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Tonewood Question

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by PastorJay, Apr 20, 2021.

  1. PastorJay

    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    When a batter gets hit by a pitch, which sounds better? A mahogany or a swamp ash elbow protector?
     
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    Whichever one doesn't split.
     
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    depends on the angle of the attack of the pitched ball expressed as[​IMG]



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    where you are sitting in the stands in relation to the hit batter can also affect how the sound is perceived

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  4. drewg

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    Why not just ask what tone-wood sounds best off the crack of the bat? According to Louisville Slugger, most MLB players prefer maple bats [Bright, crisp sound, anyone?], but also ash, birch and...fungo?

    Amazingly, Louisville Slugger actually talks about the sound each wood makes! But until they make electric bats, the ongoing tone-wood debate won't be solved! Excerpts:

    maple"...features the ultimate surface hardness and provides an unrivaled sound and feel"

    ash
    "...features a unique grain structure that allows increased flexibility...more forgiving, which... stands out for its balance and classic look of natural wood with black branding." [Sounds like a Blackguard!]

    birch
    "for players who enjoy consistent hardness..." [err, won't go there.]

    fungo– ??? [What's fungo?]



    Wood Baseball Bats
    There’s nothing like the sound of the crack that fills the air when your wood bat makes contact. That sound is what ballplayers spend their lives training for. These days, most players prefer maple bats – but ash and birch remain pillars of the wood bat world. Each type of wooden baseball bat has unique characteristics and it’s up to hitters to decide which one best suits their approach at the plate. Louisville Slugger offers an extensive lineup of wood bats for all ages. Regardless of preference in material, elite players love the feel of a wood bat in their hands as they work toward their dream of playing at the MLB level.

    Maple bat features the ultimate surface hardness and provides an unrivaled sound and feel. Our Louisville Slugger MLB Prime Maple C271 Loyalist is one of our most popular Maple bats, featuring a clean natural finish and black branding. Ash bats feature a unique grain structure that allows increased flexibility. That flexibility makes these bats more forgiving, which you’ll see in the Select Cut Ash C271, a versatile stick that stands out for its balance and classic look of natural wood with black branding. The moderate flexibility of birch makes the Select Cut Birch C271 a perfect bat for players who enjoy consistent hardness in a refined Hornsby finish.

    Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats are available in a wide range of options:

     
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    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You need to aks your alderman.

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    If the pitcher is Randy Johnson , it doesn't matter .
     
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    omg is this actually a thing?
     
  8. PastorJay

    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    Fungo bats are used by coaches for fielding practice. I knew what "hitting fungoes" is, but didn't know they had special bats for it.

    From Louisville Slugger;

    If you’re going to be ready on gameday, you need to put in the work. Coaches put their teams through their paces with fungo bats on a regular basis. With time and reps, you can see the results of that hard work on the day of the game. Fungo bats are critical training tools for coaches. Their lightweight, easy-to-swing design allows them to hit ball after ball to their players. Whether your outfielders need work tracking fly balls and running more efficient routes or infielders need to practice their footwork, a fungo bat is a must-have.

    Fungo baseball bats are available in several different species of wood. The Flylite MB 37 is the newest and lightest addition to the Louisville Slugger family of Fungo bats. Made from poplar wood, this training bat’s ultra-light feel allows coaches to hit ball after ball without getting fatigued. The K100 Ash Fungo features an end-weighted design and lighter swing weight that allows for more distance with less effort. With the Maple S345 Fungo, you get a fungo bat that’s incredibly easy to swing and is preferred by coaches looking for something that’s easy to handle.

    For more Louisville Slugger practice gear, visit our Baseball Training Equipment Shop to up your game and crush the competition.
     
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  9. PastorJay

    PastorJay Friend of Leo's

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    Do cricket batters (do you call them that in cricket?) ever get hit by the ball? Does it make a noise?

    Most baseball batters wear elbow protectors. And it certainly makes a noise if they get hit on the protector. Sometimes it's a pretty good crack.

    Does it sound different depending on what the protector is made of?
     
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