Welcome to our brand new baseball equipment comparison page! Why did we create this page? We know that your time is valuable and you may not be interested in combing through our entire site just to find the equipment you are looking for. Hence we figured it would be easier and quicker for you if we compiled all of our equipment lists into one easy page. One other major difference between this page and our other pages dedicated to specific equipment is that we have also included some quick points for each piece of gear so you don’t need to view the full review/overview of each product. I hope this page helps you, but please let me know if anything is missing.
When you think of baseball, more than likely the first image that pops into your head is someone smashing a homerun to straight away center. And as you can well imagine, you can’t hit homers (or anything for that matter) without a smooth swinging, powerful bat. In the table that follows, we outline the top choices in adult sized bats for this year. All are approved by the BBCOR standard and should be an upgrade to what you are currently using.
|Demarini CF Zen & Insane|
|Easton Mako Beast|
|Material||Half and Half||Composite||Composite||Aluminum|
|Construction||Two piece||Two piece||Two piece||One piece|
|Swing||End Loaded||Balanced & End Loaded||End Loaded||Balanced|
|Barrel||Thickness-Tuned X14||Paraflex||TCT Thermo||pOp 2.0|
|Barrel Diameter||2 5/8"||2 5/8"||2 5/8"||2 5/8"|
As opposed to the Adult bats section above, this section in particular is dedicated to youth sized baseball bats instead. How do they differ? For one in most cases these bats are much lighter to swing as they feature a lower drop than the adult versions. Secondly they are also a bit cheaper on average. However that certainly does not mean that they won’t improve your game. The bats that follow are suggested for players aged approximately 6 to 12 but as always make sure to check a size chart before purchasing.
|Easton Mako Beast|
|Material||Composite||Composite||Half and Half||Composite|
|Length to Weight||-10||-11||-12||-11|
|Construction||Two piece||Two piece||Two piece hybrid||One piece|
|Approved for Little League?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Approved for Babe Ruth?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Approved for Dixie?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Approved for Pony?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Approved for AABC?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Approved for USSSA?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Barrel||TCT Thermo Composite||Paraflex Composite||X12 Alloy||Hyperlite Alloy|
|Barrel Diameter||2 1/4"||2 1/4"||2 1/4"||2 1/4"|
As I mentioned earlier at the beginning of this page when most people think of baseball they think of the power hitter crushing homeruns, or scoring the game winning run. However defense is also an integral part of the game and outside of drills for positioning and speed one of the better ways to increase your defensive skills is by using a top level glove. As you can imagine however the decision of the right glove is not always easy as it depends on the player, the position you play, and other factors. Below we feature what we feel are the top choices for each position.
|Wilson A2000 DP15GM|
|Mizuno GMVP Prime|
|Mizuno Classic Pro Soft|
|Mizuno World Win 1st Base
|Web Type||H Web||Shock 2 Web||Modified T-Web||Single Post Web|
|Leather||Pro Stock Select||Bio-retro||Throwback||Retro Leather|
|Feature 1||Developed by Dustin Pedroia||Game ready flexibility||Roll Welting||Less shock in the palm|
|Feature 2||Extra long laces||UltraSoft palm lining||Soft Palms||Immediate break-in|
Similar to our bats section, we have broken our choices of gloves into both Adult and Youth categories. The reason for this is simple. Most youth players (i.e. 12 and under) do not need a specialized glove to account for positions as in most cases a younger player will rotate all over the field during a game. The last thing a parent would probably wants to do is purchase a glove for each position for their young superstar. Many of the gloves in the table below also feature other great benefits for younger players as they help teach them how to squeeze proberly when the ball lands in the webbing. After all – technique is the most important aspect for players of this age.
|Louisville Omaha Select|
|Nokona Buffalo Combo
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|Web Type||Tartan Basket||H-Web||Basket||Basket|
|Leather||U.S Steerhide||Oil-Treated Cowhide||U.S Steerhide||Buffalo|
The last section of comparison page deals with footwear – or to be more specific cleats. This section in particular is more geared towards adult players as younger player (i.e. 6 to 12 or so) in most cases won’t require a specialized shoe at their level. In fact in some cases it may actually hurt them. For older players however cleats can make a huge difference in terms of speed, ability to shift direction, and provide you with more comfort. Below is our selection featuring many top sneaker brands.
|Mizuno 9-Spike Swagger 2|
|New Balance 3000v2|
|Adidas AdiZero 5-Tool 2.5|
|New Balance L4040
|Sizes||7 to 16||7 to 16||6.5 to 14||7 to 16|
I hope that you have found this page useful for finding the best pieces of gear for your next game or season. My plan is to keep this updated with new equipment all of the time so feel free to bookmark or share this page. Thanks!