2021 College World Series Bats [In 7 Charts]
For several years, we’ve been keeping track of the bats used in the collegiate world series. We’ve organized this information into seven charts. In good faith, we have also made the information we collect available to the general public on this website. Obviously, you are free to fact-check it or do anything you want with it. Please remember to tag us if you do. As more teams advance from the Super Regionals to the CWS in Omaha, we’ll update this list as more teams advance through the CWS. Bat ContractsBefore we draw any conclusions from the data, it is important to understand what bat contracts are and how they function.
In other words, a school enters into a contract with a bat business.
Companies have access to the school’s athletes and coaching staff, as well as any branding opportunities that arise as a result of television time.
Despite this, only a small percentage of players do not swing the brand that supports their school.
It is difficult to assert that great college players are fully neutral when it comes to selecting the most appropriate bat for their needs.
We, on the other hand, are not.
Note: You may enlarge and improve the legibility of the charts by clicking on them.
Chart 1: 2021 Regionals to Super Regionals Bat Share
These statistics show that the two businesses control far over 80% of the market, if you do the arithmetic with your eyes. Easton and Rawlings are owned by Rawlings, while DeMarini and Slugger are owned by Wilson. The absence of competition has no beneficial effect on the customer. For the time being, let us assume that there is minimal downward pressure on prices when 80 percent of the market is controlled by two bat firms who will almost certainly price match each other all the way up. In other developments, Marucci is the owner of the Victus brand.
Additionally, Easton performed exceptionally well throughout the regionals.
Chart 2: 2021 NCAA CWS Regionals Bat Choices
As previously stated, we saw 50 of the 64 teams who qualified for the regionals and kept note of their starting bat lineups for each game. This image is a type of master list condensed into a single visual representation. The size of the bubble corresponds to the frequency with which the bat appears in lineups, and the groups are based on the year. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are more 2017 bats than 2018 bats, for example. Why? I have no idea. But that is exactly what we discovered. There may be a lot to say about this, but we’ll save the most of our opinion for the time being because it’s highly subjective.
The 2020 Fuze (which is actually the 2020 Fuze XL) is the biggest surprise of the tournament, since it is actually the 2nd most often used bat in the whole competition. It’s also entertaining to watch bats like the Voodoo still alive and strong in 2012, nearly a decade after they first appeared.
Chart 3: What Bats Used Most
This bar chart depicts the evolution of each of the bat models through time. In the 2021 tournament, for example, the Goods has the most frequency of appearances. The blue line in The Goods depicts the 2020 and 2021 editions of the product, respectively. The green Omaha line depicts all of the Omahas that were utilized in the tournament—including some that were as recent as 2015. Despite the fact that the Goods/Voodoo line dominates these categories, bats such as the Fuze, Omaha, Select, 5150, and VELO are competitive as well.
Chart 4: Bat Construction Type by Position in Lineup
Single-piece bats are still the most common type of baseball bat. However, hybrids have gone a long way in recent years (thanks to Voodoo/The Goods/Select PWR, for example). Despite this, only a small number of players employ two-piece composites (and no 4 hitters, interestingly enough). The Easton Maxum Ultra (2021) and Easton Maxum 360(2020) are the only two models that make up the green lines. These bats outnumber all other two-piece composites (Quatro/CF combined) in terms of production. Is there a lot to take into consideration here?
The 9-hitter’s preference for two-piece composites appears to be realistic.
Chart 56: Bat Model Distribution
This graph depicts how brand dominance evolves during the 2021 tournament, as shown by the bat year. Useful? I’m not sure. We, on the other hand, felt it was entertaining to look at. In the same way as the chart before, but by base model rather than by brand.
Chart 7: Line Up By Position
We were not surprised to find that the same position on the field was frequently used to fill the positions in the lineup. Cetnerfielders, for example, preferred to bat first in the batting order. The DH was playing at the fourth hole. The catcher is frequently positioned near the end of the lineup. Shortstops were either 1/2 or 9 on the batting order. We drew this chart to check some of our assumptions, and it turned out to be accurate. But there are still a lot of variables to contend with.
NCAA 2021 Bat Usage in the 2021 College World Series
We don’t put too much stock in any of the patterns we observe or don’t see in the chart above. We don’t believe this shows anything other than what the majority of people look for in charts like these: that people are rational. That is, there is no better BBCOR bat than the other. Yes, there are some good ones—and yes, there are certain corporations that have, for a variety of reasons that are up for dispute, dominated their respective markets. We believe that the overarching story behind this is that BBCOR has achieved what it set out to do: cease making the bat a competitive edge.
2019 Baseball College World Series Bats
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Updated 6/27/ 11:15am MST
We made it back from the 2019 CWS without incident. The Vandy guys were able to pull it off (again). It was a really enjoyable run. Here’s a video of the Baseball Experience, which is located in the Wilson store.
Updated 6/22 11:09pm MST
Have you ever found yourself working on a project for far longer than you should have? That would be the next stage in the process. Every HIT recorded from the STARTERS in the 2019 College World Series has been included in this document.
A variety of intriguing items are displayed, which may be discovered by the viewer for themselves. The Batting Average and Slugging Percentage (BA/SLG) by brand is something to take note of. This is how it breaks down:
- DeMarini had a 248/.374 batting average
- Easton had a 237/.326 batting average
- Marucci had a 286/.388 batting average
- Slugger had a 202/.284 batting average.
