Best BBCOR Bats of 2013 to get the most bang for your buck

Thursday, Jan. 24th 2013

This week’s segment on advanced/high school hitters will focus on 2013 BBCOR aluminum bats. How does one know if they are getting a good value on a bat that can run upwards of $400? Wouldn’t you like some none biased information to base you decision on? With a lot of money on the line, and little information to base you decision on, I have decided to lend a helping hand to out readers. There are several websites—CheapBats.com and JustBats.com—that provide non-biased information when it comes to aluminum bats, but I would like to point the reader’s attention towards TopBBCOR.com. TopBBCOR.com, in 2013 Baseball Bat Reviews, has acted as a critique, facilitator, and aggregator of all things BBCOR.

TopBBCOR.com’s article provides a look at the best aluminum bats available for the 2013 year based on six criterion: performance, durability, balance, looks, value, customer service. And, as an affirmation to the idea that they are unmotivated by financial incentives, their second and third rated bats retail for $200; that’s almost half the price as the majority of the other bats on the list. To aid to the quality of their article they have also placed, if not two, at least one promotional video, that either is an advertisement for the bat or a non-partisan review of the bat from one of the aforementioned websites that I named in the first article.


The jump from high school to college baseball

Friday, Jan. 18th 2013

Our blog for advanced hitters this week will discuss the transition from high school to college baseball, and, for the lucky few, the jump from high school to pro-baseball. My opinion, when it comes to high school baseball players that want to play college baseball, is that it comes down to two factors: 1) Do you want to play baseball bad enough? 2) Are you a hard worker? Those two factors probably feed off of each other in a reciprocal fashion, but they are important for any high school baseball player that wants to continue their baseball career. From my time in baseball, I have seen talent-deprived players play college baseball at colleges in subarctic and sub-Saharan climates, that have minimal academic standards, because they wanted to continue their dream of being a baseball player. At a certain point each player has to decide when their playing career is over, and for some it may be in high school, others in college, or, for the fortunate, in pro-ball. However, for high school and college players, the time to lay the glove down is when you have to choose between baseball and education; education always comes first. For example, I had a high school teammate who chose to play junior college baseball at Cochise Sate, over the University of San Diego. He immediately regretted his mistake and transferred to USD after his first semester in college. However, for those that are determined to play at the next level and want to work hard to get there, here is some help.

HSBaseballWeb.com provides a plethora of step-by-step guidelines and advice for high school players that want to play in college and at the pro level. The website takes you through every step of the recruiting process: contacting coaches, standardized tests, and recruiting camps. The website has it all. For players that want to play in college, reading all this information is part of the hard work that is necessary to get you where you want to go.


Weight training in baseball-What is appropriate?

Wednesday, Dec. 26th 2012

For this weeks blog on advanced hitting our focus will be on an article written by Dana Cavalea, a strength and conditioning coach in the New York Yankees organization, entitled Machine Training vs. Free Weight Training.. Train to Move! Weight training in baseball is a controversial topic and most often comes up as your young baseball player moves into high school. Cavalea’s stance is that there is no comparison between free weights and machine training; free weights win every time. From Cavalea’s perspective, you look at the sport of baseball and observe that the sport is played while you stand on your two feet. Consequently your training regiments should duplicate your on field actions. Cavalea’s more specific argument can be summed, in Machine Training vs. Free Weight Training.. Train to Move!, when he says:

If we are using machines, we are able to strengthen a muscle most likely in isolation, and are limiting the amount of stabilizer activity that would be necessary if we were using free weights. As an example, a leg press requires very little stabilization because the back pad works to lock in our spinal column, whereas during a standing squat, we are forced to activate our core musculature or else our upper body will collapse. With the free weight exercises we are getting more “bang for the buck” and strengthening the body in positions it will be placed in on the field.

The perspective that Cavalea takes in his article is a breath of fresh air. Cavalea believes passionately that free weight training is the correct approach to baseball strength conditioning, but believes people should come to this conclusion on their own analysis.  “Analyze the movements that take place in your sport then compare your program to these movements and see if you are incorporating these planes of movement in your program,” says Cavalea. You never find yourself on your back, like you do when you do leg press or bench press, in baseball. Consequently these motions are unlikely to help you gain a functional strength for baseball. That is all the analysis Cavalea needs.


Weighted Training Balls – Training Aid Tuesdays

Tuesday, Dec. 18th 2012

Baseball Express, amongst their other great products, offers a weighted ball set that is a must own for baseball players of all ages. The idea itself seems quite ingenious. Personally, I remember as boy cutting open a tennis ball, filling the inside of the ball with change, and rapping the ball with duck tape so I could build up my arm strength by throwing a weighted ball.

While the “penny ball”, as my friend and I liked to call it, achieves the same objective as the Baseball Express Weighted Training Ball, Baseball Expresses product provides several key features that most weighted balls do not have. Baseball Expresses ball set takes on the characteristics of a normal baseball. Most weighted balls on the market are made of a rubber, plastic, or vinyl material and do not have laces like a normal baseball. Baseball Express’ ball set is made of the same leather material as a baseball and has laces so that a player may be able to get the same feel as when they throw with a normal ball. Unlike most weighted balls that only come in one weight, Baseball Express’ creation comes in a set of six different weights for $29.99, or individually for $5.99. The set allows you to gradually build up to higher weights, from the lightest ball—7 oz.—to the heaviest ball—12 oz. After all, with any weight lifting activity, you don’t want to jump right into the most difficult and strenuous weight.

There is very little customer response available online about Baseball Express’ Weighted Ball Set, and this particular blogger would appreciate any feedback that the baseball community has about the device. Particularly, can the balls last through more than the normal wear and tear a baseball endures? Do you find that the heavier balls should be reserved for a higher age group? Have there been injury concerns associated with the ball? And, most importantly, have you see any improvement in your baseball player’s throwing? This improvement does not necessarily have to be associated with velocity. Have you seen an improvement in command? Baseball Express, like most great inventors, has filled a technological gap that is characterized by need. In an era where arm injuries are prevalent at every level of baseball simple, yet practical, devices like this weighted ball set could help shoulder condition and strength, and lead to less arm injuries.


Batting Trainer Endorsed by Successful High School Coach

Saturday, Jul. 10th 2010

“We have been using the insider bat and one of the main thing we like is the instant feedback you receive with each swing and the variety of drills that can be used with the insider bat. It really gives my players an understanding of keeping their hands inside the ball”

Head Coach Larry Turner

Head Baseball Coach
Owasso High School
Owasso, Oklahoma
State Champions 1987, 98, 99, 2001,03,04,07,08,09
State Runner-up 1997, 2000,05,06