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Why bones might make a better baseball bat


PRO BASEBALL PLAYERS OBSESS ABOUT WOOD. That’s because, the logic goes, the harder the bat, the faster a ball will fly after contact. The AP5 Pro Model from Marucci, a Louisiana company that rivals Louisville Slugger for the title of most-swung brand in the majors, employs a technique from clubhouse lore to strengthen its surface. After an initial cut and sand, craftsmen run a cow femur—though any hard animal bone will do—over the maple surface, compressin­g the outer layers of the lumber and boosting its density. In theory, that provides an extra pop that can send one outta the park.

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