Also, keep in mind that this is coming from the players who will be starting in the first round of the CWS Omaha games. This includes a total of 176 hits. Overall, there were around 200 hits in the series as a whole. However, the majority of the difference in hits (about 30) came from players who did not appear in the first game. The majority of these extra hits were generated by pinch hitters or additional designated hitters (DH). There was no way I could justify the tiny advantage from tracing down those exact at bats given the total value shown by the figure below.
And we intend to stick to our guns.
Updated 6/21 10:40am MST
A lot of collegiate baseball teams have some form of bat contract or agreement in place with their suppliers. We may presume, though this is only an informed assumption, that some amount of money is exchanged, whereas a firm offers equipment and money to a team for the sole purpose of promoting their brand alone. We don’t know how much money is exchanged in return for this. In any case, it’s entertaining to observe which teams employ certain bats. The following is a breakdown of the bat brands that were used by the eight different teams competing in the 2019 collegiate world championships.
Updated 6/17 3:14pm MST
Six of the eight teams competing in the CWS in 2019 utilize the same brand of bat. Because the schools have bat contracts/agreements with the manufacturer, this is most likely the reason for the situation. Because there is no better phrase, they are referred to as sponsors. Many of those players, on the other hand, do not have the ability to swing the more recent equipment (2019 or 2020). Some players even use authentic vintage bats like the 2014 S2 and the 2015 Voodoo Overlord FT throughout the tournament.
That strikes us as strange.
Why no composite bats in the CWS 2019?
Over the course of several years, we’ve been keeping watch on this occurrence. The majority of great college players choose bats that are stiffer and heavier. Those kind of bats are almost always produced by firms in aluminum barreled varieties. This includes single-piece aluminum bats like as the Omaha or Beast X, as well as several hybrid bats such as the Voodoo and Select series, among many more. Composite barrels have a tendency to produce smoother smashes on contact, larger barrels, and lighter swing weights than steel barrels.
As a result, at the high school level, there is a significant gap between the CWS and the popular BBCOR bats.
The colors in each grouping indicate the majority of the brands that were utilized in that particular category.
As an example, Mississippi State employs a majority of Slugger bats, with a couple of the 2019 Voodoo series bats thrown in for good measure as well. Texas Tech employs three separate brands, but the rest of the teams (with the exception of Mississippi State) are all exclusive.
Updated 6/17 1:43pm MST
After the first round of play, we can begin to see how popular bats are among the players that advanced to the finals of the 2019 NCAA Baseball College World Series in the United States. A great deal of this information may be gleaned from the treemap shown below. (You may learn more about comprehending treemaps by visiting this page.) The size of the box is important, as is the color of the bat boxes, which identifies the year, and the color of the brand box, which determines general popularity.
All that is taken into consideration is the opening batting order of each club.
Raw Graphs was used in part to create this chart, which we are grateful for.
Updated 6/17 11:17am MST
Mississippi State won a nail-biter in the last seconds of the game Friday night. This was most likely the finest game of the first round. We traced down their bats and discovered that they were members of the Wilson umbrella team. As a result, they only utilized Slugger and DeMarini bats. The Voodoo Insane and 519 Omaha are two of our favorite bands. Here’s a look at their entire lineup.
- DeMarini Voodoo Insane 2019
- Slugger 519 Omaha 2019
- Slugger 719 Select 2019
- Slugger 718 Select 2018
- DeMarini Voodoo Insane 2019
- Slugger 719
Updated 6/17 10:17am MST
Auburn is an Easton BBCOR bat school that is 100 percent Easton. And it turns out that the majority of them are head over heels in love with the 2019 Easton Beast X Loaded. A fantastic bat with a strong and hefty stroke. It’s no wonder that college students enjoy it. Here is the complete starting lineup for the game.
- Eastern Alpha 2019, Easton Beast X Loaded 2019, Easton Beast X Loaded 2019, Easton Beast X Loaded 2019, Easton Beast X Loaded 2019, Easton Beast X Loaded 2019, Easton Beast X Loaded 2019, Eastern Alpha 2019, Easton Alpha 2019, Easton Alpha 2019, Easton Fuze 360 XL 2020
- Easton Beast X Loaded 2019
- Easton Fuze 360 XL 2020
- Easton Fuze 360
Updated 6/16 8:15pm MST
Louisville Slugger is the only baseball bat used by the team (as the should, hence the name). They are head over heels in love with the hybrid variants of the bat, which are one piece bats with only two swings. Everything else revolves on some variation of the Select series. From the 2015 715 up to the 2019 719, there have been 715. However, unlike their contemporaries, such as Florida State, none of them have the new 2020 PWR 7 Select. In any case, here is the whole starting lineup for the game: The following are the sluggers: 1.
- Slugger 716 Select3.
- Slugger 618 Solo5.
- Slugger 716 Select7.
- Slugger 715 Select9.
Updated 6/16 7:55pm MST
Vanderbilt University is a big fan of DeMarini tequila. Particularly popular among them is DeMarini Voodoo, which is a blend of rum and brandy. They have used nearly every version of the bat released since 2015, with a particular fondness for the Voodoo Overlord FT from that year. A solid outing for this fan favorite, who took care of business against Louisville today. Here’s a look at their entire lineup.
