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.
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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.
Jimmy Leyland has decided to step down as the Detroit Tigers manager after eight seasons at the helm. Leyland led the Tigers to two American League pennants with an overall record of 700-597 giving him a .540 winning percentage. Leyland was known for his no-nonsense approach to managing.
Leyland previously managed the Pirates, Marlins and Rockies and has managed nearly 3,500 games with an overall record of 1,757-1,711. In 1997 he led the Marlins to a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians in seven games. He is one of a few managers to have won pennants for an American League and a National League team.
Leyland made it clear in a Tiger’s press conference that he will not be retiring, but he will be working with the Tiger’s organization in a different role. This season was his 50th season managing in baseball.
On Wednesday night, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became only the 15th player in Major League history to capture the sport’s Triple Crown. Cabrera finished the regular season leading the American League in Batting Average (.330), Home Runs (44) and RBIs (139) to deliver the sport its first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and the first ever achieved by a Latin-born player. The last Triple Crown was won in 1967 by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski.
Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers now set their sights on loftier goals in the MLB Playoffs. Having won the AL Central Division, the Tigers will now match up with the young, upstart Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series. The two teams begin a 5 game series in Detroit on Saturday October 6th with a 6:07 first pitch.
Miguel Cabrera reached the pinnacle of the sport swinging a custom Phoenix Wood Baseball Bat. Check out all Phoenix baseball bats at Baseball Rampage.
Milwaukee Brewer’s first baseman Prince Fielder’s 3-run blast off C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers in the 4th inning proved the difference in the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League Tuesday night. The win gives the National League its first back-to-back All-Star game victories since the 1995-1996 seasons. Prior to last year’s NL victory, the AL had won 13 consecutive All-Star Games.
Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox delivered the first blow of the game with a solo home run in the 4th inning off Cliff Lee to give the AL a 1-0 advantage. However in the bottom half of the same inning, Fielder’s home run gave his team the lead for good giving way to a dominant display of pitching from the National League bullpen. The American League failed to score the remainder of the game managing only 2 hits in the final 5 innings of 7 different NL relievers. Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals recorded the Win for the NL while C.J. Wilson took the Loss. Giants and National League manager Bruce Bouchy turned to one of his own, the bearded hero of last season’s World Series, Brian Wilson, to record the Save. Prince Fielder received MVP honors for his game deciding 3-run home run.
The victory for the National League grants its World Series representative home field advantage for the 7-game series against its American League counterpart in October.
After observing countless young hitters in our demo-batting cage I have noticed several trends that seem to be the main problems why many kids struggle with hitting.There are many aspects involved with hitting. I am going to concentrate on the bad mechanics I have observed.
The first problem is the stride.Kids get in there and immediately want to kill the ball leading to a huge stride planting their front foot 16-18″ from it’s original position.The next problem is initial hand positioning being too low.If the hands are too low at the start, critical time is wasted getting them up into the loaded position.Then comes dropping the barrel and dragging the bat through the zone with a painfully long swing.Each of these problems compounds each other starting with the long stride.The stride is in sync with the loading phase of the swing, the long stride and low hands struggling to get into position leads to problems with timing and takes away any chance to adjust to the ball. When you combine the dropping of the barrel and being completely extended by the time the ball arrives, the hitter is usually behind and under the pitch.
The mechanics of a baseball swing are a controversial and complicated topic.Thousands of books have been written and millions of arguments/discussion have taken place.For young player’s I feel that simplicity is the key.A shortened stride, and less movement in the hands will almost always help a struggling young hitter.These are simply observations I have noticed and may not work for all players.I have had many coaches which all have a different philosophy on the swing, but one thing all of them agree on is a short, quick swing is the way to go.Young players have enough to worry about, including being cool, looking good in front of friends, and keeping dad happy. Keep it simple and let them have fun.
