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NFT: Buying a baseball bat - Help please!?

adamg : 6/17/2017 11:14 pm
My dad - 62 years young - is on the market for a bat. He plays in a 45 and older league with guys who can reach 70 mph. He dropped a hint about wanting good equipment but looking at the different bats out there, I have no idea what all the specs mean and what to look for etc. Anybody know the ins and outs of this? Thanks in advance for any advice.
What info your looking for?  
Shecky : 6/17/2017 11:34 pm : link
To be honest, a bat is something a player would view as personal. You might be best off buying dad a gift card vs an actual bat. Especially if this isn't a subject you're familiar with. It would be nice to surprise him with the perfect bat, but that's an incredibly difficult task to be honest.
I know most people like surprises but this seems like something  
robbieballs2003 : 6/17/2017 11:34 pm : link
You should ask him or one of his teammates. It is really more about what he likes as opposed to what others can tell you. Maybe even go to a game and just look at what he is using. Maybe by equipment he meant a glove or cleats as opposed to a bat?
Where is this league?  
Matt M. : 6/18/2017 12:24 am : link
I may be interested.

As for the bat, I am going to be checking out Beaver Bat Company online. A lot of parents on my son'd team swear by them. You can personalize the bat from the looks to the specs.
make sure the league allows it  
GiantNatty : 6/18/2017 12:43 am : link
a lot of leagues ban certain bats like composite bats and/or double-walled bats, for example
louisville slugger?  
spike : 6/18/2017 12:48 am : link
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I went through this situation  
torrey : 6/18/2017 1:14 am : link
Our league, 45+, outlawed metal bats a few years ago. We were allowed either wood or composite. I started the first year with a bamboo bat since it lasts forever, but the second year went with a DeMarini composite for more bang.

The wood bats are nice, but you have to account for breakage, which will happen when guys reach 70 on a pitch.

Tell your father congratulations on still playing.
Hey Adamg  
mocorleone : 6/18/2017 1:32 am : link
I run a baseball complex and pro shop so I can heLP you out with any questions..if he plays in a wood bat league, I would suggest a Louisville Pro-Stock lite since he's older..that model are usually a minus 5 or 6, meaning a 32" bat would be 26/27oz..most wood bats sold are between a minus 2 or 3..if he can use any aluminium/composite bat, then look at senior league bats.those bats are weapon. They come in big barrel up to minus 12.balls just fly off since the walls are so thin.
Thanks all for your suggestions  
adamg : 6/18/2017 2:27 am : link
He really asked to look into it for him. So, it's not a surprise gift (and not a last minute fathers day present; I actually thought ahead this year :)).

He plays in the Ponce De Leon league down in DC. It's actually a 48+ league looking at their website but they dont specify bat types. I know he's used both wood and metal. So I don't think they ban anything or that there's a concern that way.

Thank you Mo! Do you find any composite/aluminum bats are significantly better or worse based on brand or price range? He was talking about Eastons...

adamg,  
mocorleone : 6/18/2017 5:59 am : link
The Easton mako beast is the best bat performance wise (in bbcor, senior league, and youth models). pretty good but not great balance on all the models, but the pop makes up for it..if you want to save money, buy an older model mako. They've been the best performing bat the last few years. Must a warning, Don't buy a Bbcor bat unless you have to..Bbcor is the high school and college standard.they're all minus 3's and hey have rings in them to prevent the trampoline affect when a ball comes off a bat..

If it's a wood bat league, that allows composite wood bats, nothing beats a Baum bat.they're pricier than most composite wood bats (usually around $200) but the durability and performance can't be beat. I've had customers show me they're 6/7 year old Baum bats, still in great condition.
I play in a 50+ league  
beechbouy : 6/18/2017 9:36 am : link
in SWFL. A couple of years ago, Bill Lee stuck me out on four pitches (I did foul off one of his crappy fastballs though). He still hates the Yankees (I was wearing a Horace Clarke MLB uniform shirt and the Spaceman was yelling at me, "why are you wearing that? He sucked!").
Anyway, this is who I've used to get a few bats...they're custom made and there is considerable wait time depending on the time of year, but they've always been my favorite lumber...
MAX Bats - ( New Window )
Those  
mocorleone : 6/18/2017 9:59 am : link
Max bats aren't bad, but there's so many better wood bat companies nowadays. We used to carry them but Chandler (which aren't worth the money at 200 dollars each), sam bats,invictus, old hickory, and especially marucci are better bats..marucci bats now comes with a 30 day warranty which is unheard of for a all wood bat.
RE: adamg,  
Eli Wilson : 6/18/2017 11:05 am : link
In comment 13503081 mocorleone said:
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The Easton mako beast is the best bat performance wise (in bbcor, senior league, and youth models). pretty good but not great balance on all the models, but the pop makes up for it..if you want to save money, buy an older model mako. They've been the best performing bat the last few years. Must a warning, Don't buy a Bbcor bat unless you have to..Bbcor is the high school and college standard.they're all minus 3's and hey have rings in them to prevent the trampoline affect when a ball comes off a bat..

If it's a wood bat league, that allows composite wood bats, nothing beats a Baum bat.they're pricier than most composite wood bats (usually around $200) but the durability and performance can't be beat. I've had customers show me they're 6/7 year old Baum bats, still in great condition.


I'll second the Baum bats, they are durable.

My son and his teammates have been using both birch and bamboo bats the last two years in their wood bar league. They also perform well and are very durable.
Thank you guys!  
adamg : 6/18/2017 2:05 pm : link
I'll check out the Baums and Easton Makos and see what he likes.
no good advice about choosing a bat  
FJ : 6/18/2017 2:39 pm : link
but once you know what you want, check out closeoutbats.com for a great price. You can order online, but if you can make it to Northern NJ, their shop is in Westwood where you can try it out in their batting cage. I bought a few bats and other equipment there for my son when he played travel baseball, and a lot of teammates shopped there as well.
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