- Among the many DeMarini Voodoo Insane Custom 2019 models are the DeMarini Voodoo Overlord 2015, DeMarini Voodoo Insane Custom 2019, DeMarini Voodoo 2016, DeMarini Voodoo Insane 2019, DeMarini Voodoo Insane 2019, DeMarini Voodoo Insane 2019, DeMarini Voodoo In
Updated 6/15 7:04pm MST
FSU is, like Texas Tech, a member of the Louisville Sluggers. Heavy on the slugger. A strong portfolio with a strong emphasis on aluminum barrels. It’s also entertaining to see the 2020 Select PWR and 2020 Solo 6 towards the tail end of the list. Here is the whole list:
- Slugger 519 Omaha
- Slugger 715 Select
- Slugger 517 Omaha
- Slugger 2020 Select PWR
- Slugger 2020 Solo 6
Updated 6/15 6:40pm MST
Arkansas appears to be heavily influenced by Easton.
It’s a huge load. As well as that, we saw a handful of the new 2020 Easton bats, including the 360 XL Fuze, which will take the place of the Project 3 XL Fuze (which was also on display). The whole list is as follows:
- There’s an Easton-heavy feel about Arkansas right now. It’s a big deal. A handful of the new 2020 Easton bats, including the 360 XL Fuze, which will replace the Project 3 XL Fuze (which we previously saw in the lineup), were also on display. Below you’ll find the whole list of candidates:
Updated 6/15 6:25pm MST
We have a winner for the first day of the competition. The oldest bat in the tournament is this 2014 Easton S1 from Fletcher, who is the 4th hitter in Arkansas’ lineup and is the oldest bat in the competition. To be quite honest, it’s a bizarre decision. However, the man is a rake, so more power to him in that regard. And that bat appears to be far too fresh to be a genuine six-year-old bat. He most likely purchased a dozen of these scumbags.
Updated 6/15 1:40pm MST
Michigan baseball is completely devoted to DeMarini. They make use of a large number of 2020 The Goods BBCOR bats. In addition, there will be lots of DeMarini Voodoos. It appears that the Goods bat for 2020 is a two-piece composite that they are employing. (There is also a rumor that there will be a single piece included in the mix.) Here’s what they have on their roster:
- DeMarini The Goods
- DeMarini The Goods
Updated 6/15 1:34pm MST
Texas Tech employs three distinct brands of baseball bats. The Marucci CAT 6 and the Slugger 715 Select are two of our favorite models from the collection. Here is the complete list of performers:
- Slugger 718 Select
- Slugger 715 Select
- Marucci CAT 6
- Slugger 516 Omaha
- Slugger 718 Select
- Marucci Posey Metal 28
- DeMarini The Goods
Updated 6/15 12:30pm MST
As for the best news thus far, it appears like Michagan will be using a new DeMarini BBCOR bat for the 2020 season, dubbed “The Goods.” According to rumors, it will be available in both a single piece and a two piece. Not sure if it will be available in the USSSA or the USA, but BBCOR is a certainty. Blake Nelson, the Wolverines’ third baseman, sent us this picture of him on the field. Michigan leads the game 1–0 in the second period, according to other reporting.
Updated 6/15 11:30AM MST
We’ll be keeping track of the 2020 BBCOR bats that were discovered in the 2019 CWS here. (There will also be a large number of bats that are not part of the 2020 BBCOR program.) ***** We are down to eight people. Following the Regional and Super Regional competitions. The teams are as follows: Saturday, June 15th, 2018 Matchup #1: Texas Tech vs.Michigan (Tuesday afternoon ET). Arkansas against. Florida State, 7 p.m. Game 2: Arkansas vs. Florida State ETS Wednesday, June 15 Vanderbilt vs. Louisville, 2 p.m.
- Mississippi State vs.
- ET, in the fourth game.
- ET, the loser of Game 1 will face the loser of Game 2.
- ET, game 6 pits the winner of Game 1 against the winner of Game 2.
- ET and will pit the loser of Game 3 against the loser of Game 4.
- ET between the winners of Games 3 and 4.
- ET, the winner of Game 5 will face the loser of Game 6.
- Game 10 will take place at 8 p.m.
- (elimination game) a Friday, the 21st of June Game 11 will take place at 2 p.m.
Game 12 will take place at 7 p.m. ET and will pit the winner of Game 8 against the winner of Game 10. Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 winner vs. Game 11 loser, 2 p.m. ET, at the same venue as Game 11. Game 14 (if necessary): Game 12 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 7 p.m. ET, in the same venue as Game 12.
College World Series Finals Schedule
The 24th of June is Monday. Game 1 of the College World Series finals will take place at 7 p.m. Game 2 of the College World Series finals will take place on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Game 3 of the College World Series will take place on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. ET (if necessary). 7 p.m. Eastern Time
WPW Report: 2019 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BAT USAGE
We can thank the baseball gods because the College World Series has finally here. Our task calls for us to disassemble the equipment that will be on display at the peak of collegiate baseball, notably the bats that will be used by the players. Check out the different bat brands that each of the 64 teams in the field has used during the season. Aside from that, Omaha has always been a great chance for bat manufactures to get their new, improved models some airtime on television. While many players will not risk upsetting their mojo on the most important stage in college baseball, it is always entertaining to witness someone swinging one of the brand new, yet to be released bats.
- DeMarini/Louisville slugger for the Florida State Seminoles Easton is a town in Arkansas.
