Questions and Answers for 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League
What size should my 5'7'', 118 lbs, 12 year old son get?
Based on your son's height and weight, we would recommend getting the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League in a 31''. For more information on sizing please visit our Bat Coach at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
When will the next 30 inch come in for this bat?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League is a discontinued model and is no longer being produced because the 2014 model (MSBB148) has been released. We cannot guarantee that we would receive any more of the Black 2 in any size.
I have two questions. I have an 8 year old, 52-54" tall, 95-100 lbs. What length do you suggest? Also, what is the difference between a bat that is for contact vs. power? Is there really a difference?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League is a well balanced bat, which is a great fit for a contact hitter, as it will help to generate more bat speed which will increase power. Power hitters typically prefer a more end loaded model, as bat speed isn't an issue. For an 8 year old his size, I recommend a 30" model. At a -8 length-to-weight ratio, the Marucci Black 2 will be slightly heavy for most 8 year olds. I'd recommend a lighter model, such as the -10 2014 Marucci ONE: MSBY1014-BK Black Senior League.
My Marucci Team has dented. Would I be able to get this baseball bat as a replacement?
The Marucci Team: MSB210 Senior League is covered by a 12 month warranty from Marucci. Typically, Marucci would replace a defective bat with the same exact model, rather than the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League.
Is the barrel composite?
The barrel of the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League is completely alloy. This model has a composite handle and seamless design that gives it a stiff flex. The Black 2 is hot right out of the wrapper.
I will be playing 14u baseball. Is -8 a good size if I will swing the Black 2?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League will be a great bat to go with for 14u baseball. The -8 will help you transition to a heavier -3 BBCOR bat when the time comes.
Is this the best Marucci out right now?
The Marucci Black 2 is a very high performing model, however the Marucci Elite will be the higher performing model.
I'm an all around hitter who's 5' 5", 100 pounds. Would you recommend the Marucci Black 2 or the Easton XL1?
Most players benefit more when using a bat with a balanced swing weight bat speed. The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat has an extended barrel length but still has a balanced swing weight. The more balanced the bat is, the faster the player can swing it. The XL1's slightly end loaded feel is best used by power hitters with high swing speeds.
I am a contact hitter with a good amount of power. I am 4' 11" and I weigh 84 lbs. Would the Marucci Black 2 drop 8 be a good bat for me and what size will I need?
The Marucci Black 2 would be a great bat for a contact hitter with some power. A 30" model would be a good size for you.
Is this bat balanced or end loaded?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat features an extended barrel design but has a balanced swing weight.
Which bat will have a bigger sweet spot, the EXOgrid 3 or the Marucci Black 2? Which is a higher performing bat?
The Louisville Slugger EXOgrid 3 and the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League will have the same size sweet spots. Both of these bats are very high performing bats and you will not see a performance difference in either bat.
What size for a kid that is 5'2 125 lbs. in a drop 8?
Based on his height and weight we recommend a 31" 23 oz. 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League.
Is the Marucci Black 2 or the DeMarini Voodoo a better bat for a power hitter that weighs 160 pounds and is 5' 6"?
The 2014 DeMarini Voodoo and the 2013 Marucci Black 2 are both great bats that will be suitable for a power hitter, but the Voodoo will be slightly better, because of the end loaded design.
What is the recommend way to break this bat in and how?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League does not have a composite barrel and does not require a break-in period.
I am having a hard time deciding between the Marucci Cat 5 and the Marucci Black 2. Which one in your opinion is the better bat?
Both are good bats. The Marucci Black 2 will be higher performing than the Marucci Cat 5 because of the composite handle.
What will have the most pop? The Miken Triad or this Marucci Black 2?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League and Miken Triad: STRI10 models both have extended sweet spots and feature the newest BPF 1.15 performance certification. They will have similar performance, but the flexes differ between models. The Black 2 has a stiffer flex than the Triad.
I'm a contact hitter with some power. I bat 2nd in my lineup. What do you suggest for me? The Miken Triad, Easton XL2, or the Marucci Black 2?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat will help eliminate hand sting and vibration. It will also be very balanced. The Miken Triad will be a two-piece fully composite design that will also be super balanced in swing weight. The XL2 may feel too barrel heavy. I would recommend the Triad.
