Repeating my prior ramble before we get to a great article:
I’ve been cheerleading for BatGlove for a while, but really, it’s not about BatGlove specifically; it’s about finding a solution -any solution- that can prevent injuries from shattered bats from ever occuring again. I really don’t care who is to blame. Each entity has their own rationale for their decisions and actions and I have no doubt they are being made by really smart people.
Let me make this crystal clear: I don’t care if it’s BatGlove or some other solution, so long as there’s a solution in place… soon.
Now, I will happily turn the mic over to Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan, who does a magnificent job presenting both sides of this debate:
The Rauso brothers paid for a study at the UMass-Lowell Baseball Research Center, which concluded the Bat Glove “could significantly reduce the number of multi-piece bat failures when applied to maple bats.” They also wrapped bats for a number of teams to test the Bat Glove in minor league games. Chris Guth, manager of the Rangers’ minor league complex, said in an email that the product was a “neat idea and concept” and “seemed to work well.”
Rawlings disagreed. The company’s study raised a concern of “tethering” – the bat breaking, then snapping back and hitting the batter, catcher or umpire. Though the Rauso brothers have tried to discredit the Rawlings study, the company sent it to David Kretschmann, the league’s independent analyst at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis., who told MLB to continue testing before verifying the Bat Glove for in-game use.
More red tape – which, as usual, is laced with green. And more danger to players and fans by an issue that should’ve been solved long ago.
Read Jeff’s work; it’s excellent, as you might expect. Sadly, Jeff’s last line above is spot on. It’s something that should have and could have been solved long ago but money got in the way of progress. It’s a shame.