Sam Bat Blog — Dicks Sporting Goods

Why does my SAM BAT have an INK DOT on it? What does it mean?

The “ink dot test” for wood is not new, in fact it dates as far back as WWI!  The test was developed to measure the straightness of the grain of hardwoods used for airplane propellers and has been used for decades. The straighter the grain the stronger the wood.  Sam Holman the Founder of SAM BAT is very passionate about aviation and was well aware of the cutting properties necessary to cut a great piece of “bat wood”. Sam took this into consideration when he was creating the first professionally approved maple bat. This special cutting, coupled with the drying...


Year of the MMO

The MMO has been around since the very early days of SAM BAT and has always been one of our most popular models. It has hovered consistently in the 4th or 5th bat position overall. Staff always wondered why it was not chosen more. Many thought that this model did not get the attention that it deserved.    After 25 years the MMO has really taken off! It was a slow build, everyone here on staff thought it was cool, first one order, then another and another. By year end it was our most popular model across the board! The MMO...


MMO vs KB1 - available at Dick's Sporting Goods!

We often get asked what our most popular model is. While it has evolved, two models that are long standing favorites (and that are super hot right now!) are the MMO and the KB1.    Here’s the breakdown:   The MMO is similar to the classic M110 profile made famous by Micky Mantle and Roger Maris.  A perfect all-around bat, the MMO has a nice long barrel hitting surface, but is still incredibly well balanced with a medium 15/16” handle and classic rounded knob. We recommend it to all types of players from youth who are just transitioning to wood, all the way up...


Ordering Your Custom Sam Bat

We often get asked ‘What Custom bat is best for me?’ or ‘What Custom bat is best for my kid?’ Although it is a fair question to those new to wood bats, it is not a cookie cutter answer! Each player will have many different preferences on a number of things including length, weight, knob, handle, and more.  Every Pro Player that has ordered from us has customized something special to themselves. What works best for one player won’t work for another it should be an extension of yourself, to transfer energy to the ball. So here is how to...


Why Sam Chose Maple!

Continued from our previous blog post! WHY DID SAM CHOOSE MAPLE? When Sam Holman was first tasked to find a better wood than ash for baseball bats by then Rockies scout Bill McKenzie, he wasn’t quite sure what wood could be better. He was great at working with wood and knew the different characteristics of a lot of wood, but had never tried to make a baseball bat. Sam spent countless hours in the library researching different types of wood from oak, to hickory, to beech, to walnut, and finally to maple.  You cannot just use any type of wood...