Fourth Pew Center recently dropped me a line to ask:
So, how come so many broken bats these days? Did they outsource the manufacturing to China?
(Seriously. There really are more than I remember from The Good Ol' Days)
My knee-jerk answer is: Well, yeah, probably they did outsource or otherwise cheapen the bat-making process. Is anything made the way it used to be? Why put out a quality product when people will buy more of a cheap product AND have to replace it more often because of the higher breakage rate?
And I've been told, though I can't recall by whom, that bats break more because hitters and pitchers are stronger--something to do with opposing shockwaves and the relative stregth of each vs. the grain of the wood. A stronger swing against a harder pitch = more stress on the bat = more breaks. Makes sense, I suppose.
So. Anyone out there know the scoop?
Still on deck:
2005 - what went right?