“Off The Bat” – MLB and MTV’s New Baseball Show

Off The Bat by MTVWe’re here to talk about, and show you some clips, from a new project from MLB, and MTV, Off The Bat and how they’re teaming up to bring baseball fans a new inside look into the personal lives of their favorite MLB players. They’re not going to be looking into what kind of  bat Mike Trout swings, or what kind of sunglasses or fielding glove Bryce Harper wears. (see episode at the end of this blog)

MLB wants to reach all of it’s fans, by partnering with MTV and their hosts, Fat JoeSwayChris Distefano, and Melanie Iglesias, to show you a fun, and quirky side of some of baseballs brightest stars. Like Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, and Melanie Iglesias, taking batting practice in a junk yard. Or having three super fans of Bryce Harper’s compete for the chance to win tickets to a game, get a home town visit, and an autographed bat from Bryce Harper, by answering trivia questions about his career in front of a studio audience, and Bryce himself.

Oh, did I mention that if you get an answer wrong, the hosts would shave off a chunk of the contestant’s hair? Maybe you like a little food mixed with your baseball humor. Take a look at Anthony Rizzo having fun playing a little soft toss with host Chris.

This show is about introducing you to players like Mike Trout of the LA Angels, Robinson Cano of the Mariners, and Prince Fielder of the Rangers. They want to reveal the kind of music they listen to, food they eat, and what they do to keep themselves happy. And as much as we the love the A2000 Clayton Kershaw uses, and the A2000 Cano uses, this is just not a show all about that side of the game. Big Papi (David Ortiz) Is going to be helping bring these individuals out with the MTV hosts to give all of us fans access like never before and we’re all excited, I know I am.

Enjoy this episode “Pitchers Pitching Into Pitchers”

Thanks…Cheapbats.com

What To Look for in a Slowpitch Softball Bat

Slowpitch softball appeals to all types of players; young and old, male and female, recreational and professional. A number of different factors come into play when selecting a slowpitch softball bat. The league and level in which you decide to play, as well as your size, strength, and personal preference will dictate what bat is right for you.

Here are some of the basics that will hopefully have you feeling more comfortable in the selection process, and on the field where it really counts!

Slowpitch Softball Bat DiameterAll slowpitch softball bats have a barrel diameter of 2 1/4 inches and do not exceed 34 inches in length. The weight of each bat varies, but the most common choices are 26oz, 27oz, 28oz and 30oz. There are smaller/lighter slowpitch bats on the market, but they are generally going to be mid-level to lower-end model bats. Higher performing bats tend to fall under the aforementioned guidelines.

asa logoASA and USSSA are the two main organizations that regulate the standards of slowpitch softball bats, determining which bats are legal for play. ASA stands for the Amateur Softball Association, and USSSA stands for the United States Specialty Sports Association. When selecting your bat, you will be able to find one of the organizations’ stamps on the barrel. New this year, Easton and DeMarini have each created a bat with a dual stamp that will be legal for both ASA and USSSA play.

Now that we’ve got the sizes and standards out of the way, let’s dig in for the good stuff! Slowpitch softball bats are constructed into either a one-piece or two-piece model. One-piece bats use either aluminum or composite material throughout the whole pattern. Two-pieces are either fully composite, or a combination of aluminum and composite (known as a “hybrid”). One-piece bats are going to be stiffer, and are popular among players who prefer the feel of a more traditional bat. Two-piece bats allow the barrel to flex slightly, creating a spring-like effect off the barrel at the point of contact.

Most barrels have two or more walls (Double/Multi Wall). These walls are thick, producing a durable, high-performing bat. Another option is choosing a single-wall barreled bat. A single-wall bat is still a durable performer, but it seems to help level out the playing field. Many leagues out there will only allow these particular bats. The final piece to the puzzle is whether you prefer the feel of a balanced, end-loaded, or max-loaded slowpitch bat. The weight of a balanced bat will be evenly distributed throughout. An end-loaded bat will have a slight increase in weight towards the end of the barrel, while the max-loaded bat will have the majority of the weight at the end.