I am a glove fanatic, and I am lucky enough to have the opportunity of placing every single glove listed on Baseball Rampage on my hand. I take my time and note all of the little details and note how the glove feels and what attributes I like or dislike.A good baseball glove is like a work of art, and you can tell a good glove just by putting it on your hand.Most of our manufacturers carry a high-end or pro style baseball glove.I have always been a Rawlings man, but after having the opportunity to try out other manufacturers such as Mizuno, Wilson, Nokona, Louisville Slugger, and Easton, I have realized that each have different attributes. I am very impressed with what they offer and realize you can’t go wrong with one or the other, which makes choosing a glove very difficult.Hopefully an evaluation of the elite gloves we carry at Baseball Rampage will help out in that decision.
Rawling’s Gloves-Since 1887 Rawlings has been the leading glove manufacturer in baseball.They just recently came out with the ultra-elite Primo ball glove and continue to produce some of the best gloves available.
Primo Baseball Gloves – Immediately catches your eye, the dark, rich leather is beautiful.Put one on your hand and you will wish you had one, that is if you can get by the price tag.These gloves are made with hand crafted Italian leather and flawlessly assembled and truly are the Mercedes Benz of all baseball gloves.
Rawlings Pro Preferred – The Pro Preferred comes in several options, the two-tone and one tone black or tan.These gloves are made with soft leather but are left stiff so a player can break it in how they would like.Once broken in these glove will keep their rigidness where needed but break in exactly to how the hand wants.I had one of these gloves for eight years until left at (of all things) at a softball game by a friend.I felt like I lost a friend that day and still think of that glove in mourning.
Rawlings Gold Gloves – The Gold Glove has been Rawlings signature glove for many years.This model has been refurbished this year yet has kept the classics around as well.The new Gold Glove models have a Dual Core adding position specific key break-in points on the gloves.These gloves are softer than the original models and will become “game ready” quicker.The new Dual Core models feel great on the hand and are an excellent option for a player looking for a high-end glove that needs to get it broken in quickly.
WilsonBaseball Gloves carries the A2K, and the A2000.For over fifty years these gloves have been in the hands of many pro ball players and continue to produce two of the most popular models on the market.
Wilson A2K Gloves – This glove fits around your fingers like you are sticking your hand into memory foam, and still has a solid and tight fit.I love gloves that fit snug on your hand and the A2K does more than any other glove out there.The leather is softer than the other high-end gloves and can be more easily broken in.This is an amazing glove and I would suggest the A2K for any ball player.
Wilson A2000 Baseball Gloves – The A2000 has been around for over 50yrs!This is the glove that older guys tell stories of having an A2000 for 20-30 years and still using it.The glove is tough and lasts.It has the same fit as the A2K but the leather isn’t as soft and just a bit stiffer.For the price, you are getting an excellent glove and one that you know will last.
Nokona Gloves an American legend has bounced back from a devastating fire that destroyed their warehouse and everything inside.With loyal employees and hard work they have re-built and continue hand making every glove once again.Nokona added to their extensive collection of gloves with two new lines the Bloodline, and Kimera.
Nokona Bloodline Baseball Gloves – Nokona’s new top-of-the-line addition that will be incredibly successful.This glove has baseball enthusiast foaming at the mouth.It’s hard to explain how this glove feels, in my opinion it feels better on the hand than any other glove I have experienced.The glove is incredible looking and soft but rigid where it needs to be.The Bloodline gloves can be broken in quickly so anyone looking to get this glove but are worried it won’t be broken in for the season don’t have anything to worry about.
Instead of listing all of the models Nokona carries I am going to go through the type of leather they carry.Nokona has become famous for the different types of leather they integrate into their gloves.Nokona uses cowhide, buffalo, and kangaroo to make the most unique gloves available. Their cowhide is tough and durable, they use the cowhide for the core of their gloves and implement the buffalo and Kangaroo in the areas where the leather needs to bend and crease.The buffalo leather is incredibly light and somewhat flexible.With these characteristics it is surprising that it is still very strong.The Kangaroo has the same characteristics and is used in the same way.
Last note:I have never known anyone who has owned a Nokona to ever switch to another brand of glove.They have a loyal following and continue to be the only handmade and American made glove available.