I bought a 31/20 Black 2 on Saturday and took it to the cages with my 10 year old. After about 50 hits, he dropped it to pick up some balls and I heard a distinct rattle. I tried it, and there was no vibration if you hit sweet spot but definite rattle if you hit the ball off the end. Returned it on Monday and Dick's Sporting Goods made an exception to their bat rule because they thought for sure it was broken. Got a new one, unwrapped it in the store and saleguy dropped in on rug...perfect metallic solid ping sounds...what you would expect. Back to the cages, 25 hits ... and the rattle returned. My son then went on to get three solid impressive hits during the game. Marucci Customer Support has never heard of this issue. Anyone know if this is expected and is not actually an issue?
Rattles like that are often caused by a small piece or pieces of epoxy glue used on the endcap. Sometimes after this resin hardens and the bat is used, a piece or two can break off and rattle around inside the bat. This is common in a lot of bats on the market. This will not effect the performance of the bat, but it is something that should be covered under warranty through Marucci. Also, if your batting cages use those yellow dimpled pitching machine balls, the likelihood of any bat developing a rattle will increase.
I am 5'3" and 190 lbs. What size do you think I need?
Based on your height and weight, we recommend a 32" model in the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat. For further information on sizing, please visit our Bat Coach at http://www.justbats.com/bat-coach/
Is this legal for Babe Ruth League?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League will be legal for players ages 13 and up, who are allowed to use a 2 5/8" Youth Big Barrel bat. The Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth (ages 4-12), requires a 2 1/4" barrel, such as the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MYBB20 Youth.
Moving up a division in Dixie baseball next season plus my son plays 12U travel ball for an elite team. He will be moving up to 13U in the fall. He is a very big kid. 5'10 155 lbs. He swings a 31/21 Worth Legit for travel ball and was hitting bombs until we moved up to the elite teams (Better pitchers). At league ball he uses a CF4 -8 and hits 300' regularly. We have heard a lot about the Marucci Black and the Voodoo. What size and brand would you recommend?
Both the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League and the 2013 DeMarini Voodoo are both two-piece bats with composite handles and alloy barrels. The 2013 DeMarini Voodoo is more end loaded and would be best suited for a power hitter. Based on his height and weight we recommend a 32" to a 33" bat.
My son is deciding between the -8 Marucci Black 2 and -8 Combat Pure. He is in the 6th grade, 4'7", about 75lbs and using the 30/18 Combat B3 Gear Retro for the past 2 years. He is generally a contact gap hitter. The plans are to use a -8 through 7th grade and then get a -5 in 8th grade. My 4 questions are (1) Should he get a 30/22 or 31/23? (2) Which will swing lighter, Black 2 or Pure? (3) What is the length of the barrel of the Black 2 and Pure? (Just by looking at the pictures the Black 2 looks like it has a shorter barrel). (4) Which of these 2 bats do you recommend? Thanks!
Based on his size and current bat, a 30" 22 oz. model is recommended. Both the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 and 2013 COMBAT Pure: PURESL1 are balanced bats, but the Black 2 is known to have a slightly lighter swing weight. Exact barrel lengths are not available, but the Pure will have a barrel length that is about .5" longer than that of the Black 2. I would recommend the PURESL1 over the Black 2 for your son because it is more comparable to the B3 Gear he has been using and it's always recommend that a player stick with the same type of bat they have used in the past with the most success. In doing so, the player is much, much more likely to have continued success at the plate.
My son is trying to decide between the Marucci Black 2 or the Louisville Slugger Exogrid 3, which one is better?
Both bats are great and will be pretty close in performance. The Marucci Black 2 will give you more flex because of the two-piece design and the Louisville Slugger Exogrid 3 will give you a stiffer one-piece feel.
Is the Black 2 an aluminum bat and is it approved for play in the Little League Juniors Division? It does not have the BBCOR stamp so I need to know that it is still an approved bat for my son's baseball at the Junior level.
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League will be approved for play in your division. The Black 2 features an alloy barrel, it only requires a BBCOR stamp if it has a composite barrel.
I am 13 years old and have a 29" 21 oz. CAT 5. I like the sound of the CAT 5, so how does the Black 2 compare?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 is a two-piece, seamless hybrid with an alloy barrel. It will sound similar to the one-piece alloy Marucci CAT 5.
Which bat will swing lighter? The DeMarini Voodoo 29" 20 oz. or the Marucci Black 29" 21 oz.? I just swung the DeMarini Voodoo and I was impressed, but it is a little too much end heavy for my son. Also just hit the Marucci Elite, it is too light in the barrel and I fell it lacks some punch. I would like the real scoop before we order a bat from you tomorrow. It is the DeMarini Voodoo or Marucci Black2 depending on swing weight.
