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Slugger Factory cranks out bats for spring training

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Slugger turns 130 this year and what better way to celebrate than gear up for spring training.

It's nearly two weeks away and the Slugger factory is busy pumping out bats for professional ball players.

"This is the busiest time of the year for us from mid-December to the end of March, first part of April," said Danny Luckett, an employee at the Slugger Factory.

Danny Luckett has been dealing with the spring training rush for nearly 45 years.

"He picks out the right one for each player, matches it up with what he wants, we have a file for every player that we service about 435 right now," said Bob Hillerich, the director of wood bat manufacturing.

With the press of a button, it's shaved down to a baseball bat. But not just any bat.

"This is where we make all the pro player bats. Timber comes in, we sort it, weigh it, and as we need it we pull them out fill the orders and send them on down the line," said Luckett.

"Everything we make is custom made to each player so there's a lot of details that have to be executed," said Chuck Schupp, director of pro baseball sales.

It starts with the quality, players want hard timber. It's cut down to specific measurements to match each player, from the grip to the width of the barrel.

"Then you get into the finishes there's probably 15 combinations you can do that gives them the bling factor, it's not a lot of the performance," said Schupp.

Chuck Schupp makes his rounds before he heads to spring training, coming back with orders for opening day.

"You're making new relationships with some young kids you might not have met yet, you're enhancing ones you do have, so you see a different team every day, 80 ballplayers a day every day," said Schupp.

It's a busy time of year that puts the game of baseball in motion.

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