The Hitmaster 'GroBat' And 'GroBat Jr.' By Personal Pitcher
The Hitmaster GrowBats By Personal PitcherWhen the ball hits the sweet spot pad on the GrowBat, the hitter will hear a nice "pop" sound letting the batter know they crushed it.
The weighted pack is the key to having a bat that can grow with a player as the weight can change anywhere between 20 oz to 31 oz. The 1" choke-up collar will shorten the bat or help a hitter if he needs more bat control. The GroBat comes with a sweet spot pad, weight pack, and professional leather grip.
Select the GroBat that is right for you
- 10 years and Younger: GroBat Jr (30" and 19 oz.)**
- 10-12 years: GroBat 32"
- 12-15 years: GroBat 32" or GroBat 33"
- 15 years and Older: GroBat 33" or GroBat 34"
All Personal Pitcher products are backed by their 30-day Money Back Guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you may return your product(s) within 30 days for a refund. The only cost to you is shipping. All Personal Pitcher products are backed by their 30-day Money Back Guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you may return your product(s) within 30 days for a refund. The only cost to you is shipping.
The features of the Hitmaster GroBat and Hitmaster GroBat Jr.
- Thin Barrel Training Bat
- Pro Leather Grip
- Sweet Spot Pad
- Collars and weights create the same length and weight as your game bat
- Customize weight with 9 oz Weight Pack
- Weights may be increased to develop and strengthen muscles in the hands and wrists
- Only use with light-weight small balls
Use The GrowBat To:
- Sharpen hand-eye coordination
- Develop quick bat speed
- Build confidence
- A bat that grows with the batter
- The same bat may be used by multiple players of different ages and heights
Who Is Chris Richards?In 1988, 14-yr old Chris Richard begged his Dad to get him a pitching machine he could use in the backyard. He could never get enough batting practice, and being of small stature, he knew that in order to make the high school junior varsity team, he would have to make a good impression at the plate. The batting cages were inaccessible, and too expensive anyway, so dad began a search for a pitching machine.
After checking out every sporting goods store in San Diego, he concluded that there was nothing available, and the mail order advertisers only had heavy, expensive machines that would not fit into the backyard. Out of desperation, Dad started tinkering in the garage with some motors, batteries, some lightweight rubber wheels, and a third motor to feed balls. The ball he selected to use was the practice golf Wiffle® ball available in just about every sporting good store. It was inexpensive, lightweight and its small size made it tougher to hit than a baseball.
Finally, after many nights with hacksaws, screwdrivers, and one black eye (those balls come out fast!), the first Personal Pitcher was ready and Chris used the heck out of it, sometimes hitting for 3 or more hours a day! Chris invented games with his friends (such as home run derby) and played situational baseball that made practicing fun.
Well, Chris made the JV team and continued to improve every year. His senior season on the varsity team, Chris hit .440 with 3 home runs and only 3 strikeouts. Coupled with his very solid defensive play in center field Chris was named co-Player of the Year for his league and was a member of the 1992 1st Team All-Section Baseball Team for San Diego County. Chris was eventually awarded a scholarship to Oklahoma State in 1995 (after playing Junior College ball for 2 seasons). He hit .335 and finished 8th in the nation in RBI with 85.
Chris was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in ’95 and played for the Single-A team. For leading the team in homers, RBI, hits, walks and on-base percentage he was named MVP. He was named to the Florida State League All-Star Team in ’96, to the Cardinals 40-man Major League Roster in ’97, and in ’99, after missing a year recovering from shoulder surgery, Chris hit .298 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI split between AA and AAA. Chris led the Cardinal minor league organization in home runs and RBI. He was named First Team All-Texas League first baseman. Once again Chris was named to the Cardinals 40-man roster and hit his first major league pitch for a home run on July 17, 2000!
Richards was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on July 29, 2000, and finished the year hitting .276 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs in only 199 at-bats. He tied an Orioles record with 13 total bases in a single game when he hit 2 home runs, a triple, and a double against Cleveland. In 2001, Richard led the Orioles in extra-base hits while not making a single error playing right field, center field, and first base.
Shoulder problems over the next several years resulted in three surgeries and little playing time. In 2005, Richard signed with the Texas Rangers starting a run of 6 years in Triple‐A Baseball with three teams (Oklahoma Red Hawks, Indianapolis Indians, and Durham Bulls). He made it back to the Majors in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Rays. That same year, he became the first International League player in 50 years to hit two grand slams in one game. Chris finished his 15‐year career with the world-famous Durham Bulls launching 84 home runs over four seasons to become the team’s all‐time home run leader. He led the Bulls to four straight South Division Titles, a Governors’ Cup, and the franchise’s first Triple‐A National Championship.
Following the 2010 season, Richard founded the Durham Baseball Academy providing lessons to aspiring youth baseball and softball players in North Carolina. Today, Chris is a successful entrepreneur in his hometown of San Diego, CA, running the family business, Personal Pitcher, and provides baseball instruction for the kids in his community.