Visit Cheapbats.com today to view all our slowpitch softball bats! If you are uncertain as to which bats are acceptable for play in your league, contact a league representative for a list of all legal bats. And definitely do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

USSSA 1.15 Bat Performance Factor (BPF) Standard

USSSA logoWith so many different baseball bats, and so many different leagues with their various rules and regulations, figuring out exactly which bat is legal for play can be a daunting task. One standard that is practically universal for the younger ballplayer is the USSSA 1.15 Bat Performance Factor (BPF) standard. While this may seem foreign and out of your league, the following history and information should have you feeling more at home in no time.

For starters, USSSA stands for the United States Specialty Sports Association. They are a non-profit, sports governing body, with a primary focus on all-inclusive competition among teams of various skill levels. For them, it’s all about the development of players, an appreciation for the game, and last but definitely not least, safety! That is why they have implemented the 1.15 BPF standard over the years.

BPF-1.15-USSSA-StampWhat the 1.15 BPF represents is essentially the maximum trampoline-like effect of the bat’s barrel. It wasn’t long ago when there were no set standards for bats that were not made of wood. As you could imagine, these bats were performing at a very high level, resulting in unrealistic productivity from the players and a high level of injuries sustained during the games. Something had to change in order to make the playing field level and safer.

The BPF of 1.15 was found to be roughly the equivalent of a solid wood bat. This performance level was agreed upon as a safe limit that manufacturers should adhere to when making their bats. To test for a BPF of 1.15, a method based on the simple law of physics, created by retired NYU professor Dr. Richard A. Brandt, is used. The test makes a calculation for the trampoline (or spring-like) effect of the bat by measuring ball speed directed towards a bat and the speed of the kickback in its barrel.

Although there has been a decrease in injuries, some still do not fully believe in the validity nor accuracy of the USSSA 1.15 BPF Standard. Opponents argue that the test does not account for swing speeds of metal bats, known to be much more powerful than wood bats. They also believe that the bat standard does not measure the ball speed coming off the bat after the point of contact.

While the debate may be ongoing, the 1.15 BPF standard is currently here to stay. On Cheapbats, you will find all youth baseball bats and youth big barrel baseball bats have the USSSA 1.15 BPF stamp of approval.

If you have any questions regarding the BPF standard, or would like information on one of the many bats that have the current approval, contact one of our specialists today!

Marucci Cat 6 Bats Announced For Fall 2014 Launch

Just announced… The 2015 Marucci Cat 6 baseball bat line will be in stock Fall, 2014.

Marucci Cat 6 Baseball Bat

 What we know about the Cat 6 baseball bat lineup so far:

  • Fall 2014 release date
  • One-piece
  • No ring in the barrel
  • All metal alloy construction
  • Similar profile to the original Cat 5 BBCOR

One of our bat reviewers says  “….I have swung it in the cage, and it has a lot of pop. It feels good. Reminds me of the Cat 5 BBCOR, which is a very good thing.”

We expect to see the Cat 6 in the following bat categories: BBCOR, Youth Big Barrel, Youth, and hopefully a Junior Big Barrel for the little guys playing coach pitch. If pricing is similar to the Cat 5, the Cat 6 BBCOR would be priced at or around $199.95

Marucci Cat 6 Baseball Bat

New 2015 BBCOR Cat 6 by Marucci

Marucci is a best selling wood bat maker offering hand made, bone-rubbed maple and ash wood bats. They have taken Major League Baseball by storm in the past decade, with almost a 30% share of professional baseball players now swinging Marucci wood bats.

Mike Trout Wood Baseball Bats

Mike Trout Wood Baseball BatsMike Trout’s wood baseball bats are made by  “Old Hickory Bat Company“, a smaller wood bat manufacture that produces high quality wood baseball bats, for professionals, and amateurs. Their strict standards for wood baseball bats only allow for the finest maple and ash billets to be turned into wood bats. The Mike Trout wood bat model is the MT27.  This hand selected, and hand finished product, comes with the same high quality guarantee that every Old Hickory Bat receives.

With many high level players giving such positive feedback on this model, and many others, Old Hickory seems to be developing a reputation as an up and coming wood bat company that knows what it takes to make a bat better than the rest.

