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January 30, 2014

Cooperstown bats major league bound

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Haney said that they are looking to get around 30 major league players to pick up their bats. The reason why there’s an upward limit on this number is that the company currently doesn’t have the ability to produce bats at the necessary standard for a bigger number of major league players. 

“I want to make sure that everything that hits the field is the best that we can make,” said Haney.

Last year the Cooperstown Bat Company produced 25,000 baseball bats. Haney would like to eventually raise that number to 35,000, and have that increase be from playing bats. This year, he would like to grow the number of bats made by at least a few thousand. 

Haney said he doesn’t believe that this increase will come entirely from the major leagues. This year, American Legion Baseball in New York will be played entirely with wooden baseball bats, and American Legion Baseball is set to go all wood nationally in 2015.

“There’s a big push for wood bat play,” said Haney.

The Cooperstown Bat Company’s bats are made of one of three types of wood: yellow birch, hard maple or ash. This wood is locally sourced and Haney said that an effort is made to buy only American made tools and equipment at the company.

Haney says that the Cooperstown Bat Company has 11 full time employees, and employs around 30 people in the summer. Haney hopes, however, that an increase in business from getting approved for on-field use will allow the company to create four new full-time positions, two of of which would be directly related to producing more bats.

“I hope to get a little bigger, and take on a few more full time employees,” said Haney.

Haney says that when he first sees his bat being used on a major league field, he’s going to throw a party.

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