Could bats with axe handles find their way to the big leagues soon?


This is cool. From an article at Wired looking at bats with a differently-shaped handle. Instead of fully round, it tapers out and up a bit like an axe handle. There are pictures of it at the article.

The article refers to a “study,” though whether it’s a real study or a quasi-marketing document is unclear. Whatever it is, though, the claim is that it increases offensive production and reduces the risk to hamate bone fractures we’ve seen happen to so many hitters over the years. It if actually does do that — and again, I doubt enough guys have used this bat for it to be studied properly — it could be a nice benefit.

Next up: an elbow brace that eliminates the possibility of ligament tears for pitchers. Please?

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.