- A mixture of Louisville Slugger and Marucci bats were used by Texas Tech.
- Auburn Easton is the quarterback for Mississippi State.
- Vanderbilt’s DeMarini/Louisville Slugger is a slugger for the Volunteers.
- Omaha is home to the schools highlighted in gold.
- They were followed by Easton, who had 18 points, and Rawlings, who had 15 points.
- The vast majority of college players like to swing one-piece bats or endloaded multi-piece hybrids with their pitches.
- The endloaded tendency can be attributed to the fact that college players tend to be physically strong men who can withstand the additional weight.
Because the two brands are owned by the same corporation, schools that utilize baseball bats may often pick between the two brands when purchasing them. A player will benefit from this since it effectively doubles the number of bats available for him or her to pick from.
Regional Teams that Swing Louisville Slugger/DeMarini Bats
Louisville, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Stanford, Campbell, LMU, Creighton, Tennessee, Jacksonville State, UNC, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, FAU, Illinois, UNCW, TCU, UIC, Arizona State, Omaha, Harvard, Central Connecticut, and Indiana are among the teams that have qualified for the NCAA tournament. @[email protected] Demarini| The two-piece hybrid Voodoo series is one of the most popular bats in collegiate baseball, and it is available in a variety of colors. Because of its huge hitting surface and end-loaded weight distribution, the Insane model (which received a score of 70 out of 80 in WPW’s study) is popular among college players.
- DeMarini also offers a light swinging one-piece bat called theVoodoo One (which received a score of 55 out of 80 in WPW’s rating) for those searching for a bat that has a stiffer feel and gives a bit more power.
- @[email protected] Louisville Slugger|
- The Select 719 (which received a score of 65 out of 80 in WPW’s evaluation), which is an endloaded multi-piece hybrid, is arguably the most popular model.
- We also anticipate to see theMeta Prime (which had a score of 70 out of 80 in WPW’s evaluation), which is a composite bat that features one of the largest barrels while still having a very low swing weight for players who like to whip their bat through the zone.
With a low swing weight and a firmer feel, the Solo 619 (which received a score of 60 out of 80 in WPW’s evaluation) is a favorite choice among one-piece swingers. The Select 719 can be purchased here, the Meta Prime can be purchased here, and the Solo 619 can be purchased here.
Regional Teams that Swing Easton Bats
The Arkansas Razorbacks are a member of the Southern Mississippi Razorbacks. They are a member of the Coastal Carolina Razorbacks. They are a member of the Texas A M Razorbacks. They are a member of the Southern Mississippi Razorbacks. They are a member of the Southern Mississippi Razorbacks. The Fuze, a lightweight one-piece from Easton, appears to be the most popular model in the company’s lineup. They also offer a more endloaded one-piece known as the Alpha, which may be seen on a few different occasions.
The Fuze may be purchased here.
Regional Teams that Swing Rawlings Bats
Duke, McNeese State, UConn, DBU, Liberty, Cincinnati, Illinois State, Stony Brook, Army, Fordham, Indiana State, Sacramento State, and Florida are just a few of the schools that compete in the ACC. A [email protected] is a [email protected] It’s no surprise that the Velo (2018 edition scored 60 out of 80) is the most popular choice among collegiate baseball players. It’s a basic, lightweight one-piece that is a mainstay of the game’s most competitive division. When it comes to those who do not want to go with the Velo, the buttery-smooth composite Quatro (2018 edition scored 60 out of 80) is an excellent alternative.
Regional Teams that Swing Marucci Bats
LSU,[email protected] The CAT 8 (rated 65 out of 80) is a fine-tuned one-piece with a somewhat big barrel that is used frequently by schools with Marucci agreements. Some of the men are still swinging thePosey28(, which is a CAT 7 with a wood bat paint job on it. This provides one of the most distinctive appearances available on the field. You can get the CAT 8here and the Posey28here.
@ncstatebaseball North Carolina State, Quinnipiac, and Central Michigan According to rumors, Adidas is planning to exit the bat industry, which means that this year might be the last time you see Adidas bats on the field in Major League Baseball. The one-piece Aeroburner was the shoe of choice for the majority of the players who swung Adidas. Louisville Slugger/DeMarini is the most widely used brand in the College World Series this year. The Slugger Select 719 is expected to be the most popular model, according to my predictions.
In order to save money, search for models such as the Slugger Solo 618, the Rawlings Velo, or the Marucci Posey28.
I’m going with theSelect 719in the hands of a Louisville Cardinal for my pick this time around.
Why Does College Baseball Use Metal/Aluminum Bats?
In any game, the participants that are utilizing the equipment choose how the game will go. Consider the possibility of an American football soccer match!
Alternatively, try playing tennis with wooden racquets that are thirty years old. Changing the equipment results in a whole different game, which you may play. In order to have a better understanding of baseball, we decided to look at the instruments used by baseball bats.
Different types of bats for a baseball game:
Because technological advancements are occurring at such a rapid pace, safety regulations are often slow to catch up with particular bats until they arrive in player bags.
In terms of insanity, the composite bat is the ultimate. In contrast to the traditional “PING,” casual onlookers may notice the distinct “THUD” made by most metal bats when they strike a ball, as opposed to the normal “PING.” These bats don’t succumb to fatigue in the manner of actual supervillains. In fact, they get more powerful with time.
