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8 Best Fungo Bats for Baseball and Softball in 2022

- December 29, 2021

As a baseball or softball coach, the best fungo bat is a must-have in your arsenal – fielding practice isn’t complete without one. If you’ve never heard of fungo bats, this guide will answer any questions you may have about these funny name, strange-looking bats. Fungo bats are popular in the MLB and amongst baseball […]

Top 7 Best Fastpitch Softball Bat Reviews for 2022

- December 27, 2021

When picking out the best fastpitch softball bat, you want one that gives you absolute bang for your buck. You want a bat that feels great in the hands, helps you swing faster, hit harder and farther. Recent innovation from companies such as and Louisville Slugger, Marucci, Easton, and DeMarini has made choosing a fastpitch […]

Why Do Baseball Catchers Paint Their Nails?

- November 21, 2021

When watching a baseball game on television, you may want to watch the catcher’s signals to the pitcher. It’s generally a wide array of a confusing-looking combination of fingers pointing.  One thing you may have noticed is catchers with their fingernails painted. It’s not overly common, but it’s necessary for catchers to use nail polish […]

Pitching Distances – Pitcher’s Mound from Home Plate

- November 21, 2021

The pitching distance is the distance from the pitcher’s mound to the front of home plate. Note that this is certainly not the distance from the ball’s release point to the rear point of the plate, which can be several feet shorter depending on the pitcher’s height and method of delivery. The pitching distance varies […]

A Look Back at the Time Randy Johnson Hit a Bird

- November 20, 2021
randy johnson hits bird

We all know Randy Johnson had a “killer” fastball. Well, that was more than just a term used to describe the blazing speed on March 24, 2001. In a spring training game in Tucson, Arizona, a fastball thrown by Johnson hit a dove that was flying across the field. What Kind of Pitch Was It? […]

What is the Diameter of a Regulation Baseball?

- November 17, 2021
diameter of a baseball

A regulation-size baseball measures approximately 2.86 to 2.94 inches (7.3 to 7.5 centimeters) in diameter. Its circumference is between 9 and 9.25 inches (22.9 to 23.5 centimeters).  As for the weight of baseballs, they range from 5 to 5.25 ounces (142 to 149 grams).  Evolution of the Baseball Prior to 1876, there was no standardization […]

What is a DP in Softball and Baseball?

- November 16, 2021

There are two meanings for DP. DP in softball typically stands for Designated Player. In baseball, DP stands for Double Play. We cover both meanings in detail below: What is a DP in Softball? The position is very similar to the Designated Hitter in baseball, but there is a distinct difference. In baseball, the designated […]

What Does ‘Tipping Pitches’ Mean in Baseball?

- November 16, 2021
What Does Tipping Pitches Mean in Baseball

Professional baseball has been in existence for 150 years, and for just about as long, batters have been finding ways to get an advantage at the plate. After all, one of the most difficult things in sports is to hit a fast-moving, relatively small, round ball.  Sometimes a batter can tell what pitch is coming […]