The 2013 Marucci Black 2 Senior League is definitely lighter that the DeMarini Voodoo Senior League. The DeMarini Voodoo is end loaded so I would go with the 2013 Marucci Black 2.
Got a 12 year old playing elite ball. His batting average is about .580+. He bats 2nd and always makes great contact with the ball. He hits hard grounders or lines just over over the infield so he's not a very "powerful" hitter. Looking at the Black 2 or should he consider going composite? Looking for suggestions.
Two-piece bats like the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 are best suited for a contact hitter. The 2013 Marucci Black 2 has an extended barrel with upgraded alloy material and excellent pop.
Is it made in the USA?
No, the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat is manufactured in another country.
Is this bat legal for juniors little league 2013?
Yes. The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League has an alloy hitting surface and is legal in the Junior Division.
I am on a 11U travel team, 5'0, 105 lbs. I loved the Easton S2 last year (30/20)and hit with power and want to keep that, but I wondered how the Marucci Black compares to the S2 when it comes to bat speed and power.
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League is very comparable to the Eason S2. It is a two-piece bat with an alloy barrel and composite handle. It is going to perform similarly to the Easton S2.
Between this and the Easton XL2 which has the biggest barrel? This doesn't look as extended.
Both have extended barrels in comparison to your average youth big barrel bat, but the XL2 is going to have a slightly longer barrel and a little more of an endloaded feel.
My son plays competitive 11u. We are trying to decide between the Marucci Black 2 or the Louisville Slugger Vertex. I think the Vertex's lighter weight may help him wait just a bit longer on the ball. Do you think either bat would be a better performer than the other?
The Louisville Slugger TPX Vertex will have a lighter swing weight than the Marucci Black 2, but as far as performance goes both bats will be almost identical in that aspect.
Is this a flex bat?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat is a seamless two-piece hybrid designed bat. It will be evenly balanced in swing weight and have an extended barrel for a larger sweet spot. The seamless two-piece design will provide ample flex when swinging through the zone.
What is the main difference in the handle materials in the Marucci black and the Marucci black 2?
The handle of the Marucci Black 2 is made from Marucci's carbon composite and fortified with their patented Unequal aramid-reinforced grip that silences the sting of off-center hits.
I heard that the Marucci Black had some issues with the knob falling off, does the Black 2 have this same issue?
We have not received feedback the 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League has had durability issues with the knob. Marucci does upgrade their technology every year for more durable and high performing bats.
What is it made of?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat is a two-piece hybrid design. It is made from AZ3000 Aerospace Alloy barrel and a Carbon Composite handle. It will have an evenly balanced swing weight and an extended barrel for a larger sweet spot.
What is the difference between the 2012 and 2013?
The 2013 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League has a kevlar-reinforced grip that eliminates sting, and the 2012 model does not have this.
How does a balanced bat help you?
A balanced bat is easier to swing and helps create increased bat speed. The Moment of Inertia is lowered on a balanced bat, which speeds up the swing speed. The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat will be very balanced in swing weight. The opposite of a balanced bat is an end-loaded bat. An end-loaded bat will have a barrel heavy feel.
Is this bat durable does it scratch up easy?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League is very durable. We have not received feedback it scratches up easily.
Which bat is better for power hitters the EXOGRID 3 or the Marucci Black 2?
Most power hitters prefer one piece bats like the 2013 Louisville Slugger TPX EXOGRID 3 BBCOR: BB13EX.
Which bat has the longer barrel or sweetspot - the 2013 Marucci Black 2 -8 or the 2013 Louisville Slugger Exogrid -9?
The Marucci Black 2 has an extended barrel that gives it a slightly longer barrel and slightly larger sweetspot.
do they or will they it in a drop 3?
Yes. 2013 Marucci Black 2 BBCOR: MCBB20 is the -3 model.
How does this bat compare to the 2013 combat b4 portent -8?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 is a two-piece bat with an alloy barrel and composite handle. The 2013 COMBAT B4 Portent: B4SL1 -8 is a one-piece full composite bat.
what is the difference between the marucci black 2 and the marucci black?
The new Marucci Black 2 models have slightly longer barrels, a little better balance, and a slightly stiffer feel compared to last year's Marucci Black.
whats the difference between a two-pieace and a one-piece?