The BBCOR Bat:
As a result of these advancements, the BBCOR Bat became the only bat style available for high-school and collegiate baseball players. Simply put, these bats are designed to retain the same level of effectiveness over their whole lifespan in order to better control defense. These materials are also, at least theoretically, more resistant to manipulation than their composite equivalents.
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The first metal baseball bats appeared in the mid-20s, but when they made contact with baseballs, they left scars that looked similar to starched scars. It was possible that they might bend and dent if a good hit was made. Aluminum bats were not commercially viable until 1970, when they proved to be sufficiently efficient. When the NCAA allowed the use of aluminum baseball bats in 1974, Easton was at the forefront of the change, with Louisville Slugger quickly following.
Why do college players use baseball bats made of aluminum?
Aluminum bats are quite different from wood bats in terms of weight and performance, as well as appearance. They’re significantly less in weight than five ounces. Because of its modest weight, its barrels are broader than others. As a result, swinging aluminum bats is more feasible than swinging wooden bats. When the ball is released from the bat, the hardness and toughness of aluminum bats cause it to go faster and with more efficiency. Due to the prevalence of aluminum bats at the lower levels of the baseball game, the Major Baseball League clubs utilized wooden bats in their games.
Strictness on Aluminum Bats
Whether to use metal or wood baseballs has become a contentious topic in recent years, with some suggesting that more damaged balls are more prone to injury to pitchers and fields. Aluminum bats have a significant negative impact on both pitchers and infielders. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 108.976 children were admitted to emergency rooms in 2009 as a result of baseball-related injuries. The use of aluminum bats should be restricted in middle school and high school, as well as in the military.
Modifications in the aluminum bats by the NCCA committee
Aluminum bats cannot be used in a safe manner. These bats do not prepare players for the following game in the same way as players who use wooden baseball bats do.
The NCAA amended the aluminum bat requirements by lowering the maximum output speed of the ball. As a result, they are expected to produce a more traditional wooden bat for the 2011 season. Towards the end of 2011, a total drop-off for the aluminum bats took happened at the collegiate level.
Players have gained in strength and have the ability to reach dangerous levels. In the end, what’s more significant is that it’s past time for a change. The incorporation of current technology into any game’s equipment will, without a doubt, result in significant modifications. FAQs:
Which bats are better: ash/maple?
The most significant distinctions between ash and maple bats are their density and intensity. Without a doubt, maple is the most thick and powerful of the woods, whereas ash is both denser and more flexible.
Which wooden bat is considered to be the most durable?
The first baseball bat was made out wood hickory, which is the heaviest and most durable of all the American tree species. It doesn’t flex at all; it’s quite hard.
Who is the creator of the first aluminum baseball bat?
Despite the fact that William Shroyer owned the first metal baseball bat in 1924, it wasn’t utilized in baseball until the Worth bat was launched in 1970. Worth was the first to produce the aluminum unit bat and the first compact aluminum bat, both of which were released shortly after.
How Are Wooden Bats Different From Aluminum Bats?
It is not all baseball bats that are created equal. Baseball bats made of wood are used in professional leagues, while metal bats are used at all levels of amateur competition, including collegiate competition. The materials that can be used in college baseball bats are dictated by a slew of new laws and regulations in collegiate baseball.
Since the start of the 2011 collegiate baseball season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has restricted the use of aluminum alloy bats in games. It is required that the bats and barrel be produced from a single piece of metal. A mix of zirconium, copper, magnesium, and aluminum is used in the manufacture of all alloy bats, according to Dick’s Sporting Goods. These alloys may be used in a variety of combinations to offer the bats a variety of weights and durability characteristics.
There are four main alloy combinations that are utilized in the production of alloy bats. The alloy 7046 is the most commonly used in baseball and softball bats, according to Dick’s Sports Equipment. According to Dick’s, the 7050 models are the next step up from the 7046 models, and they employ more zirconium, magnesium, and copper to make the bats tougher and more durable than their predecessors. The 7055 versions contain a higher concentration of zirconium, which increases their durability.
Until 2009, composite bats were the most popular choice and the most commonly utilized type of bat. Because of the hazardous batted-ball exit velocity, the NCAA prohibited the use of composite bats following the 2009 season. As a result of the greater trampoline effect within the barrels of the composite bats, players learned to roll their bats, which allowed them to smash balls harder and further.
According to Dick’s, graphite and titanium were preferred composite materials since they made bats lighter and stronger while also increasing the bat speed of the players.
The Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution, or BBCOR, is a novel way of judging the force of a baseball bat on a baseball that has been developed by the NCAA. Prior bat laws merely monitored the speed at which the batted ball exited the bat or the speed at which the batted ball was struck. According to a research conducted by the University of Missouri, aluminum and wooden bats lose more energy on contact when compared to composite bats, which retain more energy and have dangerously high BBCOR ratings (Bat Contact Energy Retention and Efficiency).
Why MLB Uses Wood Bats Instead of Metal Bats to Hit
Have you ever wondered why Major League Baseball does not utilize metal bats to hit with? If you were a kid who used to play little league baseball, chances are you used an aluminum bat to whack the baseballs during games. Why is it that metal bats are not allowed in Major League Baseball, and instead, professional players hit with wooden bats? To find out the answer to this question, I’ll go over the many explanations in detail below.
