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Do I Need More Than One Bat? | Probably

By Jim Campanis, Jr.

I grew up listening to discussions on mechanics and fetching bats for players like Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Richie Zisk and more. They taught me something that appears lost today with most players. That is, using a different bat based on the pitcher you face makes good sense. As a bat boy for the Pirates in the late 70's, I had particular insight as to which bat these legends used for which pitchers. I think such insight would serve the new crop of amateur players well.

(You might like our conversation on what to buy every month)

An easy analogy to help us understand this concept is a tool box.  It basically has a hammer, a screwdriver and a wrench, right?  So if you need to hang a painting in your living room, you wouldn’t hammer the nail into the wall with a screwdriver!  So why would you attempt to hit five or more different types of pitchers with the SAME bat?

When I was coaching Travel Ball, I convinced my hitters to use a super light bat against the weak throwers they often over swung against. When I took their regular bat away and made them use a super light bat, they learned to how to wait and then be ultra-quick and compact.

~Jim Campanis, Jr

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Aaron Judge's Chandler Bat. You can see the different types he uses here.

About the Author

Jim Campanis, Jr. is the son of former Major Leaguer Jimmy Campanis, and grandson of long-time Dodgers’ General Manager, Al Campanis. Jim Jr. is a third generation professional baseball player, whose on-the-field career included All-American honors at USC, selections to the 1985 USA Junior National Team & Team USA in 1988, plus six seasons as a catcher in the minor leagues with one year on the major league 40-man roster.

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Axe Handle on a Chandler Bat

Axe has been an a war path of licensing deals this off season. A few short weeks ago they announced their agreement with Tucci Lumber to add to their agreement with Victus from last year.. Last week they announced their new relationship with George Springer (to add to their Mookie Betts agreement). Today they announce a licensing deal with Chanlder Bats. The same Chandler bats swung by the likes of Harper, Judge and Kris Bryant.

You can buy Axe Bats and Chandler Bats.

Although impressive we are by no means surprised. The use of an ergonomic handle on a bat is the final frontier for wood bats. They can't be any lighter. We doubt there is any break through wood to change the game like Sam Bats did with Maple a couple decades ago. So, what else is there but an improvement in the knob? Don't be surprised if Slugger finds its way on the knob of some very big time companies very soon. Not that Victus, Tucci and Chandler are not big time, but you know what we mean.

Here is a portion of their press release:

Axe Bat, Chandler Bats Announce Licensing Partnership

Premium Chandler bats with Axe Handles now available to pro players

RENTON, Wash. (Dec. 19, 2017) – Axe Bat today announced the addition of Chandler Bats to its expanding roster of licensing partners allowed to manufacture and sell wood baseball bats with the patented Axe Handle to professional players. 

Chandler Bats, founded in 2010, built its reputation on the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of its products, and is widely regarded among Big Leaguers as the maker of the finest wood bats in the game. 

“Chandler checks all the boxes for what we look for in a licensing partner,” said Jay Helmick, senior vice president of Axe Bat. “They share our passion for making the world’s best bat, adhere to the highest standards of quality, and put the player first in everything they do. We’re honored and excited to add them as a licensee of our Axe Handle and are eager for players to swing the new Chandler Axe Handle bats this spring.”

Axe Bat has doubled its wood licensing partners this offseason in response to growing demand for the Axe Handle among pro players. This year, at least three dozen Big Leaguers swung an Axe Handle bat during the regular season, including All-Stars George Springer and Mookie Betts.

 Chandler Bats is the fourth wood-bat maker to sign a licensing deal with Axe Bat.

 Last month, Axe Bat finalized a licensing agreement with Tucci Lumber, another top supplier of premium wood bats to Big League players.

“Since our first day, we’ve made it our goal to give players the best possible bat we can make,” said David Chandler, founder of Chandler Bats. “Partnering with Axe Bat helps us fulfill that mission by making available the very latest and best handle technology in the game. We’re excited to get started.” 

Chandler Bats recently completed a move to a new 20,000-square-foot facility in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, featuring an expanded retail space and two new batting cages.

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When Marucci Bat aquired Vicuts most had one question: how would the asymmetric handle found on a lot of Vicuts bats be affected by the Marucci acquisition. Marucci and Axe compete in a lot of markets so would Marucci drive the ergonomic handle out of their line up? While that process still plays out in the majors, Axe continues to make new agreements with other MLB wood bat companies. Most recently, Tucci Lumber. We have covered the use of the Axe handle in a few of our articles. Our discussion with MLB pro bats using an Axe design as well as the history and theory behind an oval shaped handle. Check, too, our story on the acquisition of Victus by Marucci. Learn More about Tucci Bats.Learn More about Axe Bats. Here is the press release announcing the agreement.

Axe Bat, Tucci Lumber Announce Licensing Partnership

Tucci Lumber bats with Axe Handles now available to pro players

RENTON, Wash. (Nov. 30, 2017) – Axe Bat today announced a licensing agreement with Tucci Lumber Bat Company allowing Tucci to manufacture and sell wood baseball bats with the patented Axe Handle to professional players. Tucci Lumber, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, is one of the top suppliers of bats to Big League players and counts All-Stars Troy Tulowitzki and Pablo Sandoval among its pro-player investors. “We’re excited to add Tucci Lumber as a licensee of our Axe Handle,” said Jay Helmick, senior vice president of Axe Bat. “Tucci’s manufacturing capabilities, product quality, and professional connections make them an ideal partner for introducing more elite players to the benefits of swinging an Axe Handle bat.” Popularity of the Axe Handle among pro baseball players has grown exponentially since 2015. This year, at least three dozen Big Leaguers swung an Axe Handle bat during the regular season, including the championship series MVP and two starting all-stars. Two-time All-Star Mookie Betts is an endorser and has swung an Axe Handle bat exclusively since late 2015. Unlike a conventional round knob, the Axe Handle is engineered to support the biomechanics of the swing. Its shape conforms to the natural contours of a player’s wrist and palm, and enables a more efficient swing that maximizes bat speed and improves barrel control. Tucci Lumber is the third wood-bat manufacturer to sign a licensing deal with Axe Bat. Tucci was founded by Pete Tucci, a former first-round draft pick whose promising baseball career was derailed by a hand injury suffered while swinging a bat with an oversize round knob. Tucci bats are known for their precision craftsmanship and high-quality finish, which includes a steel-burnishing process to increase hardness. “Axe Handle bats are in demand at the highest levels and we’re excited to be able to now offer them to our pro players,” said Pete Tucci, owner of Tucci Lumber. “We’re looking forward to working with Axe Bat to deliver the best possible bat for every player’s swing.”

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