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Discussion: Bat Compression Testing Device

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Sept. 17, 2013
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Bat Compression Testing Device
In one of the leagues I play in, there is a team of youngsters that has been beating everyone else on a regular basis. Someone complained to the commissioner about them using illegal bats, so he did a "bat compression test" with his new tester (comes in a small plastic case) and found that they had been using 3 shaved bats, which were pulled out of circulation. This team hasn't won a game since...

Anyone know anything about these bat compression testers? It looks like a small vise (so I'm told) that gives a reading on the bat's flexion / compression tolerance.
Sept. 17, 2013
Men's 55
249 posts
Our NSA director in Nevada has had one for quite some time. As an umpire I'm required to confiscate the bat any time a defensive player is struck by a batted ball and has to leave the game as a result. He then uses his compression device to test the bat, and if it fails it is then sent to the manufacturer for final disposition. A bat does not have to be shaved to fail. Some will fail just because they are old.
I believe Corky has one on his truck as well.
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