Mike Trout uses a 33.5 inch bat, with a 2 ounce drop. Its made from Northern White Ash, a popular and durable wood used to make good quality baseball bats. It has a 2 1/2 inch diameter barrel.  They used a 29/32 handle, and the bat is pro cupped on the end. Many athletes comment on how well balanced the MT27 is. 

You can purchase your very own, Old Hickory Mike Trout MT27 Wood Baseball Bat from Cheapbats.com, available in a 32″ 33″ and 34″ lengths. Be sure and watch the video about the Mike Trout wood baseball bats at the end of this blog.

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2015 DeMarini CF7 Fastpitch Softball Bats

Nothing is being held back with the launch of the highly anticipated lineup of 2015 DeMarini CF7 fastpitch softball bats. Their revolutionary D-Fusion technology has spread to all CF7 models, creating three-piece softball bats that are in a league of their own!

Each CF7 barrel is constructed from DeMarini’s Paradox Composite material. This innovative, composite laying technology helps to lengthen the barrel’s sweet spot, and creates a softness in the barrel that actually provides improved explosiveness. With additional responsiveness and a more rigid stiffness in the D-Fusion handle, the Thermo-Fused taper will drastically reduce vibration on impact and rechannel the energy back to where it counts, the barrel. To top it off (literally), DeMarini inserts their rigid Clutch End Cap to produce the same effect as the handle; less vibration and energy relocation to the barrel.

We can’t guarantee you won’t miss the ball with a 2015 DeMarini CF7 in your hands, but we can guarantee you’ll experience a lot less mishits. Explosive right out of the wrapper, these DeMarini fastpitch bats combine groundbreaking science with proven durability and performance. The DeMarini CF7 is available in six models: -8, -9, -10, -10 Insane, -10 Hope and -11. Whether you swing for average or for the fences, the 2015 CF7 lineup has a softball bat for you!

2015 DeMarini CF7 -8 Fastpitch Softball Bat

This is the heavy hitter of the 2015 lineup. The -8 and -9 CF7 provide the smallest length-to-weight differential available, creating a bat with the capability to allow a hitter to produce a whole lot of torque behind every swing. Although this softball bat is heavier than the other models, it is well-balanced, and when brought mightily through the zone will deliver a crushing blow to the ball and the opposing pitcher’s ego.

  • Three-piece fully composite design
  • Paradox Composite barrel
  • DeMarini’s D-Fusion handle
  • Vibration reducing Thermo-Fused taper
  • Available  -8 oz. and -9 oz. weight drops
  • Full Year Warranty

2015 DeMarini CF7 -10 Fastpitch Softball Bat

For the player that is looking for a softball bat that is not too heavy or too light, the 2015 -10 CF7 will meet you right there in the middle. This DeMarini softball bat comes equipped with an imposing sweet spot on its Paradox Composite barrel. The D-Fusion technology utilized in the handle will take the sting away from your hands and transmit any wasted energy back to the barrel. Quality, durability and performance at it’s finest.

  • Barrel constructed of Paradox Composite material
  • D-Fusion handle made with carbon reinforced Paradox Composite and a Thermo-Fused taper
  • Power-producing Clutch End Cap
  • Major softball association approval, including ASA and USSSA
  • One year warranty

2015 DeMarini CF7 -10 Insane Fastpitch Softball Bat

The name says it all! DeMarini’s 2015 CF7 Insane is built to produce performance on the field that will have the other team’s defense going crazy. There is a slight end load in this -10 model, allowing you to really get all of your weight behind the ball and launch rockets to every part of the field. With the DeMarini Insane fastpitch bat, you can let loose, get out of your head and go batty!

  • Paradox Composite laying technology in the barrel
  • Carbon reinforced D-Fusion handle
  • Thermo-Fused technology in the taper
  • Energy redirecting Clutch End Cap
  • End-loaded swing weight
  • Approved by ASA, USSSA and all major softball associations
  • DeMarini’s one year warranty

2015 DeMarini CF7 -10 Hope Fastpitch Softball Bat

DeMarini is committed to not only producing a great product, but also applying that passion and dedication to causes that produce a better world. With each 2015 CF7 Hope sold, proceeds are donated to The Breast Cancer Researh Foundation. This fastpitch softball bat still has the same game-changing technology used in the standard -10 CF7, so you can rest assured that although the look is different, the results will stay the same. The DeMarini Hope is the perfect combination for the player who is all about purpose and performance.

  • Limited Edition!
  • Hot D-Fusion technology
  • Paradox Composite barrel and handle
  • Special graphics indicating support of breast cancer research
  • Has the approval of all major softball associations, including ASA and USSSA
  • One year warranty through DeMarini

2015 DeMarini CF7 -11 Fastpitch Softball Bat

You didn’t think DeMarini was just going to let the older players have all the fun, did you? The -11 CF7 caters to the younger fastpitch player with a serious game. The Paradox Composite barrel has an imposing sweet spot that is joined together with their cutting-edge, D-Fusion handle. This bat may be the lightest out of the CF7 lineup, but the hits you’ll get are sure to make a lot of hearts heavy.

  • Exclusive D-Fusion handle
  • DeMarini’s very own Paradox Composite barrel
  • Rigid Clutch End Cap
  • ASA, USSSA and all major softball associations approved
  • Manufacturer’s 12 month full warranty

If you’d like to know more about the 2015 DeMarini CF7 lineup, or about any of the other fastpitch bats that we carry here at Cheapbats, please reach out to us with your questions.

Muchera Sliding Pants

Sliding just got easier, faster, and safer! If you’ve ever been nervous or hesitant about sliding into Muchera Sliding Pants and Baseball Softball Apparelsecond base to avoid scraping your shins and knees, then you’ll want to check out Muchera Sliding Pants. Imagine fueling that extra bit of confidence as you round third base and deciding whether or not you should attempt to score. Muchera Sliding Pants help you decide whether or not to take that risk knowing you could slide feet first at full speed to score that run for your teammates. Confidence! That’s Muchera.

Muchera is a sports performance apparel brand start-up currently focused on designing innovative protective sliding gear for baseball and softball players, fastpitch and slowpitch. Muchera Sliding Pants are a 3/4 length compression fit undergarment pant with quick-drying capabilities that protect your hips, thighs, knees and shins simultaneously without sacrificing style, comfort, and mobility. Sliding Pants are designed and manufactured here in the USA (New York) with an extreme concentration in craftsmanship and functionality.

 Muchera Sliding Pants for Baseball SoftballDo Muchera sliding pants work? Just ask USA National Team player and Texas Longhorns star Taylor Hoagland seen here in the photo what she thinks! Become a demon on the base paths, play with increased confidence and take your game to the next level with Muchera Sliding Pants!

The baseball and softball experts at Cheap Bats have got you covered when it comes to Apparel. Give us a call at 1-800-589-4487 or contact a customer service representative to help choose your baseball and softball equipment.

2014 Louisville Slugger BBCOR Bats

Louisville Slugger BBCOR Baseball BatsThe name Louisville Slugger is synonymous with baseball. They have been constructing high-quality, high-performance baseball bats for over 129 years. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the 2014 Louisville Slugger BBCOR bats are the preferred choice for many of the top ranking collegiate programs and players in the nation.

In this baseball bat review, we here at Cheapbats.com will introduce you to the 2014 TPX BBCOR bats that are sure to produce the results you know and have come to expect from a trusted and dependable company such as Louisville Slugger. Sticking to a standard of quality over quantity, there are only four Louisville Slugger BBCOR bats in their 2014 lineup: The Louisville Attack, Raid, Assault and Warrior. Here’s the low-down on these high-performing bats.

2014 Louisville Slugger Attack BBCOR Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger BBCOR Baseball Bats - 2014 AttackPerhaps the strongest, most durable Louisville Slugger BBCOR bat made to date. Their patented TRU3 Technology allows for unparalleled strength in the linkage of the barrel and handle of the 2014 Attack, and creates a substantial reduction in vibration on contact. The Louisville Attack is a fully composite baseball bat with Pure 360 Composite material that makes for one of their lightest and strongest barrels ever. To adhere to the BBCOR standards without making the walls of the barrel thicker like most of the competitors, Louisville Slugger added a 1 inch-wide graphite component called the Flex Band. Instead of a deadening feel like some of the BBCOR bats have on impact, the Flex Band allows the sweet spot to feel like the barrels of old.

