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There seems to be a trend occurring on the corner of Ontario and Carnegie streets in Cleveland– the continued downward spiral of the attendance at Progressive Field for Indians games. The rock and roll capital of the world certainly isn’t rockin’ or rollin’ in attendance when it comes to their baseball team. The games look more like a scene straight out of the movie Major League than they do an actual Major League Baseball game.
Typically, when a team struggles in attendance, it’s a result of the product on the field. However, product on the field isn’t the issue in Cleveland. Sure, they didn’t make the playoffs this year, but they have put together back to back respectable seasons with even a Cy Young contender in Cory Kluber. So then, why aren’t fans showing up?
In the 2014 season, the Indians were 29th in the league in attendance, averaging 18,640 fans per game at home. That is an abysmal 42.4% of occupancy within the confines of Progressive field – that means more than half of their stadium isn’t full each game, representing the worst attendance in the league.
This year, the Indians announced plans to renovate Progressive Field to keep it up to date with the changing times. Part of their planned renovation is to take out over 5,000 seats, reducing capacity from 43,000 to 38,000 – probably a smart move by the front office. Each year, people assume the attendance will rise back to a respectable amount, but it doesn’t. What do you think is going on with the Cleveland Indians?
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.
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.
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.
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 ChestProtector 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.
By: Jordan Mills
For more information, Check out this video our friends at Easton made about the creation of the Mako Catcher’s Gear.
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.
It’s no secret that the Red Sox have won a couple World Series titles in recent years, however, none of those have been clinched within the walls of Fenway Park. In fact, last night was the first time since 1918 that Boston clinched a World Series in front of their home fans. Some fans waited 95 years to witness a World Series win at home, though most of them haven’t even been alive that long.
The last time Boston clinched a World Series at home gas was just 30 cents per gallon, a loaf of bread just cost 12 cents and World War I was fresh on the minds of every American. The last Red Sox team to celebrate a home World Series win had Babe Ruth on the roster. Even more notably, the Red Sox traded away Babe Ruth following their 1918 win, leading to the curse of the Bambino, which ended in 2004. Needless to say, Fenway Park waited for what seemed like an eternity for a World Series clincher at home. That wait came to an end last night as Boston fans witnessed a final out, which gave the Red Sox a long awaited home World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
It didn’t take long for the Reds to find a new manager after letting Dusty Baker go following another disappointing playoff run. The Reds front office looked within their organization and hired pitching coach Bryan Price. Price was the pitching coach for four seasons with the Reds and will replace Dusty Baker who was relieved of his managerial duties Oct. 3.
Before Price joined the Reds organization, he spent 10 seasons with the Mariners and D-backs as their pitching coach, this will be his first managerial position. Under Price, the Reds pitching staff had the fourth best ERA in the Majors and led the National League in strikeouts. The Reds and Price agreed to a 3 year contract.