Haney will then travel to Florida, to meet with teams who do spring training in the Grapefruit League. Currently he has meetings lined up with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals.
“Obviously I would love to do Red Sox and the Yankees,” said Haney.
The meetings are set up by the clubhouse managers. In them, bat companies get the opportunity to pitch bats to the players.
“We propose bats to major leaguers, they decide whether or not they like our bats,” said Haney.
If a player ends up deciding to use the Cooperstown Bat Company’s bats, their clubhouse manager will then order the bats for them. Haney says that a typical major league player will order around 50 bats per season.
Haney said that interested players will also get the opportunity to send one of their bats back with Haney and that the Cooperstown Bat Company will then manufacture a bat based off the player’s old bat, albeit with the company’s own twist.
As for what the Cooperstown Bat Company has to offer major league players, Haney cited the company’s knowledge of wood. He said that the density of a bat’s wood, and not its size, determines a bat’s strength, and that the Cooperstown Bat Company likes to make high density bats, with comparatively smaller barrels.
“True strength comes from density,” said Haney, who said that he’d found misconceptions at both the high school and college level on this subject.
When asked about the kind of player he’d like to pick up his bats, Haney had some specific thoughts.
“I’m looking for a guy who’s committed to a team,” said Haney, giving Dustin Pedroia as an example.
Haney said that Derek Jeter would be another such player, but that Jeter already has a bat contract.