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The Star-Spangled Banner, our nation’s anthem, is proudly sung before each MLB baseball game – some performances more memorable than others of course. However, when looking at all of the performances throughout baseball history, it is easy to forget that our national anthem was written 200 years ago! The history of the Star-Spangled Banner in baseball is set apart from other professional sports – which may seem fitting since baseball is considered America’s pastime. What better song to represent a sport so rich in tradition than our own national anthem? Here’s a quick look at the history and fun facts More >
As baseball and fastpitch softball have evolved as sports, the equipment each player uses has evolved as well. The gloves and mitts that are used on the field are more position-specific, helping the player field or catch the ball to the best of his/her ability. However, those that are new to a position may not understand the importance of the design of the glove and just what the big differences are between each one. This goes especially for the fielders that are considering catching for the first time. If you are new to being behind the dish, here are 3 More >
For those that are new to the world of Slowpitch Softball, choosing a bat may be pretty overwhelming. The length and weight ratios are different than in Baseball and Fastpitch Softball, not to mention which bats are legal in different leagues and tournaments vary. So, before making such a crucial purchase, it’s important to know the ins-and-outs for what your needs are as a player, as well as the leagues and/or tournaments you will be playing in. Hopefully, this guide can provide a little insight and make the buying process for slow pitch softball bats less complicated and confusing.
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The consensus between doctors, coaches and parents for youth baseball pitchers is to avoid throwing the curveball – so much to the point where Little League baseball has even considered banning breaking pitches during games. The thought behind the controversial pitch is that it is too strenuous on the young arm; that these youth players cannot handle the torque and load on their elbows and shoulders without suffering injury. Sometimes serious enough to lead to the infamous “Tommy John” surgery – which replaces the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) located on the pinky-side of the elbow.
However, more recent research has More >
Throughout the world, about 10% of the general population is Left-Hand dominant. This world is riddled with “Righties”, which makes reaching the Major Leagues in Baseball seem even tougher than usual should you be a “Lefty”. But looking at some of the Greatests of All-Time, Southpaws are great too. So, we decided to compile our own list to give those Lefties some love! Here are some of the greatest Lefties to ever play the game, in no particular order, split half-and-half Pitchers and Hitters.Hitters
The “Great Bambino” is argued as one of the greatest ballplayers of all-time, More >
With summer coming to a close, baseball and softball players find themselves creeping into the dreaded “Off-Season”. What to do during this boring, game-less time? Well, many players take advantage of the down time by breaking in a new glove for the upcoming season. With plenty of time until those cleats hit the dirt again, the off-season is ideal for softening up that brand new, stiff glove. But with this, many players, coaches and parents find themselves wondering, “What is the best way to break-in a new glove?”. Hopefully we can shed some light on this popular topic.
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Looking at all of the baseball bats that are available on the market today, it can be overwhelming when trying to determine which one to use in a game or practice. With the numerous materials, stamps, weights, designs, etc. players and parents are left at a crossroads when selecting a bat to use at the plate. So where does the player or parent start? How does someone determine which bat is best? Hopefully we can clear up some of these questions when it comes to the different options each player has.
Where to Start…
The best place to start is with league regulations. More >
Over the past few years, there has been much talking and, well, complaining about the latest NCAA and NFHS bat certification deemed “Bat-Ball Coefficient of Restitution”, better known simply as “BBCOR”. Officially since 1/1/11, the BBCOR standard has been a requirement for bats used in NCAA regular season and tournament play; a change from the previous, more responsive Bat Exit Speed Ratio (BESR) standard. The thought behind the new standard and change is the desire to make non-wood bats perform closer to the wood material – which will require better skill from the players, reduce the exponentially increasing offensive (particularly More >
Some of the best youth talent in the world is on display at the Little League Baseball World Series; and Easton believes the best in the world should use the best equipment available. Easton has provided the teams with some of their high-end equipment, some items in custom colors, for use on the field out in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Curious as to what these Little Leaguers are using? Here’s a guide to some of the gear on the field, all of which is already or soon-to-be available at HomerunMonkey.com!
During the 2013 LLWS, Easton made quite a splash when their new More >
Since posting about our “Axe Bat BP Giveaway”, I have gotten a number of questions regarding the Axe Bat and the theory behind the unique design of their patented handle and the durability of the barrel. With the influx of questions coming in, I thought I would dedicate a blog specifically to the benefits of the Axe bat and the information that backs up those proposed benefits.
If you are not familiar with the Axe bat design and what sets it apart from other manufacturers, start by looking at the handle. For baseball (all materials, including wood), fastpitch and slowpitch bats, More >