Wooden Bats adds Safety For Players and Fans
Professional baseball players, especially those in the lower leagues and the big leagues, are already hitting baseballs too quickly. 118 miles per hour was recorded by Vladimir Guerrero JR on September 11th, when he hit the hardest ball of the year. If Vladimir Guerrero JR had been using an aluminum bat instead of a wooden bat, he would have been able to hit the ball more harder and quicker into the bleachers and at opposing players. Professional baseball players exclusively hit with wooden bats to ensure the safety of the players’ reflexes and the ability of fans to defend themselves from being hit by a baseball.
More Skill and Timing
Exceptional hand-eye coordination is required for professional baseball batters. When a pitch is sent to them to hit, they may square up the sweet spot of the bat to the ball and hit it. At contrast to an aluminum bat, which compensates for every contact, wooden bats only compensate for hitting the ball in the sweet spot of the bat. Home runs are more likely to occur when the ball strikes the sweet spot of the bat.
Decreases the Advantage for the Hitter
Because of the outstanding hand-eye coordination and bat speed displayed by MLB batters, aluminum bats are not used in the game of baseball. With their incredible swing speed, a professional baseball player would be able to smash the ball much harder and further than they currently do if they were using an aluminum bat instead of a wood one. The use of a metal bat in sports would result in much greater batting averages and would give batters an unfair edge over pitchers.
The History of the Game Won’t Allow Metal Bats for Hitters
Changing baseball’s rules will be met with a lot of resistance from historians, so be prepared for that. You can expect historians to scoff at the thought of changing the game, whether it’s to standardize the number of stitches on a baseball or whether there should be a designated hitter in both leagues, among other things. Aluminum bats will never be allowed to enter the game because of the unfair edge that historians have in comparing prior players’ statistics, that much is certain.
From Babe Ruth through Barry Bonds, they all had one thing in common: they all used wooden bats to some extent. It is no longer possible to compare players from the past and the present when a metal bat is included in a player’s statistics.
How is a Wooden Bat Made?
Making a hardwood baseball bat is a multi-step procedure that involves several different steps. First and foremost, you must select the proper wood material from which to construct the bat, with the Major League Baseball allowing just six distinct types of wood. Ash, True Hickory, Red Oak, Sugar Maple, Yellow Birch, and Japanese Ash are among the six various types of wood used in the project. As a heads up, maple bats are the most popular type of bat used in professional baseball, followed by ash bats.
After being checked to ensure that the bat’s length and weight are accurate in accordance with MLB requirements, the bat is run through a machine to give it a rough appearance.
What Color Can an MLB Bat Be?
Natural, flame, temper, black, brown, burgundy, gray, and black cherry are just a few of the hues that MLB permits for bats. In addition to those colors, Major League Baseball enables players to personalize their bats by signing their names on them. Finally, MLB players can utilize a pink bat to promote awareness for breast cancer on Mother’s Day, which is observed on May 8.
What is a Corked Bat?
Having learned how to manufacture a wooden bat, we must now discuss what a corked bat is in baseball and why they are not permitted to be used in the sport. Rather of being made of solid wood, a corked bat is a customized baseball bat that has been filled with corks. Players drill a hole at the end of the bat into which they will place the corks in order to get an unfair advantage by swinging the bat. Corking a bat is based on the idea that the weight of the bat should be low so that you can swing it more quickly.
It has happened on a few occasions during major league baseball games where someone has used a corked bat throughout the course of the game.
Even though Sammy Sosa was a well-known home run hitter, the umpires were quick to notice the corks within his bat when it fractured upon contact with the ball.
Popular Baseball Bat Manufacturers
There are a plethora of baseball bat brands available in today’s professional baseball. Louisville Slugger, Marucci, Rawlings, and Easton are some of the most well-known baseball bat brands in professional baseball leagues. Professional players, too, enjoy customizing their bats, which is why some hitters would choose different colors of the same bat to use while hitting the ball.
Wooden Bats for Raising Awareness
Since 2006, Major League Baseball players have worn pink bats to commemorate Mother’s Day and raise awareness for breast cancer.
Pink armbands, necklaces, batting gloves, and cleats are worn by Major League Baseball players, but it is the pink wooden bats that stand out the most during a game. Susan G. Komen for the Cure Organization has formed a collaboration with the game in order to promote awareness about breast cancer.
Does NCAA Baseball Use Wooden Bats?
During a baseball game, college baseball players can use wooden bats, but the majority of them use a metal bat. A metal bat assists collegiate baseball players to smash balls longer and boost their chances of achieving a higher batting average by increasing the distance they hit them with. College baseball players who have superior hitting statistics in the NCAA have a better chance of getting picked by a Major League Baseball team in the future, according to the NCAA.
Reasons to Use an Aluminum Bat in Baseball and Softball
When it comes to baseball games, while Minor League and Major League players utilize wooden bats to hit, small league and high school leagues should refrain from using them. One reason why a wood bat should not be used in tiny leagues is because the players do not have the necessary power or timing abilities to hit the ball far enough with it. A wooden bat would be used by every player in the tiny league, so you would not see many balls hit to the outfielders. The second reason to discourage the use of wooden bats is the high expense of replacing them if they crack.
Families that want their children to engage in baseball do not want to have to spend money on new bats every time one breaks.
Broken bats pose a significant risk to infielders participating in the game, and as a result, many teams prefer not to use them.
