Originally Posted by 59FIFTY
He didn't get bad wood. All maple bats will "dent", moreso, compress with hitting baseballs. This is a property of maple bats. They will show lace marks in the barrel from hitting a ball because the wood compresses from the impact.
As far as machine balls on wood, I can surely say that they do not do any extra damage. I have been swinging ash, maple, and birch bats for the last 5 years in cages and have had no problems with any bats. I do agree however, to have a game only bat.
"Remember, 90% of the game is half mental" - Yogi Berra