Testimonials

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Some Early Adopters:

I like it a lot… The bat doesn’t split like regular ash does… when you use an ash bat for practise, after one day, really, it starts to splinter and split on you and become soft. Maple is a much harder wood. It doesn’t dent and it doesn’t splinter. They’re going to be around for a long time.” - Joe Carter - Ottawa Citizen, 5/4/98

It’s like playing a Stradivarius. It just feels better.” - Mike McCune - Men’s Journal – 10/1/98

“When you first use them (Sam Bats), it’s a totally different feel from a normal bat. After you use them you don’t want to go back.”Joe Carter, The New York Times, 6/19/98

“The old (ash) bat dents when you make good contact, which means energy is being absorbed. And you can feel it vibrate when you connect. With the Sam Bat, more of the power I generate is transferred to the ball. So it carries better.” Jose Canseco – quoted in Jim Proudfoot’s column, The Toronto Star, 6/27/98

“The Sam (Bat), it’s my baby. It’s my sweet potato pie.” Royce Clayton – Sports Illustrated, 9/21/99

“I use my bat in BP, I use it in the game. I never break it. You can’t break the Sam!” - Karim Garcia - Sports Illustrated, 9/21/99

“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 gave me confidence.” - Barry Bonds - Ottawa Sun, 1/27/02

“Sports Illustrated called Ottawa carpenter Sam Holman’s maple baseball bat a “21st-century Excalibur.” Denser than ash bats, Holman’s have extra pop in hitting. Barry Bonds set a single-season home run record in 2001 using a Sam Bat. Major-leaguers have adopted it in droves.” - Camilla Cornell - Reader’s Digest, 7/1/07

“I purchased a fungo bat last year and all I can say is WOW! I’ve scouted for the Phillies, Yankees and Orioles, coached for Lebanon Valley College, Widener University and I can tell you that this is the best fungo I’ve ever used. We went to Florida this year for our spring trip and almost every opposing coach asked to swing it. What a hit and no pun intended! I have been in baseball all my life and have made a living teaching baseball my whole life. Here goes, “unless someone helps themselves to my bat I don’t think I’ll ever have to replace it.” Sam, I know I’m not Barry but I love your BATS.” - Doc Malloy - 7/6/07

“I just purchased a SG-1 Black Walker Sam Bat and wanted to tell you how much I love this bat. I am a senior in high school and play in a wood bat league in Pennsylvania. I have about six or seven other wood bats and none of them compare to the Sam Bat. I started to use the Sam Bat because I have heard about the great quality of the bat, and soon found out that it is true. I also love the feel and weight of the bat. Thanks for the great quality product.” - R. Geffert - 9/21/07

“Sam Holman is to baseball bats what Michelangelo was to painting. What Stradivarius was to violins. What Shakespeare was to writing. Sam makes the best bats on the planet.” - David Jacobson, US Ambassador - Ambassador’s Blog, 4/24/12

“The factory tour was very interesting.  We learned about the fascinating details that go into the specification and manufacturing of custom baseball bats for Major League players.  The variables are so numerous as to be dazzling:  the weight of the bat, the distribution of that weight, the diameter of the bat (at multiple points along its length), the profile of the various tapers, the texture of the finished bare wood, and the stain or varnish finish that is applied.  We learned a only few of the endless details that go into running this very successful business.  For baseball fans, examining many of the finished bats and realizing that they bore the names of some of the biggest players in MLB was a brush with fame” Bob - Citroen Club of Ottawa, 11/23/13