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Congratulations to Vanderbilt on Winning the College World Series!

July 7th, 2014

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A huge Congrats is due to the Vanderbilt Baseball team on clinching the first NCAA title in the Commodores history! Did you know DeMarini makes the new College World Series champions bat of choice? Shop DeMarini now for some of the most technologically advanced bats on the market today that will help your team come out on top. Baseball Rampage carries a full selection of DeMarini products including the Voodoo Overlord, Pro Maple bats, the CF6 and many more!

 

Instant Replay in Major League Baseball

June 20th, 2014

 

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As most of you probably already know, this MLB season marks the first year of the new instant replay system. Previously, the umpire crew chief could initiate a review, which would occur at the stadium and that crew would render a decision on the call. Only boundary home run calls were eligible for review.

The current system, however, allots each manager one challenge per game, and a second (and final) challenge if the first results in an overturned call. If neither team has any challenges remaining, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate an instant replay review from the seventh inning on. If the play in question is a boundary home run call, the umpire crew chief may initiate a review at any time. All instant replay reviews are examined by an umpire at the Replay Command Center in New York City who may uphold or overturn the initial call.

The use of instant replay in MLB has been up for a lot of debate. Proponents of the use of instant replay feel that it improves the accuracy of play calling and adds a new layer of strategy to the game. A team is allowed only one challenge per game that they are forced to use judiciously. If correct, they get a second challenge but that’s it. Critics of instant replay feel that it takes away from the human element of the game and that errors are a part of the game. They also feel instant replays take away from umpires’ role and slow the game down.

What do you think about the use of instant replay in Major League Baseball?

Easton’s New Mako Torq Baseball Bat

May 27th, 2014

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Easton is attempting to revolutionize the bat world with the introduction of the 2015 Easton Mako Torq Baseball Bat. They will have a limited production run of these bats and the BBCOR will run $550, but the imagination on their R&D team is shining through. In a world where BBCOR has sort of leveled the playing field, Easton took to other means to enhance performance of their already top-of-the-line bats.

So, how does it feel? My impression when being told about this bat was that there was no way this would work. Then I put the Mako Torq in my hands. The natural movement of my hands when swinging a bat was made easier by the rotating Torq handle. The Torq handle rotates 360 degrees, but only about a quarter turn was necessary with my swing. My reservations of the bat rolling over or slipping out of my hand were gone. The slight rotation made the swing feel natural and the hand turn effortless.

I can’t wait to get the Mako Torq in our customer’s hands to hear their reviews. We have the 2015 Easton Mako Torq on the site now, with a first ship date of September 5th. Only a limited number of these innovated bats are being made, so pre-order yours today before they’re all gone! Baseball Rampage proudly carries the entire 2015 Easton bat lineup.

Buckeyes Enter Bone-Marrow Registry For Teammate

May 14th, 2014

Every once in a while sports steps beyond game winning shots, homeruns and touchdowns. Today is one of those days. Right in our own back yard (Columbus, OH) is a heart-warming story of the special bond that can be created when a team is formed.

Zach Farmer, a left-handed pitcher at The Ohio State University, was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia two weeks ago. Upon learning this, senior Tim Wetzel organized the recruitment of his team to join the bone-marrow transplant list. Something he had done a year and a half prior. Thirty-seven team members spent their day off getting swabbed for DNA testing to see if they were a match. According to Tim Wetzel’s interview on ESPN’s Sportscenter they should have results in two months. Zach Farmer has started chemotherapy and will be eligible for a transplant if he goes into remission.

We, here at Baseball Rampage, would like to tip our hat to the Ohio State Baseball team and wish all the best to Zach Farmer in his fight to remission.

Farewell to “The Coop”

May 2nd, 2014
This week in Columbus, Ohio, we say farewell to a stadium that stood the test of time for so many years. This stadium has seen the likes of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Darryl Strawberry, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Opening in 1932, originally called Red Bird Stadium, now known as “The Coop” or Cooper Stadium was home to 6 tenants over its 67 year history. The Columbus Red Birds, Blue Birds, Bullies, Jets, Magic and Clippers all called the historical stadium their home. Cooper Stadium hosted Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Garth Brooks as well as evangelist Billy Graham during it’s time. 

On September 1, 2008, Clippers fans rang their bells one last time. The gates have been shut for over 5 years and this week the walls are coming down. No longer will you see the structure that is The Coop on Mound Street in Columbus, Ohio.

Any baseball fans in Columbus? Stop by the Baseball Rampage Retail Store!
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All-Star’s CM100TM 27 Inch Undersized Catcher’s Training Mitt

April 25th, 2014

Check out a video our friends at All-Star Sports released on the All-Star CM100TM 27 Inch Undersized Catcher’s Training Mitt. This All-Star catcher’s mitt is guaranteed to improve your hand-eye coordination and the precise technique it takes to play catcher.

Buy the CM100TM 27 Inch Catcher’s Mitt at Baseball Rampage!

