B45 manufactures three types of bats. All bats made for professional players, i.e., players playing in the Big Leagues or affiliated baseball, are called Premium bats.
Bats used in game situations for non-professional players, or amateurs, are called Pro Select bats.
The bats made for non-baseball purposes are called Promotional (or Trophy) bats.
Premium bats have two special requirements, imposed by the Big Leagues, on all bat manufacturing companies.
The first requirement is the ink dot. Between 11 and 13 inches from the knob of the bat (where the bats is weakest and most likely to break), an ink dot is placed in the fibres of the wood. The lines created by the spreading of the ink have to be straight with 3 degrees to pass the Big Leagues’ regulations. These fibres indicate the strength of the wood used to make the bat. These bats are less likely to splinter into multiple pieces if broken.
The second requirement is that bat manufacturing companies must place its logo on the grain side of the bat as opposed to the face side, as before. Studies have shown that the fibres on the face side of the wood are 12 percent stronger than fibres on the grain side, and therefore less likely to break.
Even though players are not prohibited from hitting against the grain side of the bat, they are encouraged to hit on the face side.
Pro Select bats are bats made for non-professional players. They don’t require ink dot testing, and company logos are placed on the face side of the bat.
Promotional bats are bats made for non-baseball activities. These consist of trophy, miniature, and toddler bats. These bats are not safe for game activity either because of the density of the wood, or blemishes in the logs used to make the bats.
These blemishes make the bats very weak in key areas of the bat, and can cause major harm if used improperly.
Goefrey Tomlinson is the Retail Operations Manager at B45. He played professionnal baseball for 13 seasons, including 4 seasons in the Kansas City organization. He reached the AAA level in 2000. He has 10+ years of experience as a bat maker.
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