Questions and Answers for 2014 Marucci Black: MSBB145 Senior League
I'm trying to decide between this bat and the new Louisville Slugger Assault.
The 2014 Marucci Black (MSBB145) and the 2014 Louisville Slugger Assault (SLAS14-R5) are both very high performing bats.The Marucci Black is a two-piece design with a composite handle and alloy barrel. The Assault is a one-piece alloy bat. The Assault will be more balanced and slightly stiffer than the Marucci Black. The stiff design is ideal for a power hitter. The two-piece design is better for a contact hitter.
Getting confused with the Black and Elite. Are both considered balanced bats? Which one is most like the old Louisville Slugger EXOGRID -5?
The 2014 Marucci Black: MSBB145 Senior League is a balanced model with a composite handle and alloy barrel. The Marucci Elite will have a similar construction to the Black, but it will feature a special composite end cap at the final 3-4" on the barrel to help reduce swing speeds. It would be hard to compare these bats to the Exogrid, since that bat is a one-piece aluminum model with composite inserts in the handle.
I am between this and the Marucci Elite. I'm 5'4 and 110 pounds. Which would be a better bat for me?
The 2014 Marucci Black (MSBB145) has an extended barrel and will feel slightly end loaded compared to the Marucci Elite. Both are two-piece bats designed for a contact hitter.
How many swings to break in this bat? How does it compare in pop to XL1-5? Thanks.
The 2014 Marucci Black (MSBB145) has an alloy barrel and will not require a break-in period. It is very high performing like the XL1.
What is the main difference between this bat and the 2014 Marucci Elite?
The 2014 Marucci Elite (MSBE145) Senior League will be slightly more balanced than the 2014 Marucci Black (MSBB145) Senior League because the barrel is a blend of alloy and composite.
What about temperature limitations? Does the hybrid get around the composites limits for early spring ball?
The hybrid is capable of playing in the colder climates since it is constructed with an alloy barrel. Composite barrels really shouldn't be used in anything colder than 55 degrees.
Is the Marucci Black extremely end loaded like the Voodoo?
The 2014 Marucci Black: MSBB145 Senior League has a balanced swing weight.
I'm looking for a 2 5/8" barreled drop 5 bat that has a composite handle and an alloy barrel. Is the entire list: vexxum, voodoo, and Marucci Black 2? Vexxum's are end loaded; Is the Marucci more balanced than the Voodoo?
As of 10/28/2013 we have the DeMarini Voodoo, DeMarini Vexxum, Marucci Black 2 and the Marucci Elite for the two-piece hybrid design. The Marucci Elite and the DeMarini Vexxum will be the two balanced designs. The Marucci Black and the DeMarini Voodoo will be the two slightly end-loaded designs.
How is the balance different than the original Black and the Black 2?
The 2014 Marucci Black: MSBB145 Senior League will be similar in balanced to the Marucci Black 2.
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