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Could bats with axe handles find their way to the big leagues soon?

Aug 19, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT


This is cool. From an article at Wired looking at bats with a differently-shaped handle. Instead of fully round, it tapers out and up a bit like an axe handle. There are pictures of it at the article.

The article refers to a “study,” though whether it’s a real study or a quasi-marketing document is unclear. Whatever it is, though, the claim is that it increases offensive production and reduces the risk to hamate bone fractures we’ve seen happen to so many hitters over the years. It if actually does do that — and again, I doubt enough guys have used this bat for it to be studied properly — it could be a nice benefit.

Next up: an elbow brace that eliminates the possibility of ligament tears for pitchers. Please?

  1. sdelmonte - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Next up: bats with curves at the end like Count Dooku’s lightsaber? (Sorry, I just finished watching the Clone Wars series. That lightsaber is cool.)

    • stoutfiles - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Everything before the original trilogy is awful, don’t be fooled by flashy lightsaber battles.

      • dowhatifeellike - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        The movies were. The Clone Wars cartoon series was pretty good.

      • pftfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Darth Maul vs Qui Gon/Obi Wan is WAY better than any lightsaber battle in the original trilogy.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      “Objection, your honor! The pod race was pretty cool.”

  2. stex52 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    How about a bat with a cherry bomb mounted in the sweet spot? You hit it right in the spot and it will give that ball a ride. Of course, the batters had better have industrial strength gun range muffs on.

    And broken bats will be a lot more exciting.

  3. Rich Stowe - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    so this would be the inverse of a cricket bat (which is round for the handle and flat in the “hitting” area)?

    will they eventually just go to a completely flat bat to offset the advantage of the pitchers completely?

    • misterpatient - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM


      The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2.61 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.

      • Rich Stowe - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        and they could easily change that if they figure a flat bat would improve offense

  4. beearl - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    These bats have been around for a while. Back in 2011, John Kruk endorsed the bat.

  5. Jack Glasscock's Cup - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    I wonder if that handle shape affects how often wooden bats break? It would seem that the whole bat structure would have less balanced weight than what is currently used. I don’t know if that would make the shatter point higher or lower. Plus, doesn’t the taper knob do the same thing for the hamate bone?

    • esracerx46 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      May actually be stronger as it has more thickness where the bat needs it if it were to break. Someone is making money off it, even if it is just marketing.

  6. largebill - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    “Next up: an elbow brace that eliminates the possibility of ligament tears for pitchers. Please?”

    Not sure possibility can be eliminated, but have heard speculation that a rubber wrap or band behind elbow might lessen the likelyhood.

  7. bigoz71 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Jimmy Rollins has been using one for several years.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Well it would certainly give new meaning to the term “Hacking at the ball.”

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    I know it’s not right, but it just LOOKS like that bat is designed to go flying out of a guy’s hands. Isn’t the entire point of that hole there to allow for a strap around your wrist, and isn’t that sort of counterproductive?

  10. West Madison's town Whore - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    played slow pitch softball with a guy who swang one the axe handle bats and he swore by it, needless to say i tried it a few time and could not get comfortable with that grip

  11. gloccamorra - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Lizzie Borden was INNOCENT!

    • stex52 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      No, she was found “not guilty.” Not the same thing.

  12. MisterJ167 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    I’m sure the axe-handled bats would be welcome at the future Lester Maddox Field in Marietta

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