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Buhner's new bat

Feb 26, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

Jay Buhner was in M’s camp today showing off a new bat he’s helping a Washington-based sporting goods company develop:

It’s a new bat called the Axe, made of maple with a handle that’s shaped like, you guessed it, the handle of an axe . . . The idea, Trudeau said, is based on stories that
Ted Williams would swing an axe in the offeseason to build his swing.
The flatter shape of an axe handle fits the hand better than a
perfectly round bat. Not only that, but the knob is angled such that
Buhner believes hitters won’t suffer problems with hand fatigue or
hamate bone injuries that are more common with a traditional bat.

Makes me miss Skip Caray even more than I do.  Such a bat would give a whole new meaning to one of his “Chopper to Chipper” calls.

  1. gumbercules - Feb 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Unless that last paragraph was sarcasm, I am highly disappointed in you Shyster. You should be fisted. No, wait, that’s too harsh. Line drive, base hit it’s caught out there! Yeah, that’s more like it.

  2. Ryan - Feb 26, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    If the Braves aren’t the first to adopt this bat, that company needs to fire their marketing director for missing a golden opportunity.

  3. Jesse - Feb 26, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    You are thinking of Chip Caray. Skip Caray was his father and a long-time Braves broadcaster. Unforunately, the family resemblance didn’t extend to the broadcast booth.

  4. gumbercules - Feb 26, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    You’re right, I screwed that up. I saw Caray, and was immediately blinded by rage thinking of Skip’s offspring. Apologies all around.

  5. Omega in Colorado - Feb 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    That’s kind of a cool idea, will the rules comittee allow this in the game? I am curious to see how guys hit with it if they do.

  6. jonas - Feb 26, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Don Mattingly released a line of metal bats a few years ago. they had triangle shaped v-grips too.

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