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Congratulations to Vanderbilt on Winning the College World Series!

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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”

Friday, 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.

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95 Years in the Making

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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.

By: Jordan Mills

Reds Hire New Manager

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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.

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By: Jordan Mills 

Jim Leyland stepping down as manager of the Tigers

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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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.

- Jordan Mills

Cabrera Captures First Triple Crown since 1967

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

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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.

Arizona Wildcats capture CWS crown

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Arizona celebrates their CWS championship. (AP Photo/Eric Francis)

The Arizona Wildcats capped off a dominant College World Series Monday night in Omaha, Nebraska with their defeat of the South Carolina Gamecocks by a final of 4-1.  South Carolina, seeking their third straight CWS title, could not get anything going offensively as they were limited to just 9 hits and 2 runs by Arizona pitching during the best-of-3 championship finals.  A 5-1 Wildcats victory on Sunday night set the stage for the eventual title clinching win on Monday night. Tied 1-1 heading into the 9th inning, Arizona scored 3 runs in the top half of the inning leaving only 3 more outs for a title.  The Gamecocks threatened in their final chance at the plate by loading the bases with only 1 out.  But winning pitcher Matthew Troupe drew a line out and fly out to end the game and send the champion Wildcats rushing onto the field for a celebratory dog pile.  Junior Robert Refsnyder collected Most Outstanding Player honors by going 10-21 with 5 RBIs and 6 runs, including the winning run in the final game, during the 5 games in Omaha. The title is the 4th in the history of the Arizona program with their last championship coming in 1986.

Arizona accomplished their championship run with a high scoring offense, powered by Louisville Slugger baseball bats. The same Louisville Slugger Omaha, Exogrid and Z-1000 models that were used by the Wildcats are available now at Baseball Rampage.

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