Ted Williams told a story about borrowing a teammate's bat for a game because he was intrigued by how light it was and how soft it seemed to be, as it was covered with ball indents (I think Ted called it "Cuban Wood"). Splinter popped a HR to CF on a tough pitch with it and was intrigued by how he felt like he could wait longer on the ball and still whip it out of the park. Of course, Ted became a proponent of using relatively light (ash) bats and focusing on bat speed, although I must say that his roughly 35" ~33.5oz bats would be pretty big by modern standards.
Originally Posted by Nimrod
BBF user BMH from LS reported that Adam Dunn used a beech bat to hit possibly his longest career HR, but then dropped that wood type because he didn't like the feel. Maybe he should have gone back to beech for last season, couldn't have made him hit any worse...
"I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial