Video, for now:
More video via CBS:
Same game, another busted bat:
My dear friends at MLB… please, make this stop. The solution is in front of you. Remove the roadblocks and allow, or enforce, teams to use the Batglove.
What did they know and when did they know it?
In 2008, Major League Baseball found that maple bats were three times as likely to break in multiple places as traditional ash bats. The league has since set new production standards for bats.
Does anyone think that these production standards are really, really working? Me either. Changing production standards is a good way to start, but the solution is already here. As a refresher, here’s the email I got from Steve Rauso at BatGlove, Inc.:
The product was developed to adhere to MLB rule 1.10. From the bottom of the handle, 18″ up a player is allowed to use any material or substance as long as it is to improve the players grip on the bat. The players already use adhesive products to promote player grip on the bat. Because of the location as well as the ultra thin transparent film that is being used, the players cannot even tell the product is on the bat. It is in the area where a player applies pine tar to a bat, so it makes it even less obvious to the player once the tar is applied.
Every player who has ever held a bat with our invention has endorsed it. Most of the time the product has to be pointed out to them because they do not even see it or feel it when they hold the bat. Let’s face it, nobody wants to be “that player” who has to deal with a death or injury in the stands or out on the field. If it does not change the performance of the bat and meets all of the criteria for MLB. Why not?
The MLB Research Center @ Lowell/UMass reports that the invention definitely promotes safer conditions for players, fans and umpires.
And we know MLB has seen the results of the BatGlove product, tested in their Lowell MA testing facility. And the results of those tests conclusively prove that bats which have been applied with the batglove still break, but do not separate and helicopter (towards players and fans and coaches and umpires). In a posting here made in the preseason, following an incident where David Price was hit but not seriously injured by a broken bat, I spoke with Phil Rauso at The BatGlove, for his thoughts on that incident and asked him what’s the barrier for getting his product into use at the MLB levels. His reply:
“This didn’t have to happen, and it will happen more frequently as the season moves on. MLB had the opportunity to use this and at the last minute pulled it [the Bat Glove] from the players hands because of concerns that Rawlings presented to MLB… concerns that were already addressed with the multiple Lowell/UMASS tests and the on-field use of 200 bats last year by the AZ Diamondbacks.
Any injury caused by maple or ash bats could have been avoided this year. MLB has no excuse and Rawlings is the fuel on the fire.”
[If anyone from Rawlings would like to comment on the statement above, please email me]
I posted the results from the Lowell/UMASS tests here, if you’re interested. Or you can download it here: Lowell Report 12_15_09. Seriously, read it. It’s not too long and overly scientific (or watch the videos at the bottom of this posting). But if you want the jump to the results of the test:
“Overall, each of the eleven bats that was wrapped with the polymeric film remained intact during failure, while seven of the 10 natural bats tested at the 14-in. location resulted in multi-piece failures. The Bat Glove System’s 100% containment of the failures during this study for impacts at a location that shows a high potential for multipiece failure demonstrates that its use could significantly reduce the number of multipiece bat failures when applied to maple bats.”
100% containment. That simply means that when the bat shatters during contact, it simply is held together by this product. Meaning, no 30 ounces of razor-sharp wood helicoptering towards another human.
My discussion with Phil Rauso continued and was equally enlightening, yet frighteningly honest:
“Rawlings said that even though our product keeps the bats from going on the field when they break it may cause a hinging effect and hurt the batter…. this issue was already addressed in the multiple Lowell tests and on-field tests with the DBacks as you have already seen in the videos, but Rawlings comment was enough to get the players union to squash it at the last minute.
On another note, months prior to their “concerns” Rawlings approached us and said they were interested in the invention for themselves. We denied exclusivity to them because we want this to be put on every wood bat… not just Rawlings bats. If you watch the ash test video it shows a Rawlings bat hinging without the Bat Glove but it stops the bat from hinging when it is applied. Kerwin Danley was knocked out by a Rawlings ash bat last year because of the hinging effect without the Bat Glove. They are trying to say our product causes hinging?… I was born at night but it wasn’t last night.”
[Full Disclosure: I have no financial interest or investment in BatGlove, Inc.]
Here’s the video of Mark Grace discussing the BatGlove:
And here’s Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall on the product and its effectiveness:
And if you like slow motion and things gettin’ all busted up, here’s the maple bat tests, with and without BatGlove:
And for kicks, here’s the same with ash bats, with and without BatGlove:
Part 1 of the Fox Sports Arizona series:
Part 2 of the Fox series:
Part 3 of the Fox series: