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Luthiers Could have Helped MLB Long ago

Why So Many Bats Breaking? Duh!

I just caught this AP News video about the high rate of bat breakage in the MLB, and how they've solved it.

They hired an "expert" to let 'em know that the grain pattern needs to run straight with the bat. So many broken bats, in recent years, tended to have either sloping grain patterns or are too low density of maple. Basically, automation replaced old school bat makers who knew and cared about this stuff. But it's certainly not rocket science.

Guitar necks require the same wood conditions.

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