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How To Choose Baseball Cleats and Spikes

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Did you know Ty Cobb would sharpen his cleats in front of the opposing team to intimidate the opponent before games? He was also known to slide into a base with those razor sharp cleats pointed at the nearest body part of the tagging player as well. We’re pretty sure those kind of actions will get you arrested in this era but cleats are still a very important part of the game. Let’s find out how to choose baseball cleats.

Baseball cleats come in many different types, styles, and brands. The most common types of baseball cleats are metal, molded, and also a baseball turf shoe with styles in low, mid, and high. Each of those is available in adult and youth sizes. Brands that focus on baseball shoes include Reebok, Verdero, Mizuno, Under Armour, Easton and of course Nike.

Under Armour Metal Baseball Cleats

How do you select a baseball cleat? There are many different reasons you’ll choose one type of baseball spikes over another but the first place to look is the league in which you play. Most leagues have rules in place on what types you can wear and a lot of that will have to do with the type of field. Grass and dirt fields will most likely require a metal cleat while turf fields may require indoor molded cleats or turf shoes.

A lot of youth leagues require a rubber or plastic youth baseball cleats. Sometimes teams will require you buy a baseball shoe in a color that matches the team uniform. Metal cleats will provide the best traction but always check with the league or team prior to making a purchase.

Comfort is of course a big factor when you buy baseball cleats. Be sure to get a shoe that leaves enough room so you can wiggle your toes but not so loose where you may lose a shoe while running down a line drive.

Some baseball cleats have spike add-on and that’s something to consider when making your purchase. Screw-in baseball spikes can be added for additional traction and since they’re screw-in, you can easily replace them should they wear down.

Reebok Baseball Spikes - High N Tight

You’ve learned nearly everything there is to know about baseball cleats, spikes, and turf shoes. Now it’s time to go out and find a pair that works for you. Baseball Rampage carries Verdero, Reebok, Under Armour baseball cleats, Easton, and Mizuno baseball shoes in nearly any size, color, or option you could ever need. Earn RampageBucks Rewards with every purchase with free shipping over $99.

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2009 Baseball Equipment Series – Baseball Cleats and Clothing

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The 2009 equipment series continues with our coverage of a couple categories. While bats and gloves get all the hype, baseball Cleats and clothing are essential pieces of a ball players arsenal when trying to perform at maximum potential.

Baseball Cleats -

The right type of shoes is a must for any baseball player looking to perform their best. Cleats come in a variety of sizes, styles, and formats which can make it difficult to choose the right one for you. First of all, always make sure you’re buying baseball shoes. Baseball cleats have a spike in front that isn’t found on soccer and other types of shoes. This spike can help ball players get a jump-start on a ball in the outfield or get that much needed quick take-off when stealing a base.

Baseball shoes come in many styles including metal, molded, youth/adult, and trainers. Cleats come in molded or metal with several different benefits with each. Metal provides better traction because it digs into the dirt or turf while molded doesn’t quite get the same type of grip. Due to the some league rules, and safety, molded cleats were developed to prevent injuries. Always check with your league prior to purchase to ensure you’re buying an approved cleat.

Baseball Clothing -

Besides your league issues uniform, some additional apparel items are often overlooked when preparing for the baseball season. Baseball Rampage offers a wide range of these important safety and performance clothes including sliding shorts, warming sleeve, base layer shirts/pants, and heart/kidney protectors. Sliding shorts are a must have item for any baseball player. They’re worn under the uniform with a type fit, padding, and moisture control to prevent bruising, scrapes, and injuries from sliding or diving in the field.

Especially important for pitchers, warming sleeve’s do exactly what they say, keep your muscles warm and help improves recovery time. Base layer, form-fitting shirts are also a must. With baseball shirts designed for cold or warm weather, these clothes soak up moisture and provide comfort no matter the temperature. Heart/Kidney protection is especially important for younger players and provides the extra padding needed to absorb hot shots or mis-thrown pitches.

When getting ready for the 2009 season, make sure to take a look at these two under-rated categories that can help improve your game and keep you safe.

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