Ryan Braun wins 2011 National League MVP award

What does a .332 avg, 33 HRs, 111 RBIs, 109 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases get you?  A National League MVP award.

Not only did Braun lead the Brewers to a franchise best 96 wins, they also made the postseason.

Braun led the NL with a .597 slugging percentage and was tops in the league with 77 extra base hits.

An incredible season.

SAM BAT Gives Back!

On May 18, 2010, the owners of SAM BAT made their way into the auditorium of Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School, to announce the donation of 250 baseball bats. The bats, valued at $30,000 will be given to various teams across the New York City Public School System. The donation was done in support of Good Sports’ 10,000 Swings initiative, a campaign to put 10,000 bats into the hands of the kids that need it most.   Along with announcing the donation, Sam Holman the founder of SAM BAT, talked to the students of the school’s baseball team. Once the first question was asked the players hands were continuously raised, asking questions ranging from which bat was right for them and how bats were made, to how to start up their own company.   In 2008 in order to reduce the number of injuries the use of metal bats were banned. Replacing the metal bats, placed a financial burden on the teams and this is where SAM BAT has stepped in, “We’re always looking for ways to make a difference in the community and we’re thrilled Good Sports brought this situation to our attention,” explained Arlene Anderson, President of SAM BAT. “We know these bats are going to make playing baseball more affordable for kids in New York City.”

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Press Release

Contact Melissa Harper, Chief Executive Officer, Good Sports T: 617-282-6125, ext. 131 E: [email protected]

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Public Schools Athletic League Receives Donation from SAM BAT Valued at $30,000

May 20, 2010 (BRONX, NY) – In a donation ceremony held at the Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School Tuesday afternoon, the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) received a donation of 250 maple bats from SAM BAT, the original maple bat corporation, in addition to catcher’s leg guards and chest protectors provided by Frank’s Sport Shop in the Bronx. Coordinated by Good Sports, a non-profit organization that provides sports equipment to community organizations serving disadvantaged youth, the donation is expected to impact more than 80 baseball teams and 1,300 youth across the city.

In an effort to reduce the risk of player injury, PSAL banned the use of metal bats starting in 2008, informing all schools that they must use wood or composite bats. Each school was provided three composite bats to help ease the financial burden of replacing the metal ones; however, teams typically have more than three bats and composite is still susceptible to breaking. That’s exactly why SAM BAT decided to step in. “We’re always looking for ways to make a difference in the community and we’re thrilled Good Sports brought this situation to our attention,” explained Arlene Anderson, President of SAM BAT. “We know these bats are going to make playing baseball more affordable for kids in New York City.”

The baseball teams at the Alfred E. Smith High School got a rare treat when Sam Holman, founder of SAM BAT, answered all of the questions the players had, ranging from the creation of the bats to finding the best personal fit. One player even discussed making bats in the school’s wood shop and threw out of the idea of starting his own business. The kids, still new to using wood bats, soaked up all of the information they could to help improve their game. Holman also discussed the specifications Barry Bonds used to request and how Andre Ethier, outfielder for the Dodgers, used the same bat in batting practice for six years while Alfonso Soriano would request 120 at a time because he broke so many. It was an insight into bats that few playing baseball ever receive.

Despite the ceremony taking place Alfred E. Smith High School, the bats will be distributed to teams throughout New York City. “We are going to make sure these bats get into the hands of the schools that really need the help,” said Robert Pertsas, Baseball Commissioner at PSAL. “The impact across the city is going to be tremendous.”

This donation by SAM BAT is in support of Good Sports’ 10,000 Swings initiative, a campaign to put 10,000 bats into the hands of the kids that need it most. SAM BAT has pledged 500 bats to the campaign and the donation to PSAL follows a contribution made to the Milwaukee R.B.I. League last summer. For more information on how to support this initiative, visit http://www.goodsports.org/.

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About SAM BAT SAM BAT – The Original Maple Bat Corporation. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, founder, Sam Holman, was the first to use maple to create a major league sanctioned bat in 1997. Our mission is to craft the highest quality wood baseball bats available anywhere.  Our wood bats are treated with care and undergo heavy scrutiny for any flaws at each and every stage of production, from the cutting of the logs to the drying in our kilns. The result is a superb instrument that transfers more of your power to the ball. SAM BATs also boast a larger “sweet spot” for hitting. Major League Sanctioned and Little League® Approved. Loved by MLB players and Pros around the world. www.sambat.com About Good Sports Good Sports makes playing sports a reality for thousands of youth. Its mission is to increase the participation of disadvantaged youth in sports, fitness and recreational activities by overcoming a key barrier – the high cost. Good Sports strives to overcome this barrier by matching donations from manufacturers and retailers to the needs of the community organizations serving these children. Those efforts are making an impact – last year alone Good Sports provided more than $1.2 million worth of equipment to more than 50,000 children.

The benefits of youth sports participation are well-documented. Children who participate in sports are less likely to use drugs, drop out of school, commit crimes and become teen parents. Equipment grants from Good Sports have allowed community organizations to: improve program quality (99%), decrease cost for families (77%), expand programs (70%) and start new programs (67%).

Organizations interested in receiving an equipment grant can find eligibility information at www.goodsports.org.

Barry Bonds: 73 and 756 – Critical Numbers – Historical Achievements in Baseball

Confidence is Power.

In 2001 when Barry Bonds set a new major league record of 73 home runs in a season leaving his mark on baseball history, he was wielding a Sam Bat.

