Louisville Slugger Softball Bats vs Baseball Bats

You can forget all those theories about a “rabbit” ball, somehow spiced up by the newly liberated workers who hand-sew the official ball. Dismiss all talk of a juiced-up version that exits the ballpark whenever a Louisville Slugger is even waved in its direction.

If you blame Rawlings for the dingers, you might as well rap them for the walks, too. Maybe the best softball bats are wrongly used. Maybe it causes hanging curveballs and jacks up the homer output that way. And maybe grizzly bears could all be big- league catchers, if only they knew the hitters a bit better.

The real problem is that damnable, impossible-to-control, totally off- centre, post-revolutionary Haitianbaseball.

“Obviously, it’s the game’s best-kept secret,” a guy whose brother-in- law knows a major- league general manager told me yesterday, in an exclusive telephone interview.

“All the top brass have known for weeks, but now it’s starting to leak out to the managers and players,” he said. “Just look at the control problems the Blue Jay pitchers have been having. Guys like Al Widmar have finally figured out that it’s the balls. A lot of them are way off-centre.

“Heck, all you’ve got to do is look at this season’s walk statistics.”

Absolutely right. You thought Toby Harrah drew a lot of bases on balls last season? Well, there are four players in the American League alone (Winfield, Boggs, Randolph and Brett) who are now far beyond his pace. At the current rate, Dave Winfield will draw 151 walks – threatening Babe Ruth’s record of 170. Nobody’s been up in that stratosphere since Ted Williams intimidated his way to 162 free passes in 1949.

Over in the Boston Red Sox, Bob Brenly is trotting to first base at a furious pace that will challenge Eddie Stanky’s (145) league high.

In fact, while the talk has centred on home runs, this year’s base-on- balls leaders are much more of a threat to Ruth’s walking record than the sluggers are to Roger Maris’ home-run total.

If you blame Rawlings for the dingers, you might as well rap them for the walks, too. Maybe the best softball bats are wrongly used. Maybe it causes hanging curveballs and jacks up the homer output that way. And maybe grizzly bears could all be big- league catchers, if only they knew the hitters a bit better.

Whew. It is only May, and we’ve already had a whole season’s worth of nonsense. Broadcaster Tony Kubek is beating the same rabbit-ball theme he clubbed to death in 1982. And he’s supported by newspaper reports of a “record pace” in big league fence-busting.

Let’s back up a bit and put the issue in perspective.

First of all, Kubek’s 1982 campaign fell flat on its face. There was talk of scientific measurement and laboratory proof of a livelier ball. Every second homer was accompanied by broadcast-booth chatter about the “juiced” Rawlings. Towering fly balls that died on the warning track, meanwhile, passed without comment.

It seems common sense not to dissect a phenomenon until you know it exists. Yet it was only after all the commotion that we discovered there was nothing to explain. Statistics showed clearly that 1982 had been business-as-usual down at the neighborhood ballyard.

True, there were more homers hit than the year before. But 1981 was an extreme pitchers’ year, and 1982 did nothing more than restore the balance. Baseball has always had an idiosyncratic pattern of good and bad offensive seasons – for reasons that range from weather patterns to random chance. The 1982 season was a definite hitters’ year, but not an exceptional one. As recently as 1979, offence had been nearly a half- run per game greater.

The rabbit-ball talk mercifully abated after 1982, partly because home- run output returned to routine levels. A peak of 2,080 dipped to 1,903 and then 1,980. Strangely, the “juiced” ball proponents remained silent even last season, when the AL suddenly rapped an historic 2,178 balls over the wall. It was only when NL clubs began banging early season shots this spring that the cry has resurfaced.

Does a one-month flurry of power really mean anything? Is there a lacrosse ball stuffed inside this year’s official Rawlings? Almost certainly not. You may recall that USA Today carried a huge article last season on the exact opposite phenomenon: a dramatic NL run-shortage that forced many of the league’s general managers into overnight reversal on the designated hitter issue.

The U.S. paper asked dozens of experts – (including Kubek, who figured it was a strike- zone problem) – about the offensive brownout. All offered plausible-sounding explanations that now appear ridiculous.

At the time, this column merely shrugged and noted the obvious: that it was probably a temporary fluctuation, a dip on the chart that would soon right itself. Eventually, the great NL run famine simply disappeared. And that is the near-certain fate of the league’s current bunny- ball bonanza.

As for the off-centre ball, well, it is obviously a joke. But those amazing walk statistics are genuine, and at least as significant as the home- run barrage. Who knows? Maybe Baby Doc is to blame.

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Why Softball Was Removed at The Olympics

If you’ve kept up with news surrounding the Olympics in recent years, you may have heard of a pretty major change – softball is no longer a contending sport. For softball players and fans like myself, this is a pretty depressing turn for the world’s largest sports competition. So, why exactly did they decide to remove softball from the Olympics?
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Softball in The Olympics

In the early days of the Olympics, there was no softball. It wasn’t until the 1940′s when Japanese and U.S. players rallied to get approval from the committee to add softball to their list of sports. Up until the 90′s, efforts continued for the inclusion of softball until it was finally recognized and approved as a women’s-only sport in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Softball remained as an active sport up until 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2005, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to remove both baseball and softball from the program. There as a stand-still on the voting with 52 people for keeping softball in the Olympics and 52 for its removal. In 2009, the IOC released a statement saying that softball would not be included in the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics.

