The Bat Nerd, Author at The Bat Nerds

BBCOR vs USSSA Baseball Bats – Which is Better?

- April 9, 2022

Player age, price, bat length, drop weight, bat materials – there’s so much to consider when picking baseball or softball bats. This article will be discussing bat stamps, which are yet another critical aspect when picking a new bat. In particular, we’ll be comparing BBCOR vs USSSA bats. What are the construction and performance differences […]

What Does OPS Mean In Baseball?

- March 23, 2022
What is OPS in baseball - how to calculate OPS

Baseball fans generally love the statistics behind the game. One statistic that has become a popular way to measure the overall effectiveness of batters is the OPS stat. Lets define OPS in baseball – What does OPS stand for? OPS in baseball stands for On-base plus slugging. This is a stat that sums a player’s […]

Best Wood Bat Material – Maple vs Ash vs Birch

- March 22, 2022
Best Wood Bat Material - Maple vs Ash vs Birch

Years ago, most players used ash bats. That soon changed, owing to Barry Bond’s triumphant display courtesy of a maple bat. Barry Bonds set a single-season home run record in 2001, and since then, the perception that maple hits farther owing to its harder, denser structure has stuck. Last year, for instance, about 70% of […]

What Is the Best Bat Size for an 8 Year Old (8U)?

- March 14, 2022
Best Bat Size for an 8-Year-Old

The best bat size for an 8-year-old is 28-inches long and weighs 18-ounces. This bat size is the most common amongst 8-year-olds, although if your young player is skilled or stronger, you can have them swing a 29/19 bat. If swing speed is what you’re aiming for, the lighter 28/17 will be perfect. Best Bats […]