We work incredibly hard to deliver only the best wood on the market, but it is important to remember that it is still an organic product subject to baseball’s extreme rigor. And while we take a tremendous amount of pride in our wood selection, craftsmanship, and quality control, the fact of the matter is bats will break. That notwithstanding, here are three quick things you can do to help extend the life of your lumber.
First and foremost: barrel up. There is simply no better way to ensure durability than to get barrel on ball. By doing so, you reduce vibration – your bat’s enemy. Even striking a ball a couple inches from the sweet spot can compromise structural integrity.
- As an aside, in the event of a break, you can often tell where the ball was struck even in the absence of a ball mark. If you have a rupture-style break with a handle crack on the back (catcher-side) of the handle, you likely got handcuffed. If the crack was on the ball-facing side, you probably got it off the end as the barrel flexed toward the umpire.
Second: orient your bat correctly. While the rules have changed for bat makers in terms of where they place the trademark (edge or face grain), the user should always have the trademark facing them or the ground at impact. This is a common point of confusion. Historically, everyone struck the ball on the edge grain (where the grain is “stacked”) due to the belief that it was the strongest side of the bat. MLB studies have since shown that while the edge grain is strongest for ash, this is not the case for maple / birch. This is why the trademark logo is not located on the same side for ash as it is for maple. That said, you don’t need to worry about this – just trust that we’ll have it placed where it needs to be so you can strike the ball on the appropriate side.
Third: take care of your wood. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Keep your bat out of the trunk of your car (and frankly just out of the car) on hot summer days. Would you put your bat in an oven? Because this isn’t all that different. Likewise, be a ballplayer. Don’t throw your bat or slam it on the ground if you strike out – this subjects the bat to stresses much like you’d see at the dish.
As we said, we take quality incredibly seriously from being a “splits-only” manufacturer, to letting the wood find equilibrium in the appropriate moisture content post-kiln, to weeding out wood with blemishes or other inclusions. We do this so we have peace of mind knowing we’ve done everything in our power to ensure that you get the best bat possible: no one wants you happier with our product than we do, and it’s this attention to detail that has made Meridian so successful in just three short years.
Thanks for taking a look, and as always…
See You at Home,
Marcus Zahn – Founder & CEO
PS: stay tuned for another blog next week, and here are a few semi-topical videos to help you pass some time – hang in there folks, baseball’s coming! 🙂
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