The main difference between one-piece bats and two-piece bats is that one-piece models are developed as one continuous piece of metal as opposed to being pieces bonded together. Two-piece models are created in two sections, a barrel and a handle, and then those two pieces are bonded together.
Is this bat durable? Doe it scratch up easy?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League baseball bat should be as durable as any other similar bat. As with any other composite bat the durability and life span of the bat will be dependent on how well it is broken in and how well the bat is taken care of.
Is this bat comparable to the S2? Does this bat have more pop than the S2?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 is very comparable to the Easton S2. Both have excellent pop. The Marucci Black 2 does have a slightly longer barrel.
What is the difference between the Marucci Black 2 and the Marucci Team? Which one has more pop?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat will come in -8 sizing and have a 2 5/8" barrel diameter. This bat will be a Seamless Two-Piece Hybrid design with an all Alloy barrel and Carbon Composite handle. The swing weight will be evenly balanced. The overall barrel length will be extended for a larger sweet spot. This model will eliminate more sting by featuring Marucci's Patented Unequal Kevlar-Reinforced Grip. The Marucci Team: MSB210 Black Senior League bat will be a One-Piece all Alloy bat. It will also be a very balanced bat. It will feature the same AZ3000 Alloy in the barrel as the Black 2. That should help both bats perform similarly and have similar pop. This bat being One-Piece may give it a little stiffer swing feel. Both bats will come with 12 month warranties through Marucci.
Will it sting when I hit with this bat?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League has a new anti-vibration technology that features a Kevlar-reinforced grip that will help reduce sting.
Will it sting when i hit with this bat?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 features new anti-vibration technology, featuring a Kevlar-reinforced grip, means players will see a drastic reduction in vibration and sting.
Which bat has more pop? The marucci black 2 or the combat b4 portent?
Both have great pop and neither is proven to be better than the other.
How does this bat compare with the Rawlings Velo? Which is more balanced? Which do you recommend for a smaller contact hitter?
Both the Rawlings Velo and Marucci Black 2 are similar in balance. The Velo is a one-piece bat, the Black 2 is a two-piece bat. It's always recommend that a player stick with the same type of bat they have used in the past with the most success. In doing so, the player is much, much more likely to have continued success at the plate.
Does the Marucci Black have more pop than the Easton XL1?
Since the 2013 Marucci Black 2 and the Easton XL1 are both high end models, their performance and pop are going to be about the same. Both have a ton of pop. The XL1 is end loaded and the Black 2 is balanced.
I was wondering if this bat would be good for leadoff hitters? Is this bat better than the first Marucci Black?
Yes, the Marucci Black will be a good bat for lead-off hitters. This years models have longer barrels, better balance, and a stiffer feel compared to last years Black.
Could you please explain in detail the main differences between the Marucci Black 2 and the Marucci Team?
The Marucci Black 2 is a two-piece bat, and the Marucci Team bat is a one-piece bat. The Marucci Team is going to have a stiffer feel with a little more balance to it, which would be used by a power hitter. The Marucci Black 2 will have more flex when you swing it, and will be used for a contact hitter.
How does the Black 2 stack up to the CAT 5? As far as barrel material and balance? Does this model also swing lighter then the weight?
The 2013 Marucci Black 2: MSBB28 Senior League bat will be different compared to the 2012 Marucci CAT 5: MSB2 Senior League. The CAT 5 will be a One-Piece Alloy design with a very balanced feel. It will feature a longer barrel for a bigger sweet spot and control. It will also have the Anti-Vibration technology. The 2013 Marucci Black 2 will be a Two-Piece model. It will use the new AZ3000 Aerospace Alloy in the barrel. The handle will be Carbon Composite. It will also feature the extended barrel and be very balanced during swings. This bat will use the Patented Unequal Kevlar-Reinforced Grip to eliminate any stinging. Both bats will come with a 12 month manufacturer's warranty.
Is this bat better than the DeMarini Voodoo or CF5?
Although all three are very good bats, there are some differences. The 2013 Marucci Black 2 and the DeMarini Voodoo are both two-piece hybrid designs with a composite handle and an alloy barrel. The main difference is the Voodoo has a slight end load and the Black is more balanced. The DeMarini CF5 is a two-piece full composite with a balanced feel. Though there may be some some slight material differences between the two manufacturers, all three are high performing bats.
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