Re: Ban on maple bats
posted at 11/23/2011 8:27 PM EST
The issue was with players wanting longer bats that had a big barrel and a thin handle and were light in weight.These break easily and send wood ever where.
New players can not use low density maple bats. They must use the denser maple bats or KB1 as they are called by the Canadian MFG, Ryan Braun uses it as do 100 other MLB players. Current players have a choice low or high density.
They also changed the placement of the mfg's name on the bats. It appears that by putting the name in one area according to the grain it made a difference in bat breakage on the low density bats.
"Basically, what we're talking about is the weight of the wood, the volume of the wood that is used for a particular model," she said. "Certain players love to have what they call a big-barrel bat, lots of meat on the barrel, but then very lightweight wood.
"So the problem, of course, is when you create a larger barrel and you still want to have the bat very light, the wood density has to give," Anderson said. "This is something though that most manufacturers will recognize as not being the strongest product."
Anderson said her company has been reporting wood density information to MLB on a regular basis. She said they serve about 100 major leaguers, including NL MVP Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, who uses a longer, higher-density KB1 bat.
The ban would only apply to new major leaguers. Other players would be grandfathered and could continue using low-density bats if desired.