to the casual fan, but do some of them have relevance or are they merely a waste of time?
Baseball bat technology is constantly changing for the better and Easton continues to stay ahead of the pack. Their commitment to continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and setting the standard when it comes to high-performance equipment is impressive.
As Easton says, "Innovation is the foundation of our success." JustBats believes that's a solid foundation and here is why. Easton is already the number one bat in college baseball, and now they have added a new design to their BBCOR baseball bats: the Z-CORE Load & Load.
There is no better way to get hyped for a big game or your next at-bat than by listening to your favorite song. If you've ever been to an MLB game, you probably noticed the wide variety of different genres and songs each player uses as they strut up to home plate. Everything from rap, country, classic rock, and even mariachi music can be heard as players make their way up to bat. Pump yourself up and jam out to one of these walk-up songs for both baseball and softball.
Sabermetrics, fantasy baseball, and the history of America's pastime can all be found online. The tricky part is finding the best baseball websites with the greatest content around. At JustBats.com we love baseball, so we compiled this comprehensive list of baseball websites on the world wide web.
Baseball loves numbers. 20 strikeouts. 3,000 hits. 500 homers.
If you follow the sport, then the meaning behind significant numbers is easy to deduce, except for nine (9). Why is a standard baseball game, sans extra innings, nine innings in length?
The ceremonial first pitch before all Major League Baseball games is an iconic tradition where a distinguished guest throws a ball to mark the end of pregame festivities. This guest can be anyone from a celebrity, to a hero, or even the President of the United States. They take their place at the front of a pitcher's mound and try their best to throw a strike.
While it is everyone’s dream to throw a perfect strike in front of a huge crowd, that doesn’t always happen. So, here at JustBats, we’ve created this list of the worst first pitches ever.
"You wanna have a catch?"
"There's no crying in baseball!"
"How can you not get romantic about baseball?"
The marriage between cinema and baseball has long been a happy one. Baseball is filled with pageantry, romance, history, emotion, and scenery, so it makes sense that Hollywood would want to capture all of this on film. There have been some strikeouts as far as baseball movies go, but, wow, have there been some grand slams too. That's why JustBats.com has conducted unofficial polls to produce the list of 10 best baseball movies of all-time.
Has your son or daughter just learned how to walk, but can already throw a round object across the room? How do you cultivate that talent? When should your child start playing baseball or softball?
For some perspective, All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia started playing baseball at four years old. Softball phenom Jennie Finch didn't play organized softball until she was eight. Mark Teixeira had his first glove when he was just one. And JD Drew, a former first round draft pick, started playing baseball at 13. Not only do results vary, but the answer to the question What age should my child start playing baseball? varies even more.
According to a recent Harris Poll, football is considered the most popular sport in America. Meanwhile, baseball's popularity has steadily lost ground to football nearly every year. JustBats is biased toward baseball and softball, so the trend of football surpassing America's pastime as a favorite sport is disappointing.
Baseball, the sport some believe is only relevant to grandparents, is better than football. Here are nine reasons why: