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  • Hey guys... any recommendations for a wood bat for a 14yo HS player?
    He currently swings a 32/29 very well, looking to pick him up a good wood bat to work with, and possibly use in games. Prefer balanced over end loaded. We've never had a wood bat at all, so I honestly don't know where to begin. I'd rather not break the bank if I don't have to...but don't want to replace the bat 3-4 times a year either by buying junk. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    • Originally posted by BMH View Post
      1XX is MLB quality wood mass produced for the minor leagues. We offer them several different models to choose from in various lengths. All of these models are turned and finished in our Pro department.
      Thanks. Makes sense in context of price point and feel.. Just picked up 33.5" I13 1xx MLB Timber Ash Cupped with 1910 engraved on the knob.

      BTW, I just weighed it and it has a -4 drop! whoa! maybe because it is cupped?
      Last edited by tomhagen; 03-15-2012, 09:31 PM. Reason: weight drop added.

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      • Just saw a Glomar G-320. Dont know what other make model that translates to though.
        Last edited by Toye; 03-23-2012, 04:42 PM.

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        • Just saw a Chipper Jones Glomar G-320. Dont know what other make model that translates to though.
          Last edited by Toye; 03-23-2012, 05:08 PM.

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          • he swings an MS20 Raw last i knew, but uses different bats left and right

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            • Passing this one along... Trinity has a nice deal going for opening day-- $20 off a bat. Coupon code OPENINGDAYDEAL2012

              http://www.trinitybats.com/

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              • Louisville Slugger ‏ @sluggernation
                Who's excited for our NEXT #BATDROP APRIL 7th in DALLAS http://ow.ly/i/wXOc

                Is this part of the MLB Pro series - a Josh Hamilton H359?

                details?

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                • I know that John posts on here every once and awhile (macdougallbats.com), but wanted to share my experience with my PowerWood since I got it a few weeks ago. I play in a 28+ MABL league in Indianapolis and it's an all wood bat league. I don't like using cheap bats, but I also hate the feeling of snapping a wood bat that i just dropped big bucks on, so i've been doing a lot of research the past few years on a durable composite. I came across macdougall bats last winter, but couldn't bring myself to dropping $189 on a bat i hadn't swung or felt (even though John offers a type of money back guarantee). This year, after continuing to check out his site and the research behind his unique bat, i took the plunge and am so happy with my doogie. I've only had 1 practice and 1 practice game with it so far, but it feels great, sounds great and performs great. I wouldn't mind seeing it in some different profiles, but I have nothing bad to say about it at all.

                  sorry if this sounds like a commercial...but just wanted to share some of my thoughts with the community. no matter what level you're playing at, if you're looking for a solid wood bat...check out macdougallbats.com. It's not cheap, but 6 bats were broken were broken in 1 practice game we played in last week which adds up quick (a couple were cheap bats, but a majority of them were nice maple or ash bats). Also has a great 4 month warranty!

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                  • Originally posted by tomhagen View Post
                    Louisville Slugger ‏ @sluggernation
                    Who's excited for our NEXT #BATDROP APRIL 7th in DALLAS http://ow.ly/i/wXOc

                    Is this part of the MLB Pro series - a Josh Hamilton H359?

                    details?
                    Yes, the H359 is coming out as in our Player Series and our MLB M9 series for Retail. I'm also trying to get the I13 and C243 in our M9 series too. Though there isn't much difference between the H359 and I13.


                    Also, our other product is in the field being tested and is showing good results. Eventually, we will be offering a store line version too.
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                    Last edited by BMH; 04-04-2012, 06:10 AM.

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                    • LS in birch. I am VERY interested!
                      See ball, hit ball.

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                      • Originally posted by PhilliesPhan22 View Post
                        LS in birch. I am VERY interested!
                        Wasn't there an experiment with beech a few years ago, but securing a decent supply was a problem?
                        "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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                        • We ran Beech in 2003-2006. Between the luke-warm response, rising costs/minimum quantity and shipping time from Europe we abandoned the project. The Birch is being sourced from our current land.

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                          • Confirming that birch will be available to Joe Public and at what price point? Which profiles would be available? The old standards I assume?
                            See ball, hit ball.

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                            • Originally posted by BMH View Post
                              Yes, the H359 is coming out as in our Player Series and our MLB M9 series for Retail. I'm also trying to get the I13 and C243 in our M9 series too. Though there isn't much difference between the H359 and I13.


                              Also, our other product is in the field being tested and is showing good results. Eventually, we will be offering a store line version too.
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                              This is all great news. Really looking forward to these bats, love the choices & variety. Especially a high-quality Maple I13!!

                              Is the H359 Player Series Maple or Ash? Was it specifically made for Hamilton, hence the "H"?

                              What are the differences (albeit, small) between the H359 & I13? What characterizes the H359's shape, weight and balance?

                              I'll definitely be checking it out.

                              Thanks BMH!
                              Last edited by tomhagen; 04-04-2012, 07:32 PM.

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                              • BMH,

                                I have a thread over in the Collectibles forum involving an old Babe Ruth model bat. The people there say the bat is at least 80 years old and that I should contact you to see if you could tell me anymore about it.

                                The bat does not say "powerized" in the logo. It does have an 125 in the logo area. On the bottom of the knob it has R34. The bat is 34 inches long and 33 ounces. It has a Babe Ruth signature on it but the Babe portion of the signature has quotes around it.

                                The person who owns the bat says his great-grandmothers brother was Johnny Kling, the old Cubs catcher. Apparently they got the bat from him. There is no explanation other than that. Kling retired the year before Ruth's rookie year. Not sure if Kling's and Ruth's paths ever crossed. Kling use to own the Kansas City Blues so maybe on one of Babe's barnstorming trips they might have ran into each other

                                I guess what they would really like to know is if it possible that Babe Ruth could have used this bat.

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                                Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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