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Discussion: What the #@%& is a BATCH?

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Dec. 31, 2012
Bubble Gum
118 posts
What the #@%& is a BATCH?
I keep hearing about a Batch of Bats.

So my question is:


Dec. 31, 2012
Men's 65
4549 posts
Might be however many bats were MADE in the any particular RUN. And those vary between models and manufacturers.
IE; the 1st bat batch (run). Time was they were the best ones for that model but now you never know.
Dec. 31, 2012
Bubble Gum
118 posts


1 run = 1 batch = unknown number of bats

Why do I feel like this is some kind of Abbott & Costello dialog?

Jan. 1, 2013
121 posts
I have worked in the Auto Industry and can't recall ever hearing of a Batch of cars. Never heard of buying the first or second batch of cars or car parts.

What other manufactured products are made in a batch or run, is sold but the number of units in the run is unknown?


Jan. 1, 2013
Men's 65
4549 posts
As for numbers made for a batch or run which I believe are same but different words, I doubt all companies make the same number per run, so you could say that is one reason no particular xxx is given for any particular model. However if it's a non profit bat maker, ha ha, you could get those numbers.
As for find ing out which run a particular bat was made, if it has a serial number on the taper or under the grip, it's usually possible.
Happy New Year
Jan. 1, 2013
Men's 60
240 posts

A quantity or consignment of goods produced at one time.
Arrange (things) in sets or groups.
group - parcel - lot
1. a quantity or number coming at one time or taken together: a batch of prisoners.
2. the quantity of material prepared or required for one operation: mixing a batch of concrete.
3. the quantity of bread, cookies, dough, or the like, made at one baking.
a group of jobs, data, or programs treated as a unit for computer processing.
b. batch processing.
a quantity of raw materials mixed in proper proportions and prepared for fusion into glass.
b.the material so mixed.

You may not be able to find out from what batch you're buying
The information is usually somewhere on the bat. Sometimes it's visible on the bat and sometimes it's under the tape on tyhe handle.
There probably aren't enough buyers who want to know from what batch their bat came.
Jan. 1, 2013
121 posts
It seems I always hear that the 1st batch of any model bat is the best, can't remember anybody advising to wait for the 2nd or later batch.

Does the quality of the bats go downhill from there?

I recall Auto Industry insiders advising me to not buy the first year model run of a any car because all the "bugs" haven't yet been worked out. Wait for the 2nd year model.

Evidently, what theories that apply for bat manufacturing is no where close to that of automobile manufacturing!

Jan. 1, 2013
Pull My Finger
80 posts

If batches of bats are somehow different from each other, the what makes each individual bat in a batch the same?

Jan. 2, 2013
Men's 60
240 posts
When I asked one of the bat reps why a particular batch of bats was more prone to break than later batches, I was told that the resin used in making the first batch was too hot, causing the bats to be brittle when they cooled. The temperature was adjusted when they realized that there was a problem.
In another first batch, the inner core was offset during manufacturing, making one side thicker than the other side. These turned out to be exceptionally hot bats.
These problems aren't usually discovered until the manufacturer starts getting feed back from the players. Then adjustments are made.
Jan. 2, 2013
Men's 70
473 posts
From what I am reading it is simply the luck of the draw. Theoretically if you knew a bat from a
"batch" had desirable traits, you could try to buy a bat from the same "batch", but the bat sellers don't give out that info. Additionally,
there is no proof that all bats from the same batch are the same. If temperature is critical, I can envision temperature differentials in the same batch with different results in bats from that batch. And how many angels are on the head of a pin.
Jan. 5, 2013
Clean Up
68 posts

Does anybody recall hearing about bat "Runs" or "Batches" back when aluminum bats ruled the softball world?

Jan. 6, 2013
81 posts

Why do bat makers put the bat numbers under the grip?

Is is they want you to buy the bat BEFORE you see what you bought?

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