Monthly Archives: October 2012

My Viper Bats Blog

Good Evening to everyone on the East Coast, and Good Afternoon to everyone on the West Coast!
My name is Maxx Tissenbaum, and Chris from Viper Bats recently contacted me about writing for the Viper Bats blog.  Why, you ask? Well we think that there is an interesting story to be told by a 21 year old person who has just completed his first season as a Minor League Baseball player.  So without much more of an introduction to this blog, I’d like to introduce myself so you all have an idea of who is writing about the crazy grind that is professional baseball.

I’m Maxx. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I’ve been a baseball player and fan for as long as I’ve been alive. My parents have told me that the first movie I ever actually requested to see was “Back 2 Back” a documentary about the Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series Champion teams.  The story goes that I would sit in front of the tv for hours watching Robbie Alomar, John Olerud and of course Joe Carter while constantly trying to impersonate their swings, or the plays they made in the video.

I began playing competitively when I was 8 years old, playing on a team of 9 year old kids.  I spent my entire Rep career playing for the North York Blues before graduating to the Toronto Mets program.  While with the Mets I was lucky enough to play for two National Championship teams, get the opportunity to play for my province, and win another championship at the Baseball Canada Cup, and to play for the Canadian Junior National Team.

After my senior year at York Mills Collegiate I was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 43rd round, but opted to accept a scholarship to play baseball and take undergraduate classes at Stony Brook University.  Once again I was lucky enough to have a career defined by winning championships, as my Freshman and Junior year we won the America East Conference and went to NCAA Regionals. This past year, my Junior year at Stony Brook we, for the first time in school history, won a Regional, won a Super Regional and advanced to the College World Series. It was a magical season, one that brought with it personal successes for many of my teammates and I.  A school record 7 Seawolves were drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft, and we all chose to begin our Professional careers.

So here I am, one season into this new phase of my baseball career as a member of the San Diego Padres organization. I wrote a blog about that season, which you can check out at www.8maxx.blogspot.com, and it will give you insight into the world of a rookie in the Minors.

As for my connection to Viper Bats, I recently switched from a different bat company after meeting the guys while playing in Everett, Washington as a member of the visiting Eugene Emeralds.  I got to test out a Viper during that series and then decided to switch over during Instructional League. I currently swing a Viper B320 model which is a model we worked on together, based off of the standard 318.

Thanks for reading, and hopefully you’ll enjoy this journey with me!

Maxx
P.S. If you ever have any questions about things I don’t mention in this blog please feel free to leave a comment on the post and I will get back to you with as much insight as I can.  There is nothing I enjoy more than talking baseball, so please always know you can leave questions about anything and everything baseball related!

Youth and Little League Wood Bat Guide

This is a guide for parents so they can better educate themselves on what kind of wood bat to get for their child.  I get asked all of the below questions frequently, and hopefully this guide will help improve the knowledge base and wood bat buying process of parents everywhere.

FAQ

  • How long does it take to get a bat?
    The biggest thing I can tell parents is to plan ahead when it comes to getting a bat.  If you know of a tournament coming up, or if a child needs a bat for a league, try to purchase at least a month or so in advance so you don’t have to pay extra for express production and/or shipping fees.  One thing to keep in mind when buying a wood bat is that it’s typically not an in-stock purchase like a metal bat. Typical turnaround time is 1-4 weeks depending on the time of year. During busy season (spring) expect it to be closer to the 4 week mark.
  • What bat is the best for my kid?
    There isn’t going to be one bat that is “the best” or give them “more pop”.  The biggest thing to know is that birch, maple, and bamboo bats are going to be more forgiving and last longer on average than an ash bat.  With that said, most kids are used to swinging a very light metal bat so the closest alternative to that is the Birch Ultra Light’s or Ash Ultra Light’s.
  • What’s the difference between a Little League and Youth bat?
    This is a fairly important thing to know when it comes to buying a bat.  Little League bats can have a maximum 2.25” diameter barrel so anything bigger than that is not legal to use.  Youth bats are going to have a slightly larger barrel (~2.35”) and are usable in leagues that aren’t specifically “little league”.  The best way to find out which type is right for you is to ask your coach if it’s a “little league” tournament/league or if they can have a bigger barrel and go from there.

    Our little league bats all say LL on them and can be found here:    http://www.viperbats.com/littleleaguewoodbats.asp

    Our youth bats can be found here:
    http://www.viperbats.com/youthwoodbats.asp

  • What’s the difference between the LL271 and LL10?
    The knob is the only thing that’s different on these two models.  The LL271 is going to have a slightly flared knob while the LL10 is going to have a standard/conventional knob.  Typically the LL10 is a little closer to a metal bat profile.
  • What’s the difference between the Y73 and Y271?
    The knob on the 73 is going to be a large bell shaped knob that is going to work as a counterweight while the 271 is going to be a flared knob which is more common in wood bats.  Typically, if a player has never swung a Y73 I suggest they go with the Y271 because it’s going to be similar to what they’ve swung in metal bats.  The Y73 is a very popular model and a lot of people like it; I just don’t recommend it for someone who isn’t sure if they’re sold on the knob style.