Watch Miami’s Kyle Skipworth train with All-Star’s Undersized Catcher’s Training Mitt:

Easton’s 2014 Power Brigade Baseball Bats

April 16th, 2014

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Year after year, Easton continues to deliver the most technologically advanced baseball and softball equipment and this year is no different with the brand new 2014 Power Brigade baseball bats. This new series of high end baseball bats consists of the Speed Series baseball bats, the XL series baseball bats and last, but certainly not least, the super hot 2014 Easton Mako baseball bat. The Speed Series bats feature an evenly balanced design for fast hands through the hitting zone and a two-piece design that maximizes energy transfer, while the XL series has a monster barrel design. Of the Power Brigade bats, the XL series baseball bats have the most massive sweet spots while maintaining a low moment of inertia. Finally, the Mako series features the ultimate combination of speed and mass so elite players can have the best of both worlds. Of all the bats, it features the fastest swing speed as well as a massive barrel. All of these top of the line baseball bats come in BBCOR, big barrel and youth sizes, allowing players of all ages to personalize their power and performance at the plate. Luckily, Baseball Rampage carries them all and offers fast, free shipping and free return shipping, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase. If you aren’t sure which size bat is right for you, consult our baseball bat buying guide.

Watch Easton’s Disruptors Series video for more information:

Make a Wish List & Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card!

November 25th, 2013

This Holiday season Baseball Rampage is giving away a $500 gift card to use on our site, and all you have to do is make a Wish List and email it to your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend. You can put items that you want on your list, and get what you really want this year.

Every Wish List created and emailed from 11/18/13 – 12/13/13 is an entry to win a $500 Gift Certificate to Baseball Rampage! Here’s how it works:

  1. Browse Baseballrampage.com for products you’d like to receive as gifts this year
  2. Create your Wish List by selecting the “Add item to Wish List” link under the “Add to Cart” button (you will need to log into your account or create an account if you don’t already have one)
  3. Email your Wish List to a friend or family member from the “My Wish List” page and you are automatically entered in the contest
  4. We will randomly select one winner and notify them via email by 12/16/13
  5. The winner must respond to the email by 12/31/13 to validate that it is an active account
  6. We will send a baseballrampage.com Gift Certificate by email to the winner

Read more here: Baseball Rampage Win your Wish List

We are also offering DOUBLE REWARDS on all Easton products this holiday season!

Terms & Conditions: The promotion period is 11/18/13 – 12/13/13. Each account will be permitted to enter one time during the promotion period on baseballrampage.com. No purchase is necessary. You can enter to win by emailing your name, address, email, phone, and date of birth to entry@baseballrampage.com.

The winner will be selected at random, and notified via email. The winner must email to validate the address by 12/31/13. Any prize not claimed by 12/31/13 will be forfeited. The grand prize is a $500 electronic gift certificate redeemable at BaseballRampage.com. The prizes are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Easton Mako – Catcher’s Gear Review

November 12th, 2013

The Mako Catcher’s Set is designed with one thing in mind and that is speed– a common theme when it comes to any of the Mako products debuted by Easton this year.

The Mako Catcher’s Set comes with 3 pieces (Helmet, Chest Protector and Shin Guards) and it is made in 3 sizes (Adult, Intermediate and Youth).

The Helmet is designed to be snug to the head to prevent any rotation, therefore eliminating any chances that vision may be obstructed. The rear cap of the helmet is designed for high speed removal which allows for the helmet to roll off the head. This is crucial for times a catcher needs to react quickly to make split second decisions on the field. The Mako helmet is also equip with a shock absorbing frontal cage to help take away some of the impact when being hit by a ball.

The Chest Protector is lightweight and moves with your body. The Mako chest protector has wedges that will expand and contract when there is any type of movement therefore preventing any discomfort during each play. Within the chest protector, there is shock absorbing foam to help mute some of the impact received from the baseball and collisions. There are also large ventilation holes that makes the chest protector unquestionably one of the most breathable on the market for 2014.

The Shin Guards fit so well to the body that very little in game adjustments will be needed. The Conic Knee Cap design adds a considerable amount of stability while blocking. The inner knee pad provides much needed comfort to catchers when slamming their knees to the ground. Just like the helmet and chest protector, there is a great amount of ventilation within the padding of the shin guards that makes them very breathable during each practice and game.

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By: Jordan Mills

For more information, Check out this video our friends at Easton made about the creation of the Mako Catcher’s Gear.

Purchase Mako Catcher’s Gear at www.baseballrampage.com

The Easton Mako – Is it worth the hype?

November 11th, 2013

The Mako is the latest bat developed by Easton within their Power Brigade series. It made it’s debut appearance at the Little League World Series and has since been one of the most talked about bats on the market for 2014.

Easton is already well known for the S1 and XL1. The S1 provides some of the quickest bat speed through the zone of practically any baseball bat on the market. The XL1 is designed with a longer barrel which adds a massive sweet spot, which helps distribute more power to the hitter. Now, take those two bats and make one and you’ll have the Mako.

The Mako is the best of both worlds. The Mako is one of the fastest bats, with one of the biggest barrels through the zone. Even with the bigger barrel it still feels light when swinging it. Easton uses their new TCT or Thermo Composite Technology, which contributes to adding a massive sweet spot. The Mako has a faster swing speed than the S1 and a barrel size that matches up to the XL1. The Mako is a 2-piece design, built with Easton’s patented connection technology which maximizes energy transfer while isolating the barrel from the handle killing vibration and sting.

It’s hard to come across a baseball bat with this massive of a sweet spot that can also generate a considerable amount of bat speed. Without question, the Easton Mako is worth the hype and the price.

 

By: Jordan Mills

 

Purchase The Mako at www.baseballrampage.com

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