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JJLSU
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Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
My 8 yr old son is transitioning from a machine-pitch league requiring a 2-1/4" bat to coach-pitch which allows for the use of a big-barrel bat. I've researched quite a bit on getting the right size bat, but what I'm looking for is some opinions on brands and the difference in a $40 bat versus a $200 bat. What I'm looking to get for him is a 26"/16oz 2-3/4". Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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BigEdLSU
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
I know slightly above nothing about baseball but I'd think if you get him the slimmest bat possible you'd force his accuracy to improve but I have no idea. My 8 year old borrows a bat from his coach


CrimsonTideMD
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
The last guy that hit a home run, use that bat.

At least that was standard procedure when I was in little league.


LSUnatick
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
At that age. At that size ,look at worth. Cheap bats or home run monkey.


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
I would call "The Zone" here in Houston, the can answer any questions you may have. Our neighbor's nephew plays on a select baseball team that practices there. They have former MLB players on their staff, so it's a legit place.

(281) 913-0344

...and report back, I'm interested in what you learn.




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CHEDBALLZ
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Cheap bats dot com and use the bat coach. They also have a review section.



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Tigertracks
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Member since Nov 2007
762 posts

re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Can't help you with the bat, but when old enough should memorize this:

The Science of Hitting

Teach him how to hit and he can use any old bat.


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Fat Man
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
I always suggest the player borrow bats from teammates for a couple of weeks before making a purchase.

Seems like "used" would be good way to go ... a 9 or 10 y.o. that had a $200 bat.

CRD? I coached 7 & 8's there a few years ago .. but it was still Coach-pitch.

Or Coquille? Coached there while it was machine pitch.


tigerfan182
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
What BigEd said. Borrow someone's.


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BigPerm30
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
I only buy $350 bats for my son. Then again he does play travel ball and will likely be in the majors in about 12 years.


jbgleason
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Marucci sports right here in Baton Rouge. Buy local Baw.

However... according to the OT you will likely be shot, robbed and carjacked by driving down Siegen Lane. Your women will likely be stolen as well.


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el Gaucho
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Did you try wal mart?


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tigerfan182
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
The rest of the team says thanks. Been there, done that


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joeleblanc
Member since Jan 2012
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
quote:

I only buy $350 bats for my son. Then again he does play travel ball and will likely be in the majors in about 12 years.

You poor or something? and why is it going to take him so long to get to the show?


JJ27
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Local Marucci team in that age bracket hit 11 home runs this weekend swinging Marucci exclusively. Must be hot.


bknight00
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Real answer. Get him a bat he likes and can be successful at hitting with. Something that is not to heavy or long and something he can hit almost any pitch with. Kids that age are free swingers and he will need control. Bats at that age are similar. Rule of thumb with bats, metal bats are hot out of the wrapper,composite bats tend to "loosen up" over time. But bats that size and weight are usually very thin walled and normally have good "pop" due to the thin walled trampoline effect.


JJLSU
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Member since Aug 2007
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
quote:

I always suggest the player borrow bats from teammates for a couple of weeks before making a purchase.

Seems like "used" would be good way to go ... a 9 or 10 y.o. that had a $200 bat.

CRD? I coached 7 & 8's there a few years ago .. but it was still Coach-pitch.

Or Coquille? Coached there while it was machine pitch.


Yeah, we've been at Coquille and it's machine pitch- through 8s, no coach-pitch there. He'll be playing in a different league this year.

In regards to a used bat, from what I understand the more expensive bats have a certain life to them, kinda lose their pop after a while. With that said, I'm no expert thus why I thought I'd get a few opinions.


Grim
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Local Marucci team in that age bracket hit 11 home runs this weekend swinging Marucci exclusively. Must be hot

That's called talent


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JJLSU
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re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
I'll try to give them a call and see what they have to say.


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WilsonPickett
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Member since Oct 2009
1355 posts

re: Need advice on Youth Baseball Bats
Take him to Red Stick sports or even Academy and let him pick one out that looks and feels good to him. Make sure it meets the standards of the league he plays in and enjoy! Don't buy a bat that too big, biggest mistake parents make.


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