The Green Easton is back!
When Easton first introduced the B5 Pro Big Barrel bat in 1978, it opened the world’s eyes to the largest barrel on an aluminum bat the sport of baseball had ever seen. Now, over 40 years later, Easton is bringing back that classic green, big barrel look and combining it with new, breakthrough technology worthy of the B5 Big Barrel name.
While the look will remind older generations of watching future legends like Barry Bonds, Bo Jackson, and Frank Thomas swing this stick, the new generation of players will be wowed by the larger sweet spot and bigger surface area that make this bat a must-have in today’s game.
“This is a really important bat launch for us because it combines the history of Easton as a company with the technology and engineering that we’ve been able to advance over the years,” said John Loeffler, the Category Manager of Bats at Easton Diamond Sports.
“We’re really excited to be reintroducing this bat to the next generation of baseball players,” Loeffler said. “I personally think it’s cool for a college or high school player to swing the same bat that their dad, uncle, or grandpa might have swung.”
But Loeffler also made it clear that it’s not really the exact same bat from the 70s and 80s — it’s loaded with the latest technology that Easton has been perfecting for decades.
The 2021 B5 version is BBCOR certified and features thin ATAC Alloy that maximizes barrel performance. This one-piece aluminum bat also utilizes a ringless barrel design with different layers of alloy spread across the barrel to create a bigger sweet spot and smoother feel. Finally, the VRS™ handle insert reduces vibration and the Natural Pro Balance results in a balanced feel, making it the perfect bat for both speed and power.
Even after all the innovative tech improvements, Easton’s design team didn’t want to stray too far from the original look, giving this bat a very minimalistic and retro feel.
“When starting to redesign the B5 Big Barrel, we wanted it to align with the original one’s look, but with a bit of a modern twist to it,” Loeffler said. “It’s a really sleek, traditional, and simple design. You see companies in other industries, like Vans or Chuck Taylor, keep that old school look. So, I think it’s cool to bring that vintage feel back into baseball because you never really see that in today’s age.”
Whether you’re fascinated by the revolutionary performance this one-piece aluminum BBCOR bat brings to the table or attracted to its modern remix of the Green Easton’s classic look, make sure to hit up eastbay.com right when it drops on 10/1 and pick one up!
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Ever since 1985, the league’s top power hitters have come together every year to put on a show for fans during the All-Star break via the home run ball. The rules have changed over time, but the overall purpose of the derby is simple: given the same limits of outs or time, hit more home runs than everyone else.
From Darryl Strawberry to fan favorite Ken Griffey Jr., these legends have consistently put on great performances, showing baseball fans what true home run power looks like. Over the 20+ years that this competition has been televised, ratings have soared, and in 2008 it was named the year’s most highly rated basic cable program.
As this year’s All-Star break approaches, we’re marking the occasion with a list of our favorite throwback participants from the 1980s and 1990s. Feel free to comment below with any of your favorites from this era.
Ken Griffey Jr.: Griffey Jr. participated in a total of eight derbies in his career and came away with three wins, the most of any player in league history. In 1998 and 1999, Griffey Jr. won back-to-back events with 19 and 16 home runs thanks to his smooth left-handed swing. You can also never forget the backward cap Griffey Jr. donned during his at-bats.
Bo Jackson: Although we will never really know what Jackson could have done if it wasn’t for his hip injury, we can assume that he would have been one of the best professional two-sport athletes of all time. Jackson participated in the 1989 derby in Anaheim, California and hit a total of 32 home runs that season for a total of 141 in his short lived career.
Darryl Strawberry: Throughout his 17-year-career, Strawberry was one of the most feared hitters because of his home run power. He participated in two derbies during his career as a Met, and was a significant factor in his teams’ win in 1986 when he led his team with 4 home runs (The derby had a total of 10 outs at this time, as compared to the modern day 30).
Cal Ripken Jr.: Ripken is known as one of the best shortstops, hitters, and personalities to ever be a part of the game, and was the face of the Baltimore Orioles for 20 seasons. The Hall Of Famer and 19-time All-Star, participated in three derbies during his career and, most notably, led his team to a win in 1991 with his 12 bombs.
Mike Piazza: As a Hall Of Famer Piazza was one of the best offensive catchers to play the game, and hit 427 home runs over his career with five teams. He made two derby appearances, had a career batting average of .308, played above average defensively, and paved the way for modern day offensive-focused catchers in the league.
When taking in the 2017 All-Star festivities, don’t miss the opportunity to rep your favorite retro player right with their batting practice jersey from Mitchell & Ness and the New Era MLB 59Fifty Home Run Derby Cap, available now at eastbay.com.
words // Brandon Richard
With the 2013 MLB Playoffs now in full swing, today’s Eastbay Memory Lane takes us back to 1994, when the season was prematurely shortened due to the infamous players strike. That didn’t stop Nike, who linked up with us for a special all-baseball edition of the catalog.
Gracing this page is the Nike Air 24 Diamond, a lightweight cleat worn by two-sport athlete and then Atlanta Braves outfielder Deion Sanders. The Air 24 Diamond, which shared cues with Prime Time’s classic Air Diamond Turf trainer, was highlighted by its layered full-grain leather upper, cross-strap for support and neoprene inner bootie.
You also can’t overlook the Air Clipper and Air Clipper XTR Hi, the latter equipped with a high-ankle strap system similar to what you’d find on the iconic Air Carnivore.
The page wraps up with a blurb about another two-sport legend, Bo Jackson. In 1993, Bo made the long journey back from hip replacement surgery and belted 16 home runs for the Chicago White Sox. In ’94, he played his final season in the majors with the California Angels.
Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays joined the Pittsburgh Pirates as this year’s Wild Card round winners. This year’s NLDS matchups are the Pirates vs. the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Atlanta Braves. In the American league, the Rays will take on the division rival Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers will square off against the Oakland As. Check out this throwback Eastbay page featuring old school Nike baseball cleats and let us know who you think will win this year’s World Series.
words // Luis Sanchez
One of the most iconic Nike Training shoes of all time looks to close out 2012 on a high note with Nike Sportswear recently releasing the Air Trainer SC in this subtle grey-based look.
The classic Bo Jackson-endorsed Air Trainer SC takes us back to the multi-sport star’s prime with its classic build, sporting a full leather upper and a classic heel Air-equipped EVA midsole sitting below. Medium grey dominates the look on these, working together with white Swoosh branding and hits of blue along the overlays, midsole, tongue and laces.
The Medium Grey/Obsidian-Game Royal Nike Air Trainer SC High is now available for purchase here at Eastbay.
In 1991, Nike was creating a category of shoes that would go on to feature some of the most memorable silhouettes and even more memorable advertising. Nike Training delivered some of what many sneaker enthusiasts would say are some of the greatest shoes of all time, and most of them, like the Air Trainer Max 91, could be found on the feet of Bo Jackson. The cross-straps of the Air Trainer Max helped start a trend that seemed to carry out through every genre of sneaker design at the time. Now, this iconic shoe returns as a Retro in a timeless black and white colorway.
Available now: Nike Air Trainer Max 91