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    Bat Dimensions

    I was wondering if anyone knew what the bat specifications are. It seems to me that not every bat is the same. Obviously some are different colors or weight, but what about length and width.

    Width, especially. It seems like whenever Molina comes up to bat, he has a thick bat, almost like one of those big orange plastic ones. Whereas, Bruce's bat looks like a whiffle ball bat out there (long and skinny).
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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    From the Official MLB Rules:

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    (a) The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 23/4 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.
    NOTE: No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a professional game (either championship season or exhibition games) until the manufacturer has secured approval from the Rules Committee of his design and methods of manufacture.
    (b) Cupped Bats. An indentation in the end of the bat up to one inch in depth is permitted and may be no wider than two inches and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be curved with no foreign substance added.
    (c) The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or substance, which extends past the 18 inch limitation, shall cause the bat to be removed from the game.
    NOTE: If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to (c) above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out, or ejected from the game.
    (d) No colored bat may be used in a professional game unless approved by the Rules Committee.
    Sad to see that segregation still exists in MLB.

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    Individual players work with bat companies to make bats to their specifications. Weight, handle thickness, tapering, etc. are all up to the player. I believe there is an approved list of wood types that can be used.
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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    Quote Originally Posted by BungleBengals View Post
    Whereas, Bruce's bat looks like a whiffle ball bat out there (long and skinny).
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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    Quote Originally Posted by BungleBengals View Post
    I was wondering if anyone knew what the bat specifications are. It seems to me that not every bat is the same. Obviously some are different colors or weight, but what about length and width.

    Width, especially. It seems like whenever Molina comes up to bat, he has a thick bat, almost like one of those big orange plastic ones. Whereas, Bruce's bat looks like a whiffle ball bat out there (long and skinny).
    Don't forget to consider the "shrinkage" factor when players hit in the rain.

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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    Quote Originally Posted by PuffyPig View Post
    Don't forget to consider the "shrinkage" factor when players hit in the rain.
    A good shot of Viagra or Cialis will take care of that.
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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    i always thought Carlos Beltrans bat looked extremely round and long. I cant believe I just typed that sentence, I deserve to be banned.

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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    In 2010 major league baseball changed the rule regarding bat diameter. Prior to 2010 bats were limited to 2.75 inches. In 2010 bats were limited to 2.61 inches in diameter.

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    Re: Bat Dimensions

    this MLB.com article talks about minimum handle width, which I don't see anywhere else

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...s_mlb&c_id=mlb

    According to regulations that bat suppliers must follow, bats with a density below .0219 pounds per cubic inch are not allowed. The barrel of a bat can be no more than 2.61 inches in diameter, with the handle's diameter no less than 86/100th of an inch.

    MLB and the players union have also agreed on six types of wood allowed to be used. Those include the well-known white ash and sugar maple, along with true hickory, yellow birch, red oak and Japanese ash. Red and silver maple are not permitted.


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