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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For almost
a century and a half, the Slugger brand has put Louisville on the map and on
the baseball diamond.
Northeastern forests of the U.S., Mother Nature begins the process. Maple and
Ash trees are chopped to travel hundreds of miles to be shaped up into a
legendary sports tool. The bats are
first cut into billets. Those billets end
up at Louisville Slugger, where they are crafted into instruments of champions.
"I think a lot of people think, ‘Oh it is just a piece of wood, make a
bat, right? How hard can it be?'" said Rick Redman.
that "hard" process comes down to an exact science.
"This is an
absolute science, making a baseball bat," Redman said.
"The fact of
the matter is, it's very hard because players are extremely particular, very
superstitious even, about their bats and how they feel in their hands."
emphasized the importance of the difference in the instrument and block its
carved out of.
"It has to be
perfect for them, but no two players are exactly alike, no two pieces of wood
are exactly alike."
Redman said they have a formula for each player who swings the slugger.
As the wood goes down the line, weight gets shaved and added down
to the coating, spraying and the branding.
and face of the company has changed this week for the second time in its
history. It is the beginning of baseball season and Louisville Slugger officials
said they were excited to step up to the plate just in time.
sure that iconic reputation lives on, the pros were introduced to the newest
innovation, the MLB prime bat. Experts
say it has changed the game for all ages.
"The new MLB
prime bats are made in a different way than we have ever made bats in before,"
the wood in a different way, we choose the highest veneer logs and we put a
harder finish on it."
a vacuum sealing process will make those bats safer, but the oldies are not
going anywhere. Old and new will continue
to make the sound of the American pastime in diamonds across the country.