“Sam wants to give me the credit. But it took both of us to do it.  I give thanks to God for my ability, and I give thanks to Sam for producing something that gives me a lot of confidence.”  Barry Bonds, The Ottawa Sun, Canada 2002

Barry had originally been introduced to Sam Holman through Joe Carter who in 1997 was the first to champion the then unsanctioned bat. Sam, the inventor of the Sam Bat and founder of The Original Maple Bat Corporation, has worked with Barry Bonds over the years to develop a custom bat to maximize performance. His now signature 73 (2K1) model is the result.

And Sam Bat was there for 755, 756, 757…

Barry Bonds made baseball history once again on August 7, 2007, when he hit No. 756 to the deepest part of AT & T Park in San Francisco, making him baseball’s new home run king. Bond’s bat of choice, a two-tone – cherry colored handle, black barrel with a gold label – maple (of course) Sam Bat.

To quote Hank Aaron’s taped message to Barry on the night Bonds surpassed Aaron’s record “It is a great accomplishment which required skill, longevity and determination.”

For the evolution of Barry’s Bat and a comparison to the bat used by Hank Aaron see The Denver Post “756: KING OF SWING” by: Severiano Galvan & Troy E. Renck; Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Original Maple Bat Corporation would like to thank Barry Bonds for his significant long term support of the company and its product.

SAM BAT – Proud to Play a Part.

Ryan Braun, SAM BAT, and Good Sports team up to launch the RB8 Bat & “10,000 Swings” Initiative

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and The Original Maple Bat Corporation (“Sam Bat”) are pleased to announce today the launch of the “RB8,” a new Sam Bat professional-quality maple baseball bat model. The bat, designed by Braun, will feature his new RB8 logo. The logo features Braun’s initials and the number 8 in honor of the number he wears for the Brewers.

Braun has been using Sam Bats for his entire professional career. Sam Bat was the first to use maple to create a major league sanctioned bat in 1997. Now, over 60% of all Major League players use maple bats. The design of the new RB8 provides the right balance for comfort and power. The launch of the RB8 is an extension of Braun’s association with the quality products that Sam Bat provides and his affinity for designing products that he uses and loves.

The launch of the RB8 bat also provides Braun and Sam Bat with an outlet to help give back to the community. Sam Holman, Founder of Sam Bat and Arlene Anderson, President of Sam Bat are pleased to announce today their support of the Good Sports organization, a non-profit organization that strives to increase the physical activity of disadvantaged youth helping to lay the foundation for healthy active lifestyles. Good Sports has launched an initiative to help reenergize youth baseball by putting 10,000 brand new baseball bats into the hands of disadvantaged youth who need it most. Leading off this initiative are founding partners Sam Bat and Ryan Braun.

“I am thrilled to launch this product, the RB8 bat and in turn help children all across the country. Playing sports has helped me my entire life and every child should have the same opportunity to play the sport they love,” says Braun.

Through its unique program that is focused on high poverty communities, Good Sports promotes sports and fitness participation among disadvantaged youth because it believes that access to physical activity is critical to the healthy social, physical and emotional development of children. Together with Ryan Braun, Sam Bat today is donating 150 bats to launch the “10,000 Swings” initiative to ensure that baseball remains America’s pastime.

Sam Bat has committed to support this program throughout the remainder of the 2009 baseball season by donating an additional 10 bats for every home run Ryan Braun hits.

“Baseball is the great American game and we want to give back and to help those who are helping kids play the game,” says Sam Holman of Sam Bat.

About Ryan Braun – Ryan Braun is the Left Fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Braun was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2005 Amateur Draft and made his Major League debut on May 25, 2007. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007 and in 2008 was named the National League starting left fielder for the All-Star Game. He was asked to participate in the Home Run Derby and around the same time signed an 8-year contract keeping him in Milwaukee. Off the field, Braun has been an ambassador for Habitat for Humanity in the greater California and Milwaukee areas. He has recently launched a clothing line, Remetee, available at retailers nationwide.

About SAM BAT -The Original Maple Bat Corporation. Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, founder, Sam Holman, was the first to use maple to create a major league sanctioned bat in 1997.Our mission is to craft the highest quality wood baseball bats available anywhere. Our wood bats are treated with care and undergo heavy scrutiny for any flaws at each and every stage of production, from the cutting of the logs to the drying in our kilns. The result is a superb instrument that transfers more of your power to the ball. SAM BATs also boast a larger “sweet spot” for hitting. Major League Sanctioned and Little League® Approved. Loved by MLB players and Pros around the world.

About Good Sports – Good Sports is a non-profit organization that strives to increase the physical activity of disadvantaged youth helping to lay the foundation for healthy active lifestyles. Through its unique program that is focused on high poverty communities, Good Sports promotes sports and fitness participation among disadvantaged youth because it believes that access to physical activity is critical to the healthy social, physical and emotional development of children.

Due to generous partners in the sporting goods industry, Good Sports has impacted over 180,000 kids and distributed more than $3.8 million worth of equipment to youth sports and fitness programs since 2003.

Firm’s hoping for a real home run with tougher bat; Betting on rock maple instead of traditional ash

The Toronto Star

www.thestar.com
Saturday, March 29, 1997

Firm’s hoping for a real home run with tougher bat; Betting on rock maple instead of traditional ash - By Kelly Egan

“It began with a question at an Ottawa pub in the spring of 1996, from a baseball scout to a wood-smith: Why can’t they make a baseball bat that’s won’t break? Ottawa resident Sam Holman… set out to smack an engineering curveball.”

Sam Holman: “If you’re going to solve a problem that’s existed for 100 years, you have to come up with a different solution.”

“Breaking into the big leagues will not be easy, particularly since baseball is a sport that takes its traditions seriously. …about a dozen bat makers have been approved by major league baseball, and all use ash.”