Having to pick up shattered pieces on the field raises further concerns about your own safety.
In conclusion, there are a variety of reasons why Major League Baseball continues to utilize wooden bats during baseball games. Some of the reasons include the unfair advantage that metal bats would have on the game, while others are for the integrity of the game, as seen by the use of statistics in the game. While aluminum bats are completely appropriate for amateur leagues, professional hitters possess much too much talent to be able to hit with them. Professional batters must hit the baseball on the sweet spot with a wooden bat in order to hit home runs, which allows for more competitive gaming on the field.
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Take Me out on a Stretcher: The Dangers of Aluminum Bats in Baseball
Is it really worth it to save a few dollars at the expense of our children’s, friends’, and teammates’ lives by using aluminum baseball bats? Steve Snowden is a former National Security Agency contractor. /Photo courtesy of Getty Images * This is a piece I wrote for theGlacier, the student newspaper of Moraine Valley Community College. This piece was awarded first prize at the Illinois Community College Journalism Association’s spring conference for its originality and creativity. America’s favorite hobby is morphing into a lethal game of life and death for the players.
- Only a few years ago, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA) set new specifications for aluminum baseball bats.
- It’s for this reason that I feel aluminum bats should be prohibited from high school and collegiate baseball games.
- Aluminum bats are more durable and don’t need to be replaced as frequently as other types of bats.
- Moraine could not afford a year of wooden bats, I can tell you that from a financial standpoint.” J.J.
- Greenwald conducted an experiment using aluminum bats in 1997, which was published in the journal Science.
- Wooden bats produce slower ball speeds than aluminum bats, which is why aluminum bats are more popular.
- This phenomenon is characterized as “the bouncing back of a baseball off an aluminum bat” and is observed in baseball games.
In some cases, the “trampoline effect” can propel the baseball at speeds up to 20 mph faster than the maximum speed of a baseball hit with a wood bat, which is 93 mph in most cases.
The distance between the pitcher’s mound and home plate is exactly 60 feet, 6 inches.
A blink of the eye takes 0.095 seconds, according to the European Journal of Anesthesiology, which published a study in 2007.
I remember the horrible thud sound that came from the small white ball making contact with my brother’s chin for the first time.
The following day, my brother had a large hematoma (solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues) beneath his chin and bruises on the inside of his neck.
Wade Korpi, a former pitcher for the University of Notre Dame, was struck in the head by a come-backer in 2008.
The video was so horrible that many actually left comments under it inquiring if he was still alive after seeing it.
Brandon Patch, an 18-year-old pitcher at a Montana high school, was murdered in 2003 after being struck in the chest by a batted ball thrown with an aluminum bat from behind the plate.
Their argument against “Louisville Slugger” was that their kid did not have enough time to react to the ball since it came off their metal bat at an excessively quick rate.
Baseball is a game of quick decisions and reactions.
As a result, you as the hitter must make a decision on whether or not to swing at a 90 mph pitch in less than a quarter-second.
Aluminum bats are a severe hazard to pitchers as well as infielders on the baseball field.
Aluminum bats should be prohibited in all college and high school sports, as well as in the military.
After all, which is more important: the expenditures associated with changing wood bats for college and high school teams, or the safety of the players? It’s past time to make a difference. Aluminum bats must be banned immediately.
2019 College World Series Bats
The College World Series (CWS) is a fantastic tournament that takes place every year. Eight of the finest teams in the country compete in a double-elimination tournament at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, with the winner being crowned The National Champion. The event is held right in the heart of America, in Omaha, Nebraska. And while a select number will go on to compete in the professional levels, the vast majority of players will not be that fortunate. When it comes down to it, it’s possible that this will be their last time donning the uniform.
As this year’s College World Series draws to a close, we wanted to share some insight into the bats that were used by the various college teams during the tournament.
Both sides use just DeMarini bats for their offensive and defensive play.
Why the DeMarini BBCOR bats used by both Vanderbilt and Michigan are so intriguing is that the players appear to have gravitated for one particular bat in particular throughout the years. The DeMarini Voodoo is a kind of black magic. We’ve seen a couple CF Zen’s and another bat dubbed The Goods, but the DeMarini Voodoo is the bat that practically every player is using right now. Adley Rutschman, the first overall choice in the MLB Draft, swung the same bat that he used to hit.411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs in just 57 games, putting him in the conversation for the NL MVP.
- In general, alloy barrels will be firmer on contact with the ball, allowing a player to push through the ball more effectively.
- As a result, this particular structure is preferred by the majority of power hitters.
- In order to overcome this, bat manufacturers will frequently introduce a two-piece hybrid type.
- BBCOR Bats Made of Alloy Over the last decade, there has been a noteworthy trend in the BBCOR bat choices at the collegiate level.
- Composite versions, once broken in, would deliver outstanding performance while also providing incredible comfort.
- Bat firms, on the other hand, are continuing to develop, and the participants are becoming both stronger and wiser.
- These one-piece alloy bats are allowing them to demonstrate their strength at an incredible rate.
Please understand that this is not the same game that was played in the 1980s and 1990s, when players were effectively striking golf balls with tennis rackets and putting them in holes. No, they are BBCOR bats, which are designed to operate in a manner similar to that of wood bats.
