How to Care for a Wooden Baseball Bat

A little care and attention can go a long way when it comes to your baseball equipment, so it's well worth dedicating a little time to cleaning and maintaining your baseball bat every now and then to prolong its lifespan and keep it in tip top condition when you need it to deliver results.

 

The best baseball bats are those that suit the player. So, if you can, before you purchase one, try it out to see how the swing works for you. Traditionally, major league baseball bats are 2-3/4 inches in diameter and 42 inches long, but other sizes can be purchased if recreational players find these uncomfortable. Furthermore, you're best off buying a bat made from ash with a wide grain, as ash is very resilient and wide grains are less likely to chip or splintering.

 

Once you've bought your bat, you'll need to know what you need to do to keep it in good condition and swinging at full capacity. Here's how to care for a wooden baseball bat and make the most of your investment.

 

Cleaning

Wooden baseball bats are very quick and easy to clean; all they require is a regular, ideally daily, time commitment.

 

If your baseball bat's handle is covered in pine tar, it can be very susceptible to a buildup of grime and dirt, so be sure to cleanse it with an alcohol solution and a soft cloth every day.

 

Storage

Wooden baseball bats (much like many other wooden items) should never be stored in or near damp areas. The moisture can eat into the wooden and damage its structural integrity.

 

Furthermore, you should avoid even exposing it to moisture, but if you do get caught out, dry it immediately.

 

In addition, wooden baseball bats should be stored vertically, rather than horizontally, with the handle side up.

 

Finish

A wooden baseball bat can be prone to surface textural damage. As a result, you need to sand it down to keep it smooth and working to the best of its potential.

 

A smooth, small piece of bone, or even another baseball bat can be used to sand off an uneven surface. Rub the baseball bat firmly with the bone or baseball bat for a few minutes until the bat's surface is visibly smooth and free of textural imperfections.

 

If you'd like to learn more about caring your own wooden baseball bat, call MPowered Baseball at 1-877-662-6757 today!