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How to Choose the Right Size Bat


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Brandon VandeCaveye /

Put the knob of the bat at the center of your child’s chest; he or she should be able to reach out and grab the barrel of the bat.

If you have never bought a baseball bat, you are in for a treat. The first time I ran into a sporting goods store to pick one up for my son I was overwhelmed.

I had no idea all of the things I would need to know to match my child to a bat. If you search the internet, there are a number of articles with so much bat buying advice you can find yourself paralyzed with information overload.

We asked father, former MLB player and current Oakland A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay to help us with the basics of buying a bat.

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