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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

2014 YB14MK Mako (-11) Youth Baseball Bat

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

95 Years in the Making

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

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

October 21st, 2013

MLB: ALDS-Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers

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

Softball Training: How Should it Differ?

October 15th, 2013

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Softball is distinct from other sports, so it’s no surprise that you should utilize unique methods when conditioning, whether you are in or out of season. Here at Softball Rampage, we did some research to get you started down the path to the perfect workout routine, because we want you to be at your very best next season.

  • Cardio: Having a solid cardiovascular base is important, but because softball plays unfold so quickly, the experts say anaerobic readiness is actually more important. This is why interval training is especially beneficial—you will gain speed, endurance and explosive power.
  • Strength: Softball requires you to use a large variety of movements and muscle groups, which is why circuit training is recommended. Choose 10 stations or exercises that all work different muscle groups, for a set amount of time or repetitions, and repeat the whole circuit at least 3 times for the best results. Circuit training will exhaust your muscles and get your heart rate pumping!
  • Flexibility: The experts say flexibility training is of the utmost importance in softball to prevent injury, which can be all too common if cold muscles are quickly forced into action. Be sure to warm up before and cool down after all activities. Engage in active flexibility training, mixed with speed drills or circuits, as static stretching may actually decrease your performance.
  • Balance: Often overlooked, working on your balance will improve coordination, prevent injury and help build core strength. Stability balls and balance boards will force your muscles to react to unstable conditions, and will take any player to the next level.

Of course each position has their own special considerations and you should tailor your plan accordingly, but hopefully we helped you get started. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest—we are constantly posting new information about the best techniques and softball training tricks! Or visit our website for top of the line training aids, DVDs and more!

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