2014 Louisville Slugger Raid BBCOR Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger BBCOR Baseball Bats - 2014 RaidSimilar to the Attack, the Louisville Slugger Raid is a three-piece bat making use of the innovative technology that puts them ahead of the game. This BBCOR bat has the patented TRU3 Technology to absorb vibration early on and allow the player not to lose bat speed through the zone. A Flex Band insert keeps the Raid’s AC-21 alloy barrel light and powerful. This alloy is tough, durable, and made to last.

2014 Louisville Slugger Assault BBCOR Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger BBCOR Baseball Bats - 2014 AssaultLouisville Slugger has retired the Omaha BBCOR bat and handed the reigns over to the Louisville Assault. The 2014 BBCOR Assault is a one-piece, aluminum bat made up of their tough ST+20 alloy. Just like the Attack and Raid baseball bats, the Louisville Assault comes equipped with the graphite Flex Band in the barrel for a perfect combination of power and lightweight swing speed.

2014 Louisville Slugger Warrior BBCOR Baseball Bat

Louisville Slugger BBCOR Baseball Bat - 2014 Warrior This is a go-to bat for the Louisville Slugger purists. The BBCOR Warrior has consistently been one of the more popular bats for the players that are looking for power, durability and affordability. The Warrior is constructed of Louisville’s performance 7050 alloy. A no frills baseball bat for a no frills player.

What’s the verdict? You can’t go wrong with any of the Louisville Slugger BBCOR bats for 2014. The Attack is worth the price and one of the best BBCOR bats on the market. The Raid will produce similar results at a slightly lesser cost. Louisville Slugger is so confident in their TRU3 Technology used in these two bats that they are offering a 30-Day Performance Guarantee! You like the Attack or Raid, you keep it. You don’t, send it back within 30 days for a full refund. If you’re not ready to make that leap to the elite bats or are just transitioning to using BBCOR baseball bats, the Louisville Assault and Warrior will not disappoint.

Our experts at Cheapbats are always here to help make the process of selecting a new baseball bat as easy as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us either by phone (1-800-589-4487) or email (sales@cheapbats.com).

Bownet Big Mouth

Bownet Big MouthEvery time I go to a weekend tournament I am sure of two things: I am going to hear the beautiful sound of balls coming off of bats, and I will undoubtedly see the bright color orange somewhere nearby. This color is synonymous with Bownet and their products.

The Bownet Big Mouth has become commonplace at all baseball and softball fields these days, making it easy to get your players game-ready before they even step foot on the diamond. This wasn’t always the case. Not too long ago, teams had very few options in terms of pre-game batting practice. The most common approach was to usually wait for very limited time in the lone batting cage that was available. Now, whether you need your players to get in some extra hacks or would like one of your pitchers to get warmed up early, the Big Mouth offers THE perfect training tool for coaches, teams, and players anywhere, anytime!

The key components to the Bownet Big Mouth  are timeliness and durability. Requiring no tools whatsoever, the Big Mouth can be set up by one person in 90 seconds and broken down in just as little time. Designed with a “bow” flex in the poles, the Big Mouth practice screen can withstand the constant abuse of batted baseballs and softballs being driven into its net. Weighing only 15 pounds and easily packed into the included 48″ x 12″ carry bag, the Bownet Big Mouth is lightweight and portable, providing a well-deserved and guilt-free option to have your young player learn the responsibility of carrying their own equipment.

  • Big Mouth dimensions: 7′ x 7′
  • Total weight – 15 lbs.
  • 48″ x 12″ carrying bag included
  • Bow poles, net, frame and stakes also included
  • Quick and easy setup/breakdown

We here at Cheapbats.com love to help our customers take their games to the next level. The Bownet Big Mouth soft toss net is one of the many training aids that will help you do just that! Give us a call and get yours today.

2014 Louisville Slugger Youth League Baseball Bats

Youth League Baseball BatsTime honored tradition. Innovative technology. Louisville Slugger big barrel bats are known and respected for both. Their 2014 youth league baseball bats combine these two elements to equip players with some of the best youth big barrel bats on the market. When you’ve got a Louisville Slugger bat in your hands, expect a massive sweet spot and a light and powerful swing all the way through the hitting zone! Here’s a brief breakdown of the five models that they are offering for the 2014 season.

