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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If baseball is considered to be a non-contact sport, then how do over 275,000 players visit the emergency room every year for baseball related injuries? Although player to player contact is not part of the game, players can get hurt in numerous ways. Some of the most common injuries in baseball are throwing-arm strains, hip/upper-leg strains, and head/face injuries from being struck by a baseball. Luckily, there are ways to treat and prevent such injuries and drastically reduce the chances of being injured in baseball. Here’s how:
Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious More >
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 >
The wait is over! DeMarini has finally launched their 2015 line of baseball bats and we have them available at homerunmonkey.com for pre-order! This lineup will include the CF7 and Voodoo Overlord FT for: Adult BBCOR, Senior League, Junior Big Barrel and Youth.
Not sure which is the best fit for you or the prospective player? Hopefully we can give you a better idea and some insight as which to choose.
The DeMarini CF7 baseball bat, with Paradox +Plus composite and D-Fusion FT handle, is DeMarini’s top-of-the-line for 2015; perfect for the serious player looking for an evenly balanced, light-swinging bat More >
We are happy to announce that HomerunMonkey is expanding to Colorado and New Hampshire! There are two new MonkeySports Superstore locations coming soon and they will be the first Superstore locations for both states, adding to our current locations in: California, New Jersey and Massachusetts. By adding these two great stores, we are making it even easier to get the best Baseball and Softball gear at the lowest prices!
The latest addition out West is set to open up in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Greenwood Village borders the city of Littleton and is only a 30 minute drive from the “Mile-High City” of More >
Our XProTex batting gloves review giveaway has recently been wrapped up, but no worries! We are ready to go with another great giveaway to follow up – a chance to win a WebGem Glove Care System of your choice!
Not familiar with the WebGem System? Well, allow me to introduce this fantastic product! The WebGem Glove Care System is for the serious player that is looking to not only break-in a new glove, but maintain the life and form of their current glove, or even restore the life and form of an older glove. There are forms available for each player; there More >
The Mako Torq – available for baseball and fastpitch – is the first of its kind, with a rotating handle to allow for free movement of the wrists through the swing. What does this mean? Simply put, the swing is shorter and quicker to the ball, allowing the player to square up more pitches; and longer through the ball, allowing full extension to get as much pop at contact as possible. This innovative technology, combined with Easton’s top-of-the line More >