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Wood Bat Warranty

We will stand by all of our wood bats by offering a warranty against manufacturer defects.  MaxBat, Inc. prides itself on the quality and performance of its products, which not only meet, but also exceed industry quality and durability standards. However, all wood bats are subject to fatigue and a possible breakdown over time.

MaxBat, Inc. offers a one-time replacement for Pro Series or Pro Player Signature Series adult wood bats that failed due to a manufacturing defect.  MaxBat will not replace wood bats that failed due to user error.  Examples of user error that are not covered under the MaxBat wood bat warranty:

  • Hitting dimple balls or anything other than a baseball.  This includes hitting the bat against the ground, home plate, fence, etc.
  • Balls that are batted outside of the sweet spot, particularly balls that are hit towards the logo or off the end of the barrel.  The majority of bats break when a ball is hit out towards the end of the bat barrel.
  • A cracked, chipped or dented cup that does not affect the integrity of the bat. Once a warranty claim has been filed, MaxBat will require pictures to be sent as proof.  In some cases, the bat in question will need to be returned to MaxBat for inspection.  The customer will be responsible for all return shipping charges.

To initiate a claim, please send an email to info@maxbats.com with the word “Warranty” in the subject line.  You will be contacted by MaxBat personnel regarding the next steps.

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How to Care for your Wood Bat

How to Care for your Wood Bat

Because we take so much care when we make your Rock Maple or Yellow Birch wood bat, we want to show you how to care for your bat and make it last:

  1. Never ever throw your wooden bat. MaxBats were not meant to be thrown, nor is any other piece of equipment except the baseball.
  2. Thin handled wood bats are not always your best option. The thinner the handle, the less mass it has. The majority of our wood bats feature a handle diameter of 15/16″ for feel, and strength, and it’s what most professionals want.  For most players a medium handle wood bat is the way to go!
  3. Practice with soft toss and tee work when you first use your new wood bat. This will help train your eye to ensure proper contact with the ball when facing live pitching.
  4. Always position the bat in your hands so the MaxBat logo is facing you (up), or that the logo is on the opposite side facing away from you (down). We take great care to place our MaxBat logo on top of the wood grain to ensure that when a pitched ball is struck, you will make contact with the wood bats strongest surface. The positioning of the label will help you find the “sweet spot” on your bat. Hitting the baseball squarely on the sweet spot will help you reach the fences and beyond!
  5. Don’t leave your wooden bat in the trunk on a hot day. Your car can become an oven. High heat can bake the moisture out of your bat causing it to become brittle. Long periods of exposure to heat is not good for any bat. This is why you want to avoid purchasing a bat from a sporting goods store window. Bats are like people, we want to be comfortable, not hot or cold.
  6. Don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail at info@maxbats.com with any of your questions. We love hearing from you.

The better you can take care of your wood bats, the longer they will last.

 

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MaxBat Wood Bats Protected in a bat case

Categories: Baseball Bats, Baseball Training, Birch Bats, Custom baseball bat, Maple Bats

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Batting Gloves Now and Then

Batting Gloves

Batting gloves have been a staple at all levels of baseball for upwards of 60 to 70 years. The reasons behind wearing gloves varies.  Some wear them to keep a firm grip on the bat or to prevent blisters.  In addition, other players wear them for added warmth.  Batting Gloves also offer a reduction of shock to the hands on a mishit ball.

Who used them first?

The origins of the first hitters to use batting gloves isn’t exactly clear. There have been some factoids saying players wore gloves as early as the 1900s. Other reports showing a couple players donning them in the 1930s. Some say  Bobby Thompson was the first to wear batting gloves. Bobby is famous for hitting the “shot heard round the world”. The New York Giants won the pennant in 1951 due to Bobby’s big hit. Some reports show he arrived to spring training in 1949 sporting some golf gloves to protect his hands. Others reminisce of Ted Williams returning from his service in Korea wearing golf gloves in 1953. Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, long time White Sox TV color guy, claims he was the first major leaguer to sport a version of batting gloves in an MLB game.  After golfing 36 holes with teammates before a game against the Yankees he developed some blisters during batting practice.  He remembered he had a red golf glove in his jeans pocked and later used it during the game.

The majority of MLB ballplayers today wear batting gloves. There are other variations we have seen throughout the course of time. Hunter Pence has been known to wear a single glove on his bottom hand. Rod Carew was famous for wearing a single red glove on his top hand. Current player Wil Myers chooses not to wear gloves at all.  These players are few and far between.

 

PREDATOR II BATTING GLOVE

MaxBat offers some of the best batting gloves available to the everyday player and in the MLB like Baltimore centerfielder Cedric Mullins. The MaxBat Predator 2 batting glove series offers today’s player the ultimate combination of comfort, moisture management, and breathability. Improved designs feature world renowned Pittards leather that has been specifically engineered with an advanced textured pattern to provide ultimate grip and bat control in all weather conditions. Water resistant properties also give enhanced protection against the effect of perspiration to ensure that the MaxBat Predator batting gloves retain their exceptional feel over the course of a demanding season. Gloves sold in pairs and available in both Youth and Adult sizes.
Predator 2 Batting Gloves

Origins of the Batting Glove from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batting_glove

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MN Amateur Baseball

MN Amateur Baseball

Minnesota is home to over 300+ amateur baseball teams across the state. This is governed by the MN Baseball Association over 3 classes. Class A is primarily the Twin Cities metro area. Larger suburban cities make up Class B. Class C consists of many towns, villages, and townships that include a bar, a church, and a ball field. Teams are a part of leagues, which advance to region tournaments.  The season culminate to their respective State Tournaments.

Class C is where everyone knows amateur baseball by “town ball”. These teams consist of players anywhere from 15-16 years old to the Dads of those boys. These players may have played high school baseball, college, and even ex-minor league and professional players occasionally show up on a roster. But they all do it for one reason-the competition level and the camaraderie that follows on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon. They don’t do it for the money (there is none) as they go back to their regular jobs on Monday.

SCL

One local league to MaxBat is the Stearns County League. The SCL is rich in history, folklore, and family. Generations of grandfathers, uncles, dads, cousins, and sons have come through a lineage of town ball players dating back to the 1930s that worked on the farm and played ball on Sundays after church. Often, the local SCL clubs would have multiple sons and other relation in the starting lineups. Traditions and rivalries run deep for 9 innings at a time, but the post game celebrations seem to always include both teams as the friendships and family come together. Sundays in the SCL matter, but the real tournament in August is the Region 15C tournament.

Regions

Region 15C is one of the most storied playoff tournaments in MN amateur baseball. Win/loss records are thrown out the window over the course of 2 weekends, as games are played in towns of a couple hundred people and mini family reunions gather at the diamond. Attendance records have been calculated of upwards of 3500 people partaking in the cheering, banter, and letting the umpire know he missed a call in those special 2 weekends leading up to the State Tournament. Everybody knows everybody here. Out of towners come to “Regions” to get a taste of what they get to experience every year, as a result it truly is a mini state tournament.

State

For 3 weekends at the end of August and into Labor Day Monday, 48 teams in Minnesota qualify for the Class C State Tournament. The location is shared year to year across the state at some of the finest ball fields that mirror minor league surfaces. Single day attendance records show numbers over 7,000 people and in 3 weekends, ascending up to 13,000-16,000 fans current day.

In conclusion, MN Amateur Baseball is special. This tourney is special. The quality of baseball is special. But the lasting relationships of this game in Minnesota are what make it truly special. This roughly 4 month season keeps everyone that is involved saying “there is always next year”.  http://mnbaseball.org/

MN Amateur Baseball

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The Off-Season

As summer ball and wood bat leagues come to a close and college and high school player’s return to school, the real offseason starts to set in. While some use this time to relax and just get back into the routine of going to class, good players know this is the time to get better. This is the time to look back on what has got you to wherStare for Pilot display screene you are. What have you done well? What do you need to work on? The offseason is where you get stronger, where you refine your skills, where weaknesses become strengths. This is the time where instead of sleeping in, you’re out of bed by 5:30 to get to that 6 am workout. You may not be playing games, but baseball season never really ends.
They say that the fall is where you become a family, and spring is where you prove it. The summer was fun to play ball with old friends and get your share of cuts in with that custom MaxBat wood bat….but as the leaves turn, so does the mentality. It now becomes time to get back with the boys and create that family. Every team is different and every year is different. You may not want to get up early to work out, but your teammates are right there with you pushing you to be your best and get that max rep. The offseason is where good players become great. You may not have coaches instructing you on what drills to do or when to get in the gym, but just because no one is watching doesn’t mean you don’t work hard. Extra tee work with a wood bat, or that extra bullpen, or that extra sprint are what make you ready to perform your best once spring rolls around.
The point I am trying to make is enjoy this time. Cherish the opportunity you have to play the best game on earth, no matter what level it may be. Be motivated to get up early or stay up late to work on your craft. As a former college player myself, and only being out of college for a few months, I can already say I miss the workouts after class and just hanging with the guys. Being able to play baseball every day were the best days of my life. Enjoy every game of catch, every cut off the tee, every feeling you get when hitting the ball squarely with a wood bat, every ground ball…..because while this may be the greatest game, we can’t play it forever.

Written by MaxBat contributor, Tyler Flakne

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