2014 Louisville Slugger Attack Youth Big Barrel Bat

Louisville Slugger Attack Youth League Baseball BatsWith the 2014 Attack, the vibration is eliminated before it ever has the chance to reach your hands, allowing this three-piece bat to generate maximum power and glide effortlessly through the hitting zone. The youth league Attack is fully composite, with the handle and barrel being made up of their ultra-strong Pure 360 composite material.

  • Revolutionary three-piece TRU3 technology
  • Pure 360 composite construction in the handle and barrel
  • 31/32 inch composite handle
  • Options in a 2 3/4 inch or 2 5/8 inch barrel.
  • Available in a length to weight drop of -10 oz, -8 oz and -5 oz.
  • USSSA 1.15 BPF
  • 30 Day Performance Promise

2014 Louisville Slugger Vertex Youth Big Barrel Bat

Louisville Slugger Vertex Youth League Baseball BatsThe Vertex youth league baseball bat has a Pure 360 composite handle and Louisville Slugger’s exclusive AC21 alloy barrel. Putting to use their most innovative composite and alloy technologies in the Vertex youth big barrel bat, the stiffness of the handle creates a spring-like effect, and the strength of the alloy barrel supplies sought after durability and max results on impact.

  • Pure 360 composite/AC21 Hybrid youth big barrel bat
  • 7/8 inch composite handle
  • Available 2 3/4 inch and 2 5/8 inch barrel options
  • -10 oz length to weight drop
  • Certified USSSA 1.15 BPF

2014 Louisville Slugger Catalyst Youth Big Barrel Bat

Louisville Slugger Catalyst Youth League Baseball BatsThanks to the Catalyst’s composite design of layering tough epoxy resin, this bat is able to withstand a long season and produce consistent results on the field. Louisville Slugger’s patented end cap helps to deaden vibration and harness the energy that will produce power at the point of contact.

  • One-piece, C1C composite design
  • Tapered 7/8 inch handle
  • Available 2 3/4 inch and 2 5/8 inch barrel sizes
  • USSSA 1.15 BPF certified
  • -12 oz weight drop

2014 Louisville Slugger Assault Youth Big Barrel Bat

Louisville Slugger Assult Youth League Baseball BatNew to the lineup of 2014 Louisville Slugger youth league baseball bats, the Assault is expected to be one of the most solid, one-piece aluminum youth big barrel bats on the field. The Louisville Assault is made with ST+20 alloy, one of the sturdiest alloys in the baseball market today. If you have grown accustomed to the feel and performance of the Omaha baseball bat, the Assault is an excellent replacement that will exceed your expectations.

  • ST+20 performance alloy
  • One-piece design
  • 2 3/4 and 2 5/8 inch barrel sizes available
  • Available -10 oz and -5 oz weight drops
  • 7/8 inch standard tapered handle
  • USSSA 1.15 BPF certified stamp

2014 Louisville Slugger Warrior Youth Big Barrel Bat

Louisville Slugger Warrior Youth League Baseball BatLouisville Slugger has kept it pure and simple with the 2014 Warrior youth league baseball bat. The 7050 alloy used to construct this bat has been tested on the field with proven results for a number of years. The design may be new, but the toughness and performance of Louisville’s Warrior big barrel bat is what you’ve grown accustomed to when you’re in the box and the game is on the line.

  • 7050 alloy one-piece
  • 2 5/8″ barrel
  • Standard handle 7/8″
  • Minus 9 oz length to weight drop
  • USSSA 1.15 BBP stamp

All of these 2014 Louisville Slugger youth league baseball bats come with the one year manufacturer’s warranty. Exclusive to the Attack is the Louisville 30 Day Performance Promise. This option allows you to test the bat out risk-free for 30 days. If you decide the Attack isn’t the big barrel bat for you, simply return it for a full refund.

Check out Cheapbats.com for all these youth big barrel bats and more. If you have any questions or would like assistance placing an order, contact us by phone at 1-800-589-4487) or email  us and one of our specialists in youth league baseball bats will gladly help you out!