Analyzing slope of grain - the straightness of the wood grain along the length of a bat - led to changes in bat geometry, including the taper and handle thinness, and drying methods.
Why borrow a bat? "I've done it a few times, especially later in the year," Rizzo said of Szczur's bat on MLB.com. "It has hits in it. It's the same size [as mine], just a different model."
Those that make the grade a turned on a large lathe, cut into bats, one at a time, according to length and weight, and tailored to each player’s specific needs. Read more about Marucci Sports baseball bat manufacturing process.
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