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Louisville Slugger sold to Wilson

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Simon Foster on Friday. 3 Replies

Hillerich and Bradsby, the 131-year-old homegrown Louisville company, announced Monday it's selling its iconic Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods, cutting 52 employees or a fifth of…Continue

Should I hit on the face grain or edge grain? Depends of the slope of grain of each or not?

Started by Martin on Thursday. 0 Replies

I believe some of you can help with my questioning. Slope of grain is very important no doubt about it, my question is: are both radial and tangential slope of grain are as much important?  I have a…Continue


Started by Martin. Last reply by Thomas Bednark Mar 3. 8 Replies

MLB has the bat manufacturer's label maple bats to tell which density maple they use to produce the bat. Any new MLB players (players who have signed a 2013 or 2014 Major League contract) must use a…Continue

Centauro TC 1200

Started by Ryan Rodd. Last reply by Kevin Kotch Feb 9. 4 Replies

Hey guys, I'm looking for advice on upgrading lathes. I want to buy a reliable copy lathe that would allow me to accurately replicate a small to medium quantity of bats at a relatively quick speed.…Continue

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Comment by Thomas Bednark 17 hours ago

The only players that have to be in the MLB approved list loop are those who are playing on a MLB team at any level. The list of MLB approved bats is in every clubhouse to be seen. To be approved is simple: have a list of players that want to use your bat,submit bats to MLB for inspection ,buy the required insurance and pay the required fees. A six pack of bats that meet the rules of label placement,ink dot,color,serial number,barrel inscription,density etc.will do the job. Then spend $35 k for the other expenses and you will be in. It takes more time to fill out the bat paper trail for each bat than it takes to make the bat. Tom at Barnstable Bat Company

Comment by Vance Clifton yesterday

JVC Bats would like to thank those who bought our bats, with your help we have raised $49,650 and given out 18 scholarships. We are looking at giving out 3 more this year at $2500 a scholarship. All profits from JVC Bats go to scholarship.

Thankyou for your support

Comment by Michael Paes on Friday

My guess is because they want to make it as difficult as possible to learn and becom approved.

Comment by Pelle Högström on Friday
This is an open question to all the bat makers and other bat interested people out there that might be hard to answer: Why is the MLB approved bat list not open for all to see like the IBAF and CEB lists are?
I totally see the worth of an approved bat list for insurance purposes and so but why is it not open to read. The swedish league follow the CEB list but any player can get a bat approved that isn't on the list provided he has one to spare and if the bat is approved on other lists it pretty much is approved right away...
Comment by Martin on February 27, 2015 at 9:00pm

Wood grain - wide or narrow

For maple and birch bats, how important is distance between wood grain?  Should we look for very tight grain like a phone book or wider grain?

Comment by timothy mayo on December 5, 2014 at 10:28am

We are selling our T5 Centauro Hydraulic Copy Lathe, all accessories, 20 metal bat templates, two knife grinders. 860 335 7196

Comment by Buck Watford on November 7, 2014 at 1:29pm
I recently received a maple billet from a juco player that wanted me to turn it into a "wall hanger" for him. He stated his grandfather had bought the billets several years ago as a grandfather-grandson project, but they were unable to complete due to the grandfather's decline in health. I agreed to turn the model for him. As I did so the wood had a very strong chocolate almost maple syrup smell to the turnings. The billet was very heavy (110) oz., very dry, and seemed very dense. I assume it had been sitting for a while due to extensive end checking. Has anyone else had this experience? Could it have just been am old air dried billet that had a lot of sap?
Comment by Pelle Högström on November 1, 2014 at 2:38pm
If I remember correctly from my so called discussion with someone responsible for the bat regulations office he said that natural wood colours, black and a dark greyish tint is the approved colours except for the pink on mothers day, although the pink might be used after if it's been used on mothers day, Thome used his pink bat for over 40 games after mothers day a few years ago... :p
Comment by Thomas Bednark on November 1, 2014 at 12:53pm

MLB rules for color are natural,black or a "brown". That rule has been in place since the 1930's because bat colors got a bit wild and became a distraction. Color them to what suits you. 

Comment by Michael Paes on November 1, 2014 at 12:39pm

I happen to like a colonial red - think vintage Cincinnati.


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