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ROCKBATS - Discussions regarding Wood Baseball Bats

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ROCKBATS - Discussions regarding Wood Baseball Bats

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ROCKBATS - Discussions regarding Wood Baseball Bats

Founded by a wood scientist from the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. RockBats has developed this forum for discussing wood science, and the physics of baseball bats.See More
Nov 8, 2012
Roland Hernandez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"We deal in very little Ash to have a good feel for that....   maybe others can chime in? .  "
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"Most of the "book value" data are from 1930's Forest Service reports.   Many have argued just how applicable these values are today.   So - you do NOT want to use this data to say...  "the…"
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez and Jason Ryals are now friends
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"Andy:   I don't know where any test data from Ukraine Beech exists - but the best thing may be to turn some 1" diameter dowels and have them tested for strength and stiffness.  This would be a good first start to get a feel for…"
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
"I just looked at "book values" and sweetgum has approx. the same strength as Cherry...  which is only about 75% of the strength of Ash  (on average). BUT... it is listed as interlocked grain and somewhat good in shock…"
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
". Just watched SportsCenter  (09.20.2012)...  Hanley Ramirez' broken bat yesterday -  a piece hit Clayton Kershaw sitting in the dugout -  had the definite OVAL-SHAPE break in the handle.   Here is another one from…"
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez commented on The CheckSwing Clubhouse's group Wood Bat Makers
". I like to show the following 2 graphics to "train the eye" on 3-degrees.  The MLB rule for slope-of-grain is actually "1-in-20", which is how slope-of-grain is commonly measured in the structural lumber…"
Sep 20, 2012
Roland Hernandez replied to Bill Stanton's discussion Teaching the Curveball
". I'm no pitcher, nor do I claim to be any kind of pitching coach  -  but I have spent some time at major league spring training camps.   Once, I was intrigued to watch a couple of pitchers who were doing some warm-up…"
Sep 5, 2012
Roland Hernandez replied to Michael Paes's discussion cupping standards in the group Wood Bat Makers
"2012 regulations....   c. Cupped bats are permitted to include an indentation in the end of the bat up to 1.25 inches in depth, two inches in width and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be free from right angles and not…"
Aug 2, 2012
Roland Hernandez replied to zeninfinity's discussion Label Position, Wood Grain,Vessels, Sweet Spot in the group Wood Bat Makers
"There are several definitions of "sweet spot"...     -  the point that you hit on the barrel, such that there is little vibration at the hands    -  the point you hit on the barrel, such that you get…"
Jul 25, 2012
Roland Hernandez replied to Zach Boehmer's discussion Ink test in the group Wood Bat Makers
". Yes, that can happen.   - for example, a bat with a 2-1/2" barrel and a 1" handle - the growth ring on the SURFACE of the barrel is about 3/4" away from the growth ring that appears on the SURFACE of the…"
Jun 22, 2012

Profile Information

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Left
Height:
6'-1"
Weight:
250
Position(s):
P, 1B
Type of hitter... Power? Average? Slap? Pull?
Slap
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Ground ball, Fly ball
I currently:
Play Baseball, Coach Baseball, Play Slow Pitch Softball, Enjoy watching games
Baseball Playing Experience:
40+
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Little League, Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken
Softball Playing Experience:
Slow Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
too many to list
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
too many to list
More About Me:
Founder of RockBats - the hard maple baseball bat company that changed the industry.
Website:
http://www.rockbats.com/

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At 10:30am on January 9, 2012, Bill Stanton said…

Ronald-  Here's a good photo of a Rock Bat in mid air:  http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_19698012

At 10:18am on June 27, 2010, Bill Stanton said…
Roland- Congrats on being mentioned in Buster Olney's ESPN.com blog. Great exposure and some well deserved kudos!
At 9:30pm on January 31, 2010, Todd J. Cook said…
Roland, just watched your video. Very cool. Does MLB approve laminated bats with lighter wood in the barrel? By the way, your video stirred up some fond memories from my childhood (except memories of the wrong uniform) -- see the right uniform below

At 3:33pm on December 9, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Hey Roland,

Add your comment about bat shapes as a new forum discussion in your RockBats group. I can then share it and get more feedback from everyone.

Thanks!
At 8:17pm on October 10, 2009, Mike Goodman said…
These bats look real interesting i would love to test one out
At 4:35pm on April 15, 2009, Kyle Grucci said…
Welcome to CheckSwing, Roland!

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At 9:58am on April 15, 2009, Bill Stanton said…
Roland- Thanks for joining us at CheckSwing! Have a great time making new connections and talking baseball. Please invite any players and coaches that you know to join us as well. Enjoy!
 
 
 

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