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13 Aug

Announcement: Welcome

Unbiased reviews of youth and BBCOR baseball bats that cut through the clutter and hype. A must read for anyone who will purchase a baseball bat.

This blog is dedicated to providing you with quality information on baseball bats for the sole purpose of helping you make an informed decision. This site is run independently of any baseball bat manufacturer or retailer and prides itself in offering an independent non-biased opinion.

Purchasing a baseball bat can be an agonizing and expensive experience. I’ve learned the hard way over the last 13 years with good, bad and horrific experiences purchasing a bat. One day I came to the frightening realization of how much money I’d spent on baseball bats for my sons, and decided it was time to understand the industry and pass along the knowledge.

This site will help answer some of the confusing questions about baseball bats, including:

  • The differences between composite and aluminum (alloy) material
  • The differences between one and two-piece bats
  • The differences between an end-loaded and balanced bat
  • The differences between a flex and stiff handle bat
  • The differences between the major manufacturer’s line-ups
  • Diffusing the spin and hype the manufacturers throw at us

You can navigate through the site by clicking the links under the categories or recent posts tab on the right side of the page. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Enjoy!

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21 Responses to “Announcement: Welcome”

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    curtis Says:

    great site. very helpful. keep up the good work

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    mike Says:

    Hi. What is the ‘benefit’ of a $200 bat, compared to a $50 bat? If both are PONY approved, have 2-1/4″ barrels and a 1.15 BPF rating, why choose one over another and if both are the same lenght and weight?
    I’m trying to make the best informed decision I can.

    Thank you for your help

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    Scott Davis Says:

    What is the real difference between the high end alloy bats (Like the voodoo Black and Surge) and the composite bats like the Omen? I have a son who is 7 and loves baseball. Has quite the hitting stroke and needs to step up to a new bat. Price is not a issue so what would be the best bat for him to use in Little League play.

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    lpsbw Says:

    I need to buy my high school player a new bat and would like to know what the difference between a 2011 BBCOR certified bat and a 2012 BBCOR certified bat. How do I know if a 2011 BBCOR certified bat is legal for 2012??

    Thank you!!

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    NZ Says:

    I continue to find The Baseball Bat Review (TBBR) blog a very good source for bat reviews and am looking for to your adding to TBBR’s review of the 2011-2012 line up of BBCOR bats especially regarding weigh balance, pop and vibration.

    In the meantime can you tell me what the difference aere between the 2011 Voodoo white and 2012 Voodoo black (both appear to be BBCOR approved but have $100 retail difference)?

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    Vince Polletta Says:

    Both my sons used -3 Easton Surge BESR bats last year, Which Easton BBCOR bats would have the same “Feel” to it as the Surge.

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    admin Says:

    There is a 2012 BBCOR approved Easton Surge bat. Since Easton is now focusing on the Power Brigade bats you can get the Adult -3 for only $149. The Power Brigade equivalent to the Surge is the S2 and it goes for $299.

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    TristansDad Says:

    Your Easton S1 composite bat(top pick) review mentions the adult version only. Does the review apply to their Senior League model too? How does this bat compare to the 2011 Easton Rival Metal Alloy bat? My son is nine; the Rival was his legal bat last year after his composite Omen went “illegal” one month after I bought it. I’m thinking about the S1 Composite to replace the Rival that is now “illegal” too. Since he is now in kids pitch, I’m thinking a faster bat swing may be a key to success.

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    admin Says:

    My recommendations are for all levels: Youth, Senior and Adult. It’s just easier to speak of one when writing. The 2012 Adult Rival is BBCOR certified, they just don’t produce a Senior model yet. Just keep in mind the S1 is composite (like the Omen) and the Rival is aluminum. If he liked the Omen he’ll love the S1. I’d absolutely go with the S (speed series bats) for a lower swing weigh with a 9 year old swinging a Senior bat. Good luck.

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    Josh Says:

    I’ve been looking at the Easton S3 -10 Power Brigade and the Worth Lithium Prodigy for my 10 yr old son. He’s swinging a 29/19. I keep finding different pros and cons for both and am having trouble distinguishing between the two. I’m looking for a well balanced good contact bat. The Easton seems to have a little better price but with investing the amount of money i want to get the right one. What’s a good solid recommendation between the two? Thanks!

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    admin Says:

    No question, go with the Easton Power Brigade S3.

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    tony Says:

    Trying to choose between marucci cat5 -8 and easton s3 -10. Contact hitter needing lowest moi. Both 2 5/8 barrel. Swung voodoo -9 29″ last year but complained he didn’t like end loaded.

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    tony Says:

    Trying to choose between marucci cat5 -8 and easton s3 -10. Contact hitter needing lowest moi. Both 2 5/8 barrel. Swung voodoo -9 29″ last year but complained he didn’t like end loaded.12 yrs. Old 4′ 9″ 75pds.

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    Matt Says:

    Looking at 3 different bats for the upcoming season:

    1)Easton – SRV4 Synergy Speed (2011)

    2)Easton – SRV5 Salvo (2011)

    3)Miken – Freak FX700 (2013)

    Price is not an issue, I can find all the bats around $200, but looking for best all-around performance for a contact hitter.

    Thank you.

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    admin Says:

    Umm, are you looking for a baseball bat or softball bat? These are softball bats.

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    Howard Says:

    Have any recommendations on tee ball? I got some advice not to skimp on a bat or I’d be paying more for bats later. I’m a complete noob when it comes to baseball equipment.

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    jet talley Says:

    ok i want to know the best performance bat as far as distance for 2011-2013 youth big barrel bats 28 inch 16-18oz

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    admin Says:

    For distance you’ll want a bat that is end-loaded (just make sure he is experienced or the end-loaded bat will throw off his swing). I’d recommend the Easton XL series. Your choice on the XL1, XL2 or XL3. You can read about these bats here. Good hitting!

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    wade talley Says:

    could you please rate1-4 in you opinion prodigy,miken freak,vodoo,easton as far as youth bats

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    admin Says:

    Check out 2012 best baseball bat recommendations on this page for detailed information.

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    sossay Says:

    Any chance that you will be reviewing the RIP-IT Prototype?

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