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.