Baseball bats come in all shapes and sizes. Depending on the needs of the user, B45 is capable of making a bat to meet their specific requirements. From the size of the barrel to the shape of the knob, and everything in between, customers can choose exactly what feels comfortable for them.
But is there a correlation between the size of the bat, i.e., the size of the barrel, and the overall quality of the bat? The simple answer is…maybe! In general, logs with higher density make stronger bats because the matter inside the wood is stronger, more compact.
Every piece of log purchased by B45 has the exact same dimensions (37 inches in length and 2.75 inches in circumference). Before choosing the right log to make a particular bat, logs have to be weighed to find out their exact density. The density of the wood determines what type of bat to make.
For example, to make a B271 measuring 33 inches in length and 30 ounces, we would need a log weighing around 93 ounces. If I tried to use a 93 ounce log to make a B243c (a bigger barrel) measuring 33 inches, that bat would weigh around 32 ounces. A Cargo5 of the same length would weigh about 33 ounces. Because of the larger barrel (and knob), a lower density wood is need to reach exact measurements.
Bats with smaller barrels use higher density wood, so they are stronger, more durable, and can offer more pop, depending on the user. While bats with bigger barrels offer a larger hitting surface, they require lower density logs to make them.
The outcome is a bigger bat, but less strength in the wood, and a higher chance of breakage. While this does not mean that a bat with a smaller barrel will not break, it does mean that there’s a smaller chance of the bat breaking, due to the strong, compact nature of the log used to make it.
Goefrey Tomlinson is the Retail Operations Manager at B45. He played professionnal baseball for 13 seasons, including 4 seasons in the Kansas City organization. He reached the AAA level in 2000. He has 10+ years of experience as a bat maker.