Dove Tail Bats embracing handle technology and adding first of its kind metal bats to production
Will continue to be predominantly wood bat production
SHIRLEY, Maine (WABI) -From start to finish Dove Tail Bats in Shirley has the bat-making process locked in.
“Upped our capacity to about 200 bats a day that we are able to run through the whole process,” says Dove Tail Bats CEO and Owner Paul Lancisi, “We’ve doubled our capacity over the COVID year. We took advantage of it. But we are still only able to make so many wood bats a year. Which right now is 35,000-40,000. In order to create revenue, you need to come up with other products.
They’ve started using a new handle for their bats.
“Conventional knob would stick in like this where this doesn’t,” says Lancisi, “There’s no pressure at all on this knob.”
“An innovative, engineering company that basically designs handles,” says Paul.
The change led this Maine company to start a new project making metal bats. The first with this handle type.
“The player increases an average of 5 MPH bat speed. What that is going to equate to is longer distance balls,” says Lancisi, “We have got two Big League organizations now who are ordering this for players who have hand injuries or are prone to them. They are going to this because it decreases the risk of Hammate break.”
Their first was designed by 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso.
“He created the design on the polar power,” says Paul, “He wanted the icicles, the ice blue, the bear paws on it, and the camo on the bat wrap.”
But the addition doesn’t mean metal will replace wood bats anytime soon.
“12 employees that we are responsible for their families and them,” says Lancisi, “Our goal is to keep wood coming into the mill every single day. These guys are working overtime right now. We are really having trouble keeping up with the orders that are coming in.”
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