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 Post subject: Broken bats
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:35 am 
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I just need to vent.

I think I set a record on fewest swings required to break a new wood bat: 2

I play in 2 leagues, and have had great success with Mizuno Maple and Bamboo bats.

I was in a local shop, and saw a Rawlings Pro Preferred ash bat that I could not resist.

The bat was 33" and weighed only 25.1 ounces! (weight and balance point were marked on the bat top).

I figured that an old guy like me could benefit from more bat speed, so I bought it.

My first at bat, I hit a line drive about 300 ft, but directly at the center fielder for an out.

My second at bat, I was looking for an inside fastball, and got one.

My old hands were a little slow (OK, more than a little slow) and I hit the ball mid barrel.

The bat handle split, and my agony began.

2 swings.........

I will never again buy anything but a Mizuno!


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 Post subject: Re: Broken bats
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:45 am 
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Look, the lighter the bat - most likely the less quality a cut of wood. If you you have a 33 inch bat that weighs in at 25 ounces, you can bet that thing is going to break! Don't feel bad. Been there, done that. Seriously, thinner handles and lighter weights make a bat more easily broken. Some of your thinner handled models (P72, C243, C271) are easily broken with one on your hands of off the end of the bat. Try some of the thicker handled bats for more durability (M110, R161, I13) and see the difference - if they are comfortable to you.

Look for straight grains and high pitch. I might also suggest investing in a Baum Bat - the BEST composite available and almost unbreakable.

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 Post subject: Re: Broken bats
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:12 pm 
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The only experience I have had with a Mizuno bat was the maple composite that a friend from a store let me demo. A friend and I used it for 3 rounds of bp (live pitching, not machine) and broke it. The bat had a ton of pop.

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 Post subject: Re: Broken bats
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:40 pm 
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I figured that the light weight bat would have a shorter life, but I was really hoping to get at least a few games out if it. :cry:

My league allows the use of composite bats, so I may give one a try.

JC


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 Post subject: Re: Broken bats
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:35 pm 
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Sure that wasn't a Fungo? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Broken bats
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:26 am 
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Charlie makes awesome, durable Pro Rock Maple bats.....

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