Reasons For Removing Softball From The Olympics

No one knows for sure why softball, or baseball for that matter, was kicked out of the Olympics. However, Olympic sports officials have stated that both softball and baseball are too “American” for the world sporting competition. If you had the chance to watch any of the past Olympic softball games, you’ll see just how much the U.S. dominated every other team. Should we remove a sport and prevent players from playing just because they’re more skilled than other teams are? Personally, I don’t think so, but unfortunately I’m not on the IOC so my opinion doesn’t really count.

Other people believe softball and baseball were removed simply because there wasn’t enough room for or resources for them. Golf and rugby are two sports which were recently added and this could have contributed to the removal of softball and baseball.

Will Softball Be Added Back To The Olympics?

There are efforts underway by the International Softball Federation to include softball back into the list of Olympic sports. They are currently preparing a proposal for the IOC which states why softball should be added to the Olympics. Will it work? We don’t know yet, but we can all cross our fingers and hope to see it back on the ballet.

Slow Pitch Softball Batting Tips

Slow Pitch Softball Batting Tips

Want to know how you can improve your batting game in slow pitch softball? Unlike traditional baseball, you don’t get the luxury of a ball coming in one direction. Instead, the pitcher is will try everything possible to keep the ball away from your hitting zone. If you want to know how to increase your batting game, you should read these tips I’m about to you.

Swinging Power

When you make contact with the ball, you want to hit it with as much force as possible. So how do you achieve this? To start with, you need to choose the best slowpitch softball bats. Don’t make the assumption that a heavier bat is the best choice. Your swinging power is determined by two things – velocity and the weight of the bat. If the bat is too heavy for you to swing effeciently, then you need a lighter bat. You may have to try a few different ones until you find the bat right for you.

After you’ve go your bat, take some time practicing with it. This will not only give you a chance to get a better feel for the bat, but it will help break it in as well.

You’ve probably been told over a hundred times to keep your eye on the ball. It’s one of the basic principles of softball and most of us are taught this as kids. With softball, it’s even more important because of the varying ball movement. A skilled pitcher will try to throw the ball inside, outside, under, in the dirt and all around. It’s up to you to keep your eyes on it to avoid swinging at bad pitches. When you see a pitch that’s in your “sweet spot”, then you have take a good swing.

Hitting The Ball

Hopefully you have your batting swing down by now. When you’re about to swing, lift up your front foot, shift your body weight towards it, then cut through the ball with all the force you have. This is the basic principle of power hitting. If you want to pull it to one one side of the outfield, then you’ll need to practice where and when to hit the ball. If you’re a right-handed batter facing a right handed pitcher, you should be able to pull the ball to outer left field by hitting it slightly inside.

Along with practice, you should also watch the pitcher before the game starts. See what types of pitches they throw and if they have any sneakky ones up their sleeves. There are a lot of skilled slow softball pitchers who throw some nasty curveballs.

Softball Bats Vs. Baseball Bats

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If you are interested in buying a softball bat, there are a few things you should know about what the market has to offer on one hand and about what you should be considering in order to buy a softball bat that meets your needs on the other.

The softball bats for sale these days are usually created in a way that comes to meet any possible requirements the shopper might have. The most established brands in the world of baseball and softball bats will offer you the greatest variety of models to choose from, as well as the best quality, after all, they have become trademarks by consistently supplying their clients with top quality merchandise. As such, opting for a softball bat produced by Louisville Slugger, Demarini, Easton, Jugs, Nike or Nokona or other brands of the same level might be a wise choice. The difference between brands of similar levels isn’t huge because competing brands will usually have similar products, so basically, once you narrow your search down to a few items from similar brands, it’s all down to personal preference.

Best fastpitch softball bats will be made out of aluminum alloys and very rarely out of wood because it’s very important for softball bats to be light and have easy maintenance, and wood bats can be heavy, stand to get damaged quicker and need a lot of special care, which makes metal alloy bats the most likely choice for softball.

It’s very important to take dimensions, weight and personal preference into account when browsing through the softball bats for sale in order to guarantee your complete satisfaction with the purchase.

Blem Baseball Bats

If you are thinking about buying a baseball bat and have made some inquiries on the theme, you might have heard the term blem baseball bats but aren’t exactly sure what it means. Blem is short for blemished, which means blem baseball bats are bats that have some sort of fabrication defect which is enough to take them off the main market, but not enough to render them unusable. In short, it means that if you are willing to accept a small, often unnoticeable defect on your baseball bat, you could get a fantastic deal on a bat you would otherwise need to pay very good money for.

Seeing as blem baseball bats can mean such good deals, they can sometimes be in high demand, especially the type of high quality bats that most people wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. Of course, the issue of where to find such a bat can come up, but you should be pleased to know that there are a series of online stores that offer you the chance of buying blem baseball bats.

There is also the other side of the coin, where greedy merchants might try to pass off blem baseball bats with small blemishes as blemish-free, which means that you should also make sure that the bat you are buying is in perfect condition, if for no other reason than the fact you could be getting a far better deal on the blem baseball bat they might be trying to sell you, or that you should be getting flawless merchandise if you are paying full price.