Baseball/Softball Frequently Asked Questions

What is the warranty on Mizuno products?

Most of Mizuno’s baseball equipment comes with a limited one year warranty against manufacturer’s defects. This warranty covers gloves, batting gloves (stitching and construction defects only), catcher’s equipment, apparel, footwear and bags. For information on making a warranty claim, call Mizuno Consumer Relations at 1-800-966-1211.

 

** Mizuno bamboo and wood composite bats come with a 90 day limited warranty.

 

How do I make a warranty claim on my Mizuno bat?

Click here for a detailed explanation of Mizuno's bat warranty policy.

 

Are the Techfire Bats single wall?

Techfire, Techfire Rage, Fury and Crush are comprised of three different materials bonded together that make up one single wall. Mizuno Triaxial Technology applies carbon and glass reinforced plastics to the interior and exterior of an aluminum alloy. This construction constitutes a single-wall bat.

 

A non-conforming triple-wall bat has three layers separated by air, working independently. The Mizuno Techfire has no air/space between layers. The three materials are bonded and work dependently, therefore, Mizuno Techfire, Techfire Rage, Techfire Fury and Techfire Crush comply with all official tournament standards.

 

All other slowpitch bats in the Mizuno line are 100% composite construction and are single wall bats.

 

Is there a temperature restriction on the Techfire Bats?

Mizuno recommends that the Techfire line of bats not be used in temperatures of less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Are the Techfire Bats legal with all of the softball sanctioning bodies?

The Mizuno Techfire Classic (MZC-1), Mizuno Techfire Rage (MZC-2), Mizuno Techfire Fury (MZC-3), Mizuno Techfire Crush 2004 model (MZC-4), Mizuno Blur (MZC-7), Crush G2, Crush G3, Crush G4 (Crush Comp.), Crush G5, Envy (MZC-10), Wrath, Wrath II, Wrath Extended, Frenzy RB500 / 12.5” and the Frenzy RB500 / 14” are fully conforming bats under all specifications and have been certified by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) including the new 2004 standard, United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), National Softball Association (NSA) and Independent Softball Association (ISA). The Crush 2, Crush G3, Crush G4, Crush G5, Envy, Wrath 98, Wrath II 98, Wrath Extended, Frenzy RB500 / 12.5” and the Frenzy RB500 / 14” are all 100% composite bats that conform to all sanctioning body regulations.

 

The Mizuno Blur Advanced Series, Crush Original Remake 2008 model (MZC-4), Wrath 120, Wrath II 120, and Wrath Extended 120, Frenzy 120 RB500 / 12.5” and the Frenzy 120 RB500 / 14” are not legal for play in Amateur Softball Association (ASA).

 

Treatment and Care for Your Baseball Gloves & Mitts

Many types of treatments and care have been suggested over the years for baseball and softball gloves. Some of these are safe and some, unfortunately, may damage glove leather. Our recommendation is to use a conditioner specifically made for ball gloves. During the break-in period, treat your new glove with a light application, working it into the leather paying specific attention to the flex points. This will reduce the stiffness of the new leather and facilitate a faster and more comfortable breaking in procedure. Tie a softball or two baseballs in the palm and pocket to form the glove to your liking overnight. Continue break-in by playing catch or catching the balls at the batting cages. Add more conditioner on the flex points as needed. At the end of the season, take a moderate amount of petroleum jelly and cover the outside and inside of the glove. Don’t ignore the laces or hard-to-get-to areas, both inside and outside the glove. Then take a clean rag and wipe off excess to remove grit and grime. This will also remove and help neutralize much of the salt and acid buildup inside the glove caused by perspiration, a chief problem to the leather lining, usually made of softer leather.

 

Choose Your Cleaner and Conditioner Carefully

Mizuno does not recommend neatsfoot oil, linseed oil or silicon-type spray as these tend to close the pores of the leather, causing it to dry, harden, and become heavy over an extended period of time and through repeated use. There are other cleaners and conditioners that are safe, especially those scientifically developed for glove leather that keeps the pores open and in effect, keeps the leather "alive" while providing a softening condition and minimizing weight gain. Basically remember that leather is skin and leather experts tell us not to treat glove leather any differently than you would your own skin. Therefore prolonged harsh temperatures (oven, microwave) excessive water soaking, especially use of hot water, abrasives, the salt and acids produced from perspiration and excessive dryness all or individually can be harmful to the glove leather. In general there is no short cut to break-in a glove playing catch remains the best way