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Comment by Grant Whaley on March 4, 2015 at 8:08am

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Comment by GREGG BALIN (VICTUS SPORTS) on April 9, 2014 at 7:44am

Simon, we already ship to Australia so we can handle anything needed.  Also, we use only #1 grade split wood, hand boned, and have a very hard & high gloss specialty formulated finish that will virtually eliminate balls marks on the wood.

I assure you that we can ship quick and meet team needs with a product used by hundreds of pro players.  

Thanks, Gregg Balin, CEO Victus Sports - OCGB@AOL.COM.  

Comment by Thomas Bednark on April 9, 2014 at 7:01am

Simon, a simple limited choice in wooden bats. As a tourist  in Darwin , Sidney or Alice Springs would I be limited to Foster's ? Tom at Barnstable Bat

Comment by Simon Foster on April 8, 2014 at 11:03pm

Thanks for the advice, Thomas. The only bats that are sold here seem to be Rawlings or Louisville Slugger. While they are both quality, I would like to see a greater variety.

Comment by Thomas Bednark on April 8, 2014 at 10:15pm

Simon,many small wooden bat companies make great bats. The big problem is the cost of shipping to Australia. If you would like some price quotes please email us at We make a very high end product. Please include wood species,models,lengths and quantities. A single box of 13 bats will weigh about 29 pounds. Tom at Barnstable Bat Company,Centerville Ma 02632 USA

Comment by Simon Foster on April 8, 2014 at 7:41pm

I'd be interested for any tips regarding buying off the internet. Our leagues are all changing to wood only from next season. I'd buy my bats here (Australia), but all the stores are charging 200+ for any wooden bat.

Comment by Dion Chamar Owens on April 8, 2014 at 7:05pm

I know it's early. But if any team playing in the Michigan Cup Tournament needs a player, I am available. I am primarily a pitcher, but I can also play as a utility player as well.  

Comment by Bill Stanton on February 20, 2014 at 11:15am

Gregg- Great info here! I have friends who use the bamboo or composite as BP bats, but they should never be used in a game.

Mike- My understanding is that MSBL allows aluminum bats. Your league can choose what to use.  Is this not the case?

Comment by GREGG BALIN (VICTUS SPORTS) on February 20, 2014 at 4:35am

While on the wood bat discussion I'll add my 2 cents worth again.

Composite wood bats and  bamboo's, etc are not comparable to a good wood bat.  Some composite's have a thin hollow plastic tube inside with a rubber type handle. The barrel is hollowed out wood and slipped over the tube and glued together. The end result is a poor product.  I agree they last a long time.  The same with mixed wood composites and or bamboo.  It's poor quality wood, glued together.  How many times have you squared a ball up and it just doesn't go very far?  It's not your age or strength, it's the bat!

Comment by GREGG BALIN (VICTUS SPORTS) on February 20, 2014 at 4:29am

I just had to jump in on the metal bat ( I classify anything other than wood as a metal bat here) issue going back to the late 1980's.  I was there as well for the founding of the adult baseball boom as well.  I agree that metal had a significant place in the adult baseball boom.  Many of us played high school/college ball and after that it was work or family.  We either played softball or did nothing.  I did a little of each.  When baseball began in the late 1980's wood bats weren't designed and or  easily available for amateurs.  Only pro's used wood.  Metal was easy to swing, long sweet spots and you got a basehit off the end of the bat or handle.  It made players out of shape and not good players to start decent hitters and good players hit bombs and everyone  felt good.  Most wood bats in that time frame were thick handle, thick barrel bats that weren't balanced or designed for amateur players. There were no Victus, Marucci, Old Hickory's back then making amateur bats.  The old aluminum bats with a thin handle & huge barrel and -5 drop were a lot of fun to hit with.

The problem was metal developed poor hitting skills because you could get that cheapie hit so a ball out of the strike zone was hittable.  The wood craze made players better hitter's because you must hit a ball in the zone to square it up.  

As metal developed and became much stronger and harder the game evolved again because it was scary playing the infield with some 30 year old player swinging metal.  Decent wood became available and players started going back to the origins of the game.  Today's metal is awful.  Honestly, after age 10 it should be banned from all play.  Good wood bats hit the ball as far, if not further than today's metal bats.  All players should swing wood in practice even if they insist on using metal in a game. It's a shame to see high school & colleges use metal.  High schools and colleges are slowly changing.  Again, if you buy the right wood bat it lasts.  I played 90+ games last year and broke 3 bats.  All three were on me, not the bat, 2 off the end and one handle shot.  That's as cheap as 1 good metal bat and a hell of a lot more fun.  That ping sound from metal makes me cringe!  By the way, I switched to wood long before I started Victus.


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