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It is noteworthy to note that the use of composite bats has decreased significantly at the collegiate level; nevertheless, the use of composite bats in the high school game has remained rather stable. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that high school players are not nearly as physically developed as college players, and specifically as starting-caliber players at Division I and II levels. That a result, a high school player is unlikely to experience the same returns from an alloy bat as a college player would see.
- Those who are smaller and more contact oriented tend to favor a bat that flexes.
- So frequently, a younger player may draw towards these models with more pieces.
- A composite bat is made by intertwining a bundle of carbon microfibers together to form a single structure.
- In particular, this can be advantageous for players who are less competent and who may not always hit the sweet spot on their swings.
When it comes to choosing a bat, there is no such thing as a “right” or “wrong.” The most important thing to remember is to use a bat that you or your athlete is comfortable with. Finding the correct swing weight, material, and craftsmanship will all play a role in deciding whether or not you have an excellent bat. And, fortunately for you, you are not required to go through this ordeal alone. JustBats.com was created by ballplayers for ballplayers, and it continues to grow. We are passionate about the game and would be delighted to assist you in finding the appropriate bat.
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6 Baseball Bats Seen At 2018 College World Series
Since 1950, Omaha, Nebraska, has served as the host city for the College World Series, thanks to the efforts of strong local and important corporate leaders, as well as a society that values tradition. The city of Omaha has become linked with collegiate baseball throughout the years. Every June, the finest college teams battle for the national title, and bat makers have recently utilized the occasion as a showcase for their latest models of baseball bats. After taking note, JustBats.com has compiled a list of six (6) baseball bats that were spotted at the 2018 College World Series that have piqued our interest.
Please feel free to keep us informed about any BBCOR bats or baseball bats you’ve seen on television or read about from the College World Series in the comments section (simply comment on this post). We’ll do all we can to offer you with information.
2019 Louisville Slugger Omaha 519 Bat
Baseball bats made by Louisville Slugger and used by the University of North Carolina These baseball bats will be available for purchase in August of this year. In most respects, the 2018 Louisville Slugger Omaha 518 BBCOR baseball bat will be comparable to the previous year’s model.
2018 Marucci Posey28 Metal Bat
Texas Tech University’s Marucci baseball bats are among the best in the world. Marucci’s metal baseball bat, which is designed after Buster Posey’s game-day model, has been a boon for certain members of the Texas Tech squad as they have swept through the Big XII with 44 victories. Despite the fact that the bat seems to be made of maple wood, it sounds and behaves like a metal bat. The following are some of the most important characteristics of the Marucci BBCOR bat:
- Baseball bat made of aluminum alloy in a single piece
- The AZ4X alloy has enhanced strength while also having a faster reaction rate. The use of ring-free barrel technology ensures optimal performance with no dead spots. Swing weight that is well-balanced
- With an optimized barrel design, you can expect powerful performance with a more responsive sweet spot.
2018 Easton Beast X Loaded Bat
The Mississippi State University baseball team uses Easton baseball bats, as does the University of Arkansas. The Easton Beast X Loaded has made the most plate appearances and delivered the most hits in the CWS as a result of its affiliation with two hitter-friendly teams who have used its services. Players appreciate the end-loaded swing that the bat delivers, which is ideal for the power hitters on both of these SEC clubs’ teams. The following are some of the most important characteristics of the Easton BBCOR bat:
- Aluminum alloy baseball bat has a one-piece construction
- Recommended for power batters. Using an end loaded swing weight, you may put additional mass behind the ball when you make contact. Baseball’s longest aluminum 2 5/8 inch BBCOR barrel is the longest in the game. Z-CORE internal core technology is used in the X-tended barrel design, which creates a large sweet spot.
Rawlings Quattro Pro Bat (2019 Model) Bats made by Rawlings, which are used by the University of Washington. These baseball bats will be available for purchase in August of this year. The Rawlings Quatro BBCOR baseball bat will have much of the same characteristics as the 2018 Rawlings Quatro. Take a look at this sneak peek of the highly anticipated Quatro Pro! The DeMarini Voodoo Insane Bat is a 2018 model. DeMarini baseball bats are used by the Oregon State University baseball team. Despite the fact that DeMarini’s corporate headquarters is located in Oregon, the great Beavers of Oregon always carry a lot of punch.
This bat is one of just a handful of two-piece baseball bats that can be found being used in the city of Omaha.
- Two-piece hybrid baseball bat with a tapered handle
- The 3Fusion end cap improves weight distribution, control, and overall durability. Swing weight that is well-balanced
- The precise performance of the X14 alloy barrel is combined with the resilience of the material. The handle is made entirely of composite material, which helps to decrease shock in the hands.
2018 Easton Z-CORE LockLoad Bat
Easton Baseball Bats | University of Texas and University of Florida both use Easton baseball bats. Even after a decade, Easton continues to be one of the most popular vendors at the College World Series. The reigning champions (Florida) have been swinging the Z-CORE LockLoad bat, which was one of the first bats to let players to go from a balanced swing weight to an XL weight without having to modify their grip. The following are some of the most important characteristics of the Easton BBCOR bat:
- Baseball bat made of aluminum alloy in a single piece
- A variety of swing weight settings are available using LOCKLOAD adjustable swing weight technology. The BBCOR barrel made of aluminum is the longest in the game. The HMX (Hyperlite Matrix) alloy structure delivers unrivaled strength and resistance to corrosion. The internal core technology of Z-CORE generates a significant sweet spot
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