Posts Tagged ‘Baseball’
Easton-Bell Sports is trying to latch onto a social media trend that made the LOLcats famous so it can get noticed by parents of youth baseball and softball players, parents of youth hockey players, and George Takei.
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Vinci, makers of high quality baseball gloves and equipment, announces their expanded product lines for the 2012 major league baseball season.
Vinci offers gloves for every position for baseball and softball. The gloves range in price from $49.99 for youth all the way up to over $200 for adult. They have introduced over 40 gloves to the market to date. The gloves are hand crafted from the finest US Steerhide and Kip leathers.
Vinci’s sports sunglasses are lightweight and created with impact resistant polycarbonate lenses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. Their total wrap-around profile offers a better field of vision when playing sports.
Vinci is a family-owned sports equipment company dedicated to quality. For additional information, visit www.vincipro.com.
Did you buy your 8-year-old a $300 graphite/titanium-lined aluminum bat for the upcoming baseball season? You did? OK, first, what the heck is wrong with you, spending $300 for an 8-year-old’s bat? Second, are you sure your child will even be able to use it?
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The pageantry. The speculation. The sheer giddiness.
And don’t forget the fly overs, which might one of the coolest things in all of sports, especially with B2 Bombers.
MLB Opening Day is upon us, and with much, much anticipation us baseball nuts can finally stop twitching, drafting fantasy teams, and watching players numbered 70-99 play in the late innings. Opening Day is one of this countries finest occasions, with hope and promise limitless in the minds of even the most delusional Pirates fans. This day means something special to all of us, even if you hate baseball, it means the beginning of having to hear about it for another six months. And for us unfortunate northern types, Opening Day is sort of like Punxsutawney Phil on steroids, the definitive sign that, yes, someday, all this friggin snow will melt in the North. (Hopefully mentioning steroids during Barry Bonds’ trial isn’t too taboo)
Baseball is a nearly universal language, and Opening Day is like the universal baseball Christmas. For our friends in Japan, hopefully this Opening Day provides a momentary pleasant distraction from the unimaginable hardship and tragedy that they have endured in the days since their disaster. Likewise in the Latin countries, where poverty and instability runs rampant, but baseball provides a shining light over the region, where so many of the stars of the game hail from. Here in the U.S., Opening Day is not only something to share with the world, but I feel it’s something to hang our hat on. On days like this it’s hard not to proud to be an American, because only a country this awesome could play host to such a beautiful, multicity world wide event every year.
Although I’m not a huge fan of the Thursday start, Opening Day could happen in the middle of the night and it wouldn’t matter, because of its power. Many things in baseball are larger than life, and while none of them are bigger than the game itself, some of them transcend the game. This is one of those things. The boys of summer are back in their respective cities, and the wave of summertime fun and sunshine is coming with them.
Oh, and the fly overs are coming with too. Awesome!
It’s been said that they are the four greatest words in the english language:
Pitchers. And. Catchers. Report.
As a baseball nut, I’m in 100% agreement with that idea and this time of year is like the day before a child’s birthday for me. It has begun, as all the major league teams have begun packing up and heading south, with or without Michael Young. The big question this year is who can beat the Phillies rotation, other than Brian Wilson’s beard. Another question, more at the local level stems from the new batch of bat certification standards. Composite bats have been wreaking havoc on baseballs and softballs for almost a decade now, and the subsequent injuries (and even deaths) resulting have parents and officials concerned enough to the point where we may not see them again.
My take on it is this- with full disclosure, I was struck with a batted ball two summers ago while pitching a softball game. After multiple fractures to my orbital bone, two titanium plates in my face and thousands of dollars owed from surgery; I can verify that composite bats are dangerous. Do I think that banning them completely is a good step? Not entirely. I’m all for it from a competitive standpoint, as some bats, especially in the slow pitch softball realm are like built in steroids; but from a safety standpoint, I don’t think it matters much. Had I been hit with a screaming line drive off of an alloy bat, I don’t think my face would’ve been any better off or my bills any less soul crushing. It’s a slippery slope, that’s true, but there has been people seriously injured with balls off of wood bats, so where does it end? The reason why I got hurt was I didn’t have my glove up. I threw the ball ending with my glove at my side, and missed catching the ball by about an inch. Had I pitched with my glove up, it would’ve been an Out instead of Ouch. It’s a tough task to ask kids to defend themselves from batted balls, especially while pitching, but in this sport, like many others; the dangers are always going to be there, regardless of the safety measures we take.
With all of that soap boxing aside, rule changes are inevitable, and this year the baseball world is being shook up by the new BBCOR (Batted Ball Coefficient Of Restitution) standards, that are targeting composite bats. In high school and college play, the BESR (Ball Exit Speed Ratio) certified bats are going out, this year for college, next year for high school, and must be replaced with BBCOR certified bats. The difference being the new BBCOR certification measures the bats trampoline effect, or how much pop a bat has, versus the old method of measuring the speed of the ball off of the bat in testing. We talked about these bats and how Sports Authority was offering them in one of our latest articles.
At the youth level, it isn’t quite that easy. I always recommend to check with your little league coach or a league official to get a list of either approved or unapproved bats, because youth leagues aren’t all uniformly sanctioned, and therefore will have several different rules and guidelines. Also, the friendly staff at your local sporting goods store should have a good idea as to what is allowed or not allowed in your area. And to find that friendly local sporting goods store, use Sportrabbit.com.