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Questions and Answers for Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat: RB8 Natural/Black Adult
Is the RB8 in any way similar to a 243 turn model?
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Baseball Bat (RB8) has the same handle thickness as the 243 turn but it has a bit more narrow barrel and a quicker taper.
Which bat would be better for a contact hitter with some power, the Sam Bat RB8 or the Old Hickory YP66? Which bat is more balanced?
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat (RB8 Natural/Black Adult) will have a 2 1/2" diameter. It will feature a flared knob and pro cupped end for better balance. The YP66 Old Hickory model will feature the same barrel diameter but will be a 243 turn model. It will also have a longer barrel length and sweet spot.
What are the differences between the RB8 model and and the the KB1? Which one is more balanced?
Both the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat (RB8 Natural/Black Adult) and the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat (KB1 Walker/Black Adult) will have 2 1/2" barrels diameters. They both will also feature a flared knob and cupped end. The main difference is that the KB1 is the Rideau Crusher Model and a 271 turn. They both will feature the same balanced feel.
What turn model is this bat? Would you suggest this bat or the Louisville Slugger MLB Prime CG 110 for a primarily contact hitter?
The turn model is RB8. This Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat (RB8) Natural/Black Adult bat is Ryan Braun's signature model, and does not feature the same specs as a standard turn. The closest standard turn model you could compare it to would be a 271 with a thinner handle. With that thin handle, the bat isn't quite as balanced as a 110 turn like the Curtis Granderson Prime model. But both bats would be pretty good choices for a contact hitter. It totally just depends on what kind of handle thickness and taper into the knob you prefer.
Which Sam Bat has the biggest barrel?
Most Sam Bats have a 2 1/2" Barrel. The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: JB1(S)SG1 Natural Adult will have the largest barrel and measures 2 9/16".
What is the barrel diameter of this bat?
The Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: RB8 Natural/Black Adult bat has a 2 1/2" barrel diameter.
Would you recommend this bat to a player who likes a very thin handle?
Yes. At 29/32", the handle on the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: RB8 Black/Natural Adult bat is a little thinner than your average wood bat handle.
I want your opinion which would you rather get the VMC243 or the RB8 Black/Natural Adult?
I would suggest going with the Louisville Slugger MLB Prime Maple Wood Bat: VMC243 Adult over the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat: RB8 Natural/Black Adult, because the Prime has a hardness level of 9, which is harder than any other bats giving it a ton of pop.
Is it true that the labels are not lined up with the grain and if so will that be an issue?
If the labels are not lined up with the grain it will not change the performance or durability of the bat.
I was looking at this bat and the Marucci AP5. Which one is better?
Both the Sam Bat Maple Wood Bat and the Marucci Albert Pujols Maple Wood bat are great bats. Both have 2 1/2 barrels and will be very durable. The Sam Bat has a slightly larger handle.
Is this bat little league approved?
Yes, the RB8 is legal under Little League's rules.
what is the difference between a regular handle and a flared handle
Regular handles are going to be skinnier than a flared handle will be
A regular handle has more of a knob, where the flare is a smooth graduation to the end.
Is this bat end-loaded or nicely balanced?
It is a balanced bat.
Is this a 1/2 cup, no cup, or full cup bat?
It is a full pro cupped bat.
What does the cuped end do?
That is called a pro cup. It's main purpose is to ensure the bat is at the appropriate weight. The manufacturer will shave this cup out of the barrel of the bat in order to achieve a specific weight.
how's this bat for a 16 yr old transitioniing from a bbcor?
This would be an excellent choice for a trasitioning player.
how big is the barrel of the sam bat RB8
It is just a bit more than 2.5 inches.
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