Sam Bat Blog — wood bats

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...


What is the RIDEAU CRUSHER? Why is it on a SAM BAT?

The Sam Bat Rideau Crusher (pronounced Read-oh Crusher) is a phrase coined by Sam Holman the Founder and creator of the SAM BAT, it has become a staple not only of SAM BAT but the entire maple baseball bat industry. It has been inscribed on nearly every bat produced by the company dating back to as early as 1997 when The Original Maple Bat Corporation was formed. This has become the legendary catch phrase of SAM BAT. Contrary to popular belief the phrase does not indicate any specifications or level of quality! It is there as a way to honor...


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...


What is a Cup?

What is a cup in a bat and what is the purpose? At SAM BAT, our patented cup can make all the difference in having confidence at the plate. Unlike most companies, who just have 2 cupping options, we have 3; the no cup, half cup, and full cup.     The No Cup The No Cup means that there is no indentation at the end of the barrel, only a very small recess as can be seen from the photo. Our “no cup” bats are not completely flat. There are a few common misconceptions about the ‘no cup’ and...