Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that we frequently get here at Alomar Baseball. Have a look through to see if we have answered your question, and if not, definitely contact us and we will attempt to answer it!
Is Roberto Alomar actually involved in Alomar Baseball or is his name being licensed?
Robbie actually had the idea of launching his own product line while he was still playing. His biggest concern when playing was actually having the best equipment available to him so that he didn’t have to worry about what he was using, and could concentrate on the game. From that, he wanted to develop a line of gloves, bats, and accessories using his knowledge of the game.
Today, Robbie oversees every product that is developed, and is active in shaping the development. Not only that, but he tests everything to ensure that the products provide the quality and performance they should. Robbie is active in the baseball community, being a special advisor to the Toronto Blue Jays, and participating in numerous camps each year with kids all across North America and South America. So yes, Robbie is involved!
What is the Alomar Signature Pocket? Why did Robbie use it?
The Alomar Signature Pocket that is offered on our gloves is the actual pocket that Robbie used. In our product development meetings, Robbie stressed the key thing he needed in a glove when he needed to turn a quick play, was getting the ball out of his glove with no obstructions. With the Alomar Signature Pocket, it allows a player to quickly grab the ball out of the glove with out getting their fingers caught in the webbing or pocket. In a game where a split second makes the difference between an out or a run, the Alomar Signature Pocket will help.
What are the advantages of Ash and Maple bats?
Ash has been the wood of choice for baseball bats for decades, owing to it’s light weight and flexibility. Ash bats have what is known as a trampoline effect. When the ball connects with the bat, the wood compresses at first, and then rebounds, acting like a spring. This is both a benefit and a negative. Due to the compression, Ash bats will appear to have a larger sweet spot, however, it will also cause the bats to delaminate over time, eventually breaking.
Maple bats first became popular in the early 1990′s. Maple is a much harder and denser wood, thus being heavier. Unlike with Ash bats where the ball will spring off, the hardness of Maple causes the bat to “pop” off at a quicker rate. As well, because the grains are much tighter, you don’t get the splintering you see with Ash. When a Maple bat breaks, it tends to have more of a clean break, where Ash bats will splinter.
While there are many studies out there on the differences, it seems clear that the choice as to which bat is better is up to the individual batter him/her self!