What is a Drop? And Other Common Baseball Bat Questions

As we have had close contact with the industry for nearly 20 years, we tend to get asked the same questions time and time again. This article intends to answer some of the most common bat questions. We are hopeful this list will serve some answer to those looking for information on baseball and softball bats.

Common Bat Questions Questions

What is a Senior League Bat?

Technically, there are two types of Senior League bats. The first is a 2 5/8 travel ball youth barrel bat. These 2 5/8 barreled bats come in a variety of drops that range from 5 to 13. The drop, you will remember, is the numerical difference between the length of the bat in inches and the weight of the bat in ounces. The second Senior League bat is a bat made for a slowpitch softball league. That league is usually meant for older players and the bats tend to be hotter than the standard USSSA or ASA softball bats.

What is the best bat for baseball?

We answer that question on this site. Or, at least, we hope to. Of course, the best bat for some is not necessarily the best bat for all. As such, we caution you to be weary of bat lists which claim to know the best bats and do not admit they may very well be wrong. The best bat for baseball is dependent on the type of hitter you are and how much money you want to spend. As well, the right bat size should be considered too. Not all bats come in all sizes so be aware of that before becoming dead set on a certain brand or model.

What is the drop on a baseball bat?

The drop of a baseball bat is a reference to how much the bat weighs in relationship to its weight. It is, technically, the numerical difference between the length of your bat in inches and the weight of your bat in ounces. Do not confuse the drop of a bat with the bats swing weight. MOI, or swing weight, is not the same as the drop and bats with similar drops can have wildly different swing weights.

What is a BBCOR bat?

BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. It is, in short, a measurement of how a bat’s barrel responds to impact with a ball. Or, how a bat’s barrel restores after impact. As such, a BBCOR bat is really a .50 BBCOR bat. And a .50 BBCOR bat is the maximum allowable trampoline effect legal bats in Highschool and College can be. There is a huge market for BBCOR bats as this is what highschool and college players use. They are also drop 3 bats and all BBCOR bats are required to be a drop 3.

What is a composite bat made of?

Composite bats are made out of a plastic material. A more technical term for some plastics is composite. Engineers change the fiber structure in the composite bats to maximize performance, durability and barrel size.

Which is better wood or aluminum bats?

By almost all measures, aluminum BBCOR bats are better than wood bats. Not only Aluminum bats tend to have a longer sweet spot, but the metal allows for a lighter swing weight and a bigger barrel. As such, hitters can generate more bat speed and are given a better opportunity to get the bats maximum trampoline effect.

What is the MAKO bat made of?

The Easton MAKO is a two piece composite bat. Meaning, the bat is made of two different pieces of a plastic material that are set together to create one bat. This Easton MAKO is not to be confused with a wood bat that Easton also makes which they call the Mako. That wood MAKO bat is made from, it turns out, wood.

What temperature is it safe to use a composite bat on?

It is important to note that the temperature of the bat is not the issue but, rather, the temperature of the ball. When baseballs or softballs get cold they condense. And when they condense they get harder. Composite bats, nor aluminum for that matter, are not rated to hit balls that are too hard. Most manufacturers claim that anything below 55 Degrees is too cold for a composite bat.

How much is a baseball bat?

Bats range in price from $20 to $500. Those are for bats that are new in wrapper. On the secondary market some bats can reach several thousands of dollars if they are proven heroes. The dramatic shift in prices is simply a function of supply and demand. More expensive bats drive a higher price because it is believed, and they are right, the bats perform better.

What is the best wood bat on the market?

We think the Marucci wood bat lines are outstanding. They make some fantstic hard maple bats in all types of turns and drops. They are also the most preferred bat in the Major League baseball ranks. In the end, though, no wood bat company has a pattent on trees. And, as such, there are a lot of very good wood bat manufacturers out there.

What kind of bats do major league baseball players use?

Major League baseball players are required to use a wood bat. But the restrictions do not end there. The wood must be from certain types of trees that tend to be harder and break less. As well, the bats MLB players use must be under a certain size requirement (like under 34-inches). In 2017 the most popular wood bat for MLB players is Maple.

Are Aluminum Bats Allowed in the MLB?

No. Aluminum bats are not allowed in the MLB and we do not believe they ever will be. Although they can control the exit speed of aluminum bats to perform like wood, the length of the sweet spot would dramatically increase offensive production. That said, we would not be surprised if, at some future date, the MLB found a way to use Bamboo bats due to the fact they have no part in deforestation.