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National League Takes 82nd Midsummer Classic 5-1

Friday, July 15th, 2011

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.

Dayton Dragons Set Sellout Record

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The Dayton Dragons have set the record for consecutive sellouts by a pro franchise in North America. An overflow crowd of 8,688 witnessed the 815th straight sellout at Fifth Third Field on Saturday night, when the Dragons surpassed the mark set by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 1977-95.

Once it became official, the game was stopped for an on-field ceremony with a long standing ovation. Streamers in the team’s green and gold colors were released over the crowd, and unveiled a plaque emblazoned with the No. 815 on the outfield fence. The Dragons are planning a larger celebration for July 23, and with more than 8,000 people on the waiting list for season tickets, the streak doesn’t look likely to end anytime soon.

“You can tell every regular was there, no one was giving away their tickets,” Daniel Renken said. “If you go down the third base line, you can see all the fans who are always there. And it was a great feeling to come down the line and say hi to every one of them.”

Fifth Third Field’s actual capacity is 7,290 fans and features 29 luxury suites.

Congrats to South Carolina Gamecocks!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Baseball Rampage would like to congratulate the University of South Carolina on winning the NCAA Division-One College World Series. South Carolina (55-14) is the first team to ever go 10-0 in an NCAA tournament and the first since Oregon State in 2007 to go unbeaten in a CWS. The Gamecocks have a streak of 16 NCAA tournament wins and 11 straight in the CWS, both the longest all-time. South Carolina is the sixth team to win consecutive national titles and first since Oregon State in 2006-07.

South Carolina won with the help of the Rawlings 2011 5150 Alloy BBCOR (-3) Adult Baseball Bat, running the bases in their Under Armour uniforms, and catching with Louisville Slugger Catcher Gear. All available at

It’s A Boy For Jennie Finch!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Jennie Finch, former Chicago Bandits and U.S. Olympic softball pitcher, and husband, Casey Daigle, pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization, are welcoming their second son, Diesel Dean Daigle. Their new arrival weighed in Sunday at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 22 1/24 inches long. He joins big brother Ace Shane, 5, at home.


“Casey and I are excited for our sweet precious Baby D!,” Finch told People. “Ace couldn’t be any more pumped to be a big brother to Diesel.”

Finch added, via her Twitter account:

“Our sweet precious Baby Diesel! Thank you all for your sweet prayers, praise God he is doing wonderful!”

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Bryce Harper Can See In HD

Friday, May 13th, 2011

As reported on the Washington Post by Dave Sheinin, Bryce Harper, catcher for the Hagerstown Suns, recently switched to contact lenses. Normally this wouldn’t be such a huge deal but since the switch Harper’s game has seriously improved and he’s giving all the credit to his new HD vision. He was recently seen by Washington Nationals’ team optometrist, and was told he was blind as a bat, and wondered how he hit the ball before.

Since being fitted with the new contacts, Harper’s batting went from .231 to hitting a singled, doubled, home-run and drove in six runs all in one night.

“It was like I was seeing in HD,” Harper said, who is now hitting .480.

Harper went on to say that he knew he needed contacts in college, “But I tried them for a while in high school, and they gave me headaches really bad. So I just got by without them. But these are a new kind of lenses, and they really help. The difference in vision is huge.”

So there you have it, contact lenses have come a long way and with the advanced technology such as more oxygen to the eye and better moisture, contact are definitely a viable option for anyone. Even if you are the number one pick in baseball.

Read the full article from the Washington Post by Dave Sheinin here: Bryce Harper’s Switch to Contact Lenses Has Him Laying Waste to South Atlantic League Pitching, then go get your eye exam, buy contact lenses, and watch your hitting explode.

Brian Frank Honoree of The 2011 SGB 40 Under 40 Awards

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Baseball Rampage’s very own Brian Frank, VP of Business Development, is an Honoree of The 2011 SGB 40 Under 40 Awards. The SGB 40 Under 40 Awards serves as an annual event designed to identify and honor those of the next generation that are leading today and will most assuredly lead for years to come in the sporting goods industry.

Each year, sports and outdoor industry professionals nominate their peers, bosses, employees, customers and reps as the best and brightest young managers in the business. Congratulations Brian!

DeMarini CF4 Passes Little League Waiver Test

Friday, February 18th, 2011

On February 15, 2011 DeMarini announced that the 2011 CF4 passed the Little League waiver test, and has been reinstated as a legal bat for the 2011 Little League Baseball season. This is great news, as the CF4 has been one of the most popular bats for the past few years. Unfortunately, the Vendetta C6 did not pass the test. DeMarini has issued the following statement on their website:

02/15/2011: Little League Composite Barrel Moratorium Update. Thank you for your patience through this process. As of this morning, the 2011 Little League CF4 (CFL), has passed the waiver process and we have sent the results to be posted on their site.
The Little League Vendetta C6(VCL) did not. If your Little League Vendetta C6 is still within the warranty period and has not used its one time replacement we will offer a Little League CF4 (CFL) as its replacement. The original receipt would be required.

You can set up your DeMarini bat return by phone at (800)937-BATS or by filling out the DeMarini bat return authorization request.

Please keep in mind that Little League Baseball is one of many youth organizations. We recommend that you check with your specific organization for a list of legal bats.

Buy the DeMarini CF4 Youth, DeMarini CF4 Senior League, DeMarini CF4 Adult, or shop for all DeMarini baseball bats on sale at Baseball Rampage now.

Little League Bans Composite Bats

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Little League Baseball placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats effective December 30, 2010. According to Little League Baseball, the ban was a result of “broken in” composite bats exceeding a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15.

“The maximum performance standard for non-wood bats in the divisions for 12-year-olds and below is a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15. The research found that composite bats, while they may meet the standard when new, can exceed that standard after a break-in process” President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball Stephen D. Keener explained.

While these bans leave manufacturers, dealers, and players scrambling, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel. Much like the composite ban by the National Federation of State High School Associations, bat manufacturers can try to receive a waiver by submitting their bats for further testing. Little League has created a list of approved composite bats and will continue to update the list as more bats get tested. Please check back frequently as this list is sure to grow.

Read more about the Little League Composite Bat Regulations along with changes to the NFHS Composite Bat Ban and BBCOR Certification.

Baseball Rampage Parent Company Named to Inc. 5000

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

PCPD LLC, the parent company of Baseball Rampage and Softball Rampage, was named #679 in the INC. Magazine INC 5000 fastest growing private companies.

Baseball Rampage would like to thank their loyal customers and staff for helping Baseball Rampage nearly crack the top 500 in such a short period of time. With the recent launch of Softball Rampage, expect to see PCPD LLC on the list for a long time to come.

To see the full list, visit the INC 500/5000 website.

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