Have you ever considered boning like Chandler?
Have any guys here had experience with Beaver Bat Co.?
I believe they did change their position this past year, at least for the smaller guys, a memo was sent out prior to the 2014 season addressing the manufacturing process and the compression/boning issue. It's not a "round" bat when it's compressed like that.
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Anyone have a picture of a bat from the year or two when Louisville placed in huge writing "LOUISVILLE" on the opposite side of the barrel? I remember Rickey Henderson in 1989 WS using a black bat with that written on the barrel. Can't find a pic for the life of me..BMH, why did you guys do that and why you get rid of it? My guess is MLB or another bat company complained about the branding
That thing looks like a softball bat.
See ball, hit ball.
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If you haven' tried a hickory bat, you should and find out why they will out-perform maple, ash, beech, etc. Hard and dense wood make a superior wood bat with more pop than the aforementioned woods. Hickory was swung by the old-timers long before maple. There is much data and research by knowledgeable experts to support the fact that a wood that is harder and denser will produce superior results in hitting baseballs. You won't see hickory bats flying apart like the maple bats of today are prone to do.
i hit with a hickory bat couple years ago that thing was a beast. 34" 38oz. i think the only issue with hickory is the weight. hard to get around on 90+ with it. does anybody currently sell hickory bats, i like to get one.
I have a MINE Bat that is a "fusion" of European Beech and Oak. The ball really hops off that sucker.
The downside to true hickory is that along with that strength and density comes a lot of weight. I spent a couple of years full time trying to solve the "breaking bat" problem and finally came up with the Powerwood bat I invented and have two patents on. It is all wood but laminated in a unique way that allows the use of hickory where you need it and provide the durability and performance, in the handle. It transitions to another wood in the barrel so that it has a normal swingweight. We are currently using a birch in the barrel but have been testing a special hardwood that we are transitioning to that only grows near the coast of northern Calif, Oregon and Washington. Equal or better hardness of maple but better weight density for our bat. I'm pretty stoked about this new wood. Our customers notice the performance difference but we also proved it in the lab. You can see the performance charts on our site at MacDougallBats.com
The reason that everyone things maple has more "pop" than ash is not due to the hardness of the wood at the contact point, even though that is the perception. Since maple is harder and denser, it is stiffer in the handle for an equivalent turning.
The bat has lasted through more than 20 games with multiple players using it and the other players using their hickory have not had a broken bat. The bat is made from pignut hickory as is the other players bats. Mine currently weighs 30.7 ounces. Pig, shag, and shell are the best hickory to use and you are correct that pig is the best of the 4 hickory species. My bat is not pecan, it wouldn't hit and stand up like it has. Pecan wood makes good fungo bats and coaches rave about them. Sorry to contradict you theory about hickory but if this hickory was at 4%, it would have cracked by now and if it was pecan, it would not hit like it has. It even sounds different than other bats used in games. I disagree with you statement that wood species make no difference at the contact point or you could use any lighter wood for bats. You are correct in saying that hickory bats have a bigger sweet spot than other woods.
With regard to species at contact point, that's just physics. Prof. Alan Nathan has a great site. Google "physics of baseball". There are links there to other great sites as well. Alan provided some great help when I was developing my bat. Lots of cool stuff there.
It really depends on the turning mode and length to get lighter weights with hickory. If your turning C271's you can get 34/31's, not so much with the C243. One of our most famous bats is hickory though it's like 35/38.
I have seen reports that claim Ruth used hickory bats that weighed as much as 54 ounces but that was a different era. These hickory bats are cut in profiles mostly with 2.50 inch barrels with the 271 being the most popular.