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Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, November 21st, 2011

There are tons of great products to choose from at BaseballRampage.com, so we have selected the best deals on great gift ideas to help you get your loved ones what they really want this year.

Black Friday Sneak Peak Deals

Easton 2011 BNC2 Omen BBCOR (-3) Adult Baseball Bat
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Easton 2011 BX74 Reflex BBCOR (-3) Adult Baseball Bat
Easton 2011 BX74 Reflex BBCOR (-3) Adult Baseball Bat

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Mattingly V-Grip Beast Composite (-10) Senior Bat
Mattingly V-Grip Beast Composite (-10) Senior Bat

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Verdero V4 Batting Gloves
Verdero V4 Batting Gloves

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Wilson 2010 Pudge on Wheels
Mizuno Wilson 2010 Pudge on Wheels

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Wilson Catcher's Bag WTA0906
Wilson Catcher’s Bag WTA0906

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Every visitor to Baseball Rampage also has the opportunity to win a $500 gift card just for adding products to their wish list. Here’s how:

1. Visit the Wish List page to see which products, if any, you already have in your account.
2. Browse the Baseball Rampage website for products you’d like to receive as gifts this year.
3. Add them to your wish list by clicking the “Add Item To Wishlist” link under the Add to Cart button.
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That’s it. You’ll be entered to win a $500 gift card from Baseball Rampage and your family and friends know exactly what baseball presents you’ll want this season.

How Do You Choose the Right Baseball Glove?

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Baseball Glove Buying Guide

When it comes to choosing baseball gloves it is important to understand the differences that make a certain glove appropriate for a certain position. There are many options, but with a bit of guidance, you can get the perfect baseball glove for your needs.

Catcher

If you play catcher your choice of mitt is a bit simpler. You need a catcher’s mitt!

Shop for Catcher’s Mitts

First Base

Like catcher’s, first basemen use a special mitt that helps them scoop balls out of the dirt, and also lessons the impact of the ball on the hand since they catch so many throws.

Shop for First Base Mitts

Second Base/Shortstop

When playing at a higher level, the middle infielders will be using a glove with a length of 10″ – 11 1/2″. The shorter the glove is the less likely the fielder will fumble the ball in the webbing. When using a short glove, the ball pops out of the glove, which is important to the middle infielders for double plays and smooth transfers of the ball to first.

Shop for Second Base/Shortstop Gloves

Third Base

A third baseman will use a glove that is slightly longer, being anywhere from 11 1/4″ – 11 3/4″. A third baseman uses a slightly larger glove because third base is closest to the batter and is known for having hard hit ground balls and line drives. The extra length is there to snag line drives and hard grounders.

Shop for Third Base Gloves

Pitcher

A pitcher will want to use a closed web glove that is anywhere from 11 1/2″ – 12″ that is one solid color. The closed web will conceal the pitchers grip on the baseball to hide which pitch is being thrown, and the single color is a rule in baseball.

Shop for Pitcher’s Gloves

Outfield

When it comes to the outfield the more length the better. The more material that can stretch the reach of a fielder tracking down a fly ball is a plus. When choosing a pocket for a glove,it comes down to a matter of preference. Most outfielders use a “trap-eze” style, an “I-Bar”, or “T-Bar”.These web styles allow the player to shield the sun on sunny days to catch fly balls.

Shop for Outfield Gloves

Youth Baseball Gloves

When buying a glove for a younger player, the most important factor is comfort. You want the player to be comfortable. Most gloves from 11 1/4″ – 11 3/4″ are perfect for youth players. Follow the same rules above in regards to the web style.

Shop for Youth Baseball Gloves

How to Choose the Right Baseball Bat

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Choosing the right baseball bat can be a very confusing process.
Today with all of the different options and technologies being offered what seems like an
easy process can become a daunting task. With some key knowledge and a little research,
buying the right bat can be an easy and rewarding experience. We have created a “bat buying guide”
to help you find the bat that fits your needs.

Starting with the basics: Different Types of Baseball Bats

High School/College/Adult Bats

Otherwise known as adult, these baseball bats are designed for players
age 13 and up. Specifically for high school and college players, the sizes of the bats will range from 30″ to 34″.
The barrel diameter is 2 5/8” and a – 3 weight drop (for example is you have a 32” bat the weight will be 29 ounces).
All of these bats will have the size and barrel diameter stamped somewhere on the bat and needs to have
a BESR (Bat Exit Speed Rating) certification to be legal for most leagues.


Shop for High School/College/Adult Bats

Senior League/Big Barrel Bats
Senior league bats are those designed for the intermediate youth players generally 10 to
13 years old. The lengths of these bats can range from 27″ to 32″ and will either have a barrel diameter of 2 5/8″ or 2 3/4″
known as the big barrel. The weight drop in these bats will vary from -5 all the way up to -11. Baseball leagues will
vary in rules whether they allow the 2 5/8″ or 2 3/4″ barrels, so make sure you check with your league rules before you
decide on your bat.


Shop for Senior League/Big Barrel Bats

Youth/Little League Bats

Little league bats are geared for players approximately age 7 through 12. All of these bats
will have 2 1/4″ barrel diameters; the lengths will range from 27″ to 32″. Youth league bats will have the largest
weight drop of any bats available, -7 to -13.5. Generally the bats will be labeled with the leagues in which they
are used, Little League, Dixie Youth, Babe Ruth, Pony, and AABC.


Shop for Little League/Youth Bats

Weight:
As a general rule, bigger, stronger players usually prefer a heavier bat for maximum power.
Smaller players usually benefit from a lighter bat that allows greater bat speed. To determine the weight that’s
right for you, swing a variety of bats and see how much weight you’re comfortable with.

Length:
Length and weight combine for peak performance. A longer bat gives you greater reach, allowing you to hit balls on the other side of the plate. But remember that a longer bat may be heavier, and the extra weight could slow you down. Like checking the weight, you need to swing bats of different lengths to decide what length best suits you.

Little League (8-10 yrs)
Player Height Bat Weight
48-50″ 16-17 oz.
51-54″ 17-18 oz.
55-59″ 18-19 oz.
60+” 19-20 oz.
Senior Youth League (11-12 yrs)
Player Weight Bat Weight
70-80 lbs. 18-19 oz.
81-100 lbs. 19-20 oz.
101-120 lbs. 20-21 oz.
121-140 lbs. 21-22 oz.
141+ lbs. 22-23 oz.
High School & College
Player Height Bat Weight
66-68″ 27-28 oz.
69-72″ 28-29 oz.
73-76″ 29-30 oz.
77+” 30-31 oz.

Different Bat Materials

Today almost all bats are either made of High grade aircraft alloys, or recently
composite bats have emerged. This is where things start to get confusing, in the last 5 – 10 years high
grade alloys have always been used in the construction of these bats, recently composite and hybrid technology
have changed the way the leading manufacturers are making their bats.

The options available:

  1. 100% Alloy bats – made completely of aircraft grade alloys
  2. 100% Composite bats – made of composite fibers
  3. Half & Half bats – bats that have a composite handle, and aluminum, alloy, or hybrid barrel
  4. Hybrid Bats – Bats that have combined two different materials, such as alloy with carbon

Composite Baseball Bats
The new composite bats on the market are different from the alloy bats.
A composite bat has different features, which require a “break in” period before the bat reaches
its optimal performance. With composite bats a player will need to hit approximately 200-300 real
leather baseballs while rotating the barrel to completely break in the surface area of the barrel.
The composite bats will also sound more like you are hitting a wood bat than an alloy one. Once the
composite bats are broken in they will greatly increase the sweet spot and durability, which some
studies have shown surpass the ability of standard alloy bats. The composite bats will carry a higher
price tag, but with